Interim Dean Katheleen Guzman

Contact Information

Areas of Interest

  • Interim Dean and Interim Director of the Law Center
  • Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law
  • MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor

Education

B.A., with honors, University of Arkansas

J.D., with highest honors, University of Arkansas

LL.M., Yale Law School

About

Katheleen Guzman joined the OU Law faculty in 1993, where she has taught numerous courses targeting the dimensions of property and its transfer, and writes in related areas.

She was named the MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor in 2000 and the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law in 2015. From 2003 to 2006, she served as associate director of the Law Center and associate dean of academics, and from 2017 to 2018, she served as associate dean for research and scholarship.

She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the 2014 Medal for Excellence Award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence for Research University Teaching and the 2008 Merrick Foundation Teaching Award from OU. The OU Law student body also has presented her with several awards over the years, including selection as the outstanding law professor and as one of the three professors chosen to hood graduating 3Ls during Convocation.

Guzman currently serves as a co-reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Model Tribal Probate Code and is currently working with OU Law Professor Emeritus Mark Gillett on an updated edition of Fiduciary Accounting: Principles, Modern Applications, Illustrations. She writes over the intersections between property, culture and law, most recently exploring sociolegal, psychological and neurological parameters of testamentary intent and the diffuse boundaries between speculative property interests and the expectancy. A member of the Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Arkansas Bars, she has written for numerous section publications and lectures nationally to students preparing to sit for the bar examination.

Guzman earned a B.A. with honors and a J.D. with highest honors from the University of Arkansas. In law school, she served as articles editor for the Arkansas Law Review and received the Outstanding Law Student Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. After earning an LL.M. from Yale Law School, Guzman worked as a litigation associate with the Philadelphia law firm of Dilworth Paxson. She also has been a visiting professor of law at Villanova University, and is wrapping up a three-year term on the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee. 

Additional Information

Publications

About Outing: Public Discourse, Private Lives

1995

73 Wash. U. L. Q. 1531

Property, Progeny, Body Part: Assisted Reproduction and the Transfer of Wealth

1997

31 U. C. Davis L. Rev. 193

Give or Take an Acre: Property Norms and the Indian Land Consolidation Act

2000

85 Iowa L. Rev. 595

Essay: What Price Paternity

2000

53 Okla. L. Rev. 77

Clothes for the Emperor

2001

54 Okla. L. Rev. 46

Releasing the Expectancy

2002

34 Ariz. St. L.J. 775

Managing Assets: The Oklahoma Uniform Principal and Income Act

2003

56 Okla. L. Rev. 1

Gillett, Guzman and Bruns, Fiduciary Accounting: Principles, Modern Applications, Illustrations

(ALI-ABA 2010)

Intents and Purposes

2011

60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 305

Where Strict Meets Substantial: Oklahoma Standards for the Execution of a Will

2014

66 Okla. L. Rev. 543

Worthier for Whom?

2016

68 Okla. L. Rev. 779

Dependent Disclaimers

2016

42 ACTEC L.J. 159

Defending Dependent Disclaimers

2016

42 ACTEC L.J. 245

Awards & Honors

Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma, 2008

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Medal for Excellence (Research University), 2014

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