Hectic schedules didn’t stop law students from coming out March 29 to plant trees on the north side of OU Law in celebration of Arbor Day and Law Week. Even though several students had moot court right after, their suits, ties and pencil skirts didn’t keep them from helping the cause. OU has celebrated Arbor Day for years with annual tree plantings campus-wide, but this is the first year law students have planted trees outside of the law school.
Incoming Student Bar Association President Camal Pennington said he loves seeing the students come together to build camaraderie. Pennington says he participates because his love and passion for OU and the law school.
“Lawyers are required to do pro-bono work,” he explains. “Community service not only help us in law school, but in life overall.”
First-Year Andy Dark believes it’s really important for the student body to come together outside the classroom for community service.
“It’s cool that we can change the appearance of our campus to make it more beautiful,” Dark said. “I want to be able to come back 20 years from now with my kids to see what I was a part of.”
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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.
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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.