Gov. Fallin reappoints Townsend to PRT panel

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Retired Professor of European History to serve another term

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed four non-lawyers to serve on the Professional Responsibility Tribunal (PRT), including Mary Lee Townsend, a retired professor of European history from The University of Tulsa.

Mary Lee TownsendThe PRT panel of masters conducts hearings on formal complaints filed against Oklahoma lawyers. It is compiled of 21 members, seven of whom must be non-lawyers appointed by the governor. The remaining 14 are active members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Members are appointed on rotating terms of three years. PRT non-lawyers members rotating off the panel this year are Norman Cooper and John Thompson.

Townsend now holds the honorary title of research professor. She earned a doctorate from Yale University and also studied at the University of Colorado, the Universität Regensburg, and the Freie Universität Berlin. Townsend has won a variety of national and international research grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright and a two-year fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her books, scholarly articles and journalistic essays have been published in five languages.

As a TU professor, Townsend was elected to the Kendall Society of Teaching Fellows. She continues to teach the occasional course at TU while serving on the City of Tulsa’s Preservation Commission and chairing a Phi Beta Kappa committee.

Townsend was first appointed to serve on the PRT in 2010. Other appointees include: James W. Chappel, Linda C. Haneborg and Kirk V. Pittman.

Gail Ellis