Professor Drew Kershen, who joined the OU law faculty in 1971, teaches courses on
agricultural law, legal history, professional responsibility, and water rights. In recent
years, Professor Kershen has focused his teaching, research, and lecturing on
agricultural biotechnology law and policy. 

After receiving his juris doctorate in 1968, he joined a private practice in Atlanta. In
1973, he was named a fellow in law and humanities at Harvard University. He has held
visiting professorships at the universities of Kansas, Illinois, and Arkansas Little
Rock. During the summer terms and semester intersessions, he has taught at the University
of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Oklahoma City University, the University of Texas, and Texas

Kershen is coauthor of Farm Products Financing and Filing Service, written in 1990 with
J. Thomas Hardin. He has authored more than 40 other book chapters, grant reports, and
law review articles. 

Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1969 (inactive) and the Oklahoma Bar in 1972, Kershen is a
member of the Oklahoma Water Law Advisory Commission and the Order of the Coif. Kershen
is a past member of the Board of Directors and past president of the American
Agricultural Law Association. He served as a trustee to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law
Foundation from 1991-1995. Additionally, Professor Kershen was a Fulbright Teaching
Scholar to Honduras in 1999, and served as the Co-Reporter for the UCC Article 7 Revision
Committee from 2000-2003. 

Agricultural Biotechnology Law and Policy


Regulatory Paradigms for Modern Breeding (with Wayne A. Parrott), NABC Report (2015)

Modern breeding, based upon molecular biology using genetic information, has made rapid advances. Breeders using...



Give Genetic Engineering Some Breathing Room (with Henry I. Miller), Slate (2015)


Give Genetic Engineering Some Breathing Room (with Henry I. Miller), Issues in Science and Technology (2015)

Agricultural Environmental Law

Ag-Environmental Law: Impact on Ag-Finance, Agricultural Law Update (2004)
Property Rights: Competing Visions in Rural America, Agricultural Law Update (1997)
Agricultural Environmental Issues, Oklahoma Environmental Law Handbook (1997)

Agricultural Commercial Law


Commercial Laws in the United States Relating to Bailments, Agricultural Law Research Article (2004)

Agricultural Law

American Legal History

Agriculture Essay, The Supreme Court of the United States (2005)


Vicinage--Part II, Oklahoma Law Review (1977)


Vicinage, Oklahoma Law Review (1976)

Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Justice Denied in Oklahoma, Op-Ed, New York Times (1996)

Law and Humanities


Breaker Morant (A Symposium on Film and the Law), Oklahoma City University Law Review (1997)


Commentary: Facts, Law, and Equity, Oklahoma Law Review (1982)


A Liberal Arts Discipline of Law, Journal of Legal Education (1976)


Humanization of Lawyers at Harvard, American Bar Association Journal (1975)

Professional Responsibility/Legal Ethics


Further Thoughts on the Ethics of Ethics Consultation, Journal of the Professional Lawyer: Symposium Issue (1997)


The Ethics of Ethics Consultation, The Professional Lawyer (1995)

Water Law


Liability and Redress: Overview and General Comments, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2010)
Agriculture and Science in Saskatchewan, Harry Toop Memorial Science for Saskatchewan Lecture (2009)
Litigation Review: Biotechnology Cases, Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association (2008)

Intellectual Property


Politics and the Poor Man's Plate (with Henry I. Miller), Defining Ideas (2013)


Intellectual Property and Freedom, University of Oklahoma, Institute for American Constitutional Heritage (2013)