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Remembering Justice Ralph B. Hodges

The OU College of Law alumni community has lost a notable member and an outstanding public servant with the passing of retired Oklahoma State Supreme Court Justice Ralph B. Hodges on January 16, 2013. His obituary reads that he “was not only a great father, but a humble man whose qualities of honesty and integrity were witnessed by his word and deed to not only his family, but to the state he loved.”

Justice Hodges had an impressive career, serving on the bench for 46 years.

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Remembering Professor Frank Elkouri

On January 18, the OU College of Law community lost a very special and dear friend. Professor Emeritus Frank Elkouri was an outstanding scholar and a nationally recognized authority in arbitration. His book “How Arbitration Works” is still widely referenced today in courtrooms and classrooms. Professor Elkouri was an equally talented educator, inspiring students and faculty alike, during his 58 years teaching at OU Law.  As an undergraduate at OU, Professor Elkouri Frank excelled in playing clarinet as part of an OU big band, which he also managed.

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Students Toast “Back to School” at Oxford-Style Pub Night

During the first week of the second semester, OU Law students gathered with faculty and staff at Amicus Café for a fun evening fashioned after the Oxford Summer Program’s pub nights. The event, co-hosted by the Student Services Office and the Oxford Summer Program, provided a great opportunity for students to celebrate the new semester and catch up after the holiday break.

 

 

 

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Student Acquires Valuable Experience from Internship in Prosecutor’s Office

This summer, I gained experience interning at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. I was assigned to the family violence division. The caseload consisted of all misdemeanor domestic assaults, terroristic threats, and violations of protective orders. My work there has provided me the opportunity to prepare motions, conduct legal research and receive actual courtroom experience. I performed multiple non-jury trials, questioned witnesses, admitted evidence, and argued law. I discussed cases with victims and analyzed jail calls. I subpoenaed and prepared cases for trial.

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Internship Experience Shapes Student’s Career Plans

This summer, I had the opportunity to work at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in the child support division, and it was a wonderful experience. I worked closely with the legal team, learning the ins and outs of child support and the IV-D courts. Every Wednesday, our office had a docket of around 75 cases, and I was in charge of preparing all of the cases for the docket. I spent a good portion of my internship observing, both in court and in the office. This was the most valuable part of the entire experience.

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