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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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Oklahoma Judicial Conference Meets at OU Law

The University of Oklahoma College of Law welcomed the Oklahoma judiciary on Wednesday, July 17, for the opening day of the 2013 Oklahoma Judicial Conference.

The statewide association of judges and justices serving Oklahoma's state courts meets each year to provide education and training of members of the judicial branch of state government. The association also analyzes the needs of trial courts, often sharing their findings with the state Supreme Court and Legislature.

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OU Law Hosts United Nations Official

(Reposted with permission of the author and KGOU. Photo by Professor Lindsay Robertson)

By Susan Shannon 

Francisco Cali is a Caqchikel Mayan from Guatemala. He is the first and continues to be the only indigenous member of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Cali came to the University of Oklahoma as a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy.

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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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U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules meets at OU Law

Judges and lawyers from around the country gathered at the OU College of Law April 11-12 for the spring meeting of the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. This committee oversees the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and develops proposals for new and amended rules.

The spring meeting drew special attention from the bar this year as the advisory committee agenda included several hot button topics ranging from discovery reform to spoliation sanctions for the loss of electronically stored information.

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