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Federal Judge Jerome Holmes to Discuss Public Service March 27

For Immediate Release                                                                          
Media contact: Evie Holzer, eholzer@ou.edu or (405) 831-0709

NORMAN – Federal Judge Jerome Holmes with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will discuss public service as part of the Student Bar Association’s Leadership Series noon Tuesday, March 27, in Classroom 2 at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road in Norman.

This Leadership Series presentation comes as a part of the Student Bar Association’s Law Week celebration, a week-long series of activities including a community service event.

Holmes’ presentation is open to the public. Email Morgan Lankford at mortan999@ou.edu by Friday, March 23, to reserve a spot. OU Law students are encouraged to register on the Symplicity website at https://law-ou-csm.symplicity.com/students.

A 1988 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Holmes was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Holmes is the first African American to serve on the 10th Circuit. Prior to being a judge, Holmes was law clerk for former OU Law Dean, Judge Wayne E. Alley for the Western District. After that clerkship, Holmes went on to clerk for Judge William Holloway of the 10th Circuit.  In 1991, he entered private practice in Washington, D.C., before returning to Oklahoma as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District. In 2005, Holmes joined the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy.

“Judge Holmes is going to be a major hit with students,” said Jeff Riles, president of the Student Bar Association. “We are incredibly honored and thrilled that he will speak to our student leaders about the importance of public service.” 

The Leadership Series was launched by the Student Bar Association at the beginning of this academic year to help develop leadership and service at the College of Law. Other Leadership Series speakers include Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Taylor, OU Law Dean Joe Harroz, President of the American Fidelity Foundation Tom McDaniel, former OU Law Dean Andy Coats, former Lt. Governor Jari Askins, Judge Reta Strubhar and Deputy Secretary of Energy Jay Albert.