Emeritus Professor Joyce Palomar Featured at American College of Mortgage Attorneys Annual Conference

September 25, 2020

Joyce Palomar, Professor of Law and Kenneth E. McAfee Chair in Law Emeritus, appeared on Sept. 9 as a featured speaker at the annual conference of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.  The American College of Mortgage Attorneys is an invitation-only organization of attorneys across North America known for national expertise and service in secured real estate lending. Palomar is one of only three Oklahoma ACMA members. She taught ACMA attorneys about the most recent developments involved in securing and insuring lenders’ mortgage liens and deeds of trust.

Palomar joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 1988 and retired to Emeritus status in January 2017.  As an Emeritus Professor, she has continued her national service to both the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  She also has continued to annually publish a new edition of her treatise, Title Insurance Law, in print and on Westlaw, as well as an annual supplement to her treatise, Patton and Palomar on Land Titles, 3rd edition, in print and on Westlaw.

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