More than 300 Guests attend OU Law's "Tribal Sovereignty: A Global Perspective" Symposium

The University of Oklahoma College of Law, American Indian Law Review, and OU Native American Studies Department were privileged to host world-renowned speakers last week at the “Tribal Sovereignty:  A Global Perspective”  Symposium.

Hundreds of people from all over the United States filled The University of Oklahoma College of Law’s Bell Courtroom to attend the Symposium.  The keynote speaker for this event was Jose Francisco Calí Tzay (Maya Kaqchikel), Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). 


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. 


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


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. 


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.