Ralph Whitten
Ralph U. Whitten
Professor Emeritus

Professor Whitten joined the Creighton School of Law faculty in 1977. He was law clerk to the late Honorable James Braxton Craven of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1969-1970; a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School from 1970-1972; and a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law from 1972-1977. With Professor Randall Bridwell, he co-authored The Constitution and the Common Law (D.C. Health 1977); with Professor Larry Teply, Civil Procedure (Foundation Press 1994); and with Professors Luther McDougal and Robert Felix, American Conflicts Law: Cases and Materials (3d ed. Michie/LEXIS 1998). He has also written articles for the American Journal of Comparative Law, Arkansas Law Review, Maine Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Memphis State Law Review, Creighton Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and Duke Law Journal.

  • B.A. (1966), J.D. (1969), University of Texas
  • LL.M. (1972), Harvard Law School
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Conflict of Laws: Jurisdiction and Judgments
  • Federal Courts
  • Civil Procedure, with Larry L. Teply, Carolina Academic Press, 5th ed. (2013)
  • Civil Procedure: Cases, Text, Notes, and Problems, with Larry L. Teply & Denis F. McLaughlin, Carolina Academic Press, 3d ed. (with Teacher’s Manual)
  • American Conflicts Law, with Robert L. Felix, Carolina Academic Press, 6th ed. (2011)


  • A Bunny’s Tale: The Impact of a Playboy Playmate on Federal Jurisdiction, CONSIDERCHAPTER13.ORG (Jan. 3, 2011)
  • Ask Mr. Civil Procedure Man, CONSIDERCHAPTER13.ORG (monthly, Mar. 2011-Present) (columnist)
  • A Bunny’s Tale: The Influence of Anna Nicole Smith on the Jurisdiction of the United States Courts, NEB. LAW., November/December 2011, at 19
  • Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates, P.A. v. Allstate Insurance Co.: Justice Whitten Nagging in Part and Declaring a Pox on All Houses, 44 Creighton Law Review 115 (2010)
  • Judgments, Precedents, Federalism and Same-Sex Marriage: a Well-Known, but Often Forgotten, Secret of the Judicial System Revealed, Creighton Law Review, Fall 2005, at 22
  • Full Faith and Credit for Dummies, 38 Creighton Law Review 465 (2005)
  • Teaching Civil Procedure Using an Integrated Case-Text-and-Problem Method, with Larry L. Teply, 47 Saint Louis University Law Journal. 91 (2003)
  • Choice of Law, Jurisdiction, and Judgment Issues in Interstate Adoption Cases, 31 Capital University Law Review  803 (2003)
  • U.S. Conflict-of-Laws Doctrine and Forum Shopping, Domestic and International (Revisited), 37 Texas International Law Journal (2002)
  • Curing the Deficiencies of the Conflicts Revolution: A Proposal for National Legislation on Choice-of-Law, Jurisdiction, and Judgments, 37 Willamette Law Review 259 (2001)
  • Exporting and Importing Domestic Partnerships: Some Conflicts-of-Law Questions and Concerns, 2001 Brigham Young University Law Review 1235 (2001)