The Department of Legal Assistant Education, initiated by the OU Law Center in 1968, reflects the growing importance of legal assistants (paralegals) in the law profession.
For more than 50 years, B. Jo Balding, a paralegal at the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm, has invested her time, energy and intelligence into serving the firm and its many clients. Jo has created a legacy of professionalism that serves as an inspiration for so many others who have come after her.
Since 1902, Crowe & Dunlevy has provided exceptional service and value to clients in numerous industries. In 1985, the firm founded the Crowe & Dunlevy Foundation, which provides financial support to a wide variety of deserving charitable and nonprofit organizations.
In honor of her years of service, the Crowe & Dunlevy Foundation has committed to an annual gift of $1,000 to fund the Crowe & Dunlevy B. Jo Balding Scholarship for Students in the Legal Assistant Education Program at the University of Oklahoma Law Center. Each year, the scholarship will assist one University of Oklahoma Law Center student enrolled in the Legal Assistant Education program in their pursuit of a career in the legal field and a legacy of their own.
COALA promotes the education of Paralegals to maintain the high standards of professional responsibility and conduct imposed upon all members of the bar. This scholarship is restricted to those persons who have successfully completed classes in Introduction to Law and Legal Analysis or Legal Writing at Rose State College or the University of Oklahoma. The $500 scholarship is offered every spring. More information can be found at COALA's website.