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Welcome From The Dean

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It was a banner year for The University of Tulsa College of Law. TU Law climbed 61 positions over the past four years in the US News & World Report “Best Graduate School” rankings, and we are now ranked 86th. We are proud of our graduate employment rate of 91.8 percent for the class of 2012, a rate well above the national average. Our four new professors joined TU Law from this country’s most prestigious institutions and have already distinguished themselves nationally and internationally as scholars and practitioners in their fields.

In the last academic year, TU Law students contributed more than 18,000 hours of pro bono work to those most in need in our communities. The new Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic will not only address unmet legal needs of Tulsa’s most vulnerable women and children, but also will double as the Boesche Legal Clinic’s capacity to offer gold-standard legal training to students. With a new Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning, a position supported in partnership with McAfee & Taft, we dramatically expanded our externship program, offering TU Law students the opportunity to give back by representing the underserved through work with nonprofits and social service agencies.

TU Law continues to build on and innovate with our internationally recognized flagship programs in energy law and Native American law. In particular, we graduated the first class of the Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law (MJIL) online program last May. This fall, we launch the nation’s first Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL) online degree program designed for business professionals who want a deeper understanding of energy and environmental law.

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Across the country, law schools confront significant challenges as the pool of prospective students dwindles in response to a drumbeat questioning the value of a JD. While TU Law is not immune from these broader market forces, we are well positioned to sustain the pressures. Our commitment to build on our strengths and prepare our students to be successful in the ever-changing legal market remains stronger than ever. You, our alumni and our friends, are our inspiration in this journey. We are deeply grateful.


Dean Janet K. Levit

The Newest Faces of TU Law

Professor Anna Carpenter
Assistant Clinical Professor, Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM (Advocacy) (2013)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD (2009)
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar; Bellow Scholar, AALS Section on Clinical Education; and Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow (2002)
  • Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney, Community Justice Project, Georgetown University Law Center (2012-2013)
  • Staff Attorney and Howrey Fellow, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (2009-2011)

“Joining TU College of Law is an opportunity to become part of a community of respected scholars who have a powerful commitment to teaching. I am thrilled to be a part of the growth of our clinical education program through the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic, which will serve the community and give our students hands-on training in the practice of law.”
~ Professor Anna Carpenter

Professor Stephen Galoob
Assistant Professor, Professional Responsibility and Ethics

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law; PhD candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (2013, expected); MA (2009)
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD (2002)
  • Instructor, Legal Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2009-2012)
  • Senior Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP, Washington, DC (2004-2007); Shea & Gardner, Washington, DC (2002-2004)
  • Teaching interests: professional responsibility, ethics, criminal law

“In teaching legal ethics, my main goal is to help my students reconcile for themselves the demands of being good lawyers with the requirements of being good people.”
~ Professor Stephen Galoob

Matt Lamkin
Assistant Professor, Health Law

  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude (2011)
  • University of Minnesota, MA (Bioethics) (2002)
  • Law Clerk, Michael W. Mosman, United States District Court for the District of Oregon (2004-2005)
  • Fellow, Stanford Law School Center for Law and the Biosciences (2011-2013)
  • Fellow, Indiana University Center for Bioethics (2011)
  • Associate, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis (2005-2009); Latham & Watkins, Chicago (2002-2004)
  • Teaching interests: health law, torts, bioethics


Melissa Luttrell
Assistant Professor, Environmental Law

  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum lade (1999)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida International University College of Law (2011-2013)
  • Legislative Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch (2000-2001)
  • Associate, Payne & Fears LLP, Los Angeles (2004-2008)
  • Teaching interests: environmental law, property, climate change



Legal Writing Faculty

Responding to the recommendations of the legal community, TU College of Law’s legal writing faculty changed the legal writing program substantially. Formerly a two-semester program with a separate legal research class, it is now a three-semester program integrating writing and research.

In addition, and beyond the required three semesters of Legal Writing, students must also have an upper-level writing experience: produce a scholarly paper through participation in one of the two law journals; take a transactional legal writing class; or write a substantial paper of publishable quality in a seminar.

The new director of the program, Professor Evelyn Hutchison, is very excited about the changes and states, “Our practice-oriented legal writing curriculum equips our students with the research and writing skills necessary in today’s rapidly changing legal market.” The other members of the legal writing faculty are Professor Barbara Bucholtz and two new full-time professors, Karen Grundy and Gina Nerger.


A Glimpse at the TU Legal Writing Curriculum

Legal Writing I

  • Three objective writing assignments with each assignment increasing in complexity
  • Participate in the 1L Negotiation Competition
  • Participate in Academic Support Sessions that focus on case briefing, note-taking, outlining, and exam-writing
  • Complete multiple research and citation exercises

Legal Writing II

  • Prepare a client letter
  • Research and write a full research memorandum
  • Research and write a trial brief
  • Participate in Academic Support Sessions

Legal Writing III

  • Research and prepare a more complex trial brief
  • Research and prepare an appellate brief
  • Participate in appellate oral arguments

Faculty Publications

Mastering Contract Law
Barbara K. Bucholtz (coauthored)
Carolina Academic Press 2011

Fletcher’s Essays on Criminal Law
Russell L. Christopher, editor
Oxford University Press 2013

Criminal Law: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers
Russell L. Christopher
Oxford University Press 2011

In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America
Walter R. Echo-Hawk
Fulcrum Publishing 2013

Brandishing the First Amendment: Commercial Expression in America
Tamara R. Piety
The University of Michigan Press 2012

Native American Natural Resources (3rd Edition)
Judith V. Royster
Carolina Academic Press 2013

Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain
Robert Spoo
Oxford University Press 2013

Sports Law: Cases and Materials (7th Edition)
Ray Yasser
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. 2011

Oil and Gas in the Disputed Kurdish Territories: Jurisprudence, Regional Minorities and Natural Resources in a Federal System
Rex J. Zedalis
Routledge 2012


Native American Law

Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law (MJIL)
In May, the first class graduated from TU Law’s MJIL program, which offers online education in Indian Law for non-lawyers working in varied aspects of tribal government and business. More than 70 students are enrolled in the MJIL program for fall 2013.

Worcester Sovereignty Project
At its core, the WSP has a policy review center that uncompromisingly advocates for tribal sovereignty and indigenous rights. Key elements of the WSP that provide opportunities for student involvement include: scholarship and field studies programs, a legal clinic, and a defense partners program. Recent events such as the US Supreme Court “Baby Veronica” case in which several TU Law alumni were actively involved demonstrate the vital need for this invaluable program.


Energy Facing Forward

Looking to the future of Energy Law
The University of Tulsa College of Law will soon mark 40 years as a leader in energy law education and policy. The Sustainable Energy and Resource Law (SERL) program provides TU Law students with hands-on opportunities to examine legal and policy approaches for achieving the important goals of energy security, sustainable supplies of natural resources and a healthy environment. Our faculty – Professors Gary Allison, Robert Butkin, Melissa Luttrell, Marla Mansfield, Judith Royster and Rex Zedalis – brings our students a breadth and depth of expertise that has given TU Law national and international distinction in energy law education.

New Members of TU Law’s SERL Board of Visitors:
Pamela Anderson, Shareholder, Hall Estill, Tulsa, OK; Brendan Cook, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Houston, TX; Curtis Craig, VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Explorer Pipeline Company, Tulsa, OK; Elizabeth Joyner, Senior Counsel, Upstream Environmental & Safety Law Group, Coraopolis, PA; Stuart Solomon, President, Chief Operating Officer, AEP-Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK.

View a complete list of our SERL Board of Visitors

Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL)
The first program of its kind in the country, the Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL) degree program offers energy professionals online graduate-level training in the laws and regulations that govern the growing energy industry. As a part of the Sustainable Energy and Resources Law program, the MJEL Curriculum is the most advanced program available in Energy Regulation and Natural Resources law.

TU Law Hosts Symposium
The two-day inaugural 2013 Hartrick Symposium: Career Paths in Energy Law attracted nearly 200 law students and young attorneys from across the country.

US Department of Energy
The US Department of Energy appointed TU Law to participate in the US – Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Energy Working Group and selected Dean Levit to lead the US team, which visited Moscow in October 2012.

Chinese University Partnerships
TU Law partnered with Beijing Normal University and China University of Geosciences to offer TU Law’s LLM degree for foreign lawyers with an energy law concentration. As part of the program, we host two visiting scholars from China University of Geosciences with experience teaching natural resources and environmental law.

Natural Resources Advocacy
Professors Gary Allison (BS ’68, JD ’72) and Marguerite Chapman played a prominent role in the case of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, which involved the Red River Compact between Texas and Oklahoma.


Connecting with Our Community: Staff and Service

18,754 Community Service Hours
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TU Law Staff

Heather Palacios
Director of External Relations
TU College of Law

Rick Burr
Director of Development
TU College of Law

Michael Campbell
Associate Director of Marketing & Communications
TU College of Law

Connecting with Our Community: Experiential Learning

McAfee & Taft committed $45,000 over a three-year period to help fund a student externship program. In its first year, the program matched nearly 100 students with supervising attorneys at a variety of participating locations, including:

  • Women in Recovery
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS)
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Federal Public Defender for the Northern & Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • US Attorney’s Office
  • Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office

Connecting with Our Community: Public Interest Board

A student-run organization providing a platform to engage in community service and pro bono work commensurate with the traditions of the legal profession.

  • Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Catholic Charities
  • Race Judicata
  • Moore Tornado Victims Relief



Connecting with Our Community: Partnerships

TCBA Bench & Bar Committee’s TU Law Docket
Brings Tulsa County District Court cases to Price & Turpen Courtroom as part of the required law school orientation and upper-class practical learning experience.

Faculty & Alumni Showcase CLE Series
Up to eight sessions per year, offering the legal community CLE at no cost.

Annual Distinguished Lectures
Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture, John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture, Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture in Law.

Judicial Legislative Reception
Hosted jointly with the Tulsa County Bar Association (TCBA) at TU College of Law for Tulsa area judiciary’s annual meeting and reception with state legislators.

Richard B. Risk Practicum
An annual series funded by alumnus Richard B. Risk, Jr. (JD ’01) on practical aspects of lawyering presented by the TCBA.


Connecting with Our Community: Bosche Legal Clinic

Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic
Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor’s generous $1 million endowment established this clinic to expand legal services to at-risk women and families in the Tulsa area.

Tulsa Immigrant Rights Network (TIRN)
With the renewal of a five-year, $1 million grant from George Kaiser Family Foundation, TIRN offers legal services to many members of the non-citizen community in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and beyond. TIRN complements the traditional clinical work of the Immigrant Rights Project.

Welcome From the Dean
Newest Faces of TU Law
Legal Writing Faculty
Faculty Publications
Native American Law
Energy Law
Experiential Learning
Public Interest Board
Bosche Legal Clinic