After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with High Honors in
1984, Scaperlanda spent one year clerking for the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme
Court and four years practicing law in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas. Since joining
the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 1989, he has served as Associate
Dean for Research and as Chair of numerous committees including the University's
Campus Tenure Committee, the College's elected executive committee, the
College's Appointments Committee, the Law Library Director Search Committee, and the
College's Self-Study Committee. Additionally, he worked in the provost's office
coordinating the University's self-study, leading the University through the North
Central Association reaccreditation process. 

In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, Scaperlanda was named the Gene and
Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law in 2000. His latest book, published in 2009 by the
Federal Judicial Center, is Immigration Law: A Primer. Earlier books include Recovering
Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law, co-edited by OU law graduate,
Professor Teresa Collett. Scaperlanda's articles have appeared in a number of
journals, including the Connecticut Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal,
the Iowa Law Review, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, the Texas Review of Law and
Politics, and the Wisconsin Law Review. 

Scaperlanda's current public service commitments include serving as a member of the
Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, as a member
of the St. Gregory's University Board of Directors (where he serves on the Executive
Committee and as Chair of the Board's Development Committee), and as a Scholar
Participant in the Hispanic Cultural Institute of Oklahoma City and Norman. He has also
served as chair of the Association of American Law School's Immigration Law Section,
as chair of the Law Teacher's Section of the American Immigration Lawyers'
Association, and as a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Legal Ethics


In Search of the Lost Self (with Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda) (2006)
The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim (with Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda) (2004)

Contributions to Books

Migration and Immigrants in International Declarations and United States Law, Catholic Marriage and Undocumented Residents (forthcoming) (2012)


Foreword, Stepping Out of the Brain Drain: Applying Catholic Social Teaching in a New Era of Migration (2007)
Essay on United States Visas, Magill's Legal Guide (1999)


Polishing the Tarnished Golden Door, Law and Migration (1998)



Aliens, Pilgrims, and Solidarity: Reflections in the Mirror, Regent Journal of International Law (2012)


Secular not Secularist America, Campbell Law Review (2011)
The Ethics of Immigration: An Exchange (with William W. Chip), First Things (2008)


Religious Freedom in the Face of Harsh State and Local Immigration Laws, Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law (2008)


Paths to Citizenship, Legal Education Seminars, Catholic Charities of Chicago (2011)
Secular Not Secularist America, Campbell Law Review Symposium (2011)
Immigration Reform, Campbell University School of Law (2010)

Unpublished Papers and Works in Progress


Never Get Out'a the Boat: Stenberg v. Carhart and the Future of American Law (with John Breen), ExpressO (2006)

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