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OU Alumni in D.C. Series: Cleta Deatherage Mitchell

Cleta Deatherage Mitchell (’75) has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. Born in northeast Oklahoma City in 1950, Mitchell graduated from Classen High School before attending OU as an undergraduate and a law student.  

While at OU, Mitchell worked for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and consequently, interacted with many members of the Oklahoma Legislature. A long-held interest in politics blossomed as she spent hours at the Capitol watching, listening and talking with legislators.

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Come to the 9th Annual SATJ Pro Bono and Public Interest Career Fair

The 9th Annual Students for Access to Justice (SATJ) Pro Bono and Public Interest Career Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Kerr Lounge. The fair brings employers from government, non-profit, and military organizations from Oklahoma, Texas, and even Missouri to campus – each sharing information about their services with students. More importantly, employers attend the fair to find students to partner with them in serving the public. Several employers have collected resumes ahead of time and will be conducting interviews during the fair.

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OU Law Ranked in Top 15 Percent Best Law Schools Nationwide

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has been recognized in the top 15 percent of “Best Law Schools” in the country by National Jurist magazine. National Jurist staff created the list as an alternative to the the U.S. News and World Report’s annual law schools ranking by focusing “on what students find most important – quality teaching, cost efficiency, and post-graduate success.”

To read the article, click here.

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Tom Colbert and David B. Lewis: Shaping History Through Judicial Service

Through their judicial service on Oklahoma’s highest courts, two OU College of Law alumni continue to make history. Tom Colbert (’82) was sworn in January 4 as the first African-American chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A few weeks later, on January 23, David B. Lewis (’83) was sworn in as the first African-American presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Each was the first black person to serve on their respective courts when they were appointed, Colbert in 2004 and Lewis in 2005.

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Hilary Moffett: Survivor of the Fittest

To say that 1L Hilary Moffett has overcome a few challenges in her life is an understatement. The cancer survivor has also conquered several marathons and one grueling Ironman triathlon.

The physical challenges began when Moffett was 13 years old. She had heart surgery to fix a valve issue that she was probably born with. “They fixed it,” she said. “No problem. Not a big deal.”

About six months later, the left side of her body developed a tremor.

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