Meet the Staff
Kristine D. Bridges
Associate Dean, Director of the Professional Development Office
Dean Bridges brings wide-ranging experience to the Professional Development Office including owning a family law practice, working as a corporate litigation associate for a firm in Dallas, Texas, and serving as a extern briefing clerk for US Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske of the Western District of Texas. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dean Bridges worked as a children’s advocate and received a Children’s Justice Act grant to attend the Emory Law School Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic. She is a graduate of Baylor University College of Law and licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma.
In the Professional Development Office, Dean Bridges manages all student and graduate professional development programs and co-teaches the Dean's Seminar on the Legal Profession with Dean Janet Levit. She also enjoys counseling students regarding career options and resources. Dean Bridges collaborates with employers and alumni to offer outstanding opportunities to TU College of Law students and alumni.
Dean Bridges is an active member of NALP (The Association of Legal Career Professionals), currently serving as the Chair of the Law Student Professional Development Section. She presented at NALP's Annual Education Conferences in 2012 and will present again in 2013. Dean Bridges also authors articles for the NALPBulletin on law school professional development programs and curriculum.
Lauren N. Donald
Associate Director of the Professional Development Office
Lauren Donald received her Juris Doctor from The University of Tulsa College of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. Following law school, Donald worked in Tulsa as a litigation associate for Gibbs Armstrong Borochoff Mullican & Hart, PC. During her tenure at Gibbs Armstrong, her practice focused primarily on transportation defense at both the state and federal level with emphasis in corporate and railroad defense litigation, as well as environmental, regulatory and compliance areas.
In the Professional Development Office, Ms. Donald assists Dean Kristine Bridges with all professional development programs for TU College of Law students and alumni, as well as coordinating with potential employers. She also oversees the administration of the OBA Licensed Legal Intern program and facilitates law student and alumni mentorships.
Ms. Donald has spent her legal career practicing in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, bringing strong local connections and market insight to TU College of Law. Locally, Ms. Donald in active with the Tulsa County Bar Association and has served since 2013 as the co-chair for the TCBA Mentoring Committee. Additionally, Ms. Donald is an active member of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals, and serves on the long range planning committee for the NALP Small and Solo CSO Section. She presented at NALP’s Annual Education Conference in 2014 in Seattle, WA. She is admitted to practice law in Oklahoma, including the US District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professional Development Office
Mark Peron joined the University Tulsa College of Law Professional Development Office in 2014. Mr. Peron is originally from Joplin, Missouri, and has resided in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the past five years. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Missouri Southern State University and A.A. in Paralegal Studies from TCC.
Prior to TU, Mr. Peron was employed by Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC. as a Legal Assistant supporting a medical malpractice and family law group. As Administrative Assistant in the TU Law Professional Development Office, Mr. Peron provides support to Dean Bridges and Ms. Donald by coordinating programs and events as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the Professional Development Office.