Class Notes—November 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Tulsa attorney Allen Smallwood will serve as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2010 president.  Smallwood is a two-time past president of the Tulsa County Bar Association and the former director of the Tulsa County Bar Foundation.


The Honorable Carlos Chappelle was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to the 14th Judicial District in Tulsa County, Office 6. Chappelle has been a special judge of the Tulsa County District Court since 1995 and was previously in private practice.


The Honorable Kurt G. Glassco was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to the 14th Judicial District in Tulsa County, Office 14. Glassco has been in private practice since 1986 and previously served as an assistant district attorney in Tulsa County and general counsel for then-Gov. George Nigh.


Jack L. Brown was named by the OBA Awards Committee to receive the association’s Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award. A partner in the Jones, Gotcher, & Bogan law firm in Tulsa, Brown is the first person in the firm to be given the award named after the organization’s late partner. 


Rodney H. Nichols of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. in Springfield, Mo., has been named by Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers-Rising Stars magazine as one of the five top attorneys in Missouri for 2009.


V. Blayre Peña has joined the litigation section as an associate with Hance Scarborough LLP in Austin, Texas. Her litigation practice includes prosecuting and defending large-scale breach of contract actions involving U.S. and foreign companies, as well as employment-related matters including disputes over non-competition agreements, discrimination, wrongful termination, and trade secret disputes.


Dawn Sturdevant Baum, a staff attorney in the Washington D.C. office of the Native American Rights Fund, delivered the keynote address for the Library of Congress 2009 celebration of Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 18.


Mayes County Attorney David F. DuVall has been elected as president of the Mayes County Bar Association. He is an associate at The Ritchie Law Firm in Pryor where his primary practice areas include bankruptcy, condemnation, appellate, and general civil law.

Jimmy Hart