LaFortune, Morrissey Recognized by TU Women’s Law Caucus

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Women’s Law Caucus of The University of Tulsa College of Law honored two community leaders at its annual awards banquet held April 2.

Fern Holland
The Fern Holland Award was presented to Tulsa attorney and clinical psychologist Dr. Kathy LaFortune (J.D. ’83, M.A ’94, Ph.D. ’97). LaFortune, who also serves as an adjunct professor at the law school, was chosen for her dedication to protecting the rights of mentally ill defendants in the criminal justice system.

The award honors the life of Fern Holland (J.D. ’96), a Tulsa lawyer and human rights activist who was killed in Iraq in 2004. It is presented each year to an alumna of the TU College of Law, in recognition of her courageous legal advocacy for the rights of disadvantaged or powerless people.

The Women’s Law Caucus also established the Judge Linda G. Morrissey Service to the Community Award presenting the inaugural award to its namesake. The award will annually honor the contributions of a woman in the legal community who, like Judge Morrissey, exemplifies the highest standards of service and dedication to issues involving families and children. 

Judge Morrissey became a Tulsa County Special District Judge in 1995, was elected to her first four-year term as a Tulsa County District Judge in 1998, and has not been challenged for her seat through two elections. She has served on the City of Tulsa’s Civil Service Commission and the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003.

Picture above, from left: Billy LaFortune, Dr. Kathy LaFortune, former Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune, The Honorable Linda Morrissey and Lori Pettus

Jimmy Hart