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OU Alumni in D.C. Series: Cleta Deatherage Mitchell

Cleta Deatherage Mitchell (’75) has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. Born in northeast Oklahoma City in 1950, Mitchell graduated from Classen High School before attending OU as an undergraduate and a law student.  

While at OU, Mitchell worked for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and consequently, interacted with many members of the Oklahoma Legislature. A long-held interest in politics blossomed as she spent hours at the Capitol watching, listening and talking with legislators.

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3L Rayshon Payton Shares D.C. Experience, Interning at White House

One current law student has gotten a taste of working in Washington, D.C., and is focused on eventually returning. Third-year student Rayshon Payton completed a summer internship in D.C. where he worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Payton refers to that office as the “open front door to the White House.” The individuals who work there create and coordinate opportunities for a dialogue between the Obama administration and the public. One of the duties of the office is to host political forums and other outreach events.

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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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