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About David Swank

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 Foundation.
He is the coauthor of Criminal Justice for the United States Postal Inspector, with R.E.L. Richardson.


1963 - Present Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Present David Ross Boyd Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law

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Honors and Awards

  • Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame
  • Oklahoma Bar Association - President's Award for Outstanding Service to the Oklahoma Bar Association
  • University of Oklahoma Regents' Commendation

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