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$1.5 Million Gift from Stuart Family Foundation to Benefit LL.M. Program

December 08, 2010

OU RECEIVES $1.5 MILLION COMMITMENT FROM STUART FAMILY FOUNDATION TO ASSIST IN ESTABLISHING THE JOHN B. TURNER LL.M. PROGRAM AT THE COLLEGE OF LAW

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren has announced a $1.5 million gift from the Stuart Family Foundation of Tulsa to assist in establishing the John B. ... [Read More]




Pro Bono Summit Held at OU College of Law

November 09, 2010

Increasing access to justice for everyone is a daily concern for each partner in the Oklahoma justice community. This past week Oklahoma took another step forward in this effort.

Access to Justice Key Stakeholders Pro Bono Summit was held October 29th at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. ... [Read More]




OAWL Auction Raises $11,600 for Norman Women's Resource Center

November 04, 2010

The Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law(OAWL) raised $11,600 for the Norman Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at their 22nd Annual Charity Auction held on October 28 at The Brewhouse in Norman. In the 22-year history of the fundraiser, the student group at the University of Oklahoma College of Law has raised in excess of $136,000 to benefit the WRC, a non-profit organization which provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. ... [Read More]




Man Released from Prison after 14 Years to Speak at OU College of Law

October 20, 2010

After serving 14 years of a prison sentence for murder and attempted murder, Richard Miles was released when a prisoner advocacy group discovered a police report linking another man to the crime. On October 25 the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) of the University of Oklahoma College of Law will present “One Man’s Testimony: Lessons of a Wrongful Conviction” featuring Miles - a free man for slightly more than a year. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Student Organizations to Raise Awareness and Money

October 14, 2010

With a goal of raising $2,000, students have scheduled Raising the Bar for Breast Cancer Awareness week at the University of Oklahoma College of Law for October 18-22. The event, which debuted in 2009 and raised more than $1,100, is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law (OAWL). ... [Read More]




Sale of Violent Video Games to Be Subject of Moot Court Competition Final

October 13, 2010

The final round of the Calvert Intra-School Moot Court Competition will be held October 22 at noon in the Bell Courtroom. The question to be argued is whether a state law which restricts the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment right to free speech. ... [Read More]




Noted Human Rights Scholar to Speak at OU College of Law

October 07, 2010

The University of Oklahoma College of Law International Human Rights Clinic will host a lecture by international law expert Dinah Shelton on October 14 at 3 p.m. in the Bell Courtroom of Coats Hall. Her presentation, entitled “Human Rights in the Americas: The Inter-American System and its Importance for the United States,” is open to the public. ... [Read More]




Committee Hosts Oklahoma City Luncheon to Introduce Dean Harroz

October 07, 2010

OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. will have an opportunity to meet members of the central Oklahoma legal community at a luncheon set for October 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City. The event is hosted by a committee of OU law alumni with the Honorable Ralph G. ... [Read More]




Women's Resource Center to Benefit from Event Sponsored by Law Student Organization

October 07, 2010

More than $125,000 has been raised over a period of 21 years by OU law students to benefit the Norman Women’s Resource Center (WRC). The Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law (OAWL) will continue their support of the WRC by hosting the 22nd Annual Charity Auction on October 28 at The Brewhouse, 110 West Main in Norman. ... [Read More]




Law Alumni Invited to OU Law Homecoming Tailgate at Coats Hall

October 05, 2010

The University of Oklahoma Student Bar Association invites all OU College of Law alumni and their families to join them for a tailgate party on October 16 prior to the OU-Iowa State football game, the final event of the campus-wide Homecoming Week 2010 “Sooner Magic. ... [Read More]




U.S. SUPREME COURT TO BE DISCUSSED IN FORUM AT OU COLLEGE OF LAW

September 29, 2010

On October 4, as a new term of the Supreme Court of the United States begins, the Dick Bell Courtroom of the University of Oklahoma College of Law will be the site of a forum in which the makeup of the Court and upcoming cases will be discussed. “First Monday: Preview of 2010 Supreme Court Term,” co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage will feature OU law professors Kanika Capel, Rick Tepker and Joseph Thai, along with Justin Wert, a professor in the OU Department of Political Science. ... [Read More]




Court of Criminal Appeals to Hear Case in OU College of Law Courtroom

September 28, 2010

Oral arguments in the appeal of Kevin Ray Underwood will be heard by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on October 12 at 10 a.m. in the Dick Bell Courtroom of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Underwood was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2006 murder of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin, his neighbor in a Purcell apartment complex. ... [Read More]




Historical Convocation Held for Incoming First-Year Students

September 15, 2010

On September 2, the Class of 2013 of the University of Oklahoma College of Law took part in the College’s first convocation of entering students. The group of 174 students, the first class admitted in the second hundred years of the College of Law, is the most academically-qualified class in the history of the College. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Graduates Achieve State's Highest Bar Examination Passage Rate

September 15, 2010

University of Oklahoma College of Law graduates achieved a 97 percent passage rate, highest in the state and 20 percent higher than the passage rate for students from out-of-state schools.

“Our students’ success with the bar is a testament to the quality of our students and our faculty. ... [Read More]




Tulsa Luncheon Hosted for Dean Harroz

September 15, 2010

A group of Tulsa-area lawyers hosted a luncheon at The Summit Club in Tulsa on September 8 to introduce Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. to members of the legal community. The 20-person host committee was co-chaired by Thomas R. Brett, ’57, and James M. Sturdivant, ‘64. ... [Read More]




Professor Forman Appointed to Post by Governor

August 18, 2010

Jonathan B. Forman, Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law, was recently appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve on Oklahoma’s new Task Force on Comprehensive Tax Reform, for a term expiring August 26, 2011. The Governor also reappointed Forman as a member of the Incentive Review Committee, for a term expiring on July 1, 2012. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Graduate Wins International Competition and Trip to Qatar

July 15, 2010

For the second year in a row, a student in Professor Owen Anderson’s International Petroleum Transactions class has won an international writing competition and as a result, an all-expense-paid trip to the sponsoring organization’s international conference. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Graduates Begin Careers in Judicial Branch of Government

July 14, 2010

Six members of the University of Oklahoma College of Law 2010 graduating class have accepted positions as law clerks for five federal judges and an Oklahoma appellate judge. Law clerks assist judges in researching legal issues and writing opinions in cases to be decided by the court. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Students Awarded Scholarships

July 08, 2010

Three third-year OU law students who share an interest in studying natural resources law were recently awarded scholarships by two non-profit educational organizations. Competition for the scholarships was limited to students from law schools which are members of the organizations. ... [Read More]




Dean Coats to Receive American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit

June 24, 2010

Dean Andrew M. Coats has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court 2010 Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit. The award will be presented at the Tenth Circuit Judicial Conference at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 28, 2010. ... [Read More]




Professor Robertson to Serve on U.S. Department of State Committee

June 23, 2010

Lindsay G. Robertson, a 12-year member of the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty, was recently invited to join the Advisory Committee on International Law (ACIL) of the U.S. Department of State. The ACIL is a 25-person committee of policymakers, legal practitioners and academics that advises the Department of State Legal Adviser and the Secretary of State on significant issues of international law. ... [Read More]




Professor Anderson Elected to Membership in American Law Institute

June 03, 2010

Professor Owen L. Anderson of the University of Oklahoma College of Law was recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is an independent organization which produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. With a membership of more than 4,000 lawyers, judges and law professors, the ALI publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that influence legal education, judicial decision-making, and the legislative process. ... [Read More]




Wrongful Convictions in Oklahoma to be Discussed at OU College of Law

April 27, 2010

A symposium exploring solutions to prevent wrongful conviction in Oklahoma will be held on April 30 at 5-9 p.m. in the Dick Bell Courtroom of Coats Hall, home of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.The keynote speaker will be Craig Cooley, an attorney with The Innocence Project, a national public policy and litigation organization. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Recognizes Volunteer Service

April 22, 2010

More than 60 students and faculty members at the University of Oklahoma College of Law were recognized for their pro bono legal work at a reception on April 20 in the Sneed Lounge of Coats Hall. The event was hosted by Students for Access to Justice (SATJ) to recognize the individuals who have donated more than 25 hours of law-related service since May 2009. ... [Read More]




Equality to be Topic for Panel Discussion Set at OU College of Law

March 30, 2010

Legal and political issues of gender and sexuality will be the focus for a panel discussion hosted by a student organization at the University of Oklahoma College of Law on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Bell Courtroom in Coats Hall. Coordinated by United Students and entitled “Equally Speaking: Equality in America and the World,” the event will feature panel members Jim Roth, former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, Ryan Kiesel, OU Law alumnus and member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (District 28), Brittany Novotony, attorney and candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives (District 84), Rusty Surette, KWTV news reporter, Jody Horn, Oklahoma City University professor and Katheleen Guzman, OU College of Law professor. ... [Read More]




Two OU Teams Advance in ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

March 25, 2010

Two teams of students representing the OU College of Law earned the opportunity to participate in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) after advancing from a regional competition held in Miami, Florida, on March 11-13. Conor Cleary, Isaac Ellis, Emily Wilson, Nathan Aduddell, Tyler Coble and Lindsey Smith will travel to Chicago for the April 8-10 national competition. ... [Read More]




OU's Longest-Serving General Counsel Named New Dean of the OU College of Law

March 26, 2010

NORMAN, OKLA. – Joseph Harroz, Jr., who was the longest-serving general counsel in the history of the University of Oklahoma, has been named dean of the OU College of Law. Before becoming president of a publicly traded, Oklahoma-based company in 2008, he served as OU’s general counsel for 12 years. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Encourages Public Service and Pro Bono Work

February 25, 2010

Students for Access to Justice (SATJ) at the University of Oklahoma College of Law hosted the Sixth Annual Public Interest and Pro Bono Fair on February 24 to provide law students the opportunity to meet with representatives from organizations seeking volunteers for spring and summer work. ... [Read More]




Students Win Competition

February 18, 2010

A two-member team of students from the University of Oklahoma College of Law competed in the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition on February 13 in St. Louis, Missouri, and were unanimously selected by competition judges as the first-place winner. ... [Read More]




OU Law Student Recognized by National Organization

February 16, 2010

Christopher Staine, third-year student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, was named by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) as its February Member of the Month. Originally nominated by members of the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher chapter of the organization at OU, Staine received the endorsement of the Rocky Mountain Region of NBLSA and was selected for the honor. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law International Human Rights Clinic Provides Opportunities for Students

February 11, 2010

By the end of the 2009-10 academic year, eight students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have affected the lives of people who live thousands of miles away. These students participated in the first year of the OU College of Law International Human Rights Clinic which focused on indigenous populations in Guyana in South America during the fall semester and Panama in Central America during the spring semester. ... [Read More]




BLSA Sponsors Haiti Relief Week

February 10, 2010

During the first week of February, the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) coordinated four events to assist with relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti. Through their Haiti Relief Week, February 1 -5, the OU College of Law organization raised almost $400 to donate to the American Red Cross for its Haiti earthquake response. ... [Read More]




Black History Program Set by BLSA

February 03, 2010

The Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host a screening of the documentary “Before They Die!” on February 19 at 7 p.m. in the Dick Bell Courtroom of Coats Hall, home of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. ... [Read More]




Ten Commandments Monument Case to be Discussed

January 27, 2010

The 2004 installation of a monument on the courthouse lawn in Stigler, Oklahoma, was the beginning of a controversy which has made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The installation of the monument, inscribed with the Ten Commandments, on property surrounding the Haskell County Courthouse was challenged in the federal courts as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. ... [Read More]




OU College of Law Students to Compete at National Level

January 19, 2010

Students in the University of Oklahoma College of Law chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) recently returned from the organization’s regional meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they were honored in a variety of categories and earned the chance to compete at the national level. ... [Read More]




Assistant Dean Poarch Elected to Membership in American Law Institute

January 07, 2010

David A. Poarch, Assistant Dean for External Affairs for the University of Oklahoma College of Law was recently notified of his election to the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is an independent organization which produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. ... [Read More]