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Rocky Mountain Region Black Law Students Association holds Academic Retreat at Tulsa Law

September 13, 2014


John Rogers Hall


Tulsa Law is pleased to announce that The Rocky Mountain Region Black Law Student Association will be hosting their annual academic retreat at John Rogers Hall. RMBLSA serves a seven-state region, promoting diversity and leadership in the legal field. The day will include various panel presentations, workshops, luncheon with guest speaker Kevinn Mathews of WPX Energy, and an info expo with booths from various law schools and companies. The day will have three specialized tracks: Energy Law, 1L Success, and Leadership. Law students, undergraduate students, and high school students are encouraged to register for the event. Interested students can register here.


For more information, please contact Hannah Scandy.




International Law Students Association Welcomes Dami Enioli

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

5:30-7:00 PM

John Rogers Hall, The Pit


Please join the ILSA and Dean Levit for a reception and information session followed by keynote speaker, Dami Enioli.

About the speaker
Dami Enioli has worked with a variety of reputable criminal defense departments. She has served as a legal assistant on high profile racial discrimination trials, worked closely with families of inmates who have died in the prison system, and has developed a deeper understanding of mental health issues prevalent in the prison system. Dami received her LLB with honors at Brunel University in London in 2009 and went on to the BPP Law School of London for her Bar Competency training where she graduated in 2012. In 2011 and 2012 Dami worked for the BPP Innocence Project. At the BPP Innocence project Dami worked with a supervisor investigating cases of convicted persons who maintain innocence but have exhausted the initial appeals proc ess. Most recently Dami has been working with the Tulsa Public Defender's office in the Capital Crimes Division.

RSVP to or call 918.631.3320 by March 31.


LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition

ENTRY PROCEDURES: Include a cover page with your submission. The cover should only contain the author’s name, title of the paper, mailing address, law school affiliation, law school status (1L, 2L, 3L), a telephone number where the author may easily be reached, and an email address. To allow anonymous evaluations, please do not put your name on the actual paper. The title on the paper must precisely match the title on the cover page that contains the identifying information described above. Upload entries at Only electronic files (PDF or Word) will be accepted. Please use this same email for all inquiries.

ELIGIBILTY: Current JD candidates who are in good standing at accredited LSAC member law schools.

TOPIC: What techniques, resources and strategies should law schools utilize to recruit and retain students of color and other students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession?

LENGTH AND FORMAT: Up to 20 pages (5000 words or less), 8 ½ by 11 inch paper, double spaced, 1 inch margins, Word format, 12 point font, with endnotes written in “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Blue Book) format.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Essays will be judged according to:

  • Research and use of relevan sources and authorities (cases, law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies).
  • Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing.
  • Understanding, interpretations and conclusions regarding diversity in this context.
  • Full compliance with all competition procedures.

AWARDS: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L). Each winner will receive a $5,000.00 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted on In addition, one winning paper will be published in the Journal of Legal Education, pending the Journal's final review and approval.


Applications are being received for the LSAC Diversity Initiatives Summer 2014 Intern 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The summer intern works under the supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist with LSAC Diversity Initiatives including but not limited to the website, Prelaw Undergraduate Scholar Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks. 

The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing.  Preference will be given to candidates with strong communication skills including familiarity with social media. LSAC is seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week and the compensation will be $22.00 per hour.  The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.   

Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, a resume, and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. The application deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014. LSAC will not consider applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation. Applications must be submitted by e-mail only to:

Kent D. Lollis

Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives

Subject:  LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern




14th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Rights Lecture: From Diversity to Inclusion Post Grutter and Fisher, featuring Marta Tienda

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Reception at 5:30PM. John Rogers Hall, Mezzanine.

Lecture from 6-7PM. John Rogers Hall, Price & Turpen Courtroom.

More information about this event can be found here.



2L Myriah Downs named to Lawyers of Color Hot List 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Myriah Downs has been named to the Lawyers of Color Hot List 2013.  Downs is the only law student in Oklahoma to receive the honor this year.  She is currently a national officer of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and she serves as a member of the ACS Student Chapter and Energy Law Journal at TU College of Law.

About Lawyers of Color Hot List
Each year, prominent attorneys and law students from around the country are recognized by Lawyers of Color Hot List. Lawyers of Color is a national media company dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal profession. The company was founded in 2008 as an online resource, but has grown into a destination for information on diversity in the legal profession.

To see Myriah in The Hot List, you can click here.


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Announce First Annual 2013 Diversity Scholarship

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The Michigan personal Injury Lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire are please to announce its first annual 2013 Diversity Scholarship for law students.  The Scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire's commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The first annual award will be awarded in 2013. All information can be found by visiting our website at and hitting the “Apply Button” under “Student Scholarships” on the right hand column.  We hope that this scholarship is something that will offer a source for financial aid.

For more information visit our Scholarship Opportunities section or


Faculty & Alumni Showcase Series featuring Lanesha Anderson (JMB '00)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Price & Turpen Courtroom
The Unviersity of Tulsa College of Law

Lanesha Anderson will discuss "the FCPA is Not a Foreign Language: Why Every Company and In-House Counsel Should Take Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Councerns Seriously"

Lanesha Anderson is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at ABM Industries Incorporated, a Fortune 600 company with over $4 billion in revenue annually and over 100,000 employees worldwide. Ms. Anderson has also worked for two Global Fortune 100 companies, including Shell Oil and K&L Gates, an AmLaw 100 law firm.

Ms. Anderson has been honored by Black Enterprise, the Houston Business Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Network Journal. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League and as a member of the US trade delegation to China.

Ms. Anderson earned her Juris Doctor with honors and an MBA from The University of Tulsa. For more complete bio information on Lanesha Anderson, please visit our website.

The TU College of Law provides the legal community with one hour of CLE credit at no cost. Lunch will be provided with registration. Registration is required.

These events are free and open to the community.


Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education Conference

February 22nd, 2013

The Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education Conference will be  held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma on February 22nd 2013. Last year approximately 175 attendees participated in the two-day event.  The conference this year will feature a Keynote address from Assistant Chief of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Gary Batton, three different workshops sessions, roundtable discussions, Choctaw social dance and much more.  For more information please visit the website.

Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Team Receives First Runner Up Status in the Rocky Mountain BLSA Regional

January 24th, 2013

The Black Law Students Association Mock Trial team earned first runner up status this past weekend at the Rocky Mountain BLSA Regional Convention in Dallas, Texas. En route to their appearance in the finals, our team defeated teams from OU, Thurgood Marshall, St. Mary's, and South Texas.

The team consists of Devon Douglass, Nicole Johnson, Lesley Smith, and Travis Smith. Their success would not be possible without the dedication of their coaches, Tanya Wilson and Michael Manning.

The team will be traveling in a month to compete in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition at BLSA National Finals. This event will take place in Atlanta, GA from March 6-10, 2013.  Read Lesley Smith's Blog about the regional competition.

A Live Telecast Interview with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotamayer

Tuesady, February 5th, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer is the author of a new memoir, My Beloved World, a revealing book about the personal values and important influences that propelled  her success. She will be interviewed by Thane Rosenbaum, a frequent contributor at the 92Y, and a novelist and law professor at Fordam University. Attendees are able to are able to send in written questions which may be selected by the moderator for her to answer.
Students can attend for free with a TU ID.  For others, the cost of the program is $10 (or $30 for a series of 4 broadcasts).  This live broadcast begins promptly at 7:00 pm at B'nai Emunah (located on 17th and Peoria).

MLK: Striving To Fulfill A Dream

Monday, January 21st, 2013

You are cordially invited to join us for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day vigil at The University of Tulsa. Weather permitting, there will be a walk around the old “U”, so please dress warmly. 

Parking is available after 5pm in the McFarlin Library and Holmes Student Center lots on the corner of 5th and Florence.

The ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity Offers Scholarships for Entering First Year Students for 2013-2014

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will grant 20 incoming diverse law students with $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  The twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student’s time in law school.   The application and requirements for eligibility can be downloaded at, Completed scholarship applications must be received not postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.
Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship and not on the law school they plan to attend.  Therefore, law students applying to any and all ABA-accredited law schools may benefit from these scholarships.  The goal of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students who would not otherwise have the financial ability to attend law school.  These scholarships are intended to fund or supplement any grants or scholarship already awarded or under consideration for the recipients. 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail

Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture featuring Deborah L. Rhode

Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6:00pm -7:00pm

Deborah L. Rhode, Director, Center of the Legal Profession E.W. McFarland Professor of Law Stanford Law School will present on "Diversity and Gender Equity in the Profession" on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in John Rogers Hall, Price & Turpen Courtroom.  A Reception will be held before hand at 5:30pm in the Mezzanine of John Rogers Hall.  The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. 

Deborah L. Rhode is one of the country's leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender law, and public policy. An author of over 20 books, including The Beauty Bias, Women and Leadership and Moral Leadership, she is the nation's most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She is the director of the Stanford Center on Legal Profession and Founding President of the Interanational Assoication of Legal Ethics.

About the Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot. Working from a tent because his office and home were destroyed during the riot, he represented clients, filed briefs, and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. He won a critical court decision striking down a city ordinance designed to prevent blacks from rebuilding their homes in Tulsa. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.

For More Information Contact:
Barbette Veit


Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture featuring Jennifer Eberhardt

Monday, April 23, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Associate Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, will present the 12th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 6pm at The University of Tulsa College of Law, John Rogers Hall. There will be a reception at 5:30pm in the Mezzanine of John Rogers Hall.

Her presentation, "The Criminal, the Ape, and the Static Being: Three Views of Blacks in the Modern Era," will be in the Price & Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Eberhardt’s primary research interests include stereotyping, prejudice, and stigma. Her most recent research examines the nature of racial categories. A focus on the social psychological implications of viewing race as a natural category (rather than as a socially created category) and the link between racial stereotyping and racial categorization. Jennifer Eberhardt's bio

About the Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot. Working from a tent because his office and home were destroyed during the riot, he represented clients, filed briefs, and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. He won a critical court decision striking down a city ordinance designed to prevent blacks from rebuilding their homes in Tulsa. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.

Barbette Veit


BLSA Holds Vigil For Trayvon Martin

March 26, 2012 - The Black Law Students Association organized a vigil on TU's campus this week, in memory of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot last month.  FOX23 News covered the event

A University of Tulsa Student Wins Crowe & Dunlevy Award

March 12, 2012 - Oklahoma-based Crowe & Dunlevy law firm has selected first-year University of Tulsa College of Law student DeVon Douglass as the first recipient of its $2,000 minority scholarship. The Minority Scholar Program provides this assistance for a minority student who qualifies based on academic achievement, financial need and commitment to the law.

“We are proud to support diversity of the legal profession through our Minority Scholar Program at TU Law,” said Susan Huntsman, a director with the firm’s Tulsa office and member of the firm’s diversity committee. “DeVon is the first of what we hope to be many students whom Crowe & Dunlevy is able to help pursue successful careers in the field of law.”

Douglass is active in the Black Law Student Association at TU Law, serving as the group’s historian. Her professional experience includes serving as a student representative with LexisNexis and as a file clerk for the Saint Louis County Courthouse. During her undergraduate career at Missouri State University, she served as president of the Association of Black Collegians. She received a bachelor of arts in sociology from Missouri State.

The Minority Scholar Program scholarships may be renewed for a recipient in each of the two remaining years of law school, based on satisfactory progress and performance. Crowe & Dunlevy plans to award one scholarship each year, resulting in three recipients simultaneously receiving assistance from the program.
Crowe & Dunlevy has made the commitment to provide funds for the program for the next five years at TU Law. The firm offers similar scholarship opportunities at other law schools.

Native American Pre Law Day

Saturday, March 3, 2012, The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, along with the Law School Admissions Council, host a Native American Pre-Law Day encouraging Native American students to consider a career in law. 

Minority Law Awareness Day

Friday, February 24, 2012, The University of Tulsa College of Law, co-sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council as part of month, is hosting a day of interactive fun for minority students considering a career in law. For more information, contact Laura Volpe,

NALSA and SBA Sponsor 2012 Angel Tree

Native American Law Student Association and the Student Bar Association team up to sponsor the 2012 Angel Tree benefiting the orphans of the Murrow Indian Children Home and the Sac & Fox Nation Children Home.  Adopt an Angel from the Angel Tree located in the Pit. Buy a $10-$15 gift, wrap it and place it under the tree by December 20th.  Let’s bring a little hope and joy to deserving children this Holiday season!

BLSA's International Book Drive is in Full Swing!

BLSA is collecting books to help promote literacy and enrich the academic and intellectual lives of Rwandans of the continent of Africa.  The goal is to send over 1,000 books to Rwanda!  Books need to be in excellent condition and all types of books are needed.  The book drive runs from October 31st –November 25th.

WLC Annual Court Etiquette Workshop

Women’s Law Caucus’ Annual Court Etiquette Workshop featuring Judge Morrissey and Judge Dreiling.  Tuesday November 14th at 12:15; Room TBA, McAllister’s Lunch will be provided.

BLSA Hosts Bowling Night

The Black Law Students Association will be having a bowling event at the Dust Bowl Lanes this Friday, October 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Everybody is welcome!

Salsa Night

The Hispanic Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association and the International Law Students Association invite you to a Salsa Night, Thursday, September 8th at Hibiscus 3316 South Peoria Ave. at 10pm.  Meet these organizations and see what they are all about!  FREE APPETIZERS!

OBA Women in Law Committee Panel

Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00 pm in room 202, Women's Law Caucus will be hosting the Women in the Law Committee from the OBA to speak to the students about What They Wish They Knew when they graduated from law school going into a male dominated field. Speakers include Deborah J. Bruce, Linda Crook Martin, Deirdre Dexter, Cheryl A. Dixon and Cheryl Jackson. As always, lunch will be provided.

Direct questions to Ashley Hodges at

TU College of Law Hosts Filmmaker for Screening of Award Winning Immigration Documentary

Monay, April 11, 2011 from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Panic Nation, the multi-award winning documentary that delves into the history, reasons, and rise of state sponsored immigration laws and their effects, will be shown at TU’s John Rogers Hall on Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m.

At the conclusion of the movie, George Adams, the film's writer-director, will join former Oklahoma State Representative Shane Jett for a discussion about the movie's subject. The event, in the Price & Turpen Courtroom, is free and open to the public.

The film features Jett, former White House cabinet member Henry Cisneros, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr., Oklahoma State Representative Randy Terrill, along with business owners, immigration experts, and citizens to tell this story. The movie was named the best documentary at the Broadway International Film Festival, among other honors.

For more information, see
Contact: Scott Been at or 918-631-2568

Looking From Your Neighbor's Perspective: Race and Privilege on Campus, A Forum Discussion

Monday, April 4th at 5:00 pm
Gallery, ACAC
Dinner Provided

Join us for a discussion on current-day privilege, racism, and inclusion and how these issues impact you as students today. This forum will also focus on the topics discussed at the recent presentations on campus by Tom DeWolf (author of Inheriting the Trade) and Robert Jensen (author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege); and along with our panelists’ expertise and audience input, apply these topics to our experiences here as a community.

Panel includes:

  • Moderator: Mana Tahaie, Director of Racial Justice at the YWCA Tulsa and TU alum
  • Susan Chase, Sociology Professor at TU and author of Learning to Speak, Learning to Listen: How Diversity Works on Campus.
  • Nick Doctor, Government Affairs Manager at Tulsa Metro Chamber and TU alum
  • Selim Fiagome Attorney, President of the Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association, and TU alum
  • Quinn Woodard, President of the Association of Black Collegians

Sponsored by: ABC, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LINC
Also, if anyone has any questions they’d like to submit prior to the event, please email those to me at

BLSA elections-March 30th

The Black Law Student Association will be holding their annual officer elections on Wednesday, March 30th at 12:00 in JRH 203. As always, lunch will be served.

For questions, contact Videlinata Krishna at .

LGBTSA elections-April 4th

The LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender]/Straight Alliance will be holding our final meeting of the semester next Monday, April 4th, at Noon in Room 204. During this meeting we will elect officers for next year (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). If you are a 1L or 2L, our organization needs your leadership in the fight for equality. Do not be concerned if you have not been able participate in our organization’s past events; we welcome your ideas.

Questions can be sent to Angela Mauch at

Federalist Society Debate—Constitutional Issues Surrounding Same Sex Marriage

The Federalist Society will be sponsoring this debate on Tuesday, Mar. 29, in the JRH Courtroom. Lunch will begin at 12:30, with the debate from 12:45 until 1:15. The debate involves constitutional issues surrounding same sex marriage and will feature Prof. Teresa Collett from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and our own Prof. Samuel Wiseman.

Questions can be sent to Charles Reese at or Ryan Olsen at

NALSA general meeting, March 31st

NALSA will be having the next general meeting this Thursday, March 31 at 12:30, location TBA. This meeting will feature:

  • OFFICER ELECTIONS. Every officer position is up for grabs, and open for nominations. If you wish to run for office or nominate some poor unsuspecting soul, make sure to show up or E-MAIL ME IF YOU CAN'T BE PRESENT. You don't have to be present to run, but you MUST BE PRESENT TO VOTE.
  • INDIAN LAW LEGAL RESEARCH PRIMER. Kimberly Williams from LexisNexis will be giving a brief presentation on Indian Law research on LexisNexis (including Lexis' extensive statutory history databases).
  • SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIAN LAW. Finally, current and past NALSA members will give a brief brief Q and A about Indian Law job opportunities. If you're a 1L and don't have any summer plans yet, this is a don't miss opportunity.

For questions, contact Philip Tinker at


Come learn salsa before Barrister's Ball! We will be having an instructor teach you all the right moves so you can be ready for Friday!
Wednesday, March 30th @ 8:00pm
ACAC, Second Floor Atrium

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served!
Questions? Please contact Jackie at

Diversity and Current Legal Market Panel

The Professional Development office is hosting a Diversity and Current Legal Market Panel Discussion. This event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from noon to 1:00 p.m in the Price Turpin Courtroom at John Rogers Hall. The panelists for this event are Marvin Lizama from Brewster & DeAngelis and Kevinn Matthews from Williams Companies. Sign up on Symplicity.

Contact: Professional Development at or 918-631-2430

The Freedmen Saga: a lecture by Ron Brown

Sponsored by the Black Law Student Association, Campus Recreation, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this lecture will focus on the issues related to tribal citizenship granted to many emancipated slaves by Native American tribes, often as the result of agreements between the tribe and the United States federal government. Mr. Graham will examine the situation facing many freedmen today as debates take place within tribes as to whether or not tribal citizneship should be revoked for the descendants of Freedmen.
Wednesday, March 2 at 6:00pm
Allen Chapman Activity Center Gallery Room
Dinner will be provided.

11th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

The University of Tulsa College of Law cordially invites you to the 11th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture "Movement Lawyers, Courts, and Social Change" featuring Tomiko Brown-Nagin Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History University of Virginia School of Law.

Brown-Nagin's lecture will be based on selections from her book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement. She holds a doctorate in history from Duke University and a law degree from Yale Law School. She previously taught at Harvard Law School and worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. This lecture series honors one of the first black attorneys in Oklahoma, Buck Franklin, who assisted victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian, John Hope Franklin.

The event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Price & Turpen Courtroom - John Rogers Hall
The University of Tulsa - 3120 East 4th Place
For more information, contact Scott Been at or 918-631-2568.

Native Americans and the Democratic Process

TU Law’s Democratic Law Society and NALSA are proud to present Kalyn Free at a joint meeting Thursday, February 17, 2011 in room JRH 201. Lunch will be provided by The University of Tulsa College of Law Diversity Committee.

Talking About Race: Acknowledge the Past, Heal the Present

Thomas Norman DeWolf is the author of Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History (Beacon Press). In 2001, Tom traveled with nine distant relatives on a life-altering journey through New England, Ghana, and Cuba to film the Emmy nominated documentary film, Traces of the Trade. With honesty, compassion, and humor, Tom DeWolf inspires people throughout the United States regarding diversity, social justice, and confronting and eliminating racism. He illuminates a path toward healing and a more hopeful future. For further information, visit

Wednesday, February 16, 12:00pm (noon)
Great Hall, ACAC
This event is free and open to the public.

HLSA announces its first meeting for Spring 2011

The Hispanic Law Student Assocation (HLSA) has scheduled its first meeting of the spring semester on Thursday, Jan. 27th at 12:30 pm in JRH room 201. Members plan to elect officers and discuss upcoming activities. Questions can be directed to Lorena Tiemann at

Pawnee Supreme Court Justice to Lecture about Experiences of Native Americans in the Courts

Walter Echo-Hawk, Jr., Supreme Court Justice of the Pawnee Nation, adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa College of Law, author, and Of Counsel for the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy, will give a lecture at Gilcrease Museum on Wednesday, January 26, about the experiences of Native Americans in the U.S. court system.

Sponsored by the Native American Law Center and Gilcrease Museum, the lecture will relate to his book, In the Courts of the Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided. The lecture will be given at 6 p.m. in the Tom Gilcrease, Jr. Auditorium. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the museum's Vista Room. The lecture and reception are open to the public.

For more information, see the College of Law press release for the event.

H.G. Barnard Lecture and Reception, Saturday, January 22, 2011

Internationally known for his provocative views on museum exhibit design, Paul Tapsell, chair in Mãori studies and Dean of Te Tumu, the School of Mãori, at the University of Otago in New Zealand, will share his experiences creating the Ko Tawa exhibition project, which challenged New Zealand’s Auckland Museum to rethink its practice of displaying the Maori tribe’s taonga (cultural treasures).

Dr. Tapsell will show how the Ko Tawa exhibit can provide a model for museums in the United States, which are challenged to accurately and respectfully display Native American cultural artifacts. Dr. Tapsell will also provide perspectives on broader associations between museums, universities, and the various publics they serve, as well as how to make centuriesold narratives interesting to a younger, more urban generation.

For more information, see the Gilcrease Museum program announcement.

The John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture featuring William Eskridge

William N. Eskridge, Jr., the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School, will present the 15th Annual John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, January 20, 2011, at 5 p.m. at The University of Tulsa College of Law.

His presentation, “Discrimination to Protect Liberty: New Arguments Against Equality for Women and Gay People,” will be in the Price & Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall. The lecture and the reception afterward are free and open to the public.

From 1990-1995, Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities.

The historical materials in the book, Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet, formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court’s (and the dissenting opinion’s) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws. He most recently coauthored Gay Marriage: For Better or Worse?

Eskridge’s areas of teaching interest include constitutional law; legislation; sexuality, gender, and the law; and theories of statutory interpretation. Together with the late Philip Frickey, he developed an innovative casebook on legislation. Eskridge received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College, his master’s degree in history from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

For more information, contact Scott Been at or 918-631-2568.

Professional Development Office Event for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Question: Could you use an additional resume booster? Are you looking for something fun and worthy to do in honor of Martin Luther King Day? (No classes!) Do you appreciate the fulfillment you receive after giving back to your community?

Answer: Participate in this year's Martin Luther King Public Service Day on Monday, January 17, 2011!!!! We have arranged several fun and worthy volunteer activites listed below. You can volunteer anywhere from 2 hours to several hours!

  • Tulsa Humane Society: 6232 E. 60th St. (near 60th & Sheridan), (918) 495-3647 Projects: walking dogs, yardwork (if weather is nice), cleaning kennels, or other various projects TBD 10:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Family and Children's Services: 650 S. Peoria (8th & Peoria), (918) 560-1113 Projects: assist with tagging and pricing donated items for March Warehouse Sale 9:00am-12:00pm or 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • University Methodist Preschool: 500 S. College Ave. (5th & College), (918) 378-5989 Projects: painting and cleaning toys 1:00pm-4:00pm

Please sign up via Symplicity (under Events/Workshops tab) or email to law-professionaldevelopment@utulsa.eduwith your preference! Contact Christy Caves at or 631-2890 if you have comments or questions!