- Assistant Dean of Students
B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1989
J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1992
Scott Palk joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law as the Assistant Dean of Students after 19 years of public service as a state and federal prosecutor.
Dean Palk graduated in 1992 from OU College of Law, where he began his legal career as a legal intern for the District Twenty-One District Attorney's Office serving Cleveland, Garvin and McClain Counties. Immediately upon graduating and passing the bar, he became an assistant district attorney for Cleveland County where he prosecuted a variety of crimes and death penalty cases. In 1994, he became the Multi-County Drug Task Force coordinator, initiating and directing the district's first wire interception drug investigation, coordinating federal and local resources, culminating in the successful prosecution of a significant multi-county methamphetamine distribution organization. The Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers awarded him Prosecutor of the Year in 1993. In 1999, he became the First Assistant District Attorney for District Twenty-One and served in dual prosecutorial and administrative roles.
In 2002, Dean Palk joined the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Oklahoma as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting violent crimes, gangs and domestic terrorism. In 2004, he became the Deputy Criminal Chief of the United States Attorney's Office and served in the additional roles of Violent Crime/OCDETF/National Security coordinator, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council coordinator, and crisis management coordinator. That same year, the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association awarded him Prosecutor of the Year and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys awarded him the Director's Award for Superior Performance. In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration awarded him the Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement.
In his most recent roles at the United States Attorney's Office, he supervised administrative staff and Assistant United States Attorneys, handling a criminal caseload primarily consisting of national security and organized crimes and coordinating efforts with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI Foreign Counterintelligence Squad and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. His work in national security matters included both traditional criminal investigations as well as investigations utilizing provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In 2011, the FBI awarded him the Director's Certificate of Appreciation for Assistance to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Throughout his prosecutorial career, Dean Palk has provided instruction and training at the local and national levels for Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs for the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association, Patriot Act Section 908 Intelligence Training for the United States Attorney's Office, Managing National Security Investigations for the National Advocacy Center, Crisis Management Training for the National Advocacy Center, RICO Investigations for the National Advocacy Center, Computer Forensics for the National Advocacy Center and Wiretap Investigations for the Office of Enforcement Operations.
In addition to his duties as Assistant Dean of Students at the College of Law, Dean Palk will serve on the Threat Assessment and Review Committee on the main campus as well as serve in a consulting role in a variety of matters with the Office of General Counsel.