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White House Announcement Notes OU Law to Host Consultations on National Action Plan

In September President Barak Obama announced plans to develop a National Action Plan to promote responsible business conduct abroad, consistent with UN and other international guidelines on business and human rights.   The White House recently announced several organizations would be hosting consultations to seek contributions from U.S. business and civil society about what the National Action Plan should contain.  The OU College of Law was noted as one of the hosts for these consultations in 2015.

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National Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief and Advances to National Competition

Congratulations to the National Moot Court Team of Nicole Lynn, Drew McNeil, and Lindsay Kistler Swiniuch!

The team coached by Professor Stephen Henderson and Professor Connie Smothermon won Best Brief at the regional competition in Omaha, Nebraska.  They also won the Elite Eight and Final Four rounds, eventually losing to Creighton in the final round on a split decision by .62 of a point (out of a total 100).

The final round appearance qualifies the team for the National Moot Court National Finals in New York City in February.  

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Oklahoma Law Review Symposium 2014

Each fall the Oklahoma Law Review and the College of Law host an academic symposium on a current issue in the legal field. The topic of this year's symposium is Congress's plenary power to enact immigration policy that conflicts with certain constitutional protections. This public event will feature six legal scholars from around the country in the Dick Bell Courtroom at 9:30am on Friday, November 14.

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Board of Advocates Eager to Use iPads in Competitions

The OU Law Board of Advocates hosts several intra-school and interscholastic competitions a year.  Hosting a tournament takes hundreds of hours of preparation including contacting judges, setting up administration and  coordinating schedules.  The digital initiative will help make tournament communication more efficient.  

Kim Beight, president of the BOA says,  “it really takes a village to plan a competition, and there are many moving parts in play at any given time.

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OU INTERNATIONAL LAW SOCIETY HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERTS

The Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS) and its faculty adviser, Professor Evelyn Aswad, recently hosted Kristin McGeeney, the Senior Legal Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, as well as Dan Mahanty, the U.S. State Department’s director of the Office of Security and Human Rights in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) and former head of the Office of Middle East affairs in DRL.  OILS greeted them with a welcome reception at Blackbird upon their arrival.  The next day Ms.

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