News and Events Archive

Military Law Society supports Toys for Tots

The University of Tulsa Military Law Society would like to make your Christmas a little warmer by offering you a chance to win an Amazon Kindle! For every unwrapped and unopened toy you donate to the University of Tulsa Military Law Society we will give you a chance to enter into a random drawing for a Kindle! That's right, A KINDLE! No more reading newspaper on paper. No more carrying around a heavy backpack/spine breaker with tons of physical books!

The Marine Corps' Toys For Tots program takes toys and donates them to needy children in the Tulsa area. Their message of hope goes towards making these young kids responsible, productive, and patriotic individuals since 1947. This proud tradition has been a hallmark of community outreach for the Marine Corps Reserve Units around the world.

Please place your unwrapped/unopened gift for either a boy or a girl in the boxes located by the elevator outside of The Pit and put a note in Clint James - 2L drop file with your name and the toy you donated to be entered. Next week we'll have table hours in addition to the drop file where you can claim your ticket. For A's to your Q's please contact Clint James at clint-james@utulsa.edu or at 580-278-9095.

Native American Law Student’s Association supports Angel Tree

The Native American Law Student's Association is supporting an Angel Tree to facilitate the giving and receiving of presents to Native American children in need. Students who would like to provide a present for a child, please take a card from the NALSA Angel Tree by the College of Law’s front entrance. The collection begins Thursday, November 24, 2009 and ends December 17th. Cash donations are also accepted, and will be used to purchase gifts for angel tree recipients.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at philip-tinker@utulsa.edu or Lindsay Earls at lindsay-earls@utulsa.edu.

NALSA Pro Bono Project Opportunity

The Native American Law Student's Association ("NALSA") is participating in a federal habeas corpus petition seeking relief from execution for Oklahoma inmate Patrick Dwayne Murphy. TU students will be exploring the question of whether the federal government, rather than Oklahoma, should have jurisdiction over the crime. Murphy is a citizen of the Creek Nation, and the crime occurred within the geographical boundaries of the allotted Creek reservation. Under federal law, if the crime took place in "Indian country," the federal government, rather than the state, has exclusive criminal jurisdiction.

Federal law recognizes that Indian tribes have a significant governmental interest in determining whether the death penalty should be imposed on tribal citizens. Therefore, the death penalty is only available for federal Indian country crimes with tribal consent. The Creek Nation has not "opted in" to the death penalty for Creek citizens, so the death penalty will not be available if the federal government takes jurisdiction of the crime.

If you think it is important to preserve the tribe's right to decide whether a tribe member acting in tribal territory should be subject to the death penalty, PLEASE join our team!!! We're looking for two or three dedicated volunteers who can work for a few hours a week. This can be a fairly minimal time commitment, or it can be more extensive, depending on your preference. No criminal law experience is necessary, but an interest and some background in federal Indian law is preferred.

This project began in September 2010 and will continue through March of 2011. Please contact NALSA President Philip Tinker (philip-tinker@utulsa.edu) for more information.

LGBTSA & Diversity Committee present a screening of Ask Not

On Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 12:00 (noon), the LGBTSA and TU Law Diversity Committee will host a screening of the documentary film Ask Not. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in John Rogers Hall classroom 204. A light lunch will be provided. For questions about this event, please contact Angela Mauch at angela-mauch@utulsa.edu.

MLIC & Diversity Committee present a screening of Letters from the Other Side

On Thursday, Nov. 18th at 8:00 p.m., the Mabee Legal Information Center and the TU Law Diversity Committee will host a screening of the documentary film Letters From the Other Side. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Price Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall on the University of Tulsa Campus. Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrant Rights Project at the Boesche Legal Clinic, will offer introductory remarks and attendees will be invited to stay afterward to discuss the film. Light movie snacks and soda will be provided. For questions about this event, please contact Faye Hadley in the MLIC at faye-hadley@utulsa.edu.

TU Law Students Join National Day Against Hate, October 20, 2010

In an effort to discourage the spread of hate that has fueled the recent gay teen suicides, TU Law students are cordially invited to wear purple on Wednesday, October 20th. This is a worldwide event recognizing and celebrating unity in our campaign against hatred and misunderstanding. On behalf of the L.G.B.T. Law Society, you are cordially invited to participate. If you don't own any purple attire, no problem. SBA will be handing out purple ribbons all day for those who wish to participate. Thank you in joining us in the cause.

Native American Pre-Law Day & Native Justice Powwow

Thinking about law as a career? Come see whether law school is for you! Learn how you can prepare now for a career in Law. Prominent Native American attorneys will discuss their backgrounds and careers, specialists will provide information about the law school admissions process and how to finance a legal education, and current Indian law students will tell what law school is really like!

Native American Pre Law Day will be held at the University of Tulsa College of Law on Saturday, March 20th, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event, made possible through a grant from the Law School Admission Council, is being co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, and The University of Oklahoma College of Law. All American Indian college and senior high school students and other Native Americans considering law school are invited to attend. A limited number of scholarships are available to assist with transportation and hotel costs for students outside easy driving distance of Tulsa.

Space is limited, and registration is on a first come first serve basis. Please register in advance. Walk-ins are welcomed only as space permits.

Following the Native American Pre-Law Day, all attendees of the pre-law event, their families, the Native American Community, and others interested in attending a traditional powwow, are invited to attend The University of Tulsa College of Law Annual Native Justice Powwow from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. in the Allen Chapman Activity Center on The University of Tulsa campus. The Native Justice Powwow will honor tribal attorneys, police, and court personnel.

To register for this event click “here”.

Tulsa Minority Networking Taskforce Event

The Tulsa Minority Networking Taskforce (TMNT) and the TU College of Law sponsor a program series for minority students entitled "Bridging the Gap". These informational sessions present information about their personal experiences on a given topic, provide advice on how to better market oneself, to network effectively, etc. The next presentation is entitled "Thinking Outside the Box: Non-legal Jobs" being held on April 8th at 5:30pm in the Heritage Room at Collins Hall.

This event is open to the entire student body, but will be especially beneficial for minority students. It is an opportunity to network with other professionals who hold a JD, but are not practicing law in a traditional sense. With the current challenges of navigating the legal job market, events like this one can be most valuable to our students.

Fern Holland Banquet Being Held April 2nd

The Women’s Law Caucus is hosting its annual Fern Holland Banquet being held April 2nd from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Allen Chapman Activity Center on The University of Tulsa Campus. Fern Holland was hired by the United States Agency for International Development to investigate human rights abuses in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. At the conclusion of her tour with USAID, she worked with the Coalition Provisional Authority to help Iraqis establish a democratic form of government. Though she lost her life during her service in Iraq, her commitment to the empowerment of women will not be forgotten. Because of her courage, humanitarian this award now bears her name.

This year, the WLC board has decided to create a second award to be given at the Banquet. Currently one of the requirements for the Fern Holland award is that the recipient be a TU Law alum. However, there are many women within the legal community who do tremendous things for TU Law, but are not TU Law alum. This brand-new award will honor those women who have donated their time, energy, efforts, etc. for the benefit of TU Law students, and the Tulsa legal community as a whole. As this is the inaugural year for this award, the winner of this year’s award will also become its namesake. WLC will give this award annually at the Fern Holland banquet, to be held in the spring of each academic year.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the banquet, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Women’s Law Caucus Dance Lessons for Fundraiser

WLC will be hosting dance lessons as a fundraising event for the Lydia Patterson School and the Laura Dester Shelter on March 25th, 2010 from 7:00pm – 9:00 pm in John Rogers Hall. The two-step will be instructed along with basic turns. Cost is $10.00 per person. There are only 36 spots open so RSVP for you and your partner immediately to reserve your spots.

To RSVP, contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

WLC Sponsored Birthday Party at Murdock Villa


WLC will be hosting a birthday part of the residents of Murdock Villa Monday, March 8th at 5:30pm in the Murdock Villa Apartments, 828 South Wheeling. Murdock Villa is a Tulsa Housing Authority residence that serves the needs of Tulsa's underprivileged residents. The majority of the residents have some disability and look forward to these parties. Various TU Law student organizations have hosted these parties before, and have been a smashing success. The only thing required of you is to show up and have a good time.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

BLSA Hosting ConocoPhillips

On Tuesday March 2nd Black Law Student Association and the Professional Development Office co-sponsored two attorneys from ConocoPhillips, Kevin Startz and Mark Headley who discussed the role of the Global Real Estate Department and the opportunities available to law students through ConocoPhillips summer program. TU Law has had a long standing relationship with ConocoPhillips, which has hired 5 of our graduates out of their summer program for the past 6 years. The Alumni are now working in California, Alaska, Texas and Oklahoma.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact BLSA President Mike Manning at: michael-manning@utulsa.edu

Two Student Groups Join to Help Fight Domestic Violence

The law school community is invited to help combat domestic violence on Saturday, February 27th at 1:00pm in the Native American Reading Room. The Women's Law Caucus and the Native American Law Student's Association are offering a service opportunity with Families and Communities Empowered for Safety (F.A.C.E.S.) to help the victims of domestic violence in Oklahoma.The two student organizations will be working with F.A.C.E.S. volunteers to help update their educational materials to comply with recent changes in state law.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Native American Law Student Association February Meeting

NALSA's monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday February 24th at noon in room 2442. Native Resources Librarian Faye Hadley will be demonstrating some of the library's online research resources, so come by and see what sorts of resources MLIC has to offer.
Also, NALSA be showing a movie, Into the Circle: An Introduction to the Powwow. This will be a good primer for those of you who are interested in attending or volunteering at NALSA's Native Justice Powwow being held Saturday March 20th in the Allen Chapman Activity Center . Lunch will be served.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at: philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

The Women's Initiative Event

The Women's Initiative event, sponsored by the law firm McAfee & Taft, was held at noon on February 25th. The event had 6 women lawyers from McAfee & Taft and additional women representatives from in-house counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Williams Companies, Tyson Foods, and SECFIN. This was an extraordinary opportunity for students to attend. The professionals shared their insights on issues that genuinely affect women in the legal profession.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Women’s Law Caucus Date Auction


The WLC hosted a date Auction, February 11th 2010 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at El Guapo’s restaurant. The event auctioned off TU Law faculty, students, staff & Alumni to help raise over $1,400 for the Lydia Patterson School and the Laura Dester Shelter.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Black History Month on SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog, a blog written by lawyers and law students about the Supreme Court of the United States, is announcing their lineup of participants for their special February programming on Race and the Supreme Court, in recognition of Black History Month.

To find out more information about the program, click "here".

Minority Law Awareness Day

In honor of DiscoverLaw.org Month, The University of Tulsa College of Law, in conjunction with the Law School Admissions Council, is proud to sponsor Minority Law Awareness Day (MLAD) on February 12th, 2010. In hosting this event, we hope to both celebrate and encourage diversity in the field of law by providing useful information about the study and practice of law to groups in our community who have historically been under-represented in the legal field.

The event begins at 9:30am in John Rogers Hall on the campus of the University of Tulsa and includes the Honorable Wilma L. Palmer as Guest Speaker, a minority law student panel discussion, lunch with leaders in our legal community, a tour of the Tulsa County Courthouse and a tour of the Conner & Winters law firm. The firm will also host a reception in honor of the guests who attend this event.

For more information or to register, feel free to contact Larry R. Curtis at: larry-curtis@utulsa.edu

Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association Scholarship Application

The Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association ("NOBLA") is excited to announce its inaugural minority law student scholarship and awards luncheon reception which will be held at noon on February 24, 2010, at the Tulsa headquarters of The Williams Companies, Inc. ("Williams"). The minimum amount for the scholarships are $1,000. The scholarships will be awarded to minority law students attending an Oklahoma law school. The scholarships are intended to help defray the costs of tuition and related expenses for promising future lawyers whose academic achievement, dedication to public service, and strong character will diversify and strengthen the legal profession. The application deadline is February 12, 2010.

NOBLA is an association of African-American lawyers, whose purpose is to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, aid the progress of Blacks and other minorities in the legal profession, address legal issues affecting the community, and foster the study of law by encouraging personal and professional development of its members. NOBLA is comprised of African-American attorneys in large and small law firms, solo practitioners, government, academia, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and the judiciary.

Interested candidates should complete the attached scholarship application and include a current law school transcript, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of two (2) professional references and two (2) personal references. To be considered for this award, you must include your law school transcript. Applications without transcripts will not be considered.

NOBLA prefers the application be completed via the PDF document. Once the PDF document is completed click the submit button on the document. If you are unable to submit the application via the PDF document, you may submit the Word or WordPerfect application.

For submission and questions, please contact Selim K. Figome at: selim.fiagome@gmail.com

MLS & WLC Team Up for Freedom Boxes

The Military Law Society and the Women’s Law Caucus have teamed up to host the Freedom Boxes Drive for Blue Start Mothers of American. You can find the drop box next near the “PIT” in John Rogers Hall. Freedom Boxes are care packages for our soldiers serving tours of duty overseas. This drive will last the Month of February.

Fore more information, please contact MLS Vice President Derek Weinbrenner at: derek-weinbrenner@utulsa.edu

Women's Law Caucus General Meeting

The WLC will be hosting a general meeting Wednesday, January 27th at 12:15pm in room 202. They will be discussing the Relay for Life, Valentine Auction Fundraiser, Fern Holland Banquet, and Chili Fest entry.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Native American Law Student Association First Meeting of Spring Semester

The first Native American Law Student Association meeting will be held on January 20th in room 2442. Margo Gray-Proctor, a Native American business woman will be talking about Indian-owned business and the importance of tribal support for Indian entrepreneurship.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at: philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

BLSA Hosting Bake Sale for Haiti

The Black Law Student Association is hosting a bake sale on Thursday, January 21st from 9:00am - 5:00pm with the proceeds going to benefit Doctors Without Borders relief effort in Haiti.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact BLSA President Mike Manning at: michael-manning@utulsa.edu

NALSA/WLC Volunteer at Tulsa SPCA

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Native American Law Student Association and Women’s Law Caucus are sponsoring a service project at the Tulsa SPCA Monday, January 18th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. To join in on the fun, please contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at: philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

Black Law Student's Association Toy Drive

The Black Law Student's Association is supporting a Toy Drive for McKinley Elementary School. Students, Faculty, and Staff can help ensure that a child has a holiday present by placing a gift in the BLSA toy collection by the north stairs of the PIT by the morning of December 14th.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact BLSA President Mike Manning at: michael-manning@utulsa.edu

Native American Law Student’s Association supports Angel Tree

The Native American Law Student Association is supporting an Angel Tree in partnership with the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association. The Angel Tree’s purpose is to facilitate the giving and receiving of presents to Native American children in need. Students who would like to provide a present for a child, please take a card from the NALSA Angel Tree by the College of Law’s front entrance. The collection begins Thursday, November 24, 2009 and ends December 18th. The drive is doing so well the tree ran out of angles and more has been added.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at: philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

Women's Law Caucus Starts on Two New Projects

The Women’s Law Caucus is raising scholarship funds for the Lydia Patterson Institute. The bilingual school on the United States/Mexico border provides educational opportunities for grades 6th – 12th. Most of its students would have abandoned their formal education by sixth grade if it were not for the school. The scholarships will cover tuition for one year, supplies, food, and other support.

WLC is also raising funds and providing volunteer support for the new Laura Dester Children’s Shelter. The new shelter will be made up of four cottages and an administration building, totaling 48,200 square feet on at 20-acre campus. The new center will double in capacity to help up to 60 children in emergency care. The current shelter is a short-term emergency care facility for use while child welfare specialists conduct investigations into alleged abuse and neglect and to hold children while staff looks for suitable foster care placements for those coming into state custody. The current shelter is located in the old Tulsa Boys Home, which was contracted in 1948.

For more information, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Women’s Law Caucus Collects Food during Immunity Day’s

The WLC coordinated this year’s Immunity Days canned food collection for the Northeastern Oklahoma Food-Bank. During Immunity Days (November 16th & 17th), TU Law Professors did not call on students who brought a canned food item to class for donation. Students could either bring a can from home or “rent” a can for $1.00 at the WLC table. All food and money collected was taken to the food distribution center in Tulsa on November 18th in time for the holiday season.

This year, WLC was able to collect 382 pounds of food and $378.98. The combined donation created enough meals for 2,611 people.

For more information, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Final NALSA Meeting for Fall Semester

The final meeting of the Native American Law Student’s Association Meeting for the fall semester will be Wednesday, November 11th in room 201. They will be discussing their participation in the National Native American Law Conference, coordination of the Angle Tree in Partnership with the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association, and planning actives for the spring semester.

udge Patrick Moore, District Court Judge for the Creek Nation, will be speaking about the judicial internship program at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at: philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

Women’s Law Caucus & PAW-LAW to have Joint Thanksgiving Dinner

Please join the WLC & PAW-LAW for a homemade Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, November 11th in room 203 with their honored guest, Faith Orlowski. Ms. Orlowski is an animal rights advocate and prominent attorney in Tulsa.

For more information, feel free to contact WLC President Linda Smith at linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Native American Law Student Association Meeting

Upcoming Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) meeting is scheduled to take place on October 21st, 12:00pm in Room 203. Professor of Law Judith Royster will be speaking about the Native American Law Certificate Program & Sheree Hukill, Managing Partner at Integrated Concepts, will be speaking about pro-bono opportunities and her work in Native American Law.

For additional questions, check out the NALSA Facebook Page or contact NALSA President, Philip Tinker at: philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

NALSA Scheduled to Host Info Session on Indian Child Welfare Act

The Native American Law Student Association will be hosting an informational session on the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) with guest speaker, Mike Nomura, on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm in Room 204. Mr. Nomura’s presentation will include discussion about the history of the Act, an overview of the tribal perspective regarding the Act, and a recent ICWA case in which Mr. Nomura was an appellee. Background to the law suit and an analysis of the OK Supreme Court ruling will be provided.

In 1978, in response to the pervasive removal of Indian children from their families and the subsequent placement into non-Indian situations, Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act. Many who work in children's services and family law today continue to not understand or follow the Indian Child Welfare Act. Join us on September 29th to hear a first had account of Mr. Nomura’s experience with the ICWA.

For more information, contact NALSA President Philip Tinker at: Philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

Local Judges speak at Women’s Law Caucus Meeting

The Women’s Law Caucus hosted two guest speakers, The Honorable Judge Linda G. Morrissey (District Judge for Tulsa County) and The Honorable Judge Theresa Dreiling (Special Judge for Tulsa County), at a recent organization meeting. Topics of discussion included rules of court, professionalism, and the importance of taking advantage of mentoring & networking opportunities. Speakers encouraged law students to not be afraid to ask questions and to take advantage of all opportunities to build your reputation and work on your courtroom “presence”.

WLC is working on partnering with other organizations such as the Public Interest Law Society for a Habitat for Humanity House project. They are also in current discussions with the Republican Law Society and the Federalist Society regarding other outreach ventures with the Republican Law Society and the Federalist Society.

For more information , please contact Women’s Law Caucus President, Linda Smith, at: linda-smith@utulsa.edu .

Women’s Law Caucus Races for the Cure

The Women’s Law Caucus participated in the Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 19th coming in 2nd place for fundraising in the state University/School division!

Hispanic Law Student Association Kicks Off the Year With First Meeting

At HLSA’s opening meeting of the semester, they had two great guest speakers. Marvin Lizama from Brewster & De Angelis, P.L.L.C., spoke to the members about the importance of networking and taking advantage of opportunities to give back to your community. David Sobel, a lawyer in Tulsa who focuses on Immigration Law, also spoke to everyone about current issues in immigration. He touched on Obama’s Health Care initiative, as well as current stereotypes and social concerns.

For more information, please contact HLSA President Ulysses Vargas: ulysses-vargas@utulsa.edu

Baker Donelson Announces 2009 Diversity Scholarship Program Recipients

The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, announces the selection of this year's recipients of the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program: Jalil D. Dozier of North Carolina Central University School of Law, Denetra N. Hartzog of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and Stephanie M. Nowak of the University of Tulsa College of Law.

The Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

The Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities offers paid summer internships at many of America's leading corporations. These companies are members of the National Business & Disability Council (www.nbdc.com) and are proactive in recruiting qualified people with disabilities.

To be considered for an internship, a student must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student with a disability, who has completed at least 60 credits, and is maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. More information can be found on the web site at www.emerging-leaders.com.

Please note: While the application deadline for summer 2010 program is December 31, 2009, many companies are making their decisions now.

In addition, the following is important information about a FREE service to students and graduates with disabilities:

The National Business & Disability Council's National Resume Database was developed with the goal of bringing together top talent with disabilities and America's top employers in both the private and public sector. This service is provided free of charge to job seekers with disabilities and is open to applicants who have earned or are expected to earn a two or four year degree within the next six months or have completed equivalent technical training.

The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse law students studying at ABA-accredited law schools who want to pursue a career in a global law firm. Since the program was launched in 2005, the firm has selected four Diversity Scholars each year to receive $10,000 scholarships for their third year of law school.

Click on the following links for information about their most recent Diversity Scholars or for an overview and application.

Women’s Law Caucus 2nd Meeting


Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) will be having their second meeting Wednesday, September 23rd at 12:15pm in room 201. They will be having a panel of judges speaking and lunch will be provided.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact President Linda Smith at linda-smith@utulsa.edu

Native American Law Students Association First Fall Meeting


The first meeting of the Native American Law Student's Association (NALSA) is Wednesday, September 9th at noon in room 2442. They have a lot of great stuff on the agenda, so please join them. They will also be electing a new historian, and first years are encouraged to run. Make sure to pay your dues ($25) if you want to vote.


NALSA will be discussing some new events they have planned for this year, but they will need a lot of member participation to pull it off, so be sure to come and support NALSA.


Also, they will have a guest speaker, attorney John L. Williams. John is a co-founder of Yaka Energy, a joint venture energy marketing firm with a tribal government. His practice areas include energy law and Native American Law. He is an LL.M Candidate for American Indian and Indigenous Law at TU, and has been an adjunct professor of Native American Law at TU. His scholarship includes the following articles:

  • "The Effect of the EPA's Designation of the Tribes as States on the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma," Tulsa Law Journal (1994)
  • "Paving the Way for the Future: Potential Structures for the Tribal Economic Development,” UCLA Indigenous Peoples Journal (2005)


Lunch will be provided


If you have any questions, feel free to contact President Philip Tinker at philip-tinker@utulsa.edu

Black Law Student Association’s First Meeting of 2009


The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) first meeting is being held Thursday, September 3rd at 12:30pm in room 2442.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact President Mike Manning at michael-manning@utulsa.edu

2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association

The 2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association, hosted by DePaul University College of Law, will be held September 24-26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference will feature professional development workshops, as well as panels that address current legal issues affecting the Latino community. Conference attendees will also benefit from the Employment and LLM Fair, as well networking events and opportunities to enjoy the city’s cultural sites. In addition, a community service event will give attendees a chance to make a positive contribution to a Chicago-based social service organization.

To obtain more information about the conference and to register, please visit their website at www.law.depaul.edu/nllsa. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them by phone at (312) 362-5145 or e-mail at nllsachicago@gmail.com.

First Meeting of the Year for LGBT/SA

Join the TU Law LGBT/SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/ Straight Alliance) for their first meeting of the academic year! They will be meeting in Room 202 an noon this Monday, August 30th. Come and see what one of the largest and most active student groups is all about and have some food! They will be electing at least one officer and discussing this year's upcoming activates: lecture series speakers, "OUTings," fundraising/community service events, our upcoming CLE presentation, annual Diversity Pride Parade, and more.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ivan R. Orndorff at randy-orndorff@utulsa.edu.

6th Annual National Native American Job Fair

NNALSA invites American Indian law students, recent graduated, and employers to attend the 6th Annual Job Fair

WHEN: Friday, August 28, 2009

WHERE: One Washington Circle Hotel, Washington DC (see metro map )

All law students that are interested in submitting resumes and meeting with future employers should attend. Invited employers include: Firms, Agencies, Non-Profits, and Tribes.

To find out more information, click "here".

TU Law Professor in YourABA on Disability Law

Professor Carrie Griffin Basas was quoted in the American Bar Association monthly publication YourABA news article “Best Practices for working with lawyers with disabilities.” Prof. Basas was one of the panelists presenting at the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law’s second national conference on employing lawyers with disabilities. “While the legal profession has shifted to greater recognition of the employment obstacles for traditional minorities, awareness is lacking in the area of disability,” said Basas. Read more…

HNBA 34th Annual Convention

The Hispanic National Bar Association will be holding the 34th Annual Convention, First Judicial Summit and Law Student Symposium and Job Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico September 2nd – 6th at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.

Events that will be held include:

  • Cutting-Edge CLE’s
  • Inaugural Judicial Summit with Judges from Across the Nation
  • Nationally Renowned Speakers
  • Largest Job Fair for Latino Law Students and Attorneys
  • Exclusive Networking Opportunities
  • Law Student Symposium designed to help law students learn necessary skills
  • Entertaining and Inspiring Cultural Events

Register by going to www.hnba.com

TU Law visits PLSI

The University of Tulsa College of Law Office of Admissions visited with students participating in the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) on July 9th 2009. PLSI is hosted by the American Indian Law Center at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

PLSI is an intensive two-month program which prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for the rigors of law school by essentially replicating the first semester of law school. Likened to boot camp by many former participants, the PLSI concentrates its content into eight weeks of instruction, research and study, teaching students the unique methods of law school research, analysis, and writing.

For more information on PLSI click “here

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

The second annual St. Louis Diversity Job Fair will take place on August 14-15, 2009 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63101. The Renaissance Grand is located in Downtown St. Louis near shopping, entertainment, nightlife and Laclede’s Landing, a popular St. Louis attraction located on the Mississippi River.

The primary goal of the Fair is to attract a diverse group of 2L and 3L students to the metropolitan St. Louis legal community, encourage them to practice law in the area, and become an integral part of our community. The Job Fair steering committee has invited law firms, corporations, and government agencies from all over the nation. Thank you for visiting our website – we hope to see you in August.

For more information click “here


LGBT Writing Competition Provides Scholarship Opportunities for Law Students

Washington, DC—The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association today announced the launch of its eleventh annual Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition, calling for scholarly submissions on legal topics that affect the LGBT community.

The contest is open to all students enrolled in law school during the 2008-2009 academic year. Three major prizes will be awarded:

  • First Place: The top prize includes a $3000 scholarship, publication in the Journal of Law and Sexuality at Tulane University Law School, and registration, airfare & lodging for the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2009 Annual Career Fair and Conference in Brooklyn, NY.
  • First Runner Up: A $2000 scholarship, plus registration, airfare & lodging for the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2009 Annual Career Fair and Conference.
  • Second Runner Up: A $1000 scholarship, plus registration, airfare & lodging for the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2009 Annual Career Fair and Conference.

“Today’s law students will be leading tomorrow’s civil rights battles” said D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar Association. “We are very pleased to be able to recognize, support and encourage the best and brightest student voices on cutting edge LGBT legal issues.”

All entries should be sent to WritingCompetition@LGBTbar.org, and must be received by Monday, June 1. For additional details, including contest guidelines and a full listing of past winners, please visit http://www.lgbtbar.org/competition.html.


The Southeastern Minority Job Fair

The Southeastern Minority Job Fair is an annual law job fair aimed at minority law students - mostly rising 2Ls. SEMJF 2009 will be held on July 31 & August 1, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. This job fair attracts law firms and organizations from across the nation. If you are interested in attending there is a two step registration process, pre-registration is open but ends on Thursday, April 23rd. For pre-registration you need to send me an email with the following information:

Last Name, First Name, Middle Name

Your email address: one you check regularly and will check over the summer

Your graduation date

Current class year

The second phase of registration will only be open to those who pre-register on time. The second phase is where you will submit your application materials and choose which employers, attending the job fair will receive your materials. This phase will begin May 8, 2009.

For more information on this job fair see http://www.semjf.org/

LGBT/Straight Alliance Guest Speaker

Tulsa attorney Scott Johnson will speak Monday April 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the John Rogers Hall Courtroom on the Campus of The University of Tulsa College of Law. The topic of discussion will about Family Law in regards to the LGBT community. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact the Ivan Orndorff, President of the LGBT/Straight Alliance at ivan-orndorff@utulsa.edu


In celebration for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Diversity Committee of
The University of Tulsa College of Law
invites you to join them for a diversity lecture featuring:

Dr. Thomas Buoye
Assistant Professor & Chair of the Department of History
The University of Tulsa

“Rethinking the Nineteenth Century: Legal History & Re-thinking the Legacies of the 19th Century: China and the World in Transition”

April 21st, Noon, Price & Turpen Courtroom, John Rogers Hall
3120 East 4th Place, The University of Tulsa
The event is free and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided

Dr. Thomas Buoye is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the History Department at The University of Tulsa Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences. He has is also a professor of research at the University Michigan, and on the Editorial Board of Qingshi Yanjiu, published by Renmin University. He has also been a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Averio, Portugal. He has had many papers and presentations presented and published including at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.


TU’s Hispanic Law Student Association to honor Ceasar Chavez

In honor of Cesar Chavez, the Hispanic Law Students Association will be hosting speaker, Velia Lopez, on March 31st in room 201 from 12 to 1pm at their spring meeting. Ms. Lopez is a 2007 graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law and currently writes for a column in the Oklahoma Eagle. César Estrada Chávez (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was a Mexican American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Delores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Union , which later became the United Farm Workers. His work led to numerous improvements for union laborers and his birthday has become a holiday in eight U.S. states. Many parks, cultural centers, libraries, schools, and streets have been named in his honor in cities across the United States.


Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites fall 2009, 2L law students (graduating May 2011) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. We are seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

Student Registration Information
Student registration opens on April 1, 2009!
Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity’s web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. After the student submits his/her registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable him/her to use the system throughout the next few months. Student registration deadline is July 10, 2009.

There is no fee for students to register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair.

Don’t miss an opportunity to interview with the following Indianapolis employers! (List current as of March 1, 2009)
Baker & Daniels LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bingham McHale LLP
Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman PC
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Kightlinger & Gray LLP
Krieg DeVault LLP
Lewis Wagner LLP
Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Scopelitis Garvin Hansen Light & Feary PC
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

REGISTER TODAY! (2) $2,500 scholarships will be presented to interviewing students!

Hotel Registration
The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis (http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/hotel/INDWWES-Embassy-Suites-Indianapolis-Downtown-Indiana/index.do) in Indianapolis, IN, August 6-7, 2009. Room rates for students are $189 for both Thursday (August 6) and Friday (August 7) nights. Students will be responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements. Contact the hotel directly at 1-800-EMBASSY. Make sure you reference the IBA Diversity Job Fair to receive our group rate. If you need special accommodations, please contact Caren Chopp (cchopp@indybar.org; 317-269-2000). Hotel reservation deadline to receive the special rate is July 7, 2009.
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 1-317-236-1800
Fax: 1-317-236-1816
Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 6, 2009
4-8 p.m. Student Registration, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
5:30-7 p.m. Welcome Reception, location to be determined
Friday, August 7, 2009
8 a.m. Registration Re-opens, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
11:45-1:15 p.m. Keynote Luncheon, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
1:20-4 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Interview Process
Interviews at the Job Fair are arranged as follows: Ten (10) of the 14 interviews will be pre-selected by the employer; the other four (4) interviews will be assigned, according to interest of the student. All interviews will be conducted at the Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown in individual guest suites.

About Indianapolis
Indianapolis has everything to offer law student candidates, from a one-of-a-kind legal community, to the comfort and reliability of a Midwestern city: cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Check out these web sites!
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association: www.indy.org/
Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce: www.indychamber.com/
The Indianapolis Star: www.indystar.com
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/
Indianapolis Colts: www.colts.com/
Indianapolis RCA Tennis Championships: www.rcatennis.com/
Indianapolis Indians: www.indyindians.com/
Indiana Sports Corporation: www.indianasportscorp.com/
Indianapolis Zoo: www.indianapoliszoo.com/
Indianapolis Museum of Art: www.imamuseum.org/
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: www.indianapolissymphony.org/
Arts Council of Indianapolis: www.indyarts.org
Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS: www.mibor.com/
Indianapolis Bar Association: www.indybar.org
Indiana State Bar Association: www.inbar.org
The official Web site of Indianapolis and Marion County, Ind.: www.indygov.org/home.htm


National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair

Description: The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in our Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at the Marriot Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee. The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where prospective employers can The Job Fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The NBPA, established in 1983, is a professional member organization comprised of over 800 prosecutors. Our mission is to recruit, train, and advance
the careers of minority attorneys as prosecutors at all levels of government. Our annual convention serves, not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors. This year’s 26th annual conference will run from July 19, 2009 to July 25, 2009.

The Job Fair begins at 8:00 am with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00 am. At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Convention attendees. The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. The Job Fair early registration fee for law students and 2009 law school graduates is $25.00; for laterals/licensed attorneys is $50.00. After March 31st, the registration fee will be $50.00 for law students and 2009 graduates and $75.00 for laterals/licensed attorneys. After June 12th, the late registration fee will be $100.00 for law students and 2009 law school graduates and $150.00 for laterals/licensed attorneys.

In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview”.
The seminar will take place on Monday, July 20th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Marriott Memphis Downtown, and will provide Job Fair participants with
effective interviewing techniques. Job Fair attendees are welcome to attend the entire conference. Students and 2009 law school graduates are invited to attend Conference seminars for free. However, other events, such as luncheons, dinners and receptions, must be paid for separately. For laterals/licensed attorneys who are members of the NBPA, the conference registration fee is $350.00. For laterals who are not members of NBPA, the fee is $500.00. The lateral registration fee includes all seminars, luncheons, dinners and receptions as well as the Job Fair.

To register for the Job Far, please complete the attached applicant registration form and submit it along with a resume and a check for the appropriate fee payable to the NBPA 26th Annual Conference. After March 1st, registration will also be available online with a credit card at www.blackprosecutors.org
If lodging is needed, the Marriot Memphis Downtown has extended a special Job Fair rate for students of $79.00 per night for a double room for July 20th and July 21st. The number of rooms available at this special rate is limited, so book early! To make reservations, contact the Marriott Memphis Downtown directly at (901) 527-7300. Only registered Job Fair participants will be able to take advantage of this rate.

Additional information about the NBPA and its conference is available at www.blackprosecutors.org


MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Jr., Scholarship 2009

MCCA was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession.

The MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program provides scholarship support for newly entering first year law students. The Scholarship Program will provide 10 scholarships at $10,000 per year for up to three years. The total commitment per student is up to $30,000. In addition, several students will also receive a one-time award of $10,000 to assist with their first year expenses. MCCA intends to foster mentoring opportunities for the selected scholars as well as assist in the placement of the winners in paid summer internship positons with corporate law departments during the summer immediately following successful completion of their first year of law school.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and able to show proof of same, if requested. Applicant must show proof of his/her acceptance into a U.S. accredited law school on or before the application deadline (to start in fall 2009). Applicant must have an interest in corporate law, including working in a corporate law department and/or law firm. Applicant must have an interest in diversity. Applicant must be financially disadvantaged and have completed the FAFSA and provide additional documents as requested. Applicant must demonstrate community service and leadership qualities. Applicant must have earned an undergraduate or graduate cumulative g.p.a. of 3.2 or higher. Applicant must be enrolled in law school on a FULL-TIME basis in the fall 2009.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


DRI Law School Diversity Scholarship

DRI offers a Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming Second and third-year female law students are also eligible regardless of race or ethnicity. Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to successful applicants.

The application and all other requested material must be received by May 8, 2009. Winners will be announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar June 11-12, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. The two successful applicants will be notified in advance of the seminar.

CLICK HERE to download the 2009 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application.


Disability Law Symposium

Due to growing interest, Suffolk University Law School is able to provide the Critical Topics in Disability Law Symposium as a webcast opportunity. As a reminder, this symposium will occur Tuesday, February 24 from 9am-4pm. Our presenter, Salome Heyward, is a nationally recognized ADA lawyer with over 30 years of experience working with colleges and universities. Ms. Heyward has consulted with hundreds of campuses and is a highly sought after presenter and author on disability issues.

Participants will receive a brand new book chapter written by Ms. Heyward and a current legal issues outline as part of this experience.

Recently Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act which took effect on January 1, 2009, a new GI bill with significant support for disabled veterans, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act which includes provisions on disability. In addition, the Department of Justice is proposing updates to the ADA's Titles II and III regulations. We know that our campuses have witnessed a continuous rise in the number of students requesting services and the type of student population is changing to include more students with mental health issues, chronic illness, Asperger’s, and other health issues. Will the new legislation impact our policies, technical standards, procedures, publications, etc? This full day symposium will provide participants with an understanding of these new laws and best practices for their campuses.

Additional topics to be discussed include:

  • Defining disability, the scope of reasonable accommodations, as well as different campus interpretations of the laws
  • Discuss obligations for monitoring student behavior, emergencies, and direct threat and behavior assessment
  • Working with faculty and clarifying institutional obligations

Space is still available. To register for the live or virtual event, please contact Erin Evans at eevans@suffolk.edu.

MLK/Obama Celebration (NPHC)

Association of Black Collegians Presents
MLK/Obama Celebration (NPHC)
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sharp Chapel at 7:00pm
Free Refreshment Reception Following

Presentations, speeches, and singing in honor of two phenomenal pillars of African-American history.


Breakfast with Michael Waterstone

We will be hosting a drop-in continental breakfast with Professor Michael Waterstone in the NELPI conference room Friday, January 30th from 9:30-10:30am on the College of Law campus. Professor Waterstone will be available to meet with faculty, staff, and students during this time. Professor Waterstone is a professor at Loyola-Los Angeles law school and a national expert on disability rights and employment law. Before joining Loyola, he was a professor at Ole Miss.

We hope you will be able to drop by and visit with Professor Waterstone and enjoy some hot coffee and pastries.


2009 Law School Summer Book Camp for Students of Color

Having more lawyers' of color is essential to the well-being of the nation and of communities of color. In fact, a recent National Jurist Article, a journal for law students, talked about the disappearing black and Latino law student. This is particularly problematic. The power in this country is held by those who control the money and the law. The decreasing number of black and Mexican-American attorney is in fact a decrease in power. The JD Project ( http://thejdproject.org/ ) is committed to reversing that trend. One our projects is to assure that entering law students of color do well in law school, particularly their first year. This is important so that they can maximize their career options and be prepared to give back to their community with legal knowledge, skills and support.

Everyone admitted to law school has demonstrated similar intelligence, commitment and effort. What distinguishes "A" students is study skills and habits, access to legal information, analytical and test-taking skills. All these are skills and abilities that can be learned and improved. In our more than 35 years of experience of helping students-of-color succeed, we have seen the impact that intense preparation can have on a student's ability to excel. In a competitive environment, like law school, where grades are given based on how a person performs compared to the other students in the class, it is essential that entering law students-of-color be appropriately prepared.

The 2009 Summer Boot Camp ( http://www.thejdproject.org/Excelling/BootCamp/index.htm ) is an online distance learning program designed to provide that intense preparation. The Boot Camp teaches students to study effectively for law school, introduces students to the writing, thinking and test-taking skills needed to excel on law school exams, and builds a network of academic support that crosses school boundaries. The participants will work on the study skills, strategies and techniques they will need to achieve their goals as law students.

This is a 150 hour online program which costs $750 including $150 materials fee. Other programs, like BarBri cost $2000 for a 40 hour program.

Admission is on a rolling basis till the program is filled. If you know a black, Latino, Asian, Native American person who is planning to go to law school in the fall 2009, please forward this email to them.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Brenda Randall, Volunteer Administrator, admin@thejdproject.org.

Dates: Early Application: Completed by April 1; Late Application: after May 7; Applications Accepted till May 24


Native American Congressional Internships

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native Americans and Alaska Natives with an insider's view of the federal government. Their ten-week internship in Washington, D.C., places students in Senate and House offices, committees, Cabinet departments and the White House, where they are able to observe government decision-making processes first-hand.

In 2009, the Foundation expects to award 12 Internships on the basis of merit to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who:

  • Are college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students;
  • Have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy, such as tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American health, Native American justice, natural resource protection, cultural preservation and revitalization, and Native American economic development.

For more information about the Native American Congressional Internships click here.


Business Law Diversity Clerkships

The Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. In considering a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.

Submission Process

The objectives of the program include:

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law

Up to nine interns will be given a summer stipend of $6,000 and placed in business court clerkships in the Philadelphia Commerce Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery. Other possible internship locations include New York and Florida.

To apply, students must be Section of Business Law members. For membership information and to join the Section, click here.

Applications for the 2009 program are available here. All application materials must be received on or before Friday, January 30, 2009. For more information about the Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program click here.

Second National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities

The Second National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities will be held in Washington D.C. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, on June 15-16, 2009. The Conference will be hosted by the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law and 2008-2009 ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr. It is co-sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. This groundbreaking program aims to: encourage large legal employers, particularly corporations and law firms, to sign pledges to promote diversity and inclusion within the workplace with an emphasis on hiring and retaining lawyers with disabilities; develop best practices for promoting disability diversity and inclusion; and identify legal employers and work settings that are models for the legal profession. The Conference is part of the ABA’s
Click here for more information.

Full-time Summer Clerkship - St. Paul, MN


A 13-lawyer firm specializing in Indian Law, seeks a first-year or second-year law student for a full-time summer clerkship in 2009. Applicants must possess strong research and writing skills, and ideal candidates will have completed a course in Indian Law by the time the clerkship begins.

Please send resume, transcript and writing sample to Jessica Intermill via email jintermill@jacobsonbuffalo.com by January 16, 2009. While email is the preferred method, information can also be submitted by mail to 1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 210, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Summer Judicial Internship Stipend for Legal Foundation, New York, NY


Civil Rights & Liberties/Racial Justice Issues, Constitutional Law/First Amendment, GLBT Issues, Judicial/Judiciary, Public Benefits/Social Security
Job Description: The program will be designed to give the intern exposure to a variety of courts or tribunals. The Fund the Judicial internships was established in memory of Dr. Henry, whose ground breaking work encouraged opening lesbian and gay lawyers to seek and achieve judicial office in New York City.
The internship in intended for students with a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The Fund for Judicial Internships values diversity. All interested students are encouraged to apply.
Click here for more information.

Native American Congressional Internship Program


The Native American Congressional Internship Program is a ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and law students. Students are placed in Congressional offices, committees, or select agencies to experience an insider’s view of the federal government and learn more about the federal government’s trust relationship with tribes. The Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem, and a $1,200 educational stipend. Applications must be received at the Foundation by January 30, 2009.

Click here for more information.

Business Law Diversity Clerkship


The Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. In considering a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.

Up to nine interns will be given a summer stipend of $6,000 and placed in business court clerkships in the Philadelphia Commerce Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery. Other possible internship locations include New York and Florida.

To apply, students must be Section of Business Law members. For membership information and to join the Section, click here.
Applications for the 2009 program are available here. All application materials must be received on or before Friday, January 30, 2009. For more information about the Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program click here.

Summer LGBT Rights Internship


The QLaw Foundation Public Interest Summer Grant funds innovative public interest projects that benefit the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (“LGBT”) community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS. The focus of the grant is to address unmet legal needs and to help ensure that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develops the critical skills necessary to develop careers in the public interest.
Previous grant projects include the development of a Washington state-focused GLBT “Know Your Rights” booklet and a research and policy analysis internship with the Northwest Women’s Law Center.
For more information, click here.

Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples


TU Law was honored to host local attorney Gale Allison for her presentation aimed at providing valuable information regarding the legal protections available regarding property and estate interests of same-sex and unmarried couples in Oklahoma. This event was co-sponsored by TU’s LGBT Straight Alliance and Oklahomans for Equality.

Gale Allison earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia, J.D. from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Emory University.  Tulsa Law LGBT/Straight Alliance invited all members of the community, including families and children to take advantage of this opportunity.

PRLDEF’s Corporate Legal Internship Program


PRLDEF’s Corporate Legal Internship program is a paid summer internship program for 1L and 2L students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in corporate legal departments.  The summer stipend will be determined by each corporation.  Both students and corporations benefit from this unique program.  It provides students with corporate experience as well as corporate attorney mentors.
 
Last year’s corporations included: Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Met Life, and Pfizer.
 
HOW TO APPLY:  Interested student should submit a cover letter, current resume, transcript (1Ls submit undergraduate transcript), and a legal writing sample.  If interested in Pfizer also submit 2 letters of recommendation.  Materials must be POSTMARKED BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008.  Mail to: Ms. Sonji S. Patrick, Education Programs Director, PRLDEF, 99 Hudson St., 14th Floor, New York, NY 10013-2815.
 
Materials must be POSTMARKED BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008.
Click here for more information.

Call for papers and presenters Transgender Law symposium


Touro Law Center’s online Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity is pleased to announce a symposium, Transgender Law: Challenging the Boundaries of Law and Gender to be held on Friday, February 20, 2009 at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York. The Journal is currently seeking presenters for the symposium. Presentations may address any issue related to transgender law, including but not limited to workplace law, health care, criminal justice, and non-discrimination laws. The Journal is also interested in proposals on New York-specific topics. For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Judicial Clerkship Program


The University of Tulsa College of Law was chosen to participate in the American Bar Association Judicial Clerkship Program, a collaborative effort of the ABA Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession and the ABA Judicial Division. The Judicial Clerkship Program allows students to network with Judges and former law clerks from across the country. Further, students are exposed to the benefits of clerking, shown how to apply for a judicial clerkship and informed about what judicial clerks do on a daily basis.
The program will take place during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Boston, Feb. 12-14, 2009. TU will send 4 of our law students to participate in the program (costs paid by TU).
Student selection criteria includes the following: 1L or 2L; interest in becoming a judicial clerk upon graduation from law school (may not participate, however, if you have already secured a judicial clerkship upon graduation); demonstrated knowledge of and involvement with racial and ethnic minority communities; demonstrated leadership skills as evidenced by community involvement or other activities; ability to attend the program, Feb. 12-14, 2009.
To be considered for participation in the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program, please submit your letter of interest (addressing all selection criteria) and resume to the TU Law Diversity Committee by Wednesday, October 22, 2008. A drop box will be set up in the Faculty Support Center for deposit of your materials. Information will be reviewed by the committee and 4 students will be chosen to attend the program.

The Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention and Job Fair


The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will hold it’s annual convention and job fair at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA on September 3-6, 2008. As part of the convention the HNBA will host the largest Latino job fair in the country, providing law students and Latino attorneys an opportunity to meet, interview, and network with private, government and public interest employees from across the country.
The job fair will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Interviews will be scheduled for 30 minute intervals from 9am-5pm with a two hour midday break. In addition, a number of programs at the convention have been planned for law students. The job fair registration fee is $175 with a DEADLINE of AUGUST 18, 2008. Registration can be accessed at http://www.hnba.com/Hnba-Hollywood-2008/Registration.aspx for more information generally on the convention and job fair go to www.hnba.com
If you are going to register for this job fair please see one of us in the career services office first.

Welcome the College of Law's New Admission Counselor for Diversity Outreach and LLM Recruitment


The University of Tulsa College of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Curtis to the position of Admission Counselor for Diversity Outreach and LLM Recruitment. As you know, Larry is no stranger to the College of Law. Larry began his career in the College of Law in January 2002 where he served as a Media Specialist. Larry was soon promoted to Faculty/Staff Technologist where served as the lead specialist for faculty technology, classroom teaching technology and helpdesk support. Larry also earned a BA in Arts Management from The University of Tulsa in December 2007.
In his spare time between classes and work, Larry interned at Theatre Tulsa, and served as Managing Editor for the Collegian and President of the Bi Lesbian Gay Trans-gendered Alliance at TU. Larry is Native American and an active member in the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign. Larry has most recently served as the Assistant Director to the Performing Arts Center at Cascia Hall Preparatory School where he has been in charge of fundraising outreach and development, financial management, marketing, and human resources management. We believe that his years of experience with TU, his marketing and technological skills, and his passion for diversity will fill a tremendous need in the Office of Admissions. We are delighted to have Larry on board in the Office of Admissions and we hope that you will welcome him back to the TU community. Larry will begin his new position on July 1.

TU's LGBT/Straight Alliance Shows Pride



The College of Law’s LGBT Straight Alliance represented the University of Tulsa in this year's Pride Parade and Pride Picnic, two of the events scheduled for the 2008 Pride Celebration coordinated by Oklahomans for Equality. For more information on the Tulsa Law LGBT/Straight Alliance, check out their Facebook page or contact Ivan Orndorff, LGBTSA president, at ivan-orndorff@utulsa.edu

Southeastern Minority Job Fair


Student Registration Instructions
The following contains instructions for online student registration for the Southeast Minority Job Fair (SEMJF). Please read this document carefully and follow the instructions as written. If you have any questions during this process, please contact your school’s career services office.

  1. Go to www.semjf.org
  2. Click on the “Register” link, under the “Students” section in the left-hand margin.
  3. Check the box that notifies you have read the participation agreement, enter your personal law school e-mail address (e.g., jdoe@tulane.edu), and click “continue.” Please note that you may not be approved if your registered email address is not school issued (e.g. yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc.).
  4. Enter all information in the registration entry blanks. When finished, click “Submit Registration Form.”
  5. After submitting your registration form, you will receive a notice that your registration is complete. Your law school will then review your registration information, and if all information is correctly submitted, a password will be sent to your provided e-mail address.
  6. Registration period is from May 15 – June 15, 2008. You will not be able to register after June 15, 2008.
  7. If you have ANY questions regarding registration or SEMJF in general, please contact your Career Services Representative at your school. Please DO NOT contact any other school or anyone from the board.

TU's LGBT/Straight Alliance Shows Pride


The College of Law’s LGBT Straight Alliance will be walking in this year’s Pride Parade, scheduled for June 7th, 2008, at 8 p.m. This annual event features incredible parade floats, music and fun, and is attended by both local and regional organizations and individuals. Complete information about the Pride Parade can be found at http://www.tulsapride.org. If you are interested in walking with the LGBT/Straight Alliance, please contact Ivan Orndorff, LGBTSA president, at ivan-orndorff@utulsa.edu.

CLEO Summer Institute


Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego, CA) along with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver, CO), have been selected to host the CLEO Summer Institute. Each law school will welcome 42 future law students from across the country to our respective campuses for a six week pre-law school program. The Thomas Jefferson Institute runs from June 8th to July 18th and the Denver Institute runs from June 15th to July 25th.

WHAT IS CLEO?

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity* (CLEO) is a non-profit entity of the American Bar Association and works to diversify the legal profession by providing legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups. This summer marks CLEO’s 40th Anniversary! The Summer Institute is a six-week residential program for students who plan to attend law school in the fall of 2008 and is designed to prepare them to meet the challenges of the first year of law school. The Institute offers a unique combination of intense skill building and testing through participation in substantive first year courses as well as co-curricular programming to develop professionalism and cultural competence. I know what you’re thinking, a lot to tackle in 6 weeks! Those who successfully complete the program become CLEO Fellows and may be eligible for additional training, awards, and scholarship grants during law school.

*Learn more about CLEO at http://www.cleoscholars.com

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

While many of the Summer Institute participants will already be admitted to law school, others will be working to secure a seat for the fall 2008 class. This is where you fit in. CLEO depends on law schools from across the country to interview, meet, and evaluate students to explore the possibility of them joining your fall class. This is our second time hosting the Summer Institute, and with your participation and expertise, students matriculated at schools like Iowa, Duke, Denver, DePaul and Wisconsin. We were even lucky enough to have some folks stay here at Thomas Jefferson. Several attendees of our Institute, many who had less than traditional academic indicators of success, are currently on law review, excelling in legal advocacy competitions and leading student organizations at their law schools.
We encourage you to come to our respective campuses to interview students in person. In the alternative, we can arrange for you to interview students by phone. However, we are extremely flexibly and will try to accommodate an in-person interview.
Again, the Thomas Jefferson Institute runs from June 8th to July 18th and the Denver Institute runs from June 15th to July 25th. Both schools are planning to have on-campus interviews the week of July 7th – July 11th. Again, we are extremely flexibly.
For more information about participating in the interview process contact:
 
Iain L. E. Davis, M.S.
Asst. Dean of Admissions & Financial Management
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
idavis@law.du.edu; (303) 871-6128
 
Tim Spearman, J.D.
Director of Admissions
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
tspearman@tjsl.edu; (619) 297-9700 x1601

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair


The 4th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 22-23, 2008, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event. Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions. The job fair is free for students.
The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, the event is a great way t to learn more about living in this wonderful city.
The HDLJF will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. It will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 22nd. The Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by Charlie Harris, current President of The Missouri Bar.
Please register as soon as possible. Students who register before June 6 will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is July 1, 2008.

Students can register on-line and find more information about the Job Fair at http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/StudentReg.htm

IBA Diversity Job Fair

September 25-26, 2008
Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites second-year (graduating in 2010) law students to participate in the first ever IBA Diversity Job Fair.
We are seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

Student Registration Information
Student registration opened on March 1, 2008!
Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity’s web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/.
After the student submits his/her registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided which will enable him/her to use the system throughout the next few months.
Student registration deadline is July 1, 2008.
There is no fee for students to register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair.

Don’t miss an opportunity to interview with the following Indianapolis law firms & agencies! (List current as of March 6, 2008)

  • Baker & Daniels LLP
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Bingham McHale LLP
  • Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
  • Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman P.C.
  • Goodin Abernathy LLP
  • Kightlinger & Gray LLP
  • Krieg DeVault LLP
  • Lewis Wagner LLP
  • Locke Reynolds LLP
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • Office of the Indiana Attorney General
  • Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary P.C.
  • Sommer Barnard LLP

REGISTER TODAY! (2) $2,500 scholarships will be presented to an interviewing student!

Hotel Registration
The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis (http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/hotel/INDWWES-Embassy-Suites-Indianapolis-Downtown-Indiana/index.do) in Indianapolis, IN, September 25-26, 2008. Room rates for students are $169 for both Thursday (Sept. 25) and Friday (Sept. 26) nights. Students will be responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements. Contact the hotel directly at 1-800-EMBASSY. Make sure you reference the IBA Diversity Job Fair to receive our group rate. If you need special accommodations, please contact Caren Chopp (cchopp@indybar.org; 317-269-2000).

Hotel reservation deadline to receive the special rate is Aug. 26, 2008.
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 1-317-236-1800
Fax: 1-317-236-1816

Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 25, 2008
5-7 p.m. Student Registration, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
5:30-7 p.m. Welcome Reception, Wood Room, Hilbert Circle Theatre
Friday, September 26, 2008
8 a.m. Registration Opens
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites
12-1:15 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
1:30-5 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites

Interview Process
Interviews at the Job Fair are arranged in two methods. Ten of the 14 interviews will be pre-selected by the employer. The other four interviews will be assigned, according to interest of the student. All interviews will be conducted at the Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown in individual guest suites.

About Indianapolis
Indianapolis has everything to offer law student candidates, from a one-of-a-kind legal community, to the comfort and reliability of a Midwestern city: cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Check out these web sites!

Women's Law Caucus & Cambodian School House Project


The Women's Law Caucus at The University of Tulsa College of Law will extend its members' commitment to supporting women to help poverty stricken Cambodia.

The WLC is participating in the Cambodian School House Project, which sponsors construction of a school in a village that currently lacks one. The organization's goal is to raise $19,000 which will be matched by the Asian World Development Bank to build a school house.

The WLC is a student organization dedicated to encourage more women to enter the legal profession, erase continued professional discrimination against women, provide mutual support for fellow students and call attention to the needs and problems of women as attorneys.

"Two years ago the WLC took its community spirit to a worldwide level by adopting a school house in Egypt," said Linda Hem, president of the law school's WLC chapter. "The success of that project inspired our current group to contribute in another country where women are desperate for educational opportunities."

Poor access to education for women is sited as a major contributing factor to an epidemic of prostitution in Cambodia. It has been estimated between 10,000 and 20,000 Cambodian women and children are forced to work as prostitutes. In areas where school houses have been built, the problem has been lessened.

The WLC has held several fund-raising events during the fall semester, including a poker tournament and candle sales. In order to meet the $19,000 goal during this academic year, the group still has more to do. A date auction, a pie in the professor's face event and several other fundraisers are planned.

In addition to the school house project, the WLC is an active supporter of Race for the Cure, provides valuable programs for the law school community and presents the annual Fern Holland Award at its spring banquet.

Individuals who would like to contribute to the Cambodian School House Project may contact Linda Hem at peov-hem@utulsa.edu.

The Tulsa Minority Mentoring Task Force: Bridging the Gap


Formed in the fall of 2007, The Tulsa Minority Mentoring Taskforce (TMMT) was created to provide minority law students an opportunity to network with leaders within our legal community as well as gain valuable information about how to prepare for and transition into a career in law.  

Comprised of TU Law administrators, faculty, alumni and practicing attorneys, the taskforce is dedicated to bridging the gap between legal careers and individuals belonging to groups that have historically been underrepresented within the field of law. 

 On January 31st, TMMT will be hosting the second in a series of informational and networking sessions entitled “Bridging the Gap.” Co-sponsored by the TU Law Alumni Diversity Committee and TMMT, this event will provide an informal setting in which minority law students will have the opportunity to meet judges and attorneys working in the public sector in the Tulsa community.  The theme of this particular session will center on public sector legal careers.  Judges and attorneys serving in the public sector will share information about their work environments, observations about their chosen profession and insights on how they and their employers recruit potential hires. These brief presentations will be followed by an ask / answer session.

Featured speakers include:

 The Honorable Claire Eagan, Chief Judge U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma;

The Honorable Wilma Palmer, Special Judge, Tulsa Country District Court;

Pete Silva Jr., Chief Public Defender, Tulsa County;

Jim Brandon, Chief of Staff for the Office of the District Attorney, Tulsa County;

Brian P. Utsey, Esq., LL.M., Attorney, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Legal Services Offices.

Advanced registration is requested. For more information on “Bridging the Gap,” contact Muriel Hakim at (918) 631-3320 or muriel-hakim@utulsa.edu.

The University of Tulsa College of Law will host its annual Minority Law Awareness Day on Friday, February 15th 2008.


This program, designed to encourage high school and early college students belonging to underrepresented ethnic groups to consider a career in law, is sponsored in part by the Law School Admissions Council as part of the National Minority Law School Recruitment Month.  The focus of the event is to create awareness of the need for more minorities within the field of law.  Students will have the opportunity to share lunch with minority leaders in the legal field, visit the law firm of Conner & Winters, tour the Tulsa County court house and meet with The Honorable Judge Carlos Chapelle.   Additional highlights of the day will include an observance of a mock trial by TU’s Black Law Students Association and participation in a minority law student panel discussion. (This is a reservation only event.  For information please contact Onise Silas at 631-3706.)    

ABA Business Law Summer Clerkship Opportunities


The American Bar Association Summer Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. In considering a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.
The objectives of the Program include:
• To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
• To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
• To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law

Up to nine interns will be placed in business court clerkships in the Philadelphia Commerce Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery. Interns will also be given a summer stipend of $6,000.

The Application Process:
Applications are due January 31, 2008. Students will be notified in March 2008.
For more information about the Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program go to http://www.abanet.org/buslaw/students/clerkship.shtml

Celebrate MLK Day!


Jan. 21st Monday - Remember the Dream

  • 9:30AM Shuttles to the Tulsa MLK Day Parade (Meet in front of ACAC)
  • 4:00PM Candlelight Vigil & Memorial Walk - Sharp Chapel

Jan. 22nd Tuesday - Teach For America Info Session at TU

  • 12:30PM, BAH 105 Educational inequity is our nation’s greatest injustice – and you have the power to change this. If you want to help level the playing field for our nation’s children, join us for an information session, with Keina Newell.  Food will be served.  Seeking all academic majors and career backgrounds. Full salary and benefits. No previous education experience or coursework necessary. Visit www.teachforamerica.org

Feb. 7th, Thursday – A Message from Bernice King, Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. - 7:00PM at Great Hall in ACAC, Cost: With TU ID – Free, Public- Price TBA

Feb. 9th Saturday, - Steppin' Outside the Lines

  • 7:00PM Great Hall in ACAC, Hosted by the Association of Black Collegians - Promotes Greek unity between the IFC, PHC, and NPHC sororities and fraternities.

Feb. 13th Thursday

  • Pulling Back the Sheets: Sexuality and Hip Hop, by Jeff Johnson, TV personality and activist - 8:00PM Great Hall in ACAC

NALSA & PILS Angel Tree


TU's Native American Law Students Association and Public Interest Law Society are sponsoring an Angel Tree for children at the Murrow Indian Children's Home in Muskogee.  The tree will be near the front doors of the law school beginning this week and will stay up until Friday December 14th.

Murrow has provided care to Native American children for more than 100 years and prides itself on caring for the mind, body and spirit of each child. Murrow children are encouraged to learn about their Native American background and attend cultural events. The organization takes pride in providing children from broken homes and dysfunctional families with the opportunity to experience life in a family living environment.

Most of the children that live at Murrow are orphans and may not otherwise receive Christmas presents.  Since Murrow is a non-profit that is constantly in need of help from its community, we hope that you will join with us in helping to bring joy to these children. If you choose to purchase a gift for one of the children, please place it (unwrapped) under the Angel Tree by Friday December 14, 2007. (12/3/07)

Black Law Student Association Toy Drive

 

BLSA will be starting their toy drive after the Thanksgiving holiday. They are collecting new toys and clothes for students at McKinley Elementary School. 96% of the students are on free or reduced lunch. Many students from this school will not have any gifts to open up on Christmas day. The students at McKinley Elementary will greatly appreciate any donations from our law school. For those you who take advantage of the after Thanksgiving Day sales, please remember the students at McKinley Elementary. (11/26/07)

The ABA is now accepting applications for the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund for 2008-2009.


The  ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to the scholarship recipients.  The Scholarship Fund will award $5000 of fanancial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  The application may be downloaded from their website at http://www.abanet.org/fje. The goal of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage and enable student who would not otherwise have the financial ability to attend law school.

Hispanic Law Student Association Glove & Mitten Drive


HLSA is helping to collect gloves and mittens for students from Kendall Whittier Elementary School. They will be collecting these items until Dec. 11th, 2007. Look for the boxes located in John Rogers Hall and please donate. To make cash donations see a HLSA officer. It's for the kids!
For more information about HLSA, take a look at our Student Organizations page.  HLSA is our featured organization for November!

BOESCHE LEGAL CLINIC IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROGRAM FINDS SUCCESS


Rebekah Guthrie and Luis Flores, law student interns from the Boesche Legal Clinic Immigrant Rights Project, recently learned that an Asylum Officer from the United States Department of Homeland Security has granted asylum to one of their clients.   This decision was the first final decision reached in any of the cases handled by the Immigration Clinic and we think this inaugural victory is rewarding and worth celebrating.

Rebekah and Luis represented a young man from Eritrea who endured persecution and imprisonment in his home country because of his membership in a religious minority and his refusal to abandon those beliefs under threat from his government.  The Eritrean government is notorious for its oppression and persecution of members of religious groups other than the four officially sanctioned religions.  After the client was caught praying in an underground Bible study, he was interrogated and ordered to recant his faith by military officials and, when he refused, he was bound hand and foot and left for days outside and exposed to the scorching desert heat, rain, and freezing cold nights.  His torture and detention continued for three months in an effort to force the client to reject his faith.  Ultimately, the client escaped and made his way to the United States.

Rebekah and Luis worked with their client to prepare his testimony describing the persecution he had endured, drafted an affidavit detailing the client’s experiences of persecution, and gathered extensive documentation of country conditions in his home country to support his application.  In addition, Rebekah and Luis located and worked with a journalist, a human rights scholar and an historian who provided expert testimony in support of the client’s asylum claim.  (As in many of the clinic’s cases, work on the case was even more challenging because the client does not speak English and Rebekah and Luis were required to work with the client through an interpreter.)  Finally, the students worked intensively with the client to prepare him for his asylum interview and traveled with him to Houston on December 28, 2006, to represent him at that interview.  News that the asylum application was granted is a wonderful outcome for the client and the students alike, and is a tribute to their tremendous efforts.

Rebekah and Luis were two of eight students enrolled last fall in the Immigrant Rights Project, a clinical program in which law students represent non-citizens in immigration matters. The Immigrant Rights Project’s 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 survivors of domestic violence seeking lawful immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Representation occurs in adversarial administrative hearings before immigration judges; in non-adversarial agency interviews; in appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals; or, as necessary, in appeals to the federal courts.  We are awaiting decisions in several cases handled by students last semester, and a new group of students enrolled this spring have begun working with new clients who are survivors of persecution, domestic violence or other crimes. In the first two semesters of the clinic’s operation, the clinic has represented more than a dozen clients from Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Indonesia, Russia, Honduras, Canada and Eritrea.  In addition to Rebekah and Luis, we should congratulate all of our students for the incredible hard work that they put in, and for the excellent representation that they provide (regardless of outcome) to clients seeking safety and a new life in the United States.

BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION IN NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION


The TU Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) team has been invited to the Thurgood Marshall National Moot Court Competition, based upon its placement in the Rocky Mountain Regional competition.  The national competition is sponsored by National BLSA.  This wonderful news is testament to the outstanding job done by our student trial team, consisting of Lance Williams, Stacy Henderson, Chanteau Orr, and Matthew Block, as well as coaches Dwain Shaw and Kiemonn Jones.  The competition will take place in Atlanta, GA on March 21-25.  We celebrate our BLSA team’s emergence as a regional and national powerhouse in moot court competitions.

LECTURE: MODERN UNDERSTANDINGS OF JEWISH LAW (MARCH 5, 2007)


Elliot Dorff, Rabbi and Professor of Law, Sharp Chapel, 7:30pm.
Topic: Comparison of traditional and contemporary Jewish law

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., is Visiting Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1970 and earned his doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1971. Since then he has served as rector, professor of philosophy and director of the rabbinical and master's degree programs at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He has also taught a course on Jewish law at UCLA School of Law. Rabbi Dorff's publications include over 100 articles on Jewish thought, law and ethics.

NATIVE AMERICAN PRE LAW DAY AND NATIVE JUSTICE POWWOW (FEBRUARY 24, 2007)


John Rogers Hall (8:30am-3pm) and Mabee Gym (2pm-10pm)

The University of Tulsa College of Law is hosting a Native American Pre Law Day and Native Justice Powwow on Saturday, February 24, from 8:30 am to 10:00 p.m. The pre law day and powwow, made possible through a grant from the Law School Admission Council, are being co-sponsored by the University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

The pre law day will be held in John Rogers Hall from 8:30 am. until 3:00 p.m. This event is intended to introduce college students and seniors in high school to the study of law, with the goal of encouraging more Indian students to consider law as a career. Participants will receive valuable information about opportunities to study Native American law at each of the Oklahoma law schools, as well as information about the admissions process and financing a legal education. A limited number of scholarships are available to assist with travel costs for students outside easy driving distance from Tulsa. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Martha Cordell at 918.631.2406 or martha-cordell@utulsa.edu.

Following the Native American Pre Law Day, all pre law attendees, their families, the Native American community, and others interested in attending a traditional powwow, are invited to attend the University of Tulsa's second annual Native Justice Powwow from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. in the Mabee Gym on the University of Tulsa campus. The Native Justice Powwow will honor tribal attorneys, police and court personnel. For more information about the powwow, contact Candice Freeman at candice-freeman@utulsa.edu.

NATIVE AMERICAN LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION MOOT COURT TEAM AWARDS


The TU NALSA moot court teams competed the weekend of February 17th in Minnesota.  The teams consisted of Candice Freeman, Leslie Dubois-Need, Corey Rogers and Phillip Countryman.  They were coached by Brenda Christie, Staff Attorney for the Boesche Legal Clinic, and Shannon Prescott.

There were a total of 34 teams competing.

At the awards dinner on Saturday night, the TU team of Corey Rogers and Phillip Countryman were recognized as 3rd Best overall and Leslie Dubois-Need was recognized as Best Oralist.

MINORITY LAW AWARENESS DAY (FEBRUARY 16, 2007)


John Rogers Hall (9:00am-2:30pm)

Our annual Minority Law Awareness Day program is sponsored in part by the Law School Admission Council as part of the National Minority Law School Recruitment Month.  This program is designed to encourage underrepresented ethnic groups to consider a career in law.  The TU College of Law is committed to educating future law students on what it takes to become a lawyer.  Come enjoy a fun, interactive law school experience as you learn how to prepare for law school.

RSVP:  Please call April Fox  at 631-3124 by February 2nd.  Please be prepared to give your name, e-mail, phone number and mailing address when placing your reservation.

LECTURE: "DYING WHILE BLACK" (JANUARY 24, 2007)


Vernellia R. Randall, J. D., The University of Tulsa College of Law, 2006-07 Distinguished Scholar in Residence, January 24-26, 2007, Allan Chapman Activity Center, Great Hall, 7:00pm.

A professor at the University of Dayton School of Law since 1990, Vernellia Randall writes extensively on and speaks internationally about race, women, and healthcare. She is the recipient of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Chairman’s Award and was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential African-Americans” on the 2001 Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal list. Prior to obtaining her juris doctorate, Professor Randall was involved in public health work for 15 years, focusing on eliminating disparities in healthcare for minorities and the poor. Professor Randall’s recently published book, Dying While Black, takes “an indepth look at a crisis in the American healthcare system” and “offers a concrete proposal for what we can do now to make a difference.”

LECTURE: "JEWISH LAW, BIOETHICS, AND STEM CELL RESEARCH" (JANUARY 18, 2007)


Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Professor of Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Allen Chapman Activity Center, Great Hall A, 7:30pm.

Mark Washofsky is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He specializes in the literature of Jewish law (halakhah) and the application of legal theory to the understanding of the Jewish legal process. His publications deal with such subjects as the history of the halakhah, the nature of rabbinical decision making, and issues of medical ethics in Jewish law. He serves as chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which issues advisory opinions on questions of Jewish practice. He is the author of Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice and, along with W. Gunther Plaut, of Teshuvot for the Nineties, the latest printed collection of Reform responsa.
Third in the Jewish Law Lecture Series.