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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 Spring 2021 issue of the Oklahoma Law Review, vol. 73, no. 3, was published in April and is now available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features two new articles: "Intolerable Asymmetry and Uncertainty: Congress Should Right the Wrongs of the Civil Rights Act of 1991," by William R. Corbett; and "Changing the Face of College Sports One Tax Return at a Time," by Kathryn Kisska-Schulze & Adam Epstein.  Also included are three student notes: "Failing to Protect Public Employees’ First Amendment Rights: The Need for a Presumption of Public Concern for Truthful Testimony," by Anna H. McNeil; "Montgomery v. Airbus Helicopters, Inc.: Oklahoma’s Ostensible Destruction of Stream-of-Commerce Personal Jurisdiction," by Morgan E. Vastag; and "Reading Between the (Surplus) Lines: Genzer v. James River Insurance Co. and the Tenth Circuit Loosening the Hold of Ridesharing Insurance Policy ," by William W. Whitehurst.

The Oklahoma Law Review has elected its editorial board for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The incoming editors are: Editor-in-Chief:  Robert Rembert; Managing Editor: Sarah Oliver; Executive Articles Editor:  Tina Cannon; Articles Editors: Sarah Conley, Hilary Price, and Jake Seidel; Note & Comment Editors: Bailey Barnes, Amy Oltmanns, and Madeline Cook.

The previous issue of the Oklahoma Law Review, vol. 73, no. 2, is still available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features three new articles: "Attribution Time: Cal Tinney’s 1937 Quip, 'A Switch in Time’ll Save Nine'," by Professor John Q. Barrett; "Stare Decisis Is for Pirates," by Jesse D.H. Snyder; and "The End of the War on Drugs, the Peace Dividend and the Renewed Fourth Amendment?," by Professor Michael Vitiello.  Also included are two student comments: "The Shifting Definition: The Clean Water Act, 'Waters of the United States,' and the Impact on Agriculture," by Hammons P. Hepner, and "Avoiding Flights of Fancy: Determining Venue for Crimes Committed During Commercial Flights ," by Allyson Shumaker.  The issue concludes with a student note, "The First Amendment Has Entered the Chat: Oklahoma’s Cyberharassment Law," by Trae Havens.

Serving on the Oklahoma Law Review editorial board for the 2020-2021 academic year are: Editor-in-Chief:  Allyson Shumaker; Managing Editor: Morgan E. Vastag; Executive Articles Editor:  Hammons P. Hepner; Articles Editors: Jennie M. Mook, Anamayan Narendran, and Austin T. Ray; Note & Comment Editors: Laurel D. Havens III, Nicholas A. Muñoz, and Lauren Swinney; Assistant Articles Editors: Sydney Barrett, Tanner Herrmann, Heather Huff, Wyatt McGuire, and Angela Sorensen; Assistant Managing Editors: Steven Amrein, Amanda Finch, Arron Kidder, Anna McNeil, Jordan Stroh, and William Whitehurst; Judiciary Committee: Steven Amrein, Wyatt McGuire, and Motahareh Nickel; Research Editor & Candidate Mentor: Gatlin Squires; Symposium Editor: Motahareh Nickel; Staff Editors: Laurel D. Havens III and Tanner Herrmann; Topic Editor & Candidate Mentor: Sydney Barrett.

The Oklahoma Law Review is currently reviewing articles.  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. 34, no. 1 (1981) are now available through our Digital Commons page. Additional volumes will be added in the months ahead.

How to Contact Us

Allyson Shumaker, Editor-in-Chief: Allyson.E.Shumaker-1@ou.edu,  (405) 325-5192

Morgan E. Vastag, Managing Editor: mvastag@ou.edu, (405) 325-5192

Hammons P. Hepner, Executive Articles Editor: hammons.hepner@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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