A New Leash on Life: Therapy Dogs at OU Law

April 24, 2012 | By Darin Fox, Director of the Law Library

Are you a dog-lover? Do you need a short break from studies to de-stress a little? During the next two weeks, there will be therapy dogs in the building from an organization called “A New Leash on Life.” The dogs are here for your relaxation and enjoyment. Feel free to approach them, pet them, and hang out with them as you like. Each dog will be accompanied by a trainer at all times, and all of the dogs are certified therapy dogs. You will be able to identify the dogs by a red bandana that says “therapy dog,” and each trainer will be wearing ID, as well. This service is being provided at no cost to the College of Law, and there is no charge to students who choose to use their services.

Where the Dogs WILL Be: Each trainer/dog team will have a home base. One team will be located in the southwest seating area of the Kerr Student Lounge on the lower level, and they will wander some in the student lounge. The other team will be located in the Library near the reference desk, and they will wander some on the first floor of the library and the atrium.

Where the Dogs Will NOT Be: The dogs will not be in the classrooms, and they will not be on the second floor of the library. Please also note that all dogs are bathed 24 hours before arriving to reduce dander.   In general, the teams are trained not to approach individuals unless the individual indicates approval.

Schedule: Here are the dates and times when the dogs will be in the building.

Tuesday, April 24
Doug Anderson/Sunny –Golden Retriever
Jill Nauman/Jack –Labradoodle

Wednesday, April 25 
Sarah Tointigh/Lily-Standard Poodle
Jill Miller/Gabi-German Shepherd

Thursday, April 26 
Doug Anderson
Sarah Tointigh

Tuesday, May 1  
Stephanie Larsen/Aisha- Corgi
Laurie Scrivner/Katie-Terrier
Michelle Traw/Jack, Lab

Friday, May 4 
Marge Delaney/Barry-Doberman
Laurie Scrivner/Katie
Doug Anderson/ Sunny
Nadia Calbert/Corky

May 8 
Laurie Scrivner/Katie
Michelle Traw/Jack

More News & Media


Legal Scholars to Speak at OU Law on Historical and Modern ‘Blackness as Nuisance’

Two legal scholars and authors will discuss historic and present-day permutations of a form of racial profiling in a Zoom webinar hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Law, set for noon Wednesday, Oct. 21.



OU Law Conversations: Dean Emeritus Andrew Coats

What led you to OU Law? I have wanted to go to law school since I was a teenager. I was active in speech contests and enjoyed making oral presentations. When I was in high school, I would go downtown and watch some of the trials at the courthouse, so, I got acquainted with the courtroom rather early. I obtained a Navy scholarship to go to OU. I was a regular Navy midshipman then I served three years in the far east before coming back to law school. I wanted to attend law school and came back to OU.



OU Law Conversations: Robert Barnes

What led you to OU Law? OU Law has been part of my family since the 1920s. My great uncle was Dr. Maurice Merrill, a 1922 graduate of OU Law who then earned a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University in 1925. Merrill taught at OU Law for 30 years, published numerous seminal works in oil and gas law, constitutional law, administrative law and the law of Notice. While still in his twenties, Merrill published the seminal treatise Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Law, which has been a cornerstone of my cases. In law school, I lived with Uncle Maurice and marveled at his longhand scrawl which was literally final copy in its first draft form. In my mind, he will always be ten times the lawyer that I ever became.


All News & Media

Thank you for your interest in applying to OU Law

Please select your program of interest to learn more about the application process.

J.D. ProgramM.L.S. ProgramLL.M. ProgramLegal Assistant Education Not sure? Learn more about admissions at OU Law