Michael Scaperlanda

Prof. Michael Scaperlanda

Associate Dean of Scholarship and Research, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Topics: Religious Liberties • Civil Rights • Federalism & Separation of Powers

Professor Michael Scaperlanda was named the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law at The University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2000. At OU, he teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, Jurisprudence, and Professional Responsibility.

In addition to his teaching assignments at OU, Scaperlanda has been a visiting member of the University of Texas law faculty, served as an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, served as an adjunct for The University of Oklahoma Political Science Department, and is a faculty fellow in the Provost's office coordinating the university wide re-accreditation self-study. He has also served as consultant to various organizations and corporations within his areas of expertise.

His scholarship, which includes articles in numerous journals, including the Iowa Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Stanford Journal of Law and Policy, the Review of Social Economy, and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, has focused primarily on the intersection of constitutional law and immigration law. Scaperlanda's three volume co-edited (with Jack Chin and Victor Romero) anthology entitled Immigration and the Constitution was published by Garland Publishing in 2000.

Scaperlanda also speaks to and writes articles for the general public on the role of the courts in shaping our constitutional community and the place of religion in the public square.

Prior to coming to OU in 1989, Scaperlanda practiced law with the Texas firm of Hughes & Luce, and the Washington, D.C., firm of Hogan & Hartson. He began his law career in 1984 as a briefing attorney for the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in Austin.

Scaperlanda was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He has served as chair of the Association of American Law School's Immigration Law Section and as chair of the Law Teacher's Section of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.

  • B.A., University of Texas, 1981
  • J.D., University of Texas, 1984


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