Katheleen Guzman

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Areas of Interest

  • Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of 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 law faculty in 1993, serving as Associate Director of the Law Center and Associate Dean of Academics from 2003-2006. She has taught property, wills and trusts, advanced trusts, Indian land titles, land use, and real estate transactions, and writes in related areas.

Guzman graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where 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 then earning an LL.M. from the Yale Law School,  Guzman worked as a litigation associate with the Philadelphia firm of Dilworth Paxson. She has been a visiting professor of law at Villanova.

Guzman currently works on an Oklahoma wills and trusts treatise with Professor Mark Gillett, with whom she co-authored Gillett, Guzman and Bruns, Fiduciary Accounting: Principles, Modern Applications, Illustrations (ALI-ABA 2010). She has written a variety of articles on the intersections between property, culture, and law, most recently exploring the sociolegal 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 was named the MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor in 2000 and the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law in 2015. She currently serves as an Associate Special Justice on the Cheyenne & Arapaho Supreme Court, and as a Regional Representative on the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee. 

Additional Information


About Outing: Public Discourse, Private Lives


73 Wash. U. L. Q. 1531

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


31 U. C. Davis L. Rev. 193

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


85 Iowa L. Rev. 595

Essay: What Price Paternity


53 Okla. L. Rev. 77

Clothes for the Emperor


54 Okla. L. Rev. 46

Releasing the Expectancy


34 Ariz. St. L.J. 775

Managing Assets: The Oklahoma Uniform Principal and Income Act


56 Okla. L. Rev. 1

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

(ALI-ABA 2010)

Intents and Purposes


60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 305

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


66 Okla. L. Rev. 543

Worthier for Whom?


68 Okla. L. Rev. 779

Dependent Disclaimers


42 ACTEC L.J. 159

Defending Dependent Disclaimers


42 ACTEC L.J. 245

Awards & Honors

Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma, 2008

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

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