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OU Legal Clinic Hosts Fashion Show April 5 for S-CAP

“Everyone has a past. We all want a future,” said Maria Harris, a participant in Cleveland County’s Second Chance Access Pilot program (S-CAP). OU Legal Clinic student Katie Wilder interviewed Harris and described her as an “outgoing, positive, cheerful” person who is “serious about helping the world embrace the positive.”

S-CAP was started by the Cleveland County Sherriff’s office to combat the rising number of female incarcerations. It is a navigational service for non-violent women offenders. S-CAP is the only program of its kind in Oklahoma.

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Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team Places Third

Congratulations to the Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team!  Brooke Churchman, Kelly Collins, and Katie Langwell won THIRD best brief (out of 42). The team also advanced to the second elimination round finishing in the top eight.  

This was our first time at this competition, and Professor Stephen Henderson did an excellent job as their coach. Stephen and the team spent half their Spring Break in New Jersey, so they may be suffering from the time change today.  But, wake them up and congratulate them when you see them.  

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U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Tribal Justice Internship Exceeds Expectations

This semester I have had the amazing opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) in Washington, D.C. OTJ is the primary point of contact between the Department of Justice and all of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes. OTJ maintains liaison with those tribes while promoting the internal uniformity of the Department on policies and litigating positions on matters relating to Indian Country.

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Congrats to Competitions Team Successes

CONGRATULATIONS to the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams for closing out the tournament in NYC.  Both teams advanced to the FINAL ROUND!  The team of Denise Davick, Joseph Allen, and Selby Brown also won BEST BRIEF.  Gauri Nautiyal won a speaker award.  Gauri's teammates are Brett Merritt and Andrew Henry. These teams qualify for the national finals in Chicago in April.  Coach Michelle Johnson obviously did an outstanding job as well!

CONGRATULATIONS to the ABA Mediation teams who competed this weekend. 

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My First Weeks at L/CID

The first weeks of my D.C. externship at L/CID (Legal Advisor’s Office – International Claims and Investment Disputes) were a whirlwind!  It's sort of like initiation.  You feel lost, like you belong, like you made the right decision, like you have no idea what you're doing. You notice that it takes about a week to even gain access to the whole system, then realize you actually are making progress on your first project and then... you realize it's all going to be a-okay. Better even.

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