Class Notes - February 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Class Notes – February 2011


Vice Dean Gary Allison (BS ’68) and John Williams (BS ’88, JD ’92) co-authored a research paper, "The Effects of State Regulation on the Development of Renewable Sources of Electric Energy." It was published by Resources for the Future, a nonprofit organization that conducts independent research on environmental, energy, natural resource, and environmental health issues, in the December 2010 edition of Backgrounder.


James Francis Gillet, U.S. Administrative Law Judge in Springfield, Missouri, recently addressed the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. His presentation, “Master Your Case – An Advanced Discussion: Beyond Checklists at the Horizon of the Jury Instruction,” offered a tactical and thematic approach to administrative hearings and an in-depth exploration of selected federal regulations and agency rulings.


Drew Edmondson, former Oklahoma Attorney General, was appointed by Oklahoma Bar Association President Deborah Reheard (JD '87) to the new Oklahoma Justice Commission, which is dedicated to preventing wrongful convictions.


The Honorable Scott J. Silverman, a judge in Miami-Dade County's 11th Judicial Circuit, was inducted into the Miami Beach Senior High School Hall of Fame in September 2010. In January 2011, Judge Silverman celebrated his 20th anniversary on the bench.


David Iski is now the Assistant District Attorney in the civil division in Rogers County (Oklahoma).

Deborah Reheard was sworn in as President of the Oklahoma Bar Association on January 14, 2011. Reheard has been a solo practitioner since 1991 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1987.


Chris Thrutchley has been rated “AV Preeminent,” the highest rating for legal ability and ethics earned by only 12 percent of attorneys in North America. Thrutchley is a shareholder and director of the Tulsa law firm, Newton, O’Connor, Turner, and Ketchum, P.C. He is one of the few employment lawyers in the nation certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), an internationally recognized designation conferred for senior-level mastery of the strategic and functional areas of human resources.


Stacy Leeds, Interim Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, will be the keynote speaker and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer for the Women and the Law Conference on February 18 in San Diego. Her address is titled, “Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation: Reflections on Native American Women and the Law.”


Matthew Farris has joined the law firm of Rogers and Bell in Tulsa. His practice will primarily focus on estate planning and the administration of wills and trusts.


Josiah Daniel, an associate in the energy/oil & gas practice of Meyers-Reynolds & Associates, recently wrote "Financing in the Wake of SemGroup" for Oil & Gas Financial Journal.


Mary Gannaway was recently hired as the City Attorney for Depew, Oklahoma.

April Merrill was recently elected President of the New Leadership Roundtable, which is part of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. This group provides networking opportunities for young professionals committed to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism.

In Memoriam


Tyrus Vance Dahl, Jr., a prominent trial attorney and human rights advocate, passed away on January 6, 2011. After graduating from the TU College of Law, he served as law clerk to The Honorable L. Clure Morton, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee. In 1984, he returned to North Carolina, where he joined Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice as a partner in the litigation group until his retirement in 2005. Dahl was also an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University College of Law.


James Clinton Garland (BS ’59) passed away on January 5, 2011. Garland earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1962. After a successful career in business, he pursued a law degree at TU. In addition to practicing law and spending time with his family, Garland was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Scott Been