Patricia Moore

Contact Information

Areas of Interest

  • Visiting Professor of Law


B.A., Northwestern University, 1980

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1983

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Research Interests

  • Civil Procedure
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Litigation
  • Supreme Court
  • State Courts
  • Trial Practice


Professor Moore teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts, and other courses related to litigation.  She is a Visiting Professor of Law at OU Law for the Spring 2023 semester, teaching Federal Courts and Evidence.       

Professor Moore was previously Professor of Law at St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida, and at Oklahoma City University School of Law.  She also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for several years at both of those institutions.  She will join the faculty at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in Fall 2023.

Professor Moore has testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and the Oklahoma State Legislature on class actions.   Her scholarship includes empirical and doctrinal work and focuses on how access to justice may be affected by procedural rules, the demographics of the federal courts, and the politicized nature of both. 

Prior to teaching, Professor Moore was a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now part of Dentons), practicing in civil litigation.  She is a member of the Bar in Oklahoma (active) and Illinois (inactive).

Additional Information

Courses Taught


  • Evidence 5314
  • Federal Courts 5543

Awards & Honors

Order of the Coif (University of Chicago Law School).

Phi Beta Kappa (Northwestern University).

“Professor of the Year” twice at Oklahoma City University School of Law.

“Best Program of 2007-2008,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court (Oklahoma City).

Academic Fellow, National Civil Justice Institute.

Professional Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma Bar Association, admitted 1995 (active).
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, admitted 1983 (currently inactive).
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar, 1983; Trial Bar, 1984).
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1984.


Professional Memberships

  • Academic Fellow, National Civil Justice Institute
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
    • Evidence Committee (2008-2010)
    • Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee (2008-2010)
    • Civil Procedure Committee (1997-1998)
  • Master, Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2000-2003, 2007-2008)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi



Books and Book Chapters

The First Year of the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Refinement, Not Revolution, American Association for Justice (2017).

Oklahoma Trial Practice (Thomson West, 2d ed. 1999) (with John Morris and Daniel Morgan).

  • Cumulative Supplements to Oklahoma Trial Practice for each of the years 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 (with Daniel Morgan). 

The Confrontation Clause, in 7 Oklahoma Practice Series, Oklahoma Trial Practice §16.3 (2007).

Law Review Articles

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: The Illusory “No-Injury” Class Reaches the Supreme Court, 2 St. Thomas Journal of Complex Litigation 1 (2015).

The Anti-Plaintiff Pending Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Pro-Defendant Composition of the Federal Rulemaking Committees, 83 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1083 (2015).  

  • A copy of this article was distributed with permission at The Sedona Conference’s 10th Annual Program, Mar. 17-18, 2016 in San Diego, CA. 

The Civil Caseload of the Federal District Courts, 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1177.

Confronting the Myth of "State Court Class Action Abuses" Through an Understanding of Heuristics and a Plea for More Statistics, 82 UMKC L. Rev. 133 (2013).

  • This article resulted in an invitation to testify before Congress in 2015 (see “Other Publications” below).

An Updated Quantitative Study of Iqbal’s Impact on 12(b)(6) Motions, 46 U. Richmond L. Rev. 603 (2012).

Active Learning and Law School Performance (with Todd Sullivan), 3 Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, No. 2, 67 (2011).

The Tao of Pleading: Do Twombly and Iqbal Matter Empirically?, 59 American U. L. Rev. 553 (2010).

The Effect of “Tort Reform” on Tort Case Filings, 43 Valparaiso U. L. Rev. 559 (2009).

Are Women More Ethical Lawyers? An Empirical Study, 31 Florida State U. L. Rev. 785 (2004) (with Kevin Simmons).

Interstate Establishment, Enforcement, and Modification of Child Support Orders, 25 Oklahoma City U. L. Rev. 511 (2000).

Critical Applications and Proposals for Improvement of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act and the Federal Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act, 71 St. John's L. Rev. 1 (1997).

See No Evil? The Role of the Directed Trustee under ERISA, 64 Tennessee L. Rev. 1 (1996).

Other Publications

Invited testimony, Hearing on "The State of Class Actions Ten Years after the Class Action Fairness Act," Before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, United States House of Representatives, February 27, 2015.

Published remarks, Who Will Write Your Rules? Your State Court or the Federal Judiciary? (invited panelist), Pound Civil Justice Institute, 24th Annual Judges Forum, Los Angeles (July 23, 2016) (pages 38-43 of the Report of the Proceedings).

Co-editor of the Civil Procedure and Federal Courts Law Professors’ Blogfrom 2011 to 2018, with over 100 original (research and analysis) blog posts during this time period.

YouTube Channel: videos on first-year Civil Procedure and other procedural issues.

Essay question and model answer for the Multistate Essay Examination (at the request of the National Conference of Bar Examiners for Civil Procedure) (2014).

Comments in Opposition to the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Jan. 31, 2014).

Tort Terminators, Not “Reformers”: A Reply to Professor Spiropoulos, The Edmond Sun (July 6, 2007, p. A4) (with Carla Spivack). 

Will The Latest Amendments To The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Advance Professionalism? Oklahoma County B.J. (July 2000).

Ethical Considerations: Sanctions Imposed For Gender-Based Remarks To Opposing Counsel, Oklahoma County B.J. (April 2000) (with Lawrence Hellman).

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