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Darrell Ford, J.D., is a father of three children. He lives in a rural area south of Norman, Oklahoma. He grew up in Purcell, Oklahoma and, with the exception of law school, has lived in Oklahoma his entire life. 

Classes Taught

I teach business law classes. Although I have taught almost every business law class, my current rotation of classes includes the legal environment of business course, the business organizations course, the estate planning course and the legal issues in business capstone course. I also teach numerous independent study courses on a variety of issues. 

Education and Certifications

I have a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University and an MBA and Law degree from the University of Texas. I am licensed to practice in Oklahoma. 

I am certified to teach online classes.


I have taught at UCO for 25 years, 9 years as an adjunct faculty member and 16 years as a full time faculty member. I have also taught at the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma University on an adjunct basis.   

I practiced with a law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma for six years following graduation from law school. Since that time, I have maintained my own private practice in Purcell, Oklahoma. My practice areas have include almost every type of civil practice. Currently, I practice predominantly in the areas of estate planning, real estate, and corporate law.   

Honors and Awards

I have been honored to receive Teaching Excellence awards in the College of Business and have been nominated for University and regional teaching awards.    

I received a statewide award for my contributions to the states' community action organizations.

I have received local and district awards for my service through the Kiwanis club of Purcell.

I was also honored as Purcell's Citizen of the Year. 


My interests include spending time with my children, traveling, and watching documentaries. I am a sports fan and enjoy the arts when time allows.

Office Hours

My office hours vary from semester to semester, but they usually coincide with the days I am teaching.  

Professional and Community Involvement

I am a member of my local Kiwanis club and I volunteer at my church when I can.

I Chairman of the Board and legal counsel for Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit community action program serving McClain, Garvin and Stephens Counties. Delta administers state and federal grants for head start center and early head start centers, senior nutrition sites, transportation services for elderly and low income residents, foster grandparents, a low income apartment complex, and other community services. Delta's grants generally exceed $5 Million annually.

For the past 25 years, I have also been Chairman of McClain County Operation Christmas, a program that provides a Christmas meal and toys for low income families and seniors. Operation Christmas serves approximately 800 people annually.   

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

I enjoy working with students on research projects and have accompanied students on five different occasions to present the results of their research at the International Academy of Public Administration Disciplines Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

My most recent publications include the following:

Ludlum, M., Ford, D. (2017). Start spreading the news:  New York has gone to pot. Southern Journal of Business and Ethics, 9(1), 89-108.

Ford, D., Ludlum, M. (2016). Employee Privacy Outside the Workplace. Southern Law Journal, 26(2), 321-344.

Ludlum, M., Ford, D. (2016). Katie's Law: Oklahoma's Second Puff of Medical Marijuana. Oklahoma City University Law Journal, 41(2), 169-199.

Ludlum, M., Ford, D. (2014). Marijuana Legalization in Washington and Colorado: The Tipping Point in Policy and Practical Implications. Mustang Journal of Law and Legal Studies, 6, 37-51.

Ford, D., Ludlum, M. (2013). Medical Marijuana and Employment Discrimination. Southern Law Journal, XXIII(2), 289-310.

Ludlum, M., Ford, D. (2012). Oklahoma's First Puff of Medical Marijuana. American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 2(8), 91-98.

Ludlum, M., Ford, D. (2011). Colorado's 2010 Update to the Medical Marijuana Law:  Three Problems, Three Solutions. Mustang Journal of Law and Legal Studies, 2(1), 73-81.

Ludlum, M., Ford, D. (2010). Three Lessons from California's Compassionate Use Act. Academy of Health Care Management Journal, 6(1), 69-76.

Ford, D. (2010). The Ethical Duties and Prohibitions Affecting the Decision of an Attorney to Blow the Whistle on an Organizational Client. Mustang Journal of Law and Legal Studies, 1(2010).

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is centered around the students. I want each student to get the most they can from each of my classes. I learn each student's name and we conduct class on an informal basis. We laugh and share experiences. We discuss issues. We learn from examples. Students in my classes have fun and enjoy their time in class. We learn from each other and get to know each other well. The emphasis is on learning, not just passing a test.  

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