Student News - December 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Russell Ramzel and Kenneth Elmore won the National Best Brief Award and captured third place overall in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition held in November at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Ramzel and Elmore, who were making their first appearance at the competition, will receive a $500 award for their brief and an additional $500 award for their third place overall finish. Their nationally winning brief will be published by the American College of Legal Medicine, the co-sponsor of the competition, in a 2011 issue of the Journal of Legal Medicine. Professor Marguerite Chapman is the faculty supervisor of the team and the Director of the College’s Health Law Certificate Program.

Kristin Straily and Isaac Shields placed in the top 15 in the appellate brief portion of the National Health Law Moot Court Competition held in November at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Straily and Shields won in their first preliminary round of oral arguments but lost their second-round match to a team from Marquette University Law School.

Philip Tinker has accepted an offer to serve a two-year term as clerk for the Honorable William Jay Riley, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Judge Riley’s office is in Omaha, Nebraska, and the court regularly sits in St. Louis, Missouri. On November 17, Oklahoma Bar Association President Allen Smallwood (JD ’74) announced Tinker as the OBA Outstanding Student at the TU College of Law Alumni Luncheon, which took place during the OBA’s Annual Meeting.

Bradley Brown was named the recipient of the 2010 Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellows Scholarship. Oklahoma Bar Foundation President Phil Frazier (JD ’65) announced the honor at the TU College of Law Alumni Luncheon, which took place during the OBA’s Annual Meeting on November 17.

Valerie Dye received the OBA Family Law Award at this year’s Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting in Tulsa.

Tralynna Scott received the OBA Tax Award at this year’s Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting in Tulsa.

Megan Myers has accepted a two-year judicial clerkship with Chief Judge David Herndon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis. The clerkship begins in the summer of 2011.

Melissa Bell accepted a Community Collaboration Award from the Mental Health Association in Tulsa on behalf of the first-year TU law students who volunteered during the Foundations of Legal Study Public Service Day in August of this year. Bell accepted the award November 4 at the Association’s annual awards celebration.

Thomas Moratto and Robert Haslam attended the Institute for Energy Law Annual Energy Litigation Conference in Houston, Texas, on October 12. The students were sponsored by the Chesapeake Fund. Moratto will join Chesapeake Energy as a landman intern in the summer of 2011.

Katie Carpenter and Elizabeth Hutto won first place among TU College of Law 1Ls in the Martin Frey 1L Negotiation Competition, sponsored by the Board of Advocates in September. The teams of Jackie Acker and Brandy Woodward, Donald Brantley and Robert Titus, and Greg Lavendar and Brooke Tennison won second, third and fourth place respectively. This internal TU College of Law competition, conducted at John Rogers Hall, had a strong turnout of 46 participants, 16 judges, and eight bailiffs.

Contact:
Scott Been
918-631-2568
scott-been@utulsa.edu