NORMAN – Former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Judge Reta Struhbar will be the guest speakers at the University of Oklahoma College of Law’s Leadership Series at noon Thursday, Nov. 17, in Classroom 2 at the College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road. This free luncheon event is themed “Women in the Law” and presented by the Student Bar Association and the Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law.
Askins graduated from OU Law in 1980 and has served in all three branches of Oklahoma’s government: as judge from Stephens County, a member of the state legislature, and lieutenant governor. She currently serves as an associate provost at the OU Health Sciences Center and is the director of marketing and outreach at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center.
Struhbar graduated from the Oklahoma City University College of Law in 1980 and worked as an assistant attorney general, an assistant district attorney, and as a judge for Canadian County. She was the first female judge to be appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. While serving on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Struhbar was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist as the only state judge to serve the Federal Criminal Rules Committee.
“Students are excited to welcome two of Oklahoma’s most accomplished women to the College of Law,” said Jeff Riles, president of the Student Bar Association. “Their life-long commitment to public service is an example of one of the values we hope to instill in our peers through this series.”
The Leadership Series was launched at the beginning of this academic year by the Student Bar Association 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, and former OU Law Dean Andy Coats.
If you are interested in attending this event, please email Morgan Lankford at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 16.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Riles
President, Student Bar Association
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