NORMAN — Connor Bourland, a third-year law student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, has been named the Distinguished Law Student for the 10th Circuit by the American College of Bankruptcy. He will be formally honored at the college’s annual meeting this month in Washington, D.C.
As the top student in the 10th Circuit region, Bourland was selected from other law student nominees from Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
“The entire OU Law family congratulates Connor Bourland on this achievement,” said OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “He is a worthy recipient and an exceptional student, and we are proud of his hard work.”
The Distinguished Law Student program was established by the American College of Bankruptcy in order to identify and promote prospective leaders in the insolvency and bankruptcy profession. The criteria for selection of the distinguished law student include academic excellence; professional accomplishments such as moot court, writing competitions, written submissions and law review articles; commitment to public service and pro bono efforts; and familiarity with bankruptcy law.
Bourland has excelled in OU Law’s moot court program. In January, he and two other OU Law students won first place in the 2018 Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship, a tournament reserved for the nation’s top 16 moot court programs. The team also won the award for second best brief in the competition.
Bourland serves as the research editor and candidate mentor for the Oklahoma Law Review, and he is the recipient of the 2017 Gene H. and Jo Ann Sharp Law Review Award for Outstanding Comment. Bourland has received five American Jurisprudence Awards, which are given to law school students for achieving the highest grade and rank in the class for a particular subject. He is a member of several student organizations, including his position as chief justice of the Student Government Association Superior Court.
For the spring 2018 semester, Bourland serves as a judicial intern for Justice Patrick Wyrick of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and is a legal research and writing teaching assistant at OU Law.
Bourland graduated summa cum laude from OU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. Originally from Colleyville, Texas, he graduated high school from Wichita Collegiate School in Wichita, Kansas.
Founded in 1909, the OU College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school. OU Law offers small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community; accomplished faculty with international expertise; and a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. The OU College of Law is the academic home of more than 700 students enrolled in the juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program, the master of legal studies program and various dual degree programs. For more information about OU Law, visit law.ou.edu.
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