Steven S. Gensler

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Areas of Interest

  • Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law
  • President's Associates Presidential Professor


B.S., Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1988

J.D., summa cum laude, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992

Research Interests

  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure


Professor Steven S. Gensler joined the OU law faculty in 2000 after serving two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. During 2003-04, Professor Gensler was the Supreme Court Fellow at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

From 2005 to 2011, Professor Gensler served as a member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He currently serves as a consultant to the Judicial Conference's Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee.

Professor Gensler is the author of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Rules and Commentary (West) and a wide range of articles on federal practice and procedure. 

Professor Gensler began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Deannell Reece Tacha on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1992-93) and to the Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas (1993-94). He then worked as a litigation associate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for four years, most recently with Michael, Best & Friedrich, LLP.

Professor Gensler was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1994 and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2006 and currently serves as a member of the ALI Council.

Additional Information

Courses Taught


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 5520
  • Civil Procedure I/II 5103/5203
  • Complex Litigation 5920
  • Conflict of Laws 5533
  • Electronic Discovery 6100
  • Federal Courts 5543


Professional Associations

American Law Institute

American Bar Foundation

American Bar Association

Wisconsin Bar Association


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