Steven W. Taylor

Justice Steven W. Taylor earned his B.A. from Oklahoma State University in 1971 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970. In 1977 he became the youngest judge in the U.S. Armed Forces and was promoted to the rank of Major. In 1982, he was elected mayor of his hometown of McAlester, making him the youngest mayor in the city’s history. Taylor was a district judge for 21 years and presided over more than 500 jury trials, including the state trial of the Oklahoma City bombing case. In 2004, Taylor was appointed to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and served as Chief Justice from 2011 to 2013. Taylor is a Member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, inducted in 2009.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Steven W. Taylor
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


OU College of Law: A Centennial History

The University of Oklahoma College of Law began in 1909 and has since grown to include a new Law Center building and a major $19 million expansion. Monnet Hall remains one of the most distinctive buildings on the OU campus. OU Law has trained lawyers, public servants, and citizens who have made a huge difference in the success of Oklahoma and the nation.