Meet the Staff

Christy M. Caves
Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Learning

Christy Caves joined The University of Tulsa College of Law in April 2010 and previously served as the Associate Director of Professional Development. In January 2013, she transitioned into her new role as Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Learning wherein she is responsible for the development, administration and management of the law school’s externship program. The externship program allows students the opportunity to gain a semester of in-the-field, practical, hands-on experience in the practice of law.

Dean Caves was a scholar athlete at The University of Tulsa, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002. She returned to The University of Tulsa and received her Juris Doctor in 2005. Following law school, Dean Caves worked in Tulsa as a litigation associate for Atkinson Haskins where she served as the firm’s Law Clerk and Licensed Legal Intern Coordinator. Prior to joining TU College of Law, Dean Caves also managed her own law firm, Swift & Watkins, PLLC, where she provided clients with representation in litigation matters. In the Professional Development Office, Caves assisted with all professional development programs and provided career services support for students and alumni, as well as coordinated with potential employers. Dean Caves brings strong local ties and regional market knowledge to the TU College of Law. She is an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association.


Marta Swanson
Assistant to the Associate Dean

Marta first joined The University of Tulsa in 1995-1996 working as a circulation clerk in the Mabee Legal Information Center. She returned to the law library in 2001 as the Stacks Maintenance Supervisor. In 2003, she became the Government Documents/Microfiche Manager which later transitioned into the Acquisitions Accounting Assistant/Government Documents Manager. In October 2011, she became the Assistant to the Associate Dean where she serves the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Learning.

Marta’s previous work experience is in furniture upholstery. She graduated from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in 1981 in Furniture Upholstery; most of her 20 years in the trade she was self-employed. In 1990, she received an Legal Assistant Associate Degree from Tulsa Community College which introduced her to the Mabee Legal Information Center.