Editor’s Note: The following press release, issued by the American Catholic Lawyers Association late last week, announces that CFN Editor-in-Chief Brian McCall, a tenured professor of law, and the University of Oklahoma have “reached an amicable resolution of all claims relating to the end of his service as Associate Dean” of the university’s College of Law “and Associate Director of the Law Center in October 2018 pursuant to a confidential settlement agreement.”
Readers may recall that last October, Dr. McCall faced an unfortunate incident of professional persecution, including the loss of his associate deanship, sparked by two defamatory articles published against him in the university newspaper, The OU Daily.
CFN celebrates the newly reached settlement and hopes that Dr. McCall will be able to continue his outstanding work at the University of Oklahoma and Catholic Family News for many years to come. Please keep him, his family, and CFN in your prayers!
Law Professor Settles Discrimination Claims Against University of Oklahoma
August 24, 2019 — NORMAN, OKLAHOMA
ACLA is pleased to announce that with the assistance of ACLA affiliate attorney Brecken Wagner, Professor Brian McCall of the University of Oklahoma College of Law has reached an amicable resolution of all claims relating to the end of his service as Associate Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Associate Director of the Law Center in October 2018 pursuant to a confidential settlement agreement.
McCall said, “I am relieved finally to put this unfortunate incident behind me and to be free to dedicate my full time and effort to serving the students of the University of Oklahoma who are the entire reason for the University’s existence. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the American Catholic Lawyers Association (ACLA) for expert and sound legal advice. In particular, I wish to thank ACLA’s Oklahoma Affiliate, Brecken Wagner, and the entire ACLA team for their assistance over this past year, including President and Chief Counsel, Christopher A. Ferrara, and ACLA’s Western Regional Litigation Counsel, James Bendell.”
McCall is a tenured professor holding an endowed professorship and teaches courses in Contracts and Commercial Law with a specialization in teaching law in an experiential manner that emphasizes the acquisition of practical professional skills.
Professor McCall is a graduate of Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with Distinction in his major (English). He received a Fulbright grant to the University of London, King’s College, where he received his Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature before 1525. After teaching high school English for two years he completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, and with the highest grade point average over the degree program. He practiced law with Dechert LLP from 1997 until 2006 in Philadelphia and London (from 1999-2006) during which time he specialized in international mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.
As a law professor, he was instrumental in developing the College of Law’s online Master of Legal Studies and online Master of Laws degrees which under his leadership grew from fewer than a dozen students to over 350 enrolled students. He has been and remains a passionate advocate for practical experiential education that facilitates the development of professional skills and emphasizes the ethical practice of law. He is a traditional Roman Catholic who has been married to his wife, Marie Elaina, for 28 years and is the proud father of six children.
Reprinted with permission from the ACLA website.