Class Notes - January 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Terry W. West recently delivered the commencement address during the fall commencement ceremony at East Central University. West attended ECU before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1961. Over 300 students received their degrees from East Central at commencement. West is the founder of The West Law Firm in Shawnee where he has practiced for many years.


William G. LaSorsa recently was awarded the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Golden Rule Award. The award is given to lawyers who make outstanding contributions to the profession and have the highest of ideals. They must also be willing to mentor those with less experience. LaSorsa is a partner and director at Jones Gotcher in Tulsa.


Deborah R. Felice (formerly Fathree), Oklahoma City University School of Law Associate Dean for Students, received the national Peter N. Kutulakis award at the annual Association of American Law Schools (AALS) meeting in early January in Washington, D.C. The award, established in 2002 in memory of Associate Dean Peter N. Kutulakis of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, recognizes the outstanding contributions of an institution, administrator or law professor in the provision of services to law students. Dean Felice is also the president-elect of the Oklahoma City Downtown Exchange Club, a service organization aimed at the prevention of child abuse.


David Lindemood is one of the applicants being considered by Texas Governor Rick Perry to be a judge in the 238th District Court of Texas. Lindemood is an attorney with Brockett & McNeel LLP in Midland, Texas. His practice areas include probate and estate planning, family law, general civil litigation, and mediation.


Regina Walter is serving as a County Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District in Colorado Springs, CO, a post she has held for the past three years. She created the Fourth Judicial District’s Family Treatment Drug Court in 2001. Family Treatment Drug Court assists with preserving the family, finding drug treatment options and providing parenting classes for those it serves.


Barry A. Farbo has been hired as in-house general counsel for Gateway Mortgage Group LLC, a Tulsa-based residential mortgage lender. He will manage the company’s litigation and provide legal support with respect to all contractual relationships, state licensing and regulatory matters, general governance and organizational transactions. He will also advise the company’s human resources, loan servicing and loss mitigation departments.


Katherine Saunders is Of Counsel at Eller & Detrich. Her practice areas include estate planning, wealth preservation, probates and wills/trusts litigation, guardianships and non-profit organizations. She has been active in the Tulsa County Bar Association, in addition to holding leadership roles in a number of civic and community organizations.


Todd Wilcher was recently selected by the Kansas City, MO, City Council to serve as the new judge of the Municipal Housing Court. Wilcher has lived in the greater Kansas City metro area for more than 40 years, and he describes himself as having a passion for its various neighborhoods. Wilcher has worked in the City Prosecutor’s office in Kansas City, and he has also been in private practice.


Stacy Leeds, the dean and a professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is one of five American Indians named to the Indian Trust Commission. The purpose of the commission is to evaluate the trust management of the Department of the Interior’s approximately $4 billion in Native American trust funds. The commission is expected to make recommendations for improvement within two years. Leeds is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.


Heather Earnhart was recently elected as a shareholder at Hall Estill in Tulsa. She has been practicing law for nearly 10 years and focuses on family law and civil litigation.


Travis McCallon was recently promoted to partner at Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City. His focus is on intellectual property disputes. He assists clients in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. He has also been selected as a "rising star" by Super Lawyers magazine.


Hugh M. Robert recently became the second Oklahoman in history elected to the international Kappa Sigma board. He is the youngest International Vice-President since the late 1800s. Under his leadership, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has seen the largest incoming classes in its 142 year history. In his career as an attorney, he focuses on complex litigation cases, including business transactions and tort, nursing home/medical negligence, real estate transactions and product liability.


Jessica Fu has joined the Tulsa law firm of Titus, Hillis, Reynolds, Love, Dickman & McCalmon as an associate. She will practice in all areas of civil litigation.

Kristin Straily recently joined the Tulsa office of Reynolds, Gold and Grosser (RGG) Law, P.C., where she practices social security disability law. The firm is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.

In Memoriam


Allen Barber Mitchell passed away December 15, 2011 in Sapulpa. Mitchell maintained a practice in Sapulpa for many years, working as a general practitioner of the law, as an advocate for individuals with disabilities, and as Sapulpa City Attorney. He was an active participant in a number of community and political organizations.


T. Jack Graves
passed away January 10, 2012. Graves served as the District Attorney for Rogers, Craig, and Mayes Counties. In 1979, Graves assisted then-Tulsa County District Attorney Buddy Fallis in the prosecution of Gene Leroy Hart, who was acquitted, in the murder of three girl scouts near Locust Grove, one of the state’s most notorious crimes. Graves served on the Claremore City Council and the boards of Claremore Junior College and Claremore Regional Hospital. Graves served in both the navy and the army. He retired as an Army Lieutenant Colonel. He was stationed at the Pentagon for part of his 21-year career, and he flew both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, earning his senior and master aviator wings.

Scott Been