Lawrence K. Hellman
Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
Comparative Legal Ethics
Introduction to the American Legal System
Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility
Professional Responsibility in the Legal Intern Experience
Seminar: Selected Topics on the Legal Profession
B.S., Washington & Lee University
M.B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., Northwestern University
Lawrence K. Hellman is professor of law emeritus and dean emeritus at Oklahoma City University School of Law. His research focuses on legal ethics and the regulation of the legal profession. His most significant work explores the relationship between ethics rules, law school instruction, and the practice environment in forming lawyers’ professional values and guiding their professional conduct.
He began his legal career as an attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, where his work focused on the application of the antitrust laws to regulated industries. He then joined the faculty of Washington and Lee University School of Law, teaching in the areas of antitrust law and legal ethics. There, he was part of the “new wave” of professional responsibility scholars who emerged in the mid-1970s in the wake of the Watergate scandal. He has remained active in this field for over forty years, teaching and lecturing on topics of professional responsibility nationally and on five continents.
He joined the faculty of Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1977 and served as dean from 1998 to 2011. During his time as dean, the law school gained membership in the Association of American Law Schools, established the Oklahoma Innocence Project, expanded clinical and pro bono programs, and developed relationships with several law schools and lawyer organizations in China.
Dean Hellman is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the Oklahoma Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He has served in leadership roles in Oklahoma Bar Association committees concerned with professional responsibility, and he was a member of the Oklahoma Justice Commission and the Legislative Task Force on Judicial Selection. A frequent speaker and author on legal ethics topics of interest to practicing lawyers, he is a recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Award for Legal Ethics and the President’s Award for Service from the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court.