Robert G. Spector


Professor Emeritus
Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1963
J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1966

Robert G. Spector is the Glenn R. Watson Chair and Centennial Professor of Law. He teaches courses on Family Law, Children and the Law, Conflict of Laws, Evidence, and Child Abuse and Neglect. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1966.

Professor Spector serves as the Reporter for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and the Family Law Joint Editorial Board for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is a member of the United States' Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law's Session on negotiating a multilateral agreement for the recognition and enforcement of support obligations. He was the Deputy Head of the United States' Delegation to the Hague conference on Private International Law's Special and Diplomatic Commissions on the Protection of Incapacitated Adults and served as an Expert Member of the United States' Delegation to the Hague Conference Special and Diplomatic Commissions for the Convention on the Protection of Minors, the Special Sessions on the Maintenance Convention, the Special Session on the working of the Abduction Convention and the Special Session on the working of the maintenance conventions.

He was a member of the Governing council of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section for ten years. He also chaired the Committee on Marital Torts and served as Vice-Chair of the Law School Curriculum Committee. He serves as a consultant to the Oklahoma Bar Association's Section of Family Law. He is the author of Oklahoma Family Law; Cases and Materials, Oklahoma Family Law: The Handbook and Oklahoma Family Law: Statutes and Rules Annotated, all published by Imprimatur Press and over 100 articles on family law. He also serves as the Associate Editor of the Family Law Quarterly, and is a member of the Board of Editors of Divorce Litigation and the American Journal of Family Law. Professor Spector is also a member of The American Law Institute.

Professor Spector writes and lectures extensively on family law topics. He received the Chair's Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association's Family Law Section in 1994 and 1997 for significant contributions to the development of family law and in 1990 was named the Outstanding Family Law Attorney. He has also received the Earl Sneed Award for significant contributions to Continuing Legal Education by the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1991.

Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma faculty in 1980, Professor Spector was a member of the faculty of Loyola University of Chicago law School for thirteen years. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the University of North Carolina, and Suffolk University in Boston.