Leo H. Whinery


Professor Emeritus
A.B., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1949
LL.B., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1951
LL.M., Columbia University, 1955

Professor Leo H. Whinery, who joined the OU law faculty in 1959, taught courses on evidence and forensic evidence. He retired from full-time status in 2003, but still teaches.

Whinery began his law education career as an instructor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Prior to coming to OU in 1959, he was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota from 1955 to 1959.

Admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1951 and the Oklahoma Bar in 1962, Whinery also served as presiding judge with the Norman Municipal Criminal Court from 1960-1978. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and currently serves as Chair of its Evidence Code Committee and is a member of the Uniform Laws Committee. Professor Whinery also holds memberships in the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute. In addition, Professor Whinery is an Oklahoma Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and served as Reporter of its Evidence Drafting Committee to revise the Uniform Rules of Evidence of 1974, As Amended. (The revised Uniform Rules were adopted by the Conference in 1999.) He is also a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College and has served two terms as Chair of the college's Faculty Council. He is the college's recipient of the 1991 Erwin N. Griswold Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions to judicial education in the United States. Earlier he was the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Administration of Justice.

Whinery is the author of Manual on Evidence, Oklahoma Traffic Courts (1973); Predictive Sentencing: An Empirical Evaluation (1976); and a four volume work on Oklahoma Evidence, published by West (1985, 1994, 1996, 2000).