Dean Emeritus Andrew M. Coats was appointed as the Eleventh Dean of the College of
Law and Sixth Director of the Law Center on April 25, 1996, and served in that role
through June 30, 2010, when he stepped down to return to teaching. Prior to his
appointment at The University of Oklahoma, he was a senior partner of the Oklahoma Law
Firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. 

During his tenure, Dean Coats, a 2005 inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, led a
resurgence of the College of Law, overseeing the College’s Centennial Celebration and
significant increases both in endowed professorships and scholarships. In perhaps his
most substantial impact on the College, he presided over the College’s 1999-2002
Renovation and Construction Project, which, at its completion, saw President Boren
recognize his leadership by officially renaming the building Andrew M. Coats Hall in his

Dean Coats was the 2010 recipient of the Professionalism Award from the United States
Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. This award, only given every two years, is
presented to the person from the six states that comprise the 10th Circuit who represents
the “Best of Our Profession,” as chosen by the Circuit’s Judges. 

His legal career is highlighted by successfully arguing before the US Supreme Court for
the Universities of Oklahoma and Georgia in their landmark case against the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) which broke the NCAA's college football TV
monopoly. As District Attorney of Oklahoma County, he prosecuted a number of important
cases, including capital cases such as the "Sirloin Stockade Murders." 

In 1996, Dean Coats became the national President of the American College of Trial
Lawyers (1996-97). He is also a trustee of the US Supreme Court Historical Society, an
Oklahoma Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow of the International Academy of
Trial Lawyers, and was the Charter President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American
Board of Trial Advocates. 



The Case for Oral Argument in the Supreme Court of Oklahoma (with Joseph T. Thai), Oklahoma Law Review (2008)


A Tribute to Professor Daniel G. Gibbens, Oklahoma Law Review (2006)