Alumni Profile: Judge Carlos J. Chappelle to speak at TU Alumni Luncheon

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Special District Judge Carlos Chappelle will be the speaker at The University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Luncheon at this year's OBA Annual Convention. The luncheon will be held Nov. 19, 2008, at noon in the Red Carpet Room of the Sheraton Downtown in Oklahoma City.

There, Chappelle will give his speech: "Stories From The Bench: Hollywood Couldn’t Script This Stuff."

Born and raised in Tulsa, Chappelle is a 1980 graduate of the TU College of Law. For the last fourteen years, he has been a sitting Special District Judge in Tulsa County. Initially hearing and deciding juvenile issues, his dockets later consisted of mostly domestic and criminal matters. For the last year, however, Chappell’s dockets have related to a combination of matters, ranging from criminal and domestic, to administering the mental health court and hearing quasi-criminal matters of child support enforcement.

Chappelle said he loves his job, and even after his many years on the bench he "can’t wait to get to work every day." Chappelle attributes his excitement to the "phenomenal" staff at the Tulsa County Courthouse. Prior to taking the bench, he was an attorney in private practice.

 Chappelle completed his undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a graduate of Tulsa Central High School where he played tennis and basketball, helping lead his basketball team to the State Championship in 1969. Chappelle still enjoys watching sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and Oklahoma Sooners.

He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including past service on the TU College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a former chairman of the ABLE commission and currently serves on the board of directors for Tulsa Central High School Foundation, Inc., and on the executive committee of the Tulsa 2000 Steering Committee.

by Roy Tucker (JD '03)

Jimmy Hart