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Q&A with International Research Fellow Inne Nys

This summer, the OU College of Law was privileged to host Inne Nys, a research fellow from the University of Leuven in Belgium. During her time here, Inne worked closely with Professor Jonathan Forman to develop her research and expand her general knowledge of the U.S. pension system. What follows are Inne’s reflections on her time in Oklahoma, specifically at OU Law, and her future plans for her scholarship.

Q: What is the nature of your research project?

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OU Law 3L Natalie Soas Named SWBLSA Person of the Month

Rising 3L Natalie Soas was recently named the “August Person of the Month” by the Southwest Region of National Black Law Students Association (SWBLSA). Natalie has held a variety of BLSA positions at OU Law including Community Chair, and now Vice President. She has organized a number of community outreach efforts for the chapter and is regularly involved in local and national social justice efforts. 

"As Vice President of OU Law’s Ada Luis Sipuel Fisher Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, it is my pleasure to gain SWBLSA's recognition as "Person of the Month," said Soas.

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OU Law 3L Alyssa Bickford Wins National Award

Rising 3L Alyssa Bickford recently won a national award for the best student paper on international law and art. The competition was sponsored by Case Western’s School of Law and open to students throughout the country. Her paper discussed the conflicts that arise between families who have lost their paintings to Nazi looting and the museums who receive the paintings as donations. Alyssa’s award-winning paper focused on ways forward in such complex international disputes.

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Smothermon and Means to Write National Competition Problems for ABA

The American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division administers four competitions serving over 1,300 students nationwide each year. In July, Professor Connie Smothermon was reappointed as Co-Chair of the National Competitions Committee. The committee is made up of fifteen professors from around the U.S. and four ABA staff members. The committee oversees the administration of the four ABA student competitions. Smothermon has served on this committee for eight years, with three of those as chair.

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OU Law Professors Present at National Legal Writing Institute

This week, OU College of Law Legal Research and Writing professors Gail Mullins, Erin Means, Daniel Nicholson and Connie Smothermon presented at the National Legal Writing Institute’s 17th Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference theme, “Thriving in a Time of Change,” centered on approaches to legal writing and research that answer the call for innovation and change in legal education today. 

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