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About Harry F. Tepker Jr.

Rick Tepker is the first member of the OU law faculty to appear, argue and win a case before the United States Supreme Court. In 1987, the Court appointed Tepker as counsel for petitioner, an indigent juvenile sentenced to death. Thompson v. Oklahoma, 487 U.S. 815 (1988). It was the first case in which an American court overturned a death sentence on constitutional grounds because the condemned was too young at the time of the crime.


Present Floyd & Irma Calvert Chair of Law and Liberty, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • University of Oklahoma Regents' Award for Superior Teaching, 1993
  • University of Oklahoma Merrick Foundation for Teaching Award, 1988


Contact Information

University of Oklahoma College of Law
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019


Contributions to Books (1)

Law Journal Articles (16)

Presentations (6)

Public & Professional Service (5)