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Linda Coats Remembered

OU Law has lost a true friend and legacy.  Faculty, staff, alumni and current students were heartbroken to learn of the recent passing of the College’s beloved former first lady, Linda Coats. Mrs. Coats, wife of Dean Emeritus Andrew M. Coats, was a true model of grace, kindness and generosity.  She made an impact on the heart of every person she encountered and her legacy will remain for years to come in the masses of students and alumni she touched.

“The time, energy and love Linda Coats has given to the OU College of Law is simply immeasurable,” said current OU Law Dean Joe Harroz.

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OU Law Professor Appointed to Venice Commission

(U.S. Mission Geneva Photo by Eric Bridiers)

In June, Evelyn Mary Aswad, Professor of Law and Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, participated in an Istanbul Process conference held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  Professor Aswad, an international human rights expert, was invited to speak to UN member countries on the state of international law with respect to freedom of expression and incitement to imminent violence. 

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Professor Cheryl Wattley Honored by The DaVinci Institute

Congrats to Professor and OU Legal Clinic Director Cheryl Wattley, who recently received a creativity award and was named a Fellow of The DaVinci Institute. Wattley and other 2013 DaVinci award winners were honored at a March 29 banquet at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

The DaVinci Institute is a unique private partnership of leaders in higher education across the state of Oklahoma. The organization's goal is to nurture the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, and Education in Oklahoma as these fields undergo transformations in the twenty-first century.

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Remembering Professor Frank Elkouri

On January 18, the OU College of Law community lost a very special and dear friend. Professor Emeritus Frank Elkouri was an outstanding scholar and a nationally recognized authority in arbitration. His book “How Arbitration Works” is still widely referenced today in courtrooms and classrooms. Professor Elkouri was an equally talented educator, inspiring students and faculty alike, during his 58 years teaching at OU Law.  As an undergraduate at OU, Professor Elkouri Frank excelled in playing clarinet as part of an OU big band, which he also managed.

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Students Travel to Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

I had the honor at the end of October of traveling to the Washington, D.C., area with 10 law students who are interested in pursuing public interest careers.  We attended the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, where the students had the opportunity to network with 120 employers and like-minded students from across the country.  Of course, no trip to D.C. would be complete without some sightseeing.  On Saturday morning, we toured the East Wing of the White House.  While we were in the Red Room we were able to see President Obama exit the White House and board Marine One. 

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