TU Law Professor Charles Adams Receives Outstanding Teacher Award

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Charles W. Adams, Professor of Law at The University of Tulsa, received one of three TU Outstanding Teacher awards given out at TU’s commencement, May 9.

Charles W. Adams, Professor of Law at The University of Tulsa, received one of three TU Outstanding Teacher awards given out at TU’s commencement, May 9.

Each year, three TU professors from the university’s five colleges are selected to receive this award. Adams becomes the eighth law professor to win the award since 2000. This year’s other winners were Laura M. Stevens, associate professor of English in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, and Leslie Gerard Thompson, associate professor of petroleum engineering in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Adams, who teaches civil procedure, evidence, intellectual property, internet law and patent law, adds this honor to a list of awards he has won throughout his career, including: the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from the TU College of Law Student Bar Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, and the Golden Rule Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association.

“Professor Adams has been a stellar faculty member at the College of Law for many years,” said Janet Levit, dean of the TU College of Law. “While maintaining a commitment to his own research and scholarship, he approaches his classes with a thoughtfulness and dedication that provide his students with a perfect example of legal professionalism.” 

Levit also recognized Adams for being on the forefront of integrating technology into the classroom.

Adams joined the faculty at TU in 1979. He is one of Oklahoma’s foremost authorities in civil procedure. He has written several books on Oklahoma civil procedure and numerous articles on civil procedure, patent law, and bankruptcy. He has been active in law reform work in Oklahoma for many years. He was Chair of the Civil Procedure Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association from 1987-1989 and 1994-2000, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the Uniform Laws Committee. He also has served as the Reporter for the Committees on Uniform Jury Instructions for Oklahoma for Civil, Criminal and Juvenile cases. For the past several years, Adams has worked with faculty in the Institute for Information Security (iSec) at TU on legal issues relating to digital forensics and cellular telephones.  

Adams received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1976 and an MBA from the University of California in 1972. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.

Contact:
Jimmy Hart
918-631-2568
jimmy-hart@utulsa.edu