2014 Law Day Celebrations to Promote Civics Education

Thursday, May 1, is set for ‘Ask A Lawyer’ Day

Increasing public understanding of courts and the judiciary is a major goal for 2014 OBA President Renée DeMoss. The annual celebration of Law Day is the perfect opportunity for Oklahoma lawyers to support this leadership initiative by continuing our state’s tradition of educational outreach as we spotlight the freedoms, rights and responsibilities we enjoy under our three independent branches of government.

The celebration is now underway! The annual Ask A Lawyer TV show is in production, the art contests have been judged, and county bar associations should begin planning events now. In addition to the opportunity to promote civics education, Law Day gives Oklahoma lawyers the chance to participate in a large-scale community service event designed to enhance the image of the legal profession while providing assistance to those who need help with legal questions. 

We can’t accomplish these important tasks without the participation of our local county bar associations. Mark your calendars now! Thursday, May 1 is the day Law Day will be observed in Oklahoma this year. The TV show will air on OETA stations across the state from 7–8 p.m. Counties hosting Ask A Lawyer call-in events are asked to be available to take calls during this hour for maximum publicity of this community service event.

Thanks to those counties that have already submitted the name of their Law Day chairperson:

Beaver: Todd Trippet
Bryan: Julie Cuesta-Naifeh
Choctaw: John Frank Wolf III
Comanche: Aimee Vaderman
Craig: Ryan Olsen
Dewey: Judge Rick Bozarth
Garvin: Laura Schafer
LeFlore: Jolyn Belk and Amanda Grant
McCurtain: Kevin Sain
McIntosh: Brendon Bridges
Oklahoma: Curtis Thomas
Ottawa: Matt Whalen
Payne: Jimmy Oliver
Pontotoc: Jenna Owens
Seminole: Judge Tim Olsen, Gordon Melson and Jack Cadenhead
Stephens: Jamie Linzman-Phipps
Tulsa: Rachel Mathis

Is your county missing from this list? Please submit the name of your Law Day chairperson as soon as possible to Lori Rasmussen, OBA Law Day coordinator, lorir@okbar.org, 405-416-7017.

Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal, OBJ 85 377 (Feb. 15, 2014)

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