Seventeenth Annual TU Law Chilifest Cookoff a Rousing Success

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Tulsa legal community packed the Great Hall at The University of Tulsa’s Allen Chapman Activity Center on February 25 for the 17th Annual TU Law Chilifest Cookoff to have fun and raise money to support law students working in public interest summer jobs.

chilifest 2011

The event, presented by the TU College of Law Alumni Association, featured 32 teams, made up of TU law students, alumni, and staff; local law firms; and the Tulsa County Bar Association. The teams competed in a variety of categories, while state and federal judges exchanged black robes for Chilifest aprons to judge the chili.

chilifest 2011

Doug Dodd, a 1981 TU law graduate, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Guy Fortney, President of the TU College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, introduced the judges and the winners. Tulsa bluegrass band Klondike 5 entertained the crowd again this year while the judges sampled the chili and the teams and audience members mingled.

Chilifest admission proceeds will benefit the Public Interest Summer Stipend Program, which awards funds to law students who accept non-paid/minimally paid and non-credit summer positions working in public interest law, not-for-profit organizations, or government agencies. Student eligibility for the program is based on financial need.

This year’s top chili teams were:

Best Overall Chili
Conner & Winters

People’s Choice - 1st Place
Secrest Hill Butler & Secrest

People’s Choice – Runner Up
Graves McLain

Best Presentation – 1st Place
Graham Allen & Brown (“Hangover Chili”)

Best Presentation – Runner Up
Military Law Society (M*A*S*H)

Best Traditional Chili
Graham Allen & Brown (“Hangover Chili”)

Best Non-Traditional Chili
Tulsa County Bar Association

Most Creative Recipe
Military Law Society (M*A*S*H)

Scott Been