TU College of Law Alumni plan get together at OBA annual meeting

Monday, October 20, 2008

The 104th annual meeting of the Oklahoma Bar association will be held at the Oklahoma City Sheraton Hotel, November 19-21, 2008. The theme for the meeting is "Generations of Change." The OBA is hoping to have the largest number of attendees in history.

The University of Tulsa College of Law will host a luncheon for alumni and friends in the Red Carpet Room of the Sheraton on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker the Honorable Carlos J. Chappelle of the Tulsa County District Court sharing remarks titled "Stories from the bench: Hollywood couldn’t script this stuff."

To RSVP for the TU College of Law luncheon, call (918) 631-3732 by November 12.

TU Law alumni will also take the opportunity to honor some of their own and recognize some of the law school's outstanding students.  Leslie Shelton (JD ’85) will receive the Outstanding Senior Alumna award in recognition of her career achievements, tireless service - including a term as president - to the TU College of Law Alumni Board of Directors, and her longstanding philanthropic contributions. Briana Ross (JD ’06) will be given the Outstanding Junior Alumna award in recognizing the broad impact she has made since her recent graduation.

Headlining the student awards is the OBA Outstanding Student award, which will be given to Melissa Taylor, a third-year student from Tulsa, Okla. She currently serves as production editor of the Tulsa Law Review, a TU College of Law student ambassador, and as a member of the Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity and Public Interest Law Society. 

At the annual meeting events, the keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, and other works including the bestseller Too Close to Call:  The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election. The luncheon at which Toobin will speak begins at noon on November 20 and will be followed by a book signing session. Cost for the lunch is $30 per person and seating is limited.

On the business side of things, the annual meeting will include a wide variety of Continuing Legal Education presentations that will focus on four specific areas: family law; criminal law; balancing career and personal life; and "nuts and bolts" topics. In excess of 24 sessions will be available in the four topic areas. The plenary session will feature a presentation by Rita Murray on November 20 from 9:00 to 11:40 AM. Her presentation will address, at least in part, the current social and economic conditions that are playing roles in the changing landscape of conducting business in the global economy.

On the fun side of things, OBA president J. William Conger will host the President’s reception from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the opening evening. There will be an art contest that will allow members of the bar association to display their creative side, an "American Idol" style competition, and a Las Vegas Casino Night of blackjack, roulette, and craps.

To RSVP for the TU College of Law luncheon, call (918) 631-3732 by November 12. To register for other events at the annual meeting contact the OBA at (800) 522-8065.