This Veterans Day, as we honor and remember the men and women who have selflessly served their country, we recognize members of the OU Law community who have also chosen the path of military service. Below are some of our students, faculty and staff who have served.
To all military members within our OU Law community – we thank you for your service.
David Swank, Dean Emeritus
Major, U.S. Army
Drew Kershen, Professor Emeritus, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus
U.S. Army, Specialist E-5, Legal Clerk, Ft. Benning, GA from February 1969 through December 1970. Two-year draftee; I received a one-month early release so that I could begin teaching at the OU College of Law in January 1971.
Zachary Schmook, Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
Captain, U.S. Army
Individuals listed in this post submitted their name and military rank to the OU Law communications team for publication. This list may not include all members of the OU Law community who served in the U.S. military.
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What led you to OU Law? I have wanted to go to law school since I was a teenager. I was active in speech contests and enjoyed making oral presentations. When I was in high school, I would go downtown and watch some of the trials at the courthouse, so, I got acquainted with the courtroom rather early. I obtained a Navy scholarship to go to OU. I was a regular Navy midshipman then I served three years in the far east before coming back to law school. I wanted to attend law school and came back to OU.
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What led you to OU Law? OU Law has been part of my family since the 1920s. My great uncle was Dr. Maurice Merrill, a 1922 graduate of OU Law who then earned a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University in 1925. Merrill taught at OU Law for 30 years, published numerous seminal works in oil and gas law, constitutional law, administrative law and the law of Notice. While still in his twenties, Merrill published the seminal treatise Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Law, which has been a cornerstone of my cases. In law school, I lived with Uncle Maurice and marveled at his longhand scrawl which was literally final copy in its first draft form. In my mind, he will always be ten times the lawyer that I ever became.