Professor David Swank joined The University of Oklahoma in 1963 as its legal counsel
and as assistant professor of law. Since that time he has served OU in a variety of
positions, including associate professor, professor, Associate Dean, Dean of the College
of Law, Director of the Law Center, and Interim President of The University of Oklahoma.
Swank began his law career in 1959 as a partner in the firm Swank & Swank of
Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 1961, he was named assistant county attorney for Payne County,
and in 1963, he became county attorney.
He has been active in working with the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Trial
Lawyers Association. He was the principal drafter of the Oklahoma Discovery Code. Swank
was the university faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association
and the Big Eight Conference and was vice president of the NCAA for seven years. He also
served on the NCAA Executive Committee and in 1991 was named to the NCAA Committee on
infractions. He served as a member of the NCAA Committee on Infractions for nine years
until 1999, and served as chair for seven years. In 1994 he was named by College Sports
magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in college sports. In October 2011,
Professor Swank was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. He
presently serves as Chair of the Division I Committee on Infractions.
Swank was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1959 and is a member of the Order of the Coif,
Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the American Inns
of Court XXIII. He is a fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the American Bar
He is the coauthor of Criminal Justice for the United States Postal Inspector, with
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