TU College of Law announces first Leadership Academy

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The TU College of Law will launch its inaugural Leadership Academy this October.

This program is a combined leadership training and mentorship program designed to equip selected law students with the skills, knowledge, and techniques to assume leadership and mentoring roles with the TU College of Law and the community. These skills will instill in them a commitment to mentoring and help lead to rewarding professional careers.

Lauren Allison, coordinator for academic achievement and bar support, will be directing the program. She said it is modeled after the OBA Leadership Academy.

 “Our leadership Academy participants will have an incredible opportunity to learn advanced leadership techniques, serve their fellow first-year students as academic mentors, and build a network of premier attorneys, professors, and judges to support them every step of the way as they launch legal careers,” Allison said.

A year-long line up of programming will include “Leadership Through Pro Bono Service and Volunteerism,”  “Promoting Diversity in the Profession and Workplace,” “Leadership through Public Service” and “Leadership through Professionalism and Marketing.” Students will have an opportunity to network with community leaders, including: Dr. Karen Langdon, Legal Aid of Oklahoma; Ann N. Smith, Neighbor for Neighbor; Barbara Sears, Tulsa Lawyers for Children; Diane Hammons, Attorney General, Cherokee Nation; Marvin Lizama, Brewster & DeAngelis; Kevinn Matthews, Williams Company; Rep. Mark McCullough, District 30, Oklahoma House of Representatives; Adam Seaman, Positive Leadership; Richard Eldridge, Eldridge, Cooper, Steichen & Leach; and Professor Robert Butkin, TU College of Law.  

As students participate in the program, they will also learn how to mentor first-year law students. The new mentors,  known as “Academic Achievement Advocates,” will assist first-year students with developing strong study habits, preparing for exams, and planning for the bar exam.

Leadership Academy participants will be selected based on demonstrated potential for leadership, communication skills and academic achievement. In addition to leadership strengths, leadership participants will be reflective of the broad spectrum of backgrounds of the student body. Selections will be made with a strong emphasis on diversity, including race, gender, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation.   

Jimmy Hart