Valerie Couch selected as new OCU law school dean

U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Couch, of Oklahoma City, has been selected as the new dean of the Oklahoma City University School of Law.
BY RANDY ELLIS rellis@opubco.com Published: December 4, 2011

A center of excellence in law and medicine might be another opportunity, she said.

As a judge and practicing lawyer, Couch said she has been extremely impressed with the law school alumni of OCU.

“They really are among the greatest lawyers, problem solvers and leaders of our state and I think it will be a real honor and privilege to work with them as well,” she said.

Couch received her law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1983.

Couch also has a master's degree in English literature from OU and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California at Los Angeles.

She has served as a U.S. magistrate judge in Oklahoma City since March 1999.

Before that, she was in private practice with Hartzog Conger & Cason, P.C., where she was an associate from 1983-88 and a director and shareholder from 1988-99.

Couch has been an adjunct faculty member at the OCU School of Law since 2001, teaching trial practice to upper division law students.

She is scheduled to begin work as dean July 1, but said she may start earlier if she can get her judicial duties wrapped up sooner.