Theodore Roberts

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  • Professor Emeritus
  • Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor of Law Emeritus


B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1961

J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1964


Professor Emeritus Ted Roberts still teaches part time in the area of Advocacy. He also taught Clinical Legal Education and the prisoners' rights courses.

Since coming to OU in 1969, Roberts has served as assistant dean of the College of Law as well assistant director and later director of Clinical Legal Education. He began his legal career in 1964 as assistant county attorney for Caddo County in Anadarko, Oklahoma, later becoming county attorney. From 1967 to 1969, he served as assistant district attorney of Jackson County in Altus, Oklahoma.

Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1964, Roberts has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the association and has served on various committees, including the Legal Ethics Committee, Mandatory Legal Education Committee, the Civil Procedures and Evidence Code Committee, currently the Bench and Bar Committee, the Law Schools Committee, and the Professional Responsibility Tribunal where he was the vice chair and chair. He is a member and chair of the Advisory Board to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Alternate Dispute Resolutions and has served as chair for several years. He was active in the Law School Admissions Council and served as chair of the Misconduct and Irregularities Committee and Audit Committee, and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He retired as municipal judge for the City of Norman after serving 38 years..

Roberts served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in the Southern Regional and Florida Regional programs, the National program and the Advanced Litigation Program. He is a member of the American Inns of Court XXIII and has served as Program Chair and President and currently Counselor. 

He was awarded Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor of Law. He has served on many university committees including the Athletic Counsel and law school committees at the University of Oklahoma during the 38 years he was teaching full time.

Roberts is coauthor of Oklahoma Traffic Court Handbook and The Judges Evidence Bench Book.

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