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Oxford Courses and Faculty


Alternative Dispute Resolution

(5520) 3 Hours—Professor Donald T. Bogan & Professor Steven S. Gensler (limited enrollment)
This course examines the many ways people can resolve disputes other than having them decided in court.  It includes both student performance exercises, focusing on negotiation theory and skills,  and the study of substantive legal issues affecting dispute resolution, including questions arising from contracts to mediate or arbitrate disputes within the United States, and internationally. The class also will examine professional responsibility issues that commonly confront practicing lawyers. 

Family Law

(5443) 3 Hours—Professor Emeritus Robert G. Spector & Dean Emeritus Andrew M. Coats
This course examines the rights, obligations, and liabilities arising out of marital and non-marital relationships, focusing on issues associated with marriage, divorce, property, alimony and child support.  This course will discuss and compare the approach to these issues in the United States and Great Britain.  Attention will be given to the problems of international families, including international child abduction.

International Trade

(6100) 3 Hours—Professor Thomas Krebs
This course is concerned with the law of International Trade. Broadly defined, it covers transactions in which goods are transported (by ship) from one country to another. In particular, we are going to look at three transactions: 1. the shipping transaction: this involves two relationships, namely between the seller and the carrier, and between the carrier and the buyer; 2. The sales transaction: this is concerned with the relationship between the seller and the buyer; 3. The financing transaction: again, two relationships are involved: buyer/bank and seller/bank. The course will be taught by way of lectures and interactive seminars.

Secured Transactions

(5750) 3 Hours—Professor Brian M. McCall
This course provides an introduction to the law of secured financing. We will examine the creation, attachment, perfection and enforcement of security interests in personal property as well as the rules governing priority contests among holders of interests in the same property. The primary source of law studied will be Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.  The course combines both study of the law with practical simulation exercises that allows students to acquire important transactional skills. 


Program Director Donald T. Bogan 

Program Director Donald T. Bogan is the Thomas P. Hester Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, and the Frank and Edna Asper Elkouri Professor of Law. He graduated from Brown University and the Wake Forest University School of Law. Professor Bogan joined the OU Law faculty in 2000, following a year as a Visiting Professor. He was appointed Director of Clinical Education in 2001 and served as Clinic Director through 2006. Professor Bogan practiced law in Greensboro, North Carolina, for 15 years and in California for 5 years, specializing in health law, ERISA, and insurance litigation. Professor Bogan teaches Health Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Civil Pretrial Litigation.

Dean Emeritus Andrew M. Coats

Dean Emeritus Andrew M. Coats is the Arch B. & Joanne Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  From 1996 to 2010, he served as the Dean.  In recognition of his leadership, the University of Oklahoma Regents named the law school building, Andrew M. Coats Hall, in his honor.  Before joining the faculty as Dean, Coats was a partner at Crowe & Dunlevy after having served as the District Attorney of Oklahoma County and as Mayor of Oklahoma City.  He also served as President of the Oklahoma Bar Association and as National President of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  In 2005, Dean Coats was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor Oklahoma can confer on an Oklahoman.

Professor Steven S. Gensler

Professor Steven S. Gensler is the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law.  He joined the OU College of Law faculty in 2000.  He is a former member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and currently serves as the Reporter/Consultant to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2006 and has served as a member of the ALI Council since 2015.

Professor Thomas Krebs 

Professor Thomas Krebs has been a University Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Law at Brasenose College, Oxford, since 2003, achieving tenure in 2008. He specializes in commercial Law, both domestic and international. Professor Krebs is particularly interested in the law of agency, and is also pursuing research in international trade law. He is a barrister attached to Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn, London. He is married and has two young daughters.

Professor Brian M. McCall

Professor Brian M. McCall completed his Undergraduate and Masters degrees, then taught English in a private high school for two years before commencing his law degree.  After obtaining his law degree, McCall joined the international law firm of Dechert LLP where he focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. From 1999 to 2006 he practiced in the firm's London office to focus exclusively on cross-border transactions. In 2004 he was elected a partner of the firm. Professor McCall has authored several books and articles on corporate governance law, commercial law, and legal philosophy.  He joined the OU College of Law in 2006 and was awarded tenure in 2012. In 2013 he was selected to hold the Orpha and Maurice Merrill Endowed Professorship of Law.

Professor Emeritus Robert G. Spector

Professor Emeritus Robert G. Spector is the Glenn R. Watson Chair and Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus.  He is currently the reporter for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and has represented the United States at the Hague Conference on Private International Law.  He is the author of Oklahoma Family Law and more than one hundred forty articles on family law.

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