- Professor Emeritus
- Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law Emeritus
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1963
J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1966
Robert G. Spector is the Glenn R. Watson Chair and Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus. He taught courses on Family Law, Children and the Law, Conflict of Laws, Evidence, and Child Abuse and Neglect. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1966.
Professor Spector serves as the Reporter for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and served as Reporter for the Family Law Joint Editorial Board for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He was a member of the United States' Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law's Session on negotiating a multilateral agreement for the recognition and enforcement of support obligations. He was the Deputy Head of the United States' Delegation to the Hague conference on Private International Law's Special and Diplomatic Commissions on the Protection of Incapacitated Adults and served as an Expert Member of the United States' Delegation to the Hague Conference Special and Diplomatic Commissions for the Convention on the Protection of Minors, the Special Sessions on the Maintenance Convention, the Special Sessions on the Working of the Abduction Convention and the Special Session on the Working of the maintenance conventions.
He was a member of the Governing council of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section for ten years. He also chaired the Committee on Marital Torts and served as Vice-Chair of the Law School Curriculum Committee. He serves as a consultant to the Oklahoma Bar Association's Section of Family Law. He is the author of Oklahoma Family Law: Cases and Materials, Oklahoma Family Law: The Handbook and Oklahoma Family Law: Statutes and Rules Annotated, all published by Imprimatur Press and over 100 articles on family law. He also served as the Associate Editor of the Family Law Quarterly and is a member of The American Law Institute.
Professor Spector writes and lectures extensively on family law topics. In 2022 he received the Robert G. Spector award created by the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Family Law Section recognizing life time contributions to Oklahoma Family Law.
He received the Chair's Award 1994 and 1997 and in 1990 was named the Outstanding Family Law Attorney. He has also received the Earl Sneed Award for significant contributions to Continuing Legal Education by the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1991.
Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma faculty in 1980, Professor Spector was a member of the faculty of Loyola University of Chicago law School for thirteen years. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the University of North Carolina, and Suffolk University in Boston.
Oklahoma Family Law: The Handbook
Oklahoma Family Law: Cases & Materials
Oklahoma Family Law: Statutes & Rules Annotated
- Family Law II: Custody & Visitation 6100
Awards & Honors
Chair's Award, Oklahoma Bar Association's Family Law Section, 1994, 1997
Outstanding Family Law Attorney, 1990
Earl Sneed Award, Oklahoma Bar Association, 1991
Reporter for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
Reporter for the Family Law Joint Editorial Board for National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
Member of the United States' Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law's Session
Associate Editor of the Family Law Quarterly
Member of the Board of Editors of Divorce Litigation and the American Journal of Family Law
Member of the American Law Institute