Charles Adams JD

Professor of Law College of Law
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Professor Adams received a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. and B.A. in physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined the faculty of the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1979, and he teaches civil procedure, evidence, intellectual property, and federal courts. He is the reporter for three committees appointed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that draft Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions for civil, criminal, and juvenile cases.

J.D., University of California-Berkeley
M.B.A., University of California at Berkeley
M.A., University of California-Santa Barbara
B.A., University of California-Santa Barbara

Has published books on Oklahoma Civil Procedure and law review articles on topics involving civil procedure and intellectual property.

Civil Procedure
Intellectual Property
Federal Courts

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Law Reviews

Tort Reform and Jury Instructions, 86 Okla. B.J. 821 (2015).

Discovery of Medical Records in Oklahoma State Courts, 85 Okla. B.J. 2007 (2014).

Spoliation of Electronic Evidence: Sanctions Versus Advocacy, 18 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 1 (2011).

Allocating Patent Rights Between Earlier and Later Inventions, 54 St. Louis U. L.J. 55 (2009).

Indirect Infringement From a Tort Law Perspective, 42 U. Rich. L. Rev. 635 (2008).

A Brief History of Indirect Liability for Patent Infringement, 22 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 369 (2006).

The Doctrine of Equivalents: Becoming a Derelict on the Waters of Patent Law, 84 Neb. L. Rev. 1113 (2006).

The Right of Privacy of Employees With Respect to Employer-Owned Computers and E-mails, 75 Okla. B.J. 2567 (2004).

Developments in Oklahoma Civil Procedure 1997-98, 34 Tulsa L.J. 501 (1999).

Recent Developments in Oklahoma Civil Procedure, 33 Tulsa L.J. 539 (1998).

Oklahoma Civil Procedure--Recent Developments, 32 Tulsa L.J. 755 (1997).

Recent Developments in Oklahoma Law--Civil Procedure, 31 Tulsa L.J. 753 (1996).

New Capital for Bankruptcy Reorganizations: It’s the Amount That Counts, 89 NW. U. L. Rev. 411 (1995).

Recent Developments in Oklahoma Law--Civil Procedure, 30 Tulsa L.J. 485 (1995).

Appellate Procedure: Amendments for the Oklahoma and Federal Courts, 29 Tulsa L. J. 31 (1993).

World-Wide Volkswagen v. Woodson, The Rest of the Story, 72 Neb. L. Rev. 1122 (1993).

An Economic Justification for Corporate Reorganizations, 20 Hofstra L. Rev. 117 (1991).

Recent Amendments Affecting Federal Jurisdiction and Venue, 62 Okla. B.J. 2365 (1991).

Recent Developments and in Oklahoma Civil Appellate Procedure, 26 Tulsa L.J. 489 (1991).

Surety Bonds for Federal and Oklahoma Public Works Projects, 26 Tulsa L.J. 37 (1990).

Tape Recording Telephone Conversations--Is It Ethical for Attorneys?, 15 J. Legal Prof. 171 (1990).

The Timing of Appeals Under Rule 4(a)(4) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, 123 F.R.D. 371 (1989).

Final Offer Arbitration: Time for Serious Consideration By the Courts, 66 Neb. L. Rev. 213 (1987).

Highlights of Changes Made by the Oklahoma Pleading Code, 55 Okla. B.J. 1875 (1984).

Service of Process Under the Oklahoma Pleading Code, 20 Tulsa L.J. 137 (1984).

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: More Than a National Patent Court, 49 Mo. L. Rev. 43 (1984).

Proposed Oklahoma Pleading Code, 54 Okla. B.J. 2120 (1983).

Civil Discovery in Oklahoma: Depositions, 17 Tulsa L.J. 179 (1981).

Civil Discovery in Oklahoma: The Discovery Tools, 16 Tulsa L.J. 65S (1981).

Civil Discovery in Oklahoma: General Principles, 16 Tulsa L.J. 184 (1980).

Homestead Legislation in California, 9 Pacific L.J. 723 (1978).

Comment, California’s New Homestead Law, 64 Cal. L. Rev. 180 (1976).

Note, Civil Procedure: Written Specification of Reasons for New Trial Orders, 64 Cal. L. Rev. 286 (1976).


Charles Adams, Oklahoma Jury Instruction Handbook (with annual updates) (2006).

Charles Adams, Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions - Civil, Criminal, Juvenile (2005).

Charles Adams & Daniel Boudreau, Vernon's Oklahoma Forms - Civil Procedure, 2 Vols. (with annual supplements, 2005) (2000).

Charles Adams, Oklahoma District Attorneys Formbook (1997).

Charles Adams & David Clark, Oklahoma Civil Pretrial Procedure (West, 1995).

Charles Adams, Reporter, Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions -- Criminal (2d ed. 1996) (1995).

Charles Adams, Reporter, Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions -- Civil (2d ed. 1996) (1993).

Charles Adams & B. Hall, New Mexico Discovery Practice Manual (Butterworths, 1991).

Charles Adams, Oklahoma Lien Laws (Butterworths, 1990).

Charles Adams, Oklahoma Discovery Practice Manual (Butterworths, 1987).

Book Chapter

On the Legality of Analyzing Cell Phone Records, in Advances in Digital Forensics III


Legal Requirements for the Use of Keystroke Loggers, in Proceedings: First International Workshop on Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering (IEEE, 2005).

Let's Adopt the Proposed Oklahoma Pleading Code, Tulsa Lawyer 5 (Feb. 1984).