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Oklahoma Law Review

Since 1948, the University of Oklahoma College of Law has published the Oklahoma Law Review (OLR) to serve the profession and the public with timely discussion of legal issues.

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Who We Are

Founded in 1948, the Oklahoma Law Review is published quarterly by University of Oklahoma College of Law to serve the profession and the public with timely discussions of state and federal legal issues. OLR’s editorial board and membership are composed of law students, who work in consultation with a faculty advisor. Each issue of the Review contains articles written by scholars and practitioners, as well as comments and notes authored by journal editors and members. OLR also publishes an annual symposium issue.

OU Law students gain admittance to OLR via high academic standing or by selection through an annual writing competition. First-year students are briefed on these two methods in the Legal Writing and Research class. Members develop invaluable skills in analyzing legal problems, marshaling authorities, and expressing themselves accurately and precisely. Academic credit is also earned for participation on OLR. Approximately fifty students take part in OLR each academic year.

What's New at OLR

The latest issue of the Oklahoma Law Review, vol. 71, no. 1 (Autumn 2018) is now available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features articles from distinguished scholars who comprised three panels at the OLR's spring symposium, "Falsehoods, Fake News, and the First Amendment." The first panel, composed of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professors Harry F. Tepker, Jonathan D. Varat, and Marc Jonathan Blitz, address the question of whether—and to what extent—the First Amendment does, or should, protect false speech. The second panel, made up of Professors Helen Norton, Joshua S. Sellers, and James Weinstein, examine the constitutional implications of falsehoods in the context of political campaigns. The third panel, comprised of Professors Gregory P. Magarian, Joseph Thai, and Sonja R. West, discuss fake news and foreign meddling on social media, a President who is challenging traditional free speech norms, and other emerging First Amendment topics.

The Oklahoma Law Review editorial board members for 2018-2019 are: Editor-in-Chief: Collen L. Steffen; Managing Editor: Katherine M. Raunikar; Executive Articles Editor: Alan Fonseca; Articles Editors: Sarah K. Capps, Anthony W. Joyce, and Thomas J. Joyce; and Note and Comment Editors: Victoria Johnson, Eric Krampf, and Allison Meinders.  Students chosen for appointed editor positions are: Assistant Articles Editors: Becky Bryan, Cooper Davis, Jake Martin, Maegan Murdock, Shelby Rice, and Matt Stott; Assistant Managing Editors: Jim John, Wil Norton, Ashley Ray, Chris Slocum, Paul Tortorici, and Scottie Verplank; Judiciary Committee: Jake Martin, Ashlyn Smith, and Matt Stott; Research Editor and Candidate Mentor: Phoebe Mitchell; Symposium Editor: Hayley Parker; Topic Editor and Candidate Mentor: Shelby Rice; and Staff Editors: Amanda Broussard and Chris Slocum.

The Summer 2018 issue of OLR, vol. 70, no. 4, was published in May and may also be found in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features an adaptation of Professor Ross E. Davies' 2017 Henry Family Lecture delivered at the OU College of Law last October, "Five Little Lessons in Lawyering from Thurgood Marshall."  Also featured in the issue are the articles "Shoot First, Litigate Later: Declaratory Judgment Actions, Procedural Fencing, and Itchy Trigger Fingers," by Professor Robert T. Sherwin; "FERPA Close-Up: When Video Captures Violence and Injury," by Kitty L. Cone and Professor Richard J. Peltz-Steele; and "Combating Prosecutorial Misconduct in Closing Arguments," by Michael D. Cicchini.

The Oklahoma Law Review accepts article submissions via Scholastica and by direct email to mwaters@ou.edu.  See the Submissions page for details.

The Oklahoma Law Review back issue archive is in the process of being relocated. PDF copies of issues going back to vol. 58, no. 1 are now available through our Digital Commons page. Additional volumes will be added in the months ahead.

How to Contact Us

Collen L. Steffen, Editor-in-Chief: steffen.collen@gmail.com,  (405) 325-5192

Katherine M. Raunikar, Managing Editor: katherine.raunikar@ou.edu, (405) 325-5192

Alan Fonseca, Executive Articles Editor: alanfonseca@ou.edu, (405) 325-5192

Michael Waters, Editorial Advisor: mwaters@ou.edu, (405) 325-5191

OLR's regular mailing address is: Oklahoma Law Review, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019

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