Oklahoma City University has named Eric Laity as interim dean of the School of Law. Laity is a law professor and serves as associate dean for academic affairs for OCU LAW.
He was raised in the U.S. and the Netherlands and was educated at Harvard, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and juris doctorate.
After graduation from Harvard Law School, he joined the Dallas law firm of Kilgore & Kilgore and was elected a partner five years later. He later joined the Houston office of the Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges law firm. During his 12 years of private practice, Laity was a transactional lawyer with a general business practice that represented organizations in the financial and energy sectors of the international economy.
Laity joined the faculty at Oklahoma City University in 1991 and became associate dean of the law school for academic affairs in 2006. His field of research is international tax law and he has taught in the areas of tax law, international law and international business transactions.
Laity will begin his new role as interim dean July 1 and will remain in that position until a new dean is selected. Lawrence K. Hellman announced in December that he would end his OCU LAW deanship this summer to return to teaching and scholarship.