TU Law Professor Vicki Limas Receives Outstanding Teacher Award

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The University of Tulsa recognized Vicki J. Limas, Professor of Law, with an Outstanding Teacher Award, which is the highest teaching honor the university bestows. Limas accepted the award during commencement exercises held May 8, 2010.

The university annually selects three faculty members for the award that recognizes excellence in the classroom. Nine TU College of Law faculty members have received the award since 2000.

Limas teaches Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Tribal Economic Development. She adds this honor to a list of commendations she has received throughout her career, including recognition of Exemplary Service by a Faculty Member from the TU Law Alumni Association and the Outstanding Faculty Service Award by the Board of Advocates student organization.

“Vicki is an excellent teacher who is on the cutting edge of integrating skills and simulation-based training in her classes,” said Janet Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair. “She integrates advanced trends in legal education, which is precisely the kind of teaching that prepares our students for the practice of law.”

Limas joined the TU College of Law faculty in 1988. She served for ten years as Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and currently serves as codirector of the Native American Law Center and director of the LL.M. program in American Indian and Indigenous Law.

Her scholarly interests focus on employment issues affecting Indian tribes and individuals. She is a contributing author to Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

Limas received her J.D. in 1984 from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to joining the TU College of Law faculty, she practiced labor and employment law with a major Tulsa firm. She is an adjunct settlement judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Better Business Bureau. She served 12 years on the boards of Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and currently serves on the board of the Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This year’s other Outstanding Teacher Award winners were Thomas Buoye, Associate Professor of History in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, and Joseph Rivers, Professor of Music and Film Studies also in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences.

Jimmy Hart