September Class Notes

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Theodore Williams was named one of the top attorneys in civil litigation defense for 2008 by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition. He is one of the founding partners of Williams Venker & Saunder LLC in St. Louis.

Tulsa’s DVIS/Call Rape honored the late Sharon Corbitt, JD ’82, by dedicating the Family Safety Center Courtroom in her honor. Corbitt served on the Board of Directors and as board president. She donated legal services to families in need.

Ali M. Mojdehi was elected managing partner at the San Diego office of Baker & McKenzie. Mojdehi will continue to serve as chair of the North American Financial Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.

Elizabeth Crewson Paris was confirmed as a member of the United States Tax Court.  Her term will run for 15 years.

Stacy Leeds was named a Fletcher Fellow. The Fletcher Fellowship program, a charitable initiative created in 2004, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education. 

Shena Burgess is the new deputy chief public defender for Tulsa County. She is the youngest person to hold this position and was recently honored at the Tulsa Women Lawyers Association’s reception.

Lieutenant Commander Dustin Wallace, deputy fleet Judge Advocate General for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, was named the Navy’s recipient of the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Military Lawyer award for 2007-2008.

Yvette DuVall joined District Attorney Jerry Moore’s staff in Cherokee County. This is her first prosecutorial job.

Joy Palazzo was named one of Houston’s Top Lawyers by H Texas magazine, which solicited nominations from more than 2,000 Houston-area attorneys.

Heather “Lane” Wood received the Roscoe Pound Civil Institute’s Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award as the nation’s top female student in health law. This is the third time in the past decade that a TU Law student has been presented with this award.

Whitney Mauldin won first place in the 2008 American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Law Student Writing Competition. Her paper, “Good Business/Bad Faith: Why the Insurance Industry Should Adopt a Good Faith Model” was selected as the winning entry.

In Memoriam

George Underwood passed away on July 24, 2008. Underwood received a Master’s Degree in business and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Tulsa College of Law.  He was also a professor at TU from 1953 to 1970, serving as faculty advisor to Alpha Kappa Psi. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his two sons, Ken and Gary and his daughter, Kay.

James “Jim” Head died June 7, 2008. He was the cofounder of Head and Johnson law firm.

John McQueen passed away on August 1, 2008.  He was a member of the Oklahoma and Tulsa Country Bar Associations for 50 years and was admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the Unites States Supreme Court.

Walter Charles Tegeler Jr. died on August 12, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Darlene, and their children Walter Charles Tegeler III and Lynn Elizabeth Tegeler.

Lori Moon Kastner passed away on June 25, 2008. She is survived by her three children, Sally, Fraser, and Marion.