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Dennis Wayne Arrow

July 27, 1949 — December 15, 2022

Dennis Wayne Arrow

Dennis Wayne Arrow, 74, of Edmond, Oklahoma passed away on December 15, 2022. He was born on July 27, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois to Anthony and Joan Arrow.He received his B.A. degree from George Washington University in 1970, a J.D. degree from California Western School of Law in 1974, and a LL.M. degree from Harvard University in 1975.Professor of Law Emeritus of Oklahoma City University School of Law, Dennis taught Constitutional Law, American Indian Law, Constitutional Civil Rights, Remedies, International Law from 1975 to 2017. Being a serious Constitutional scholar, he was a well-liked and respected professor. Over the course of his impressive academic career, Dennis authored over thirty published articles, primarily in the areas of Constitutional Law, American Indian Law, and International Law.Dennis was one of a handful of attorneys in the nation who argued various cases before the United States Supreme Court. In 1985, he argued before the United States Supreme Court in National Gay Task Force v. Board of Education of Oklahoma (representing Respondent). In 1989, he second-chaired the oral argument in the case of Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Graham, representing the Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes. In 1995, he represented Chickasaw Nation and argued before the United States Supreme Court on the case of Oklahoma Tax Comm'n v. Chickasaw Nation. He also second-chaired Supreme Court oral argument on behalf of Chickasaw Nation on the case of Chickasaw Nation v. United States in 2001.Dennis served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes from 1995 to 2022. Dennis was also the Contributing Editor for eleven volumes of the Oklahoma Tribal Court Reports.At leisure time, Dennis enjoyed reading, playing piano, and traveling. He and his wife's favorite travel destination is the state of Hawaii. He loved wearing his wild and colorful Hawaiian shirts (He probably had a collection of over one hundred of them). He is considered by friends and family, a walking encyclopedia on topics of laws, history, literature, music, and sports.He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ju-Chuan Arrow; by his brothers-in-law Kai-Yu Wang, Ming-Po Wu, and Shu-Wei Fong; by his sisters-in-law Ju-Lan Wang, Ju-Wen Wang, Ju-Yu Wang; by his nieces and nephew Fang-Yun Wu, Chih-Wei Wang, Chih-Chong Wang, Ashley Fong, Alison Fong, Adrian Fong, and Hsin-Tz Faith Wang. Dennis was respected and loved by everyone who knows him and will be greatly missed. Service will be held at the Smith & Kernke Funeral Home, 14624 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26, 2022.
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