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Farewell to Black History Month

As we enter March, having closed out February and with it the celebration of Black History Month, I am moved to write to acknowledge the work and dedication of the University of Oklahoma College of Law students who gave of their free time to practice and perform the play “I’ll Do It.” The play, which commemorates the struggle of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher’s fight to break down segregation to enter the OU law school, was performed before two audiences.  The play was first performed on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Oklahoma Judicial Center.  That following Sunday, on Feb.

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Crimprof Multipedia Grows in Popularity Among Professors

The Crimprof Multipedia, an online publication of multimedia teaching materials for criminal law and procedure professors created and run by Professors Stephen Henderson and Joseph Thai, has a user base that has surpassed 300 professors worldwide. 

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OU Law places third in ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

Congratulations to our National Tax Challenge Team:  Jessica S. Cory and Brandee R. Raney.  They placed third in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s 11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge.  An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, this national competition asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.

Teams were initially evaluated on two criteria:  a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to the client explaining the result. 

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Trial Team Wins Professionalism Award

During the National Trial Team tournament in Denver, members of each school vote on the Professionalism Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize the school that best exemplifies the preparation and professional attitude existing in good trial attorneys.  Our team WON this award! 

Congratulations to the team and the coaches for all their hard work and bravery, trekking to Denver just in time for the snow storm! They are:
Coach Amy Pepper
Coach Mary Ann Roberts
Team members:
Paige Hoster
Anden Sharpe
Sam Newton
Matt Brown

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Inspired by Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

Ever read about a person in history and wonder whether you could have been them?  I asked myself that question when I started hearing about Ada Lois Sipuel’s fight to enter OU Law School.  I still ask that question every time that I write about her and every time that my play is performed. 

I am fascinated by her story because I identify with her and wonder whether I would have had the courage and determination to challenge the segregation laws. 

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