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Children at Risk Internship Provides Meaningful Public Service Experience

My internship at Children at Risk this summer provided excellent preparation for my career in public service as well as an understanding and appreciation of the intense legal and public policy battles fought for children in Houston and across the State of Texas. Children at Risk is a non-profit organization that advocates for children through the influencing of public policy.  Its areas of concentration include health, human trafficking, juvenile justice, food insecurity and education. As an intern this summer, I co-authored a paper on the State of Juvenile Justice in Texas.

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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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The LL.M. Experience at OU Law School

In past years, when I studied in China, Italy and Israel, I became interested in a law program that would teach energy and natural resource classes, and I searched several schools who had these classes. At the beginning of 2011, OU law school announced that it would open a new LL.M. program, adding to the school’s 100-year history a new  academic experience: an LL.M. focusing on natural resource and energy issues. I applied immediately.

The OU law faculty is very nice and extremely helpful to the LL.M. students.

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OU Law Volunteers Will Do Your Tax Return for FREE!

If your income was below $50,000 for the past year, members of the OU College of Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will complete your tax return for free.  Just bring a valid ID (preferably a social security card) for you and your dependents and all supporting tax documents to the Norman Public Library any Wednesday or Thursday before April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. and the IRS-certified tax preparers will be happy to assist you.

The VITA program started in 2006.

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