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OU Law Hosts the National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court competition

Over 200 competitors and coaches from 17 states attended the National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court competition held at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.   More than 200 attorneys and judges volunteered their time to judge rounds which were held Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1st.   OU Law Professor Lindsay Robertson drafted this year’s problem.  Teams from William Mitchell and the University of Hawaii argued in the final round with Ryan McCarthy and Josh Peterson from William Mitchell coming out on top.  OU Law’s teams both performed well. 

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The OU Law Chapter of Phi Delta Phi Initiates 41 New Members

41 students from The University of Oklahoma College of Law are the newest members of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal fraternity celebrating academic excellence.   Academic achievement, integrity, service, and excellence are all factors given consideration when deciding which students receive invitation.  OU Law’s initiates for 2014 are listed below. 

 
Bergren, Stephen
Brannan, John C. III
Chambers, Maris
Dixon, Bryan
Dobry, Foster
Earley, Charles A
Easley, Kevin Alan Jr.
Eghbal, Shahin (Shane)
Eissenstat, Katie

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Melvin Hall speaks at BLSA’s “Remembering Our History” Program

Melvin Hall speaks at BLSA’s “Remembering Our History” Program
Melvin Hall, a 1981 graduate of OU Law, joined the Black Law Student Association to speak at the group’s “Remembering Our History” Program.  Mr. Hall’s speech focused on the strides the African-American community has made in the legal field and credited Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher for many of those changes.  He told the students of the impact she made in his life and how the students will also have the power to change someone’s life.  “You have to encourage people.  People are going to respect you. 

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OU Law Professor Katheleen Guzman is awarded an Oklahoma Medal for Excellence!

Katheleen R. Guzman, the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law and MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor of Law is this year’s winner of the Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Research University.  “The energy she gives to students is significant and radiates in all that she does,” said College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. A law professor for more than two decades, Guzman said she sets high expectations for her students, with the ultimate goal of teaching students how to teach themselves. “I demand daily written briefs and lower grades for inadequate preparation,” Guzman said.

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The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Teams and the BLSA Moot Court Team Make it to Nationals!

Three more OU Law competition teams bring home awards.  Two teams headed to San Francisco for the ABA NAAC regional competitions.  The team of Kelsey Frobisher, Blake Johnson, and Alex Duncan AND the team of Brett Merritt, Andrew Henry, and Jeff Vogt were undefeated and advanced to the final round.  Kelsey Frobisher, Blake Johnson, and Jeff Vogt won speaker awards, while the team of Kelsey Frobisher, Blake Johnson, and Alex Duncan won 3rd best brief.  The teams were coached by Professor Michelle Johnson who will also take them to the national competition in Chicago in April. 

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