Samuel Merchant

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  • Visiting Assistant Professor


B.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2013

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2016


Samuel Merchant teaches Constitutional Law and advanced Criminal Procedure courses. From 2022 to 2023, he was a Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, with an assignment at the United States Sentencing Commission. Along with an immersion in constitutional law and Supreme Court practice, Professor Merchant helped prepare amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. His research focuses on horizontal and vertical disparities in criminal sentencing and on constitutional theory, particularly in the Founding Era. His work has been cited by parties and amici at the Supreme Court of the United States.

From 2020–2022, Professor Merchant worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Jodi W. Dishman in the Western District of Oklahoma, working on civil and criminal cases. Before clerking, Professor Merchant practiced litigation around the country in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies while working at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City. He is admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, five federal district courts, and two bankruptcy courts. He taught Civil Pretrial Litigation at OU Law in 2021 and 2022. For several years, he also served as the Chair of the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial board within the Planning Department. Prior to attending law school, he worked for J. P. Morgan Chase Bank, owned small businesses, and worked in market development for a billion-dollar nutrition company. 

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Courses Taught


  • Civil Pretrial Litigation 5530

Publications and Articles

Merchant Restraints: Credit Card Transaction Surcharging and Interchange Fee Regulation in the Wake of Landmark Industry Changes, Oklahoma Law Review, 2016

  • Winner of Oklahoma Law Review’s Best Law Review Comment Award

Extreme caution in marijuana contracts: Bankruptcy relief not available; JDSupra, August 3, 2018

Court decision moves law closer to allowing credit card surcharges; The Oklahoman, Sept. 20, 2016

Professional Activities and Public Service

Federal Bar Association, Oklahoma City Chapter, Board Member and Government Relations Chair; Editor of The Holloway Quarterly Newsletter; Law Student Mentor

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