Outstanding Faculty Award
Art LeFrancois has been a professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law since 1979. A graduate of Beloit College and the University of Chicago Law School, he served as OCU’s associate dean from 1991 to 1994 and as interim dean from 1994 to 1995. He has been named outstanding professor in the law school and has received the university-wide Olson Prize for outstanding scholarship. LeFrancois teaches criminal law and procedure and legal philosophy.
His recent scholarship includes a review essay on Patterson Toby Graham’s A Right to Read (a history of public library segregation in Alabama); reviews of books on Kentucky’s anti-slavery movement and on the 19th century North Carolina slavery case, State v. Mann; articles on the role of norms and race in Ralph Ellison’s fiction, on 19th century Cheyenne property offenses, and on the Cheyenne law of homicide; a response to Professor Erwin Chemerinsky’s theory of judicial decision-making; and a book chapter co-authored with Judge Robert Henry on the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Rehnquist. In 2003, he co-authored a report to the Oklahoma State Senate on criminal sentencing policy, and recently wrote an article for the Oklahoma Academy on Oklahoma’s law and policy regarding drug offenses.
Professor LeFrancois founded OCU’s federal judicial externship program, has directed sentencing workshops for state trial judges, and led a training program for Armenian defense attorneys under the auspices of the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative. He is a member of the Oklahoma Academy and served as chair of one of its committees on amending Oklahoma’s constitution. He served on Governor Bellmon’s Constitution Revision Study Commission in the late 1980s and from 1989 to 1991 was co-chair of the Sentencing /Release Policy Committee created by the state legislature. He is a director of Historical Preservation, Inc., and served as president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Oklahoma City. He is a charter member and president-elect of OCU’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, serves as a member of the Magistrate Merit Selection Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma, and as Honorary Master to the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.Professor LeFrancois lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Betsy. They have two daughters: Nicole, a third-year student at Yale Law School; and Meghan, a freshman at Haverford College.