University of Oklahoma Faculty
Program Director Steven S. Gensler is the Welcome D. & W. DeVier Pierson Professor of Law. Professor Gensler joined the OU College of Law faculty in 2000. From 2005 to 2011, he served as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He is the past chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure and an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Professor Lindsay G. Robertson is the Judge Haskell A. Holloman Professor of Law and History. He received J.D. and Ph.D. (History) degrees from the University of Virginia and joined the OU College of Law faculty in 1997. Author of the award-winning Conquest by Law (Oxford University Press 2005), Professor Robertson is an internationally-recognized expert on indigenous peoples and the law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Professor Emeritus Robert G. Spector is the former Glenn R. Watson Chair and Centennial Professor of Law. He currently is 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 articles on family law.
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.
Distinguished Jurist in Residence
The Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti is a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma and a 1988 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He was appointed to the bench in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Before that, he was a prosecutor in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and spent 16 years in private practice, most recently as a founding partner of the Oklahoma City law firm of Holladay, Chilton & DeGiusti PLLC. Judge DeGiusti has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, teaching Military Law and Trial Techniques.
Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch is a Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of Bedfordshire. Professor Black-Branch has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. He also is a Barrister, Lincoln's Inn, and serves as a Magistrate in Oxfordshire. He teaches in the area of public international law and is particularly interested in comparative human rights, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes).