Two TU Law Professors Leaving College After Years of Distinguished Service

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

TU Law Professors Tom L. Holland and Catherine Cullem, TU Law alumni and long-time faculty members and administrators, will soon be leaving the College after years of distinguished service.

Holland, a 1970 graduate of TU Law, will teach during the spring 2012 semester and then retire after a sabbatical during the 2012-13 academic year. At that date, he will have spent 40 years at TU.

Cullem, a 1980 graduate of TU Law, will be leaving TU effective December 31, capping a 30-year career at the College. She has accepted a position as Staff Attorney with the Honorable Deborah Barnes of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

Holland earned an LL.M. from the University of Illinois and worked as a National Bank Examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Most of his years at TU were devoted primarily to teaching courses and doing research and writing related to his banking experience. He is the co-author of two books: Uniform Commercial Code Series: Documents of Title and Uniform Commercial Code Series: Letters of Credit. During his TU Law tenure, he spent time as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean.

"It has been a rewarding experience and a privilege to contribute to the legal education of our students and to serve the College of Law and the University in many other ways," Holland said. "The support and friendship of faculty colleagues and staff members throughout the years will be cherished. I am grateful also for the support provided by College and University administrators. During my tenure, I have witnessed the College of Law evolve from a predominantly local institution to one with a strong regional reputation and a developing national and international influence. I am confident that the College of Law and the University will achieve even greater stature in the future."

Cullem served as Associate Dean, Vice Dean, and Interim Dean during her time at TU. Much of her teaching has focused on legal writing. She was awarded the University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.

"It has been my great privilege to work with our students over the years," Cullem said. "I have learned much from them and hope I have been a positive part of their growth as legal thinkers and writers. TU has given me professional opportunities I never thought possible and the opportunity to work with so many others across campus and within the administration. I am honored to have been a part of the continued development of the law school and to have worked with a dedicated and talented faculty and staff. I am in awe of the tremendous talent, time, and energy our alumni give to our law school and its students. I am looking forward to my new professional life, but I will cherish the memory of my time at TU."

Scott Been