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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.

Research and Scholarship

Melissa Mortazavi

Rulemaking Ex Machina, 117 Colum. L. Rev. Online 202 (2017)

Emerging technologies promise to expedite administrative rulemaking by analyzing public input through computerized natural language rather than clunky, old human brains. Moving far beyond software that keyword searches and deduplicates content, natural language processing (as a type of predictive coding) employs artificial intelligence that adapts and modulates depending on inputs, rendering it fluid and dynamic. With the current concerted push to streamline agencies, the question of how and when to use automation in rulemaking will likely be decided in the next year. 

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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

Judge Haskell A. Holloman Professor of Law

The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law

Associate Professor of Law

The “Article of Manufacture” in 1887

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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