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About Steven S. Gensler

Professor Steven S. Gensler teaches courses on civil procedure, conflict of laws, federal courts, complex litigation, electronic discovery, and alternative dispute resolution. He joined the OU law faculty in 2000 after serving two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. During 2003-04, Professor Gensler was the Supreme Court Fellow at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

From 2005 to 2001, Professor Gensler served as a member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He currently serves as a consultant for the Judicial Conference's Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee.

Professor Gensler is the author of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Rules and Commentary (West) and a wide range of articles on federal practice and procedure. His recent scholarship has focused on the rulemaking process, electronic discovery, and case management.

Professor Gensler began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Deannell Reece Tacha on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1992-93) and to the Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas (1993-94). He then worked as a litigation associate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for four years, most recently with Michael, Best & Friedrich, LLP.

Professor Gensler was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1994 and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2006 and was elected to serve on the ALI Council in 2015.


Present President's Associates Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Present Welcome D. and W. DeVier Pierson Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Student Bar Association Best Teacher Award


  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Complex Litigation
  • Comparative Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Books (6)

Articles (29)