The Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair in Civil Rights, Race, and Justice in Law was created to honor Dr. Fisher’s enduring impact on OU Law and civil rights and to continue her legacy by empowering future lawyers to carry forward the work she began. The Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair is one of the highest faculty distinctions at OU, and will ensure that the study of civil rights, race and justice is an integral part of the OU College of Law into perpetuity.
“By establishing a fund in her honor, it means that OU and the community can protect her legacy and further her mission of instilling civil rights and civil discourse – whether funded by the many or by the few. A fund in her honor ensures that she lives on.” - Bruce Fisher
This faculty position will be awarded to a national expert and legal scholar in the study of civil rights, race and justice, and promotion of equal rights. The professor will teach and conduct research primarily in the areas of civil rights’ law, election laws, race and the law, anti-discrimination law, equal rights and diversity in the law, and critical race theory.
In order to help defray the costs and expenses of practical skills development to teach, mentor and lead students, continuing donations to the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair will be sought to further support this vision, and will be matched up to $90,000 by an anonymous donor.