Juris Doctor Candidate 2009
Melissa Taylor was recognized as the 2008 Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Student. The award was presented at the TU College of Law's alumni luncheon held at the OBA annual convention, Nov. 19, in Oklahoma City.
A third-year law student from Tulsa, Taylor is a graduate of Broken Arrow High School. She received bachelors' degrees in Classics and Letters from the University of Oklahoma and taught middle school Latin before beginning law school.
Taylor currently serves as production editor of the Tulsa Law Review, a student ambassador for the law school, and a member of Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity and the Public Interest Law Society. She volunteers with Tulsa Lawyers for Children and the Tulsa County Bar Association's Lunch Buddy Program, and she is a member of the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag American Inns of Court.
Her article, "Categorical vs. Game-Specific: Adopting the Categorical Approach to Interpreting 'Permits Such Gaming'" was published in the Tulsa Law Review. Other honors she has received include the John Hager Award for Excellence in Torts, the Judge Brett Criminal Law award, and the GableGotwals Outstanding First-Year Student award.
After graduation, Taylor will join the transaction division of the Tulsa law firm GableGotwals.