TU Law Graduate Who Survived Rape, Cancer Wins National Women’s Health Law Award

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

 Published on 6/11/03

Corrine L. O’Day, a single mother who survived rape and cancer to graduate from The University of Tulsa College of Law in May with a concentration in health law, has been named the winner of the 2003 Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award for Women Working in Health Care Law. This national honor goes to a female law student who is committed to a career in health care law and has worked to support other women, children, the elderly or the disabled.

O’Day had three small children when she began pursuing her associate’s degree from Tulsa Community College, then her bachelor’s degree in management from TU. During her junior year, she was raped. A few years later, she survived Hodgkins disease.

Often working two jobs and also raising her granddaughter, O’Day graduated in the top 12 percent of her law class, was president of the Board of Advocates, excelled locally and nationally in moot court competitions, and edited the law school student newspaper. She has been a community advocate for rape victims and the mentally ill.

O’Day, whose parents’ tribal ancestry is Cherokee and Delaware, has accepted a position with a Muskogee law firm. She also owns and operates Galileo of Oklahoma, a software company that has developed an online legal directory for attorneys.

The Jacobson award, established in 1991 by the Roscoe Pound Foundation in Washington, D.C., includes a $3,000 cash prize. O’Day will receive her award in July in San Francisco at a dinner associated with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America convention. TU law alumna Donna De Simone won the Jacobson award in 1998.