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Oxford Courses and Faculty


Alternative Dispute Resolution

(5520) 3 Hours—Professor Donald T. Bogan (limited enrollment)
This course focuses on negotiation theory and skills in the context of exploring various alternate dispute resolution processes. It includes both student performance exercises 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.

Complex Litigation

(5920) 3 Hours—Professor Roger M. Michalski
This course covers class actions, multidistrict litigation, and other forms of multiparty litigation. It will examine jurisdiction and removal of class actions, class certifications, and the management and trial of complex cases. It will also address federal/state coordination of complex litigation.

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, three types of transactions will be covered: 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.

Professional Responsibility

(5323) 3 Hours—Professor Mary Sue Backus
The nature of law as a professions; problems facing the profession and the individual lawyer. Fundamentals of legal ethics and responsibilities, with emphasis on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association. The course will also compare and contrast the regulation of lawyers in the U.K. and the European Union.


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 five years, specializing in health law, ERISA, and insurance litigation. Professor Bogan teaches Health Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Civil Pretrial Litigation.

Professor Mary Sue Backus

Professor Mary Sue Backus joined the OU College of Law faculty in 2004. She has a J.D. from William and Mary Law School and an MAT from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation Presidential Professor and in 2016 was awarded the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching. Professor Backus began her legal career as a clerk for The Honorable H. Emory Widener, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and as a litigator for the Washington, D.C., firm of Covington and Burling. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Guangzhou at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and coordinates OU Law's China summer program. She teaches Evidence, Education Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Procedure in addition to Professional Responsibility.

Professor Roger M. Michalski

Professor Roger M. Michalski teaches courses on Choice of Law, Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and International Litigation and Arbitration. He joined the OU Law faculty in 2015 after serving for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. He has previously taught undergraduate legal studies and political theory at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, respectively. Professor Michalski is the author of a variety of empirical and doctrinal articles on federal and state procedure. His recent scholarship has focused on state pleading regimes, procedural values, and inter-district transfers. Professor Michalski was admitted to the California Bar in 2011. He is a native German speaker.

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.

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