Nine Judges to Convene for Dedication of TU Law’s Price & Turpen Courtroom April 15

Friday, March 07, 2003

Published on 3/7/03

Nine judges from district, state and regional courts will preside over the dedication of the new Wm. Stuart Price and Michael C. Turpen Courtroom at The University of Tulsa College of Law, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at John Rogers Hall, 3120 E. Fourth Place. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Judge Robert H. Henry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will be the keynote speaker and will be introduced by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson (JD 79).

Others scheduled to sit at the judges’ tribunal are: Judge Stephanie K. Seymour, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit; Presiding Judge David L. Peterson, State District Court of Oklahoma, 14th District; Chief Justice of Oklahoma Joseph M. Watt; Presiding Judge Charles A. Johnson, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals; Presiding Judge Steven W. Taylor, State District Court of Oklahoma, 15th District; and U.S. District Court Chief Judges James H. Payne (Eastern District); Robin J. Cauthron (Western District) and Terry C. Kern (Northern District).

Donors for the $600,000 project include Linda Mitchell Price (JD 80) and Wm. Stuart (JD 82) Price; Michael C. (BS 72, JD 74) and Susan Turpen, Norma T. and Richard P. Small, and the Leta McFarlin Chapman Memorial Trust, represented by Sharon Bell (JD 85). Invited guests include area legislators and litigators and former Senator George Mitchell (D/Maine), uncle of Linda Mitchell Price.

TU President Dr. Robert W. Lawless, College of Law Dean Martin H. Belsky and Benjamin J. Chapman, director of computing resources for the College of Law, also will speak at the dedication ceremony.

The newly renovated courtroom, which opened for classroom use in January, is an architectural and aesthetic mix of light maple woods, richly hued textiles and state-of-the-art technology systems, including wireless network access and videoconferencing capabilities. “The room is designed for the future of law teaching,” said Chapman. He calls the new courtroom “the most advanced presentation system on campus.”

In the past, Oklahoma civil and criminal appeals courts have heard cases in the TU courtroom, and other cases will be added to the docket later this year. The Wm. Stuart Price and Michael C. Turpen Courtroom also functions as the main auditorium for law school events and a practice venue for moot court competitions.