Judge O'Neill was elected on November 8, 2016
as the District Court Judge in Eaton County and took office on January 3rd, 2017.
Prior to taking the bench
Judge O’Neill had a distinguished career in private practice for over 14 years. Judge O’Neill practiced in family law/domestic cases and specialized in criminal defense. Judge O’Neill practiced throughout the state. Judge O’Neill also practiced in federal court and was a member of the United States Court, Western District of Michigan, Federal Defender’s Office.
Judge O’Neill was also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for over ten years
teaching Trial Skills. Trial Skills is an upper level
course where the students conduct 2 criminal trials and 1 civil trial over a 16 week period. She also worked as a Youth Specialist for 3 years before attending law school.
Awards & Recognition
While in law school, Judge O'Neill earned the Book Award in Trial Skills and Advanced Trial Skills, was a national trial team competitor for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA
), was a founding member and Chairperson for the Mock Trial Board and was Editor in Chief of the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law.
Upon graduation, she received
the Leadership Achievement Award/Plaque. Judge O’Neill also gained first hand
legal experience while completing her Internship at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office – Tort Division, working as a Referee for Livingston County Friend of the Court and also as Senior Law Clerk for Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC
) for 3 years.
Education & Personal Life
Judge O’Neill is a former graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Specialty in Juvenile Delinquency. Judge O’Neill graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2002. Judge O’Neill has lived in the county her whole life, having graduated from Eaton Rapids High School and currently residing in Charlotte, Michigan, with her 3 children.