Robert B. Smith

  • Professor of Law
  • Trial Practice, Legal Writing, Military Law


A.B., Stanford University, 1955

J.D., Stanford University, 1958


Appointed to OU in 1982, Professor Smith taught courses on legal research and writing, oral advocacy, paralegal studies, advanced appellate advocacy, lawyering, and trial techniques. Professor Smith retired from full-time faculty status in 2008, but plans to continue teaching lawyering and trial techniques.

Smith retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel in 1981 after serving more than 20 years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. During his legal career, he also served as deputy attorney general of the state of California and as an associate with the San Francisco firm of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon.

Smith was named director of the College of Law's legal research and writing program in 1983. In 1998, he became Associate Dean for Academics, holding that position until 2003.

Smith was admitted to the California Bar in 1959 and the Oklahoma Bar in 1987. He is the author of The Literate Lawyer (3d edition, 1995), published by Butterworths; To The Last Cartridge (1994), and Men at War (1996), both published by Avon; DALTONS! (1996) and Last Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang (2001), both published by The University of Oklahoma Press; Practical Legal Writing for Legal Assistants (1996), published by West Publishing; Blood Eagle, a novel of the Cold War (Medallion, 2007), and Outlaws of Oklahoma (Globe Pequot) to be published this year and more than 100 articles on legal writing and military and western history.

Additional Information


The Literate Lawyer, 3d edition



To The Last Cartridge



Men at War





The University of Oklahoma Press

Last Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang


The University of Oklahoma Press

Practical Legal Writing for Legal Assistants


West Publishing

Blood Eagle



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