Class Notes - July-August 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011


Barlow Nelson is currently in the midst of his first-ever solo silkscreen exhibition, entitled "Pushing Ink," at the Hyde Park Art Center’s Gallery 2 in Chicago, Illinois. Nelson became an artist after practicing law for 42 years in Tulsa. After retiring in 2007, he moved to Chicago, where his work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Art Center.


Paul B. Naylor is serving as president of the Tulsa Lawyers for Children program, a non-profit organization representing children up to age 18 who have been removed from their home due to child abuse, neglect, or criminal activities on the part of their parents. He has been involved with the organization since 2004. He also maintains an active law practice with the Naylor, Williams & Tracy Inc. law firm in Tulsa.


Robert Williams was recently named partner at the Tulsa firm of Taylor, Ryan, Schmidt, Van Dalsem & Williams, P.C. His practice includes insurance defense, criminal defense, real estate, collections, and construction law.


Norman Ruggles recently was named the new chief executive officer of the San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association (SBCERA) Board of Retirement. As CEO, Ruggles will report to the Board of Retirement and will be responsible for leadership and management of all SBCERA operations. Ruggles has nearly 25 years of experience in the public pension industry, including leadership, management and legal responsibilities.


James B. Carnagey was recently appointed First Assistant District Attorney for Muskogee County. Carnagey will continue to lead the DA's Bogus Check Division in addition to serving as a prosecutor. Prior to his appointment, Carnagey was in private practice for 24 years. He also served as the attorney for the town of Fort Gibson.


Mike Wilson's Houston intellectural property trial firm of Slusser Wilson & Partridge, L.L.P. has joined the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., a firm with nearly 900 lawyers in 17 locations. The merger was announced on July 27.


Michael Linscott has joined the law firm of GlassWilkin PC in Tulsa. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business transactions, commercial litigation, corporate, real estate, and insurance matters.


Ron Little has joined the law firm of Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson LLP in Tulsa. Little has nearly 20 years of expertise in family law litigation in Oklahoma and Texas.


Tobias L. Millrood has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the third year in a row. Millrood is a partner at Pogust, Braslow & Millrood in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.


David Herrold has joined the law firm of Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson LLP in Tulsa. Herrold has 15 years of practice in commercial litigation, banking, lender liability, commercial law, creditor’s rights, and bankruptcy law.


Lon M. Loveless has been named by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star for the third year in a row. Loveless practices family law with Cordell & Cordell in Dallas, Texas.

Jonathan Stewart was named an Intern Scholar at the Oakland Institute in Oakland, California. He is pursuing his master’s degree in health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. His areas of interest include health inequities, violence against women, and the construction of health as a human right. He has studied abroad, focusing on bioethics and children’s rights while living in Europe. The subject of comparative law was his primary area of interest while living in China. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.


Heather O'Banion has joined the Tulsa law firm of Heroux & Helton PLLC. O'Banion focuses her practice in business planning and transactions, energy law, and commercial real estate.


Johnathan M. Duncan has opened a new office of his law firm, Duncan Law, P.C., to serve his bankruptcy clients in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. The firm assists consumers in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases.

Jaclynn Loney has joined the Tulsa law firm of Heroux & Helton PLLC. Loney's practice is primarily focused on general litigation.


Susan W. Setterstrom has joined the law firm of Hall Booth Smith & Slover P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. She practices workers compensation defense. Previously, Setterstrom was an associate with Kenner Law Firm in Marietta, Georgia.


Kari A. Staats recently joined Johnson & Jones, P.C. in Tulsa as an associate. She began her career in Houston at the international law firm of Jones Day. Her practice focuses on corporate law, labor and employment, and general civil and business litigation.


In Memoriam


John Q. McCabe, a long-time West Texas oil and gas operator, passed away May 24, 2011, at the age of 91. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He maintained membership in the Oklahoma Bar Association during his entire career. He drilled his last well at the age of 87 on location with his sons and brother, and he attended to the business operations of his company, Taurus Minerals, Inc., until a few weeks before his death. He and his late wife Doris were the parents of five children.


Paul Patric McBride passed away May 29, 2011, at the age of 77. He practiced law for many years before returning to TU to earn a master's degree in history. He taught for several years in Tulsa and Claremore. He was an avid sailboat racer and won many championship races with the Central States Sailing Association. He is survived by his wife, Sue, his son, daughter, and three grandchildren.


Paul Russell Hodgson passed away January 11, 2011, at the age of 86. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II, serving as a pilot flying bombardier training missions. After moving to Tulsa in 1949, he earned his CPA and founded an accounting firm. He took evening classes at The University of Tulsa Law School, starting his own law practice in 1964. In 1975, he became associated with the firm of Morrel Saffa Craige, where he was Of Counsel and practiced until the day of his death. He is survived by his wife Rosa Mae Clark, his daughter, son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Larry Joseph Smith
passed away May 9, 2011, in Tulsa. He worked for many years for the Western Insurance Company before retiring in 1996 and opening a solo law practice in Tulsa. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, two sons, his brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Asbury First United Methodist Church in Tulsa.


Charles W. Hack passed away March 29, 2011, at the age of 81. Before earning his law degree, Hack earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and later worked in several different cities in the United States before deciding to attend law school. He founded his general law practice in Tulsa and worked as an attorney for over 30 years. A man of strong religious conviction, he was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Elaine, four children, and ten grandchildren.


Charles William Sutter passed away May 6, 2011, at the age of 62. Sutter was an international oil and gas attorney with Mobil Oil and later Exxon Mobil Corporation. His work took him around the world, as he lived and worked in New Zealand, Japan, China, and various cities in the United States, including in Virginia, where he resided at the time of his death. Sutter is remembered by his friends and colleagues for his unassuming character, his inner strength, and his overwhelming compassion.


Richard Daniel Koljack died May 11, 2011, after a long illness. He practiced commercial litigation at GableGotwals for the length of his career. Koljack was active in the community, serving on the board of directors of the Jenks Public Schools Foundation, the Community Service Council of Tulsa, and the United Way. He was also an involved member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa and later St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Broken Arrow. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Koljack MD, and their three children, Katherine, Kevin, and Claire.


James Richard Ryan, Sr. passed away at home in Tulsa May 7, 2011. Ryan was a World War II veteran, serving as a ship’s purser and pharmacist’s mate in the U.S. Merchant Marine. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania law school and a partner with Conner & Winters, he served as an adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa College of Law from 1972 to 1980. During this time, he authored a number of journal articles as well as the Oklahoma Uniform Commercial Code legal forms volumes. He retired from active law practice in 2000 at the age of 77. Preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Valerie Kay Ryan, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ellen, his son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters, all of Tulsa.

William E. Rutledge, adjunct professor in bankruptcy law, passed away peacefully in his home in Prairie Village, Kansas, May 31, 2011. He was 88. A World War II veteran, Rutledge served for 22 years as a United States Federal Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa. He then practiced law with Conner & Winters. A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he was a champion of the underdog and an advocate for progressive political and social causes.

Scott Been