Oren Griffin - Faculty & Adjuncts

Oren Griffin, PhD, JD

Dean Griffin, TU College of Law
Oren Griffin, PhD, JD
Dean of the College of Law
Dean of the College of Law
College of Law


PhD – University of Iowa MA – University of Northern Iowa JD – Washington & Lee University BS – Southern University at New Orleans


Oren R. Griffin is a nationally recognized leader the field of higher education law and policy.He is a professor of law, Chapman Endowed Chair, and the Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law. Other scholarly positions that he has held include professor of law at the Mercer University School of Law where he served as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. His teaching and scholarly interests focus on employment law, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and education law and policy. Professor Griffin is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Georgia, and has extensive experience representing public and private sector organizations in federal and state courts. Prior to entering legal education, he was an attorney with the Detroit-based law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC, and a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm of Elarbee, Thompson. Dean Griffin is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences for organizations such as the National Association for Student Personal Administrators, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Stetson University College of Law National Conference on Law and Higher Education, the Alabama College System, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Officers. In addition, his scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of College and University Law, the Law and Psychology Review, the Seattle Law Review, the West Education Law Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dean Griffin is also the author of Investigating College Student Misconduct published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. Dean Griffin completed his undergraduate education at Southern University in New Orleans, and master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He earned his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Courses Taught

  • Dean's Seminar on the Legal Profession