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Scholarship and Research

The OU College of Law is committed to excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. Whether through traditional text, interviews, online outlets, or pro bono service, find here respected scholars who engage – and indeed, often lead – national and international discussion of the critical issues of our time. Our professors approach instruction innovatively, with a constant eye toward encouraging student understanding and proficiency on both pragmatic and theoretical fronts. We serve local and global communities with passion, experience, and care. Inside and out of the classroom, OU Law aims to inspire. We prepare our students for success.

Our faculty members have ranging interests and expertise. Learn more about them and their scholarship here and below.

Faculty News

OU Regents Confirm Endowed Positions

The OU Board of Regents officially confirmed the selection of Professor Jonathan Forman as Kenneth E. McAfee Centennial Chair in Law at the OU College of Law. The Regents also approved three endowed positions at OU Law for professors Mary Sue Backus, Steven Cleveland and Taiawagi Helton.

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Scholarship News

Prof. Gensler’s New Civil Rules Treatise Now Available

The 2018 edition of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules and Commentary, a comprehensive, practice-oriented guide written by Professor Steven Gensler, is now available through Thomson Reuters.

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Faculty Scholarship

Assoc. Dean Brian McCall Authors Third Book

The Architecture of Law: Rebuilding Law in the Classical Tradition, the latest book by Associate Dean Brian McCall, is rooted in the questions of, “What is law? How should law be made?” Using St. Thomas Aquinas’s analogy of God as an architect, McCall asserts that classical natural law jurisprudence provides an answer to these questions far superior to those provided by legal positivism or the “new” natural law theories. 

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Publication Spotlight

Roger Michalski

Transferred Justice: An Empirical Account of Federal Transfers in the Wake of Atlantic Marine, 53 Hous. L. Rev. 1289 (2016)

This Article presents empirical findings on motions to transfer in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. Inc. v. United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Based on an original dataset of roughly 15,500 federal transfers over three years, it traces the evolving patterns of interdistrict transfers and how doctrinal changes affect the flow of cases between districts.

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Recent Research and Expertise

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law, MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor

Dependent Disclaimers

Professor Emeritus, Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law. Article Co-Author: Carolyn S. Thompson

The Law of Attorney Fees in Family Law Cases

Faculty Publications

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