TU College of Law Names Catherine M. Cullem Interim Dean

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Published on 8/19/04

Catherine M. Cullem will serve as interim dean of The University of Tulsa College of Law while a search for a new dean is completed. Roger Blais, TU provost and interim president, made the announcement.

Professor Cullem has been a member of the TU law faculty since 1982, and has served as associate dean from 1988 through 1991 and from 1993 through 1997. Most recently, she was professor of law, director of the legal writing program, and director of the academic support program.

Professor Cullem earned her J.D. in 1980 from The University of Tulsa College of Law. Prior to joining the TU law faculty, she clerked for the Oklahoma Court of Appeals. Her teaching interests have primarily focused on legal writing and criminal law.

Cullem replaces Martin H. Belsky, who will return to the faculty as a tenured professor following a sabbatical during the 2004-2005 academic year. Belsky served the law school for nine years as dean.

Professor Martin Frey, retired member of the TU law faculty, will chair the national search committee for a new dean. The committee will include three members of the law faculty, a law student, an alumna or alumnus of the college to represent the Oklahoma legal community, and Tom Benediktson, dean of the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences.