The Quinlan Lecture 2002: Dennis Patterson – “What is at Stake in Jurisprudence?”

Author of “Law and Truth” to Present
2002 Quinlan Lecture at OCU Law School

Dennis Patterson, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, N.J., is scheduled to present the 2002 Quinlan Lecture at Oklahoma City University (OCU) School of Law on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 5 p.m. in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom, located in the Sarkeys Law Center on the OCU campus.

Patterson’s lecture, “What is at Stake in Jurisprudence?” will examine current debates in jurisprudence and present a number of his views relative to these debates. The Quinlan Lecture is presented to benefit students, practitioners, scholars, legal theorists, and interested members of the public, according to Lawrence Hellman, OCU School of Law dean.

Patterson is the author of “Law and Truth,” a book hailed as “one of the most significant books on jurisprudence to be published in recent years.” He is also the author of  “Good Faith and Lender Liability,” “A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory,” “Introduction to the Philosophy of Law,” as well as the anthologies, “Lender Liability” and “Postmodernism and Law.”

Patterson earned his undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and law degrees from the State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. Throughout a distinguished career, he has held visiting professorships with the University of Texas, Georgetown University, Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Vienna. He has also been awarded senior research grants from The American Council of Learned Societies, the Humboldt Stiftung, and the Fulbright Commission.

The Quinlan Lecture is named in honor of Oklahoma native and long-time OCU law professor Wayne Quinlan. After a distinguished career in private practice, Quinlan taught at OCU from 1952 until his death in 1981. While a professor at OCU, Quinlan also served as a Special Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1966 and 1967. According to Hellman, Professor Quinlan’s love of constitutional law and American history inspired the OCU School of Law faculty to name this annual lecture in his honor.

The Quinlan Lecture is underwritten by generous donations from Quinlan family members and friends.

Oklahoma City University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is the oldest law school in the state of Oklahoma. It offers full- and part-time programs, and serves a diverse student body of approximately 500, including many working professionals and other non-traditional students. Approximately half of its students come from outside Oklahoma, and its 4,000 alumni practice in every state and several foreign countries. For more information about the School of Law, visit the Web site at