George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus
B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1943
LL.B., University of Oklahoma, 1947
LL.M., University of Michigan, 1948
S.J.D., University of Michigan, 1951
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Professor Frank Elkouri, a nationally-recognized authority on labor arbitration, retired in 1985 after 33 years with the OU College of Law. During his tenure at OU, Elkouri taught labor law, property, trade regulation, torts, and workers' compensation.
Prior to joining the faculty, Elkouri, a native Oklahoman, practiced with the Oklahoma City law firm of Quinlan & Elkouri and was an attorney with the National Wage Stabilization Board in Washington, D.C. and Dallas. From 1952 until 1957, in addition to teaching, he was the Advisor to the Office of the President of The University of Oklahoma. Elkouri served as an arbitrator in labor-management disputes, a Special Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, a member of the Oklahoma Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Workmen's Compensation and an Executive Reservist with the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, in 1961, Elkouri was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association, and the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Elkouri received The University of Oklahoma Distinguished Teaching Citation in 1974, was appointed to a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship in 1979 and was awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal from the American Arbitration Association in 1980.
His published works include How Arbitration Works, Trade Regulation, and Resolving Drug Issues. Regarded as the authoritative treatise on the law and practice of labor arbitration, How Arbitrations Works was published by Elkouri in 1952 as his doctoral thesis. The second, third, and fourth editions of this highly-respected guidebook were the joint efforts of Elkouri and his wife, Edna Asper Elkouri, an honor graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and the George Washington University Law School. Edna, a native Pennsylvanian, is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and served for three years on the staff of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. The couple also co-authored Resolving Drug Issues. In describing how the two have worked as a team for almost 50 years, Elkouri explains that Edna has handled their finances through the years, allowing him "more time for my professional activities and she definitely deserves much of the credit for whatever I have accomplished professionally." The Elkouris continue to write as a team for possible future publication.