Philip Tinker Named OBA Outstanding Student

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Faculty at The University of Tulsa College of Law have named Philip Tinker as the 2010 Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Student.

The TU law faculty annually select an outstanding third-year law student based on recommendations of the Academic Status and Students Affairs Committees at the law school. Tinker will be presented with his award certificate on November 17 at Tulsa’s Crowne Plaza Hotel during the TU Law luncheon held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.

A member of the Deer Clan of the Osage Nation, Tinker is pursuing a certificate of specialization in Native American Law and is President of TU’s Native American Law Student’s Association. Upon graduation in 2011, he intends to help secure and expand the sovereign rights of Indian tribes and promote the social well-being of Native American people.

Tinker was a member of the 2010 class of the Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Policy Internship Program, through which he worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. This prestigious and highly competitive internship gave him the opportunity to work on Indian law legislative issues at the federal level.

In August 2011, he will begin a clerkship with the Honorable William Jay Riley, Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Tinker is Articles Research Editor for the Tulsa Law Review. He has received the Osage Tribal Education Committee Scholarship, the Osage Higher Education Grant, the Mary Tinker Scholarship Fund, and the Morris and Ethel Carlton Wheeler Scholarship Trust.

Scott Been