TU Law Professor Gary Allison Receives Opala First Amendment Award Nov. 12 at OCU

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Published on 11/16/04

Gary Allison, professor of law at The University of Tulsa College of Law, is the recipient of the 2004 Marian Opala First Amendment Award, given annually by Freedom of Information Oklahoma to an Oklahoman who has promoted education about or protection of the individual rights guaranteed under the First Amendment. Vice-Chief Justice Marian Opala of the Oklahoma Supreme Court presented the award at the organization’s First Amendment Congress, Nov. 12, at Oklahoma City University.

“This year has proven a particularly challenging one for those with unpopular opinions about the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, the Pledge of Allegiance,” said the nomination letter. “Yet Professor Allison has continued to be willing to speak and to educate whenever asked.”

Allison teaches First Amendment law and has written extensively on the topic in law review articles and op-ed pieces. He has appeared on broadcast media and has spoken at TU and around the state. Last year he participated in a forum about the war in Iraq and in the Supreme Court Review at the TU College of Law.

The award is a continuing recognition of Justice Opala for his contributions to the protection of the First Amendment and the education of the public to the responsibilities of living in a democracy.