Laura Palk

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  • Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs
  • Adjunct Professor of Law


B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1989

J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1992


Laura Palk has been with the University of Oklahoma since 2001. Prior to her current role as Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs, she taught international law, business law and legal studies in the Price College of Business at OU and was its Accreditation and Assurance of Learning Coordinator. Laura also served as an assistant adjunct professor of employment law in the OU College of Law. Laura continues to teach the law of commercial transactions in the Master of Accountancy program for the Price College of Business. 

She previously was the University’s Title IX Officer and an Assistant Legal Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel. From 1995-2001, Laura served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma for Judge Wayne E. Alley, Judge Gary Purcell, and Judge Ronald Howland, and was an associate for the law firm of McAfee and Taft for three years. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

Laura has published several articles related to business and employment law, including: Ignorance Is Bliss: Should Lack of Personal Benefit Knowledge Immunize Insider Trading? 13 Berkeley Business Law Journal Issue I, 101 (2015); Gone But Not Forgotten: Does (or Should) the Use of Self-Destructing Messaging Applications Trigger Corporate Governance Duties? 7 Harvard Business Law Review No. 1, 115 (2017); A Free Ride: Data Brokers' Rent Seeking Behavior and the Future of Data Inequality (pending Spring 2018 joint publication with Krishnamurty Muralidhar with Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law); and Born Free: Toward an Expansive Definition of Sex and Support for the Equality Act (pending Spring 2018 joint publication with Shelly Grunsted with Michigan Journal of Gender and Law).

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