Named Professorships

Patricia Bellia

Patricia Bellia

William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Law

An expert in cyberlaw, Patricia Bellia is coauthor of a leading casebook on the subject, and has been published widely in major law journals on topics ranging from separation of powers to surveillance concerns. She joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 2000, previously serving as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, and as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. At Notre Dame, she has chaired the Faculty Board on Athletics since 2009, which advises University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on issues relating to the institutional support of student-athletes, and also serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. 

Professor Bellia earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. 

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The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professorship was created with earnings from the original O’Neill Professorship in Economics, a gift of 1928 Notre Dame alumnus William O’Neill and his wife, Dorothy, both natives of Cleveland, Ohio.