Alumni and Students Recognized at OBA Annual Alumni Luncheon

Monday, December 21, 2009

On November 4, 2009, the TU Law Alumni Association and The University of Tulsa College of Law hosted their annual luncheon at the Oklahoma Bar Association annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Martin A. Frey, emeritus professor of law, delivered the keynote speech entitled, “The University of Tulsa College of Law: Its Past, the Present, and its Future.”

Two alumni awards were given at the luncheon. The Outstanding Senior Alumnus Award was presented to Justice Daniel Boudreau (JD ’76). Justice Boudreau established himself as a talented attorney, then an exemplary judge as he rose to the state’s highest court. Prior to his appointment to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, he served for eight years as judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, authoring hundreds of judicial decisions that addressed legal issues in a wide spectrum of civil cases. Prior to that, he served on the Intermediate Court of Appeals, where he spent 11 years as a general jurisdiction trial judge, assigned primarily to a civil docket. His service to the TU College of Law also includes terms as a member of the Law Alumni Association board of directors, and more recently a stint as a faculty liaison. In 2004, the TU College of Law was fortunate to have Justice Boudreau join the faculty to help share his experience and insights with students. He continues to serve as Lecturer in Law and teaches first-year procedure.

The Outstanding Junior Alumnus Award was given this year to Marvin Lizama (JD ’06).  Following law school, Lizama immediately went to work at Brewster & DeAngelis, P.L.L.C, where he had been a clerk during his final year of law school. However, entering private practice did not cut Lizama’s connection to the TU College of Law. He continued to contribute to the law school’s moot court program, following up his successful career as a student advocate by becoming teacher’s assistant to Robert Fitzpatrick’s Advanced Trial Practice Class. He also served as a coach for the National Trial Competition Moot Court Team.

Lizama currently serves as cochair of the Alumni Relations Committee of the TU College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and he volunteers with the alumni’s Mentoring Program. He is also an active community volunteer as president of the Tulsa Nonprofit Coalition for the American Dream and vice president of the Oklahoma Hispanic Bar Network. He is a member of the Tulsa Minority Networking Taskforce and  the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Affairs Commission. Lizama was recently the recipient of the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer award.

Other awards given at the luncheon were the OBA’s Outstanding Student award, which went to third-year law student Jared Burden; and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellows Scholarship, which was awarded to third-year law student Jessica Hunt. 

To nominate deserving individuals for the Outstanding Junior and Senior Alumni awards for 2010, please complete the online nomination form.


Jimmy Hart