Faculty and Staff
Elizabeth M. McCormick
Director, Clinical Education Programs
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
In August 2005, Professor McCormick joined the faculty at TU College of Law, where she founded and continues to direct the Immigrant Rights Project, a law school clinical education program in which law students represent clients fleeing persecution in their home countries, as well as non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other crimes, in immigration proceedings. Since the program's inception in 2006, McCormick and her students have successfully represented vulnerable clients from all over the world in a wide variety of immigration matters. Since 2008, Professor McCormick has also served as Director of Clinical Education Programs at the College of Law.
Professor McCormick’s recent scholarship and advocacy focus on immigration law and policy, in particular the intersection of federal immigration law and policy and state and local immigration enforcement efforts. Reflecting her strong commitment to engaged scholarship, Professor McCormick’s research draws heavily on her own experiences with students and clients in the Tulsa community. Before joining the faculty at TU, McCormick was a member of the clinical faculty at Cornell Law School and the University of Connecticut School of Law. While at the University of Connecticut, McCormick co-founded and taught in the Asylum & Human Rights Clinic. She holds a BA from Fordham University, an MA from New York University, and a JD from Georgetown Law Center. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
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Anna E. Carpenter
Family Advocacy Clinic Director, Assistant Clinical Professor
Professor Carpenter directs the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic at the College of Law, which will open in the spring of 2014. The Family Advocacy Clinic will prepare students for the practice of law while providing essential legal services to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in Tulsa. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Tulsa, Professor Carpenter was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Community Justice Project at the Georgetown University Law Center. She has been honored as a Bellow Scholar, a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Professor Carpenter’s scholarly interests include clinical legal education, law and social change, poverty law, and access to justice.
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Miriam (Mimi) Marton
Director, Tulsa Immigrant Rights Network (TIRN), Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor
Professor Marton is the Director of TU’s Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (“TIRN”), a post graduate fellowship program in which recent law school graduates represent Tulsa’s non-citizen population in immigration matters. Fellows receive two years of hands-on experience accompanied by supervision, training and mentoring. TIRN also provides training and networking with local attorneys who are interested in working on immigration matters pro bono and community advocacy on immigration issues that impact Tulsa’s immigrant community.
Professor Marton joined the faculty of TU College of Law in July 2014. Her expertise and scholarly work is the intersection between the law and mental health of all parties in an immigration proceedings, clients, attorneys or law students, adjudicators and government attorneys, and the impact that intersection can have on legal proceedings. As a Masters of Social Work, Professor Marton co-founded and provided direct supervision in the University of Connecticut School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic’s interdisciplinary program in which graduate social work students did an internship at the Asylum Clinic as part of the clients’ legal teams. For the past two years, Professor Marton has conducted semi-structured interviews of law, mental health and social work students, lawyers and mental health professions and several clients on the mental health and social work issues these populations experienced. Interviewees also provided testimonies about their experience working cross-professionally and the necessities and negatives about interdisciplinary collaborations. In a chapter entitled Beyond Expert Witnessing – The Necessity of Interdisciplinary Practice in Sexual Violence Asylum Claims (to be published in the upcoming Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status: The Role of Witness, Expertise, and Testimony, eds. Benjamin N. Lawrance and Galya Ruffer, publisher Cambridge University Press), Professor Marton discusses the impact of non-legal issues in asylum representations of rape survivors.
Before joining the TU faculty, Professor Marton was the William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. In addition to supervising the interdisciplinary program, Professor Marton co-taught the course component of the Asylum Clinic and supervised students representing noncitizens fleeing from persecution and torture in their home countries. Professor Marton focused on those fleeing from gender-based violence, including rape, domestic violence and LGBT persecution, gang violence and unaccompanied minors.
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Attorney and Legal Fellow,
Tulsa Immigrant Rights Network (TIRN)
Whitney Bowman is a May 2013 graduate of The University of Tulsa College of Law. While at TU, she held positions in the Hispanic Law Student Association and was an active member of the Federalist Society and Women’s Law Caucus. Ms. Bowman also served as a law student intern with the Immigrant Rights Project of the Boesche Legal Clinic in the fall of 2012, for which she earned the CALI Award of Excellence. Ms. Bowman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University, where she majored in English Literature and had a minor in Political Science. She is an attorney licensed to practice in Oklahoma.
As the TIRN Fellow, Ms. Bowman provides direct representation to vulnerable non-citizens in immigration matters. Her clients include persons seeking asylum in the United States as a result of persecution or a fear of persecution in their home countries, as well as non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes trying to obtain lawful status in the United States.
Coordinator, Legal Clinic
Lynn Miller began working at The University of Tulsa in 2006 in Student Financial Services. Not long after, Lynn moved to the College of Law where she has worked with special events, study abroad, and admissions. Lynn joined the Legal Clinic in 2012 as Clinic Coordinator, where she helps the professors, lawyers, students, and clients with their responsibilities. Before working at TU, Lynn attended many piano and viola recitals; soccer, basketball, and baseball games; orchestra concerts; and parenting conferences raising her five children. Her hobbies include traveling with Tony, her husband of 30 years; reading; cooking; and walking along the river. Lynn loves being a part of the clinical team and contributing to a place that helps people and the community.
Cynthia Yaschine de Kohler
Department Assistant, Legal Clinic
Cynthia Yaschine de Kohler grew up in Mexico City and studied Biology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Prior to joining the legal clinic, Cynthia worked for over 10 years in Biomedical Research laboratories in Mexico, Germany and California. Most recently, she was a research specialist and lab manager in a Neural Stem Cell research laboratory at UCSF Medical School. Cynthia has volunteered teaching adults to read and write in rural communities in Mexico and teaching science to bilingual students in San Francisco and in Tulsa. She joined the Legal Clinic as a Spanish-English interpreter in 2010 and in 2012 joined the clinic staff on a full-time basis. Cynthia enjoys working with students, attorneys and their clients.