Gary Allison LL.M, JD

Director of Sustainable Energy and Resources Law Program
Professor Emeritus of Law College of Law
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Professor Allison earned his J.D. in 1972 from The University of Tulsa and his LL.M. in 1976 in the area of economic regulation from Columbia University. He teaches constitutional law, water law, and regulated industries. Professor Allison is a fellow of the Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Program of the College of Law. His scholarship includes a casebook on regulated industries and numerous articles on constitutional law and energy policy. As special counsel to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, he helped organize and write a study of issues the OCC encountered in deciding whether to adopt various public utility standards proposed in the landmark Public Utilities Policies Act of 1978. Professor Allison has been lead counsel on five State Supreme Court challenges to initiative petitions concerning state government reorganization, abortion rights, education reform, and congressional term limits. He has been a Democratic nominee for Congress.

LL.M., Columbia University
J.D., The University of Tulsa
B.A., The University of Tulsa

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

Law Reviews

Evolution of U.S. Electric Energy Regulation: From Natural Monopoly to Regulated Competition, ABA's Section of Environment, Energy & Resources (2014).

Oklahoma Water Rights: What Good Are They?, 64 Okla. L. Rev. 469 (2012).

The Effects of State Laws and Regulations on the Development of Renewable Sources of Electric Energy, Resources for the Future (2010).

Democracy DeLayed: The High Court Distorts Voting Rights Principles to Thwart Partially the Texas Republican Gerrymander, 42 Tulsa L. Rev. 605 (2007).

Protecting Our Nation's Political Duopoly: The Supremes Spoil the Libertarian's Party, 41 Tulsa L. Rev. 291 (2005).

Sanctioning Sodomy: The Supreme Court Liberates Gay Sex and Limits State Power to Vindicate the Moral Sentiments of the People, 39 Tulsa L. Rev. 95 (2003).

School Vouchers: The Educational Silver Bullet or an Ideological Blank Round?, 38 Tulsa L. Rev. 329 (2002).

Prelude to a Church-State: The Supremes Set the Stage for Faith-Based Initiatives, 37 Tulsa L. Rev. 111 (2001).

Protecting Party Purity In the Selection of Nominees for Public Office: The Supremes Strike Down California's Blanket Primaries and Endanger the Open Primaries of Many States, 36 Tulsa L.J. 59 (2000).

The Cultural War Over NEA Funding: Illogical Statutory Deconstruction Erodes Expressive Freedom, 34 Tulsa L.J. 233 (1999).

Free Speech, Indecency and the Electronic Media: The Fragmentation of the Supreme Court, 32 Tulsa L.J. 403 (1997).

The Cyberwar of 1997: Timidity and Sophistry at the First Amendment Front, 33 Tulsa L.J. 103 (1997).

Backlash: The Court Protects the Entrenched Advantages of the Majority, 31 Tulsa L.J. 425 (1996).

Franco-American Charolaise: The Never Ending Story, 30 Tulsa L.J. 1 (1994).

Natural Gas Prorationing v. Take-or-Pay: The Risk-Shifting Battle Continues, 1988-89 Preview 229 (1989).

Explorvelopment: A Theoretical Hybrid Looking for Fertile Legal Soil in an Unfertile Economy, 39 Institute on Oil & Gas Law & Taxation 9.1 (1988).

The Prorationing of Natural Gas in Oklahoma, 57 U. Colo. L. Rev. 169 (1986).

Natural Gas Pricing: The Eternal Debate, 37 Baylor L. Rev. 1 (1985).

Ratable Taking v. Take-or-Pay: Hijinks in the Gas Patch, 1985-86 Preview 133 (1985).

Imprudent Power Construction Projects: The Malaise of Traditional Public Utility Policies, 13 Hofstra L. R. 507 (1985).

Railroad Employees and Amtrak: The Free Ride May Continue, 1984-85 Preview 370 (1985).

Energy Sectionalism: Economic Origins and Legal Responses, 38 Sw. L. J. 703 (1984).

Judging the Prudence of Constructing Nuclear Power Plants: A Report to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, 15 Tulsa L.J. 262 (1979).

The Nontariff Trade Barrier Challenge: Development and Distortion in the Age of Interdependence, 12 Tulsa L.J. 1 (1976).


Gary Allison, Western Water Law (Institute for Energy Development, 1982).

Gary Allison, Regulation of Oil and Gas Profits (Institute for Energy Development, 1981).


Economic Regulation: Energy, Transportation and Utilities (with Richard J. Pierce and Patrick H. Martin) (Bobbs-Merrill, 1980).

Book Chapters

Survey of Oklahoma Water Law, in 6 Waters and Water Rights 687–698

Survey of Oklahoma Water Law, in 6 Waters and Water Rights 339–349

Overview: Utility Competition - The Work of Hands, Visible and Invisible, in IX Public Utility Law Anthology xiii, (1988).


Determining Whether Oklahoma Can Impose Poultry Waste Environmental Costs on Integrators Without Harming Contract Growers (Government Monograph, 1999).

Implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 in Oklahoma (with Lowe and House) (Okla. Corp. Commission, 1980).

The Legal and Regulatory Issues of Transporting Coal by Slurry Pipeline (Regulatory Issues), in II Coal Slurry Task Report, Part 2 (United States Office of Technology Assessment, 1978).