Class Notes - November 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010


Ken Davidson will retire as Northern Illinois University’s General Counsel on December 31, 2010. After 40 years as an attorney and 34 years in higher education, Davidson looks forward to spending retirement with his family.


Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson announced he will join the law firm of GableGotwals as a shareholder in the firm’s Oklahoma City office after his term in public office ends in January 2011. Edmondson has served as the state’s attorney general since his election in 1994.

G. Gail Stricklin was named one of The Journal Record’s Women of the Year for 2010. Stricklin, an Oklahoma City attorney, has been instrumental in formalizing a pro bono legal assistance outreach program at the YWCA’s local battered women’s shelter after volunteering there for almost two decades. She also sought changes in state civil and criminal law and policies with regard to domestic violence issues.


Owen Evans has been appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve as a judge on the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court. Evans will fill the Office 7 position.


Katherine Moran, Kane County (Illinois) Assistant State’s Attorney, was appointed Associate Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Illinois. She will be sworn in on November 30.


Col. Michael Mulligan, a well-regarded military attorney with experience in army death penalty cases, is leading the prosecution in the pretrial hearing of Major Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 and wounding 32 during the November 5, 2009, shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas.


John Schmidt, Sangamon County (Illinois) State’s Attorney, has been appointed a Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court. Schmidt was recommended for the judgeship by Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman.


Michael Leonard, formerly a partner with Pepper Hamilton, LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is now a partner with the intellectual property firm of Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario & Nadel, LLP, also in Philadelphia. Leonard is in charge of the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Group.


Kalan Chapman, Tulsa attorney, has written a novel titled Home is Where Your Boots Are. The book highlights a small-town girl turned big-city lawyer “balancing sugar and steel with wit and grit.”


Ben Lambert is studying for an LL.M. at the University of London at the Queen Mary Center for Commercial and Corporate Law.


In Memoriam

Justice Marian Opala, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice, passed away on Monday, October 11, at the age of 89. Justice Opala faithfully taught a one-hour Oklahoma Civil Appellate Practice and Procedure course at The University of Tulsa College of Law for the past 20 years.


Edwin W. Ash passed away on Wednesday, October 20. Ash was a highly respected Tulsa attorney.


Nelda Jean Niehaus (DoRemus) Torkelson (MA ’66) passed away on Sunday, October 3, in Tulsa. Torkelson was an educator in the Tulsa Public School system from 1959 until she was the first person hired when Tulsa Junior College, now Tulsa Community College, was established.

Scott Been