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OU Law Alumnus Stritzke to Lead Recreational Equipment Inc.

(Photo: OU Law Dean Joe Harroz and keynote speaker Jerry Stritzke (’85) at the May 2013 Convocation in Oklahoma City.)

Less than four months after inspiring OU Law graduates as keynote speaker at the May Convocation, Jerry Stritzke ('85) is taking on a new professional challenge. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has named Stritzke as the company's new president and CEO. He replaces Sally Jewell, who left the company in April when she was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Stritzke has been serving as president and COO for luxury accessory brand Coach Inc.

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OU Law Hosts Bolivian Indigenous Law Scholars

Professors Lindsay Robertson and Taiawagi Helton hosted a group of visiting scholars from Bolivia this month.  The guests were professors and students from the First Nations Rights Program at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in La Paz, Bolivia.

The 10-day visit included workshops at OU Law and interactions with OU Law and Native American Studies faculty and students.

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Oxford Summer Program Brings Unequaled Experience

The Oxford Summer Program is a unique experience that allows law students from the University of Oklahoma and around the country to study in the oldest university in the world, Oxford University.  The university is like no other, due to the vast campuses of the colleges that have been educating students for nearly 800 years.  Through this program, the students canvas the haunts of C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien, Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Author Joseph Heller, and many other prominent world influencers.

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OU Law Students Inspired by Study in China

Learning about an incredibly influential country as it is evolving is one of the best things about the Chinese Summer Law Program. I was fortunate to have a first-hand look at the country with the largest population, the country with the fastest growing major economy, and the largest global exporter all at the same time! The Chinese Summer Law Program at OU Law is in partnership with Indiana University – Indianapolis.

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China and the “American Dream”

The idea of the “American Dream” is still very much alive in China. While studying abroad in China this summer, I spoke with a friend who is originally from China but now lives in North America about the Chinese concept of America. Specifically, we spoke about the ideas of freedom and success our country connotes to the Chinese.

As Americans, we tend to be taught that the U.S. is the best, or at least very highly ranked compared to other countries. However, other countries don’t generally share our view or think very highly of Americans.

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