Jana McCreary

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Associate Professor of Law



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(904) 256-1222





Jana R. McCreary

(904) 256-1222    ♦    jmccreary@fcsl.edu 


Prior to joining the faculty of Florida Coastal in 2008, Professor McCreary taught at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.  Before she began teaching, Professor McCreary worked as a staff attorney and a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Appeals, Fifth District.  She also worked with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office as well as with a small firm in North Texas, working on a variety of cases including general civil issues, family law matters, and criminal law matters.  While a lawyer in North Texas, Professor McCreary was a state-qualified mediator and family law mediator, volunteering through Tarrant County Dispute Resolution Services.  She also served on the Board of Managers for the Clark Nowlin YMCA.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Professor McCreary worked for ten years in the fields of mental health and mental retardation.

Professor McCreary received her Master of Laws, with thesis, from SMU Dedman School of Law and her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. 


  • LL.M., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

  • J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

  • B.S. in Psychology, Texas A&M University

Teaching and Scholarship

  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

  • Mental Disability Law / Law and Psychology

  • Gun Policy

  • Torts

  • Law and Religion


  • “Mentally Defective” Language in the Gun Control Act, 45 Conn. L. Rev. 371 (2013).
  • Falling Between the Atkins and Heller Cracks: Intellectual Disabilities and Firearms, 15 Chapman L. Rev. 271(2011).

  • Tell Me No Secrets: Sharing, Discipline, and the Clash of Ecclesiastical Abstention and Psychotherapeutic Confidentiality, 29 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 77 (2011).

  • Not Guilty . . . Until Recommitment:  The Misuse of Evidence of the Underlying Crime in NGRI Recommitment Hearings, 2009 Utah L. Rev. 1253 (2009).

  • The Laptop-Free Zone, 43 Val. U. L. Rev. (2009).

  • This Is the Trap the Courts Built: Dealing with the Entanglement of Religion and the Origin of Life in American Public Schools, 37 SW. U. L. Rev. 1 (2008).

  • Focusing Too Much on the Forest Might Hide the Evolving Trees: A Response to Professor Irons, 37 SW. U. L. Rev. 83 (2008).


  • Resurrection of the Second Amendment, Panel Member, SEALS Annual Meeting, Panel, Hilton Head, SC; July 29, 2011.

  • Intellectual Disabilities & Firearm Access Prevention, Florida Legal Scholarship Program. St. Petersburg, FL; November 13, 2010.
  • Ecclesiastical Abstention and Psychotherapeutic Confidentiality; SEALS New Scholars; August 1, 2010.

  • Beyond the Black Letter:  Promoting the Learning Process through Continual Assessment in the First-Year Curriculum; Institute for Law Teaching and Learning; June 18, 2010.

  • Patient–Therapist Issues in Law and Culture;Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference, Brown University, Providence RI;  March 19, 2010.

  • It’s Not All About Us: Students’ Input on Classroom Laptop Usage; AALS annual meeting, Teaching Methods Section; New York City; January 3, 2008.

  • International Law Institute, Centre for Legal Excellence, Taught week-long course to East African attorneys, Kampala, Uganda; December 2007.

  • Teaching Time-Management Skills to 1Ls, presented at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; October 6, 2007.

  • Students’ Views of Classroom Laptop Usage—Differences Between Skills and Doctrinal Courses, presented at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center; September 8, 2007.

  • A Safari into Legal Education in Africa—and Beyond, presented at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Faculty Colloquium series; April 4, 2007.

  • The Lawyering Skill of Organization as Taught Through Legal Writing Programs, presented at the Conference on the Pedagogy of Legal Writing for Legal Academics in Africa; Nairobi, Kenya, Africa; March 16, 2007.  

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • Jacksonville Bar Association

  • Texas State Bar, Member

  • Society of American Law Teachers