Maria Kolar is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and capital punishment. Professor Kolar began teaching at the OU College of Law in 2013 and previously taught legal research & writing. Kolar obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School and also has a B.A. from the University Of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Philosophy from Emory University. Following law school, Professor Kolar served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joel M. Flaum on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. She then moved to Oklahoma and worked in private practice as a litigation associate, first at McAfee & Taft and then at Hartzog, Conger & Cason. She also served as a law clerk on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma for two years, working solely on capital habeas corpus cases. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, Professor Kolar was a law clerk on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for nearly thirteen years, first for the Honorable Charles S. Chapel and then for the Honorable Clancy Smith. Professor Kolar is married to Dr. Randall Kolar, Director of the School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at OU, and they have five children (John, Charlie, Sam, Katie, and Ben).