Dean Katheleen Guzman

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Areas of Interest

  • Dean and Director of the Law Center
  • Fenelon Boesche Chair in Law
  • MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor


B.A., with honors, University of Arkansas

J.D., with highest honors, University of Arkansas

LL.M., Yale Law School


Katheleen Guzman joined the OU Law faculty in 1993, where she has taught numerous courses targeting the dimensions of property and its transfer, and writes in related areas.

Dean Guzman currently serves as the 13th dean of the OU College of Law and is also the Fenelon Boesche Chair in Law. She is the first woman to be fully appointed and serve in this capacity at OU Law. 

She was named the MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor in 2000 and the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law in 2015. From 2003 to 2006, she served as associate director of the Law Center and associate dean of academics, and from 2017 to 2018, she served as associate dean for research and scholarship.

She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the 2014 Medal for Excellence Award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence for Research University Teaching and the 2008 Merrick Foundation Teaching Award from OU. The OU Law student body also has presented her with several awards over the years, including selection as the outstanding law professor and as one of the three professors chosen to hood graduating 3Ls during Convocation.

Guzman currently serves as a co-reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Model Tribal Probate Code and is currently working with OU Law Professor Emeritus Mark Gillett on an updated edition of Fiduciary Accounting: Principles, Modern Applications, Illustrations. She writes over the intersections between property, culture and law, most recently exploring sociolegal, psychological and neurological parameters of testamentary intent and the diffuse boundaries between speculative property interests and the expectancy. A member of the Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Arkansas Bars, she has written for numerous section publications and lectures nationally to students preparing to sit for the bar examination.

Guzman earned a B.A. with honors and a J.D. with highest honors from the University of Arkansas. In law school, she served as articles editor for the Arkansas Law Review and received the Outstanding Law Student Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. After earning an LL.M. from Yale Law School, Guzman worked as a litigation associate with the Philadelphia law firm of Dilworth Paxson. She also has been a visiting professor of law at Villanova University, and is wrapping up a three-year term on the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee. 

Additional Information


Will Speak

(forthcoming spring 2020, Brooklyn Law Review)

Decision and Persuasion: Re-Conceiving the Role of the Planner Where Undue Influence Is Suspected


44 ACTEC L.J. 137

(with James C. Milton)

Fits, Starts, and Finishes (reviewing David Horton, Wills Without Signatures, 99 B.U. L. Rev. 1623 (2019))

December 17, 2019


Defending Dependent Disclaimers


42 ACTEC L.J. 245

Dependent Disclaimers


42 ACTEC L.J. 159

Worthier for Whom?


68 Okla. L. Rev. 779

Where Strict Meets Substantial: Oklahoma Standards for the Execution of a Will


66 Okla. L. Rev. 543

Intents and Purposes


60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 305

Gillett, Guzman and Bruns, Fiduciary Accounting: Principles, Modern Applications, Illustrations

(ALI-ABA 2010)

Managing Assets: The Oklahoma Uniform Principal and Income Act


56 Okla. L. Rev. 1

Releasing the Expectancy


34 Ariz. St. L.J. 775

Clothes for the Emperor


54 Okla. L. Rev. 46

Essay: What Price Paternity


53 Okla. L. Rev. 77

Give or Take an Acre: Property Norms and the Indian Land Consolidation Act


85 Iowa L. Rev. 595

Property, Progeny, Body Part: Assisted Reproduction and the Transfer of Wealth


31 U. C. Davis L. Rev. 193

About Outing: Public Discourse, Private Lives


73 Wash. U. L. Q. 1531

Awards & Honors

Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma, 2008

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Medal for Excellence (Research University), 2014

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