Tenth Circuit Judge David Ebel to serve as 2012 McAfee & Taft Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at OCU

February 29, 2012

Judge David Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will serve as the 2012 McAfee & Taft Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He will deliver a public lecture titled “Things I Wish I Had Known When I was a New Lawyer” on April 9, 2012, in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom at OCU LAW.

Judge Ebel spent 21 years in private practice at a law firm and as in-house counsel for a corporation. He has an additional 22 years experience on the bench, both as an appellate judge and as a trial judge. His experiences include litigation, corporate transactional work and business transactions, academics, significant pro bono and indigent representation, civic involvement and politics. Drawing upon these diverse experiences, Judge Ebel will give advice and tell stories of the most important things he has learned along the way.

“What an exceptional opportunity for our students to hear from one of the leading jurists of our day,” said OCU LAW Interim Dean Eric T. Laity. “Judge Ebel’s wealth of experience, both on the bench and as a practicing attorney, will provide great insight on what awaits our students after law school.”

The Jurist-in-Residence program is a partnership between OCU LAW and McAfee & Taft that brings respected members of the bench to campus for a unique educational opportunity.

“For years, it’s been our great pleasure to partner with OCU LAW to help bring such distinguished state and federal judges to Oklahoma to share their insights, experiences and perspectives with law students and the legal community on the judicial process and current legal issues,” said Richard Nix, managing director of McAfee & Taft.

Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 1988, Judge Ebel took senior status in 2006. While serving as a judge, he has also been active as an adjunct professor of law. He has taught a course on ethics and professionalism at Duke Law School, a course on corporations at Denver University School of Law, and a course on ethics at the University of Colorado School of Law.

A native son of Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Northwestern University and his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1965. While at Michigan, he served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review and was elected to the Order of Coif and the Barrister Society. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Byron R. White at the United States Supreme Court during the 1965-66 term. He then joined the Denver firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs.

Judge Ebel has been involved in a number of international activities pertaining to judicial governance, codes of conduct for judges and lawyers, and the structure and administration of the judicial branches of various countries. He has made several trips to Rwanda to assist in the redevelopment of the Rwanda judiciary after that country’s devastating genocide. He has also traveled to Montenegro, Russia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Canada to assist those countries in matters pertaining to judicial governance.

In addition to his lecture, Judge Ebel will visit several classes at OCU LAW and tour the Oklahoma Innocence Project, Native American Legal Resource Center and the Immigration Clinic.