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Judicial Nominating Commission

Election ballots will be mailed June 2, 2017, and June 16 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for returning the ballots to the Bar Center.

CANDIDATES

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1

(Creek and Tulsa Counties) - Bradley J. Brown, Tulsa; William R. Grimm, Tulsa; Timothy A. Carney, Tulsa; and Travis Barnett, Tulsa.

BRADLEY J. BROWN

Bradley J. BrownBrad Brown received his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and he practices at Jones, Gotcher & Bogan, P.C. in the areas of business litigation, family law, and disputed estates and trusts. He serves on the Oklahoma Bar Association Clients’ Security Fund Committee and the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors representing District 6 (Tulsa). He is also a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and volunteers on the Tulsa fundraising team for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. He is married to Andrea Brown, an assistant district attorney for Tulsa County, and together they have two children.



 

WILLIAM R. GRIMM

William R. GrimmWilliam R. Grimm has been in private practice in Tulsa since 1973. He is the managing officer of Barrow & Grimm, P.C. where his practice consists of business litigation before all courts. He previously served on the Professional Responsibility Commission (2009 - 2016), OBA Board of Governors (1996-1998), OBA vice president (2004) and OBA president (2006). He also served in leadership positions on numerous OBA committees and task forces over the years. In addition, he previously served as the president of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Foundation and numerous TCBA committees. He has been the recipient of numerous OBA and TCBA awards for his leadership and distinguished service to the legal profession. He has strong beliefs about the vital importance of an independent judiciary that is free of any influences whatsover.



Timothy A. Carney

Tim A. Carney

Tim Carney has practiced law in the state and federal courts of Oklahoma for over 30 years, since graduating from TU College of Law. He has been with Magellan Midstream Partners LP since 2015 and is Associate General Counsel. He served on the TCBA Board of Directors, chaired Law Day and received the President's Award. He has been active in the ABA and OBA and has been a Northern District of Oklahoma Adjunct Settlement Judge. He has served on several non-profit boards and has been active with Legal Aid's pro bono efforts. He and his wife, Cathy, have three children. Tim believes our judiciary should be completely independent and should faithfully follow the Constitution and the law.



Travis Barnett

Travis Barnett

Travis Barnett has been in private practice since 2005 and is the managing partner of Hood and Barnett, PLLC. His practice focuses primarily on family and domestic matters, juvenile deprived, civil litigation and mediation. He previously served as the chairman of the TCBA's military committee and remains an active member of that committee. He is a life member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 577 along with being a member of American Legion Post 1. He has served in the United States Army and Army National Guard for twenty three years and currently holds the rank of First Sergeant. His deployments include Operation Noble Eagle, Katrina Relief, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He believes in an independent judiciary with qualified judges that bring their practical experience and knowledge to the bench to resolve disagreements among members of our community.



CANDIDATES

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2 -

(Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington Counties) - Richard G. Van Dyck, Grove; Linda S. Lepak, Claremore; and Todd E. Kolczun, Grove

Richard G. Van Dyck

Richard G. Van Dyck

Richard Van Dyck began his judicial service after being named Special Judge for Grady County in October 1995. He was appointed District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District which includes Grady and Caddo Counties by Governor Keating in December 1997. After retiring on October 1, 2016, he and his wife moved to Grove, Oklahoma. He implemented Drug Courts in both counties and supervised hundreds of individuals for 11 years that otherwise would have been imprisoned. He served on both the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary. He was a long-time member of the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference serving as president of the Judicial Conference in 2009. Previously he served as an assistant district attorney and worked in private practice. He has served as president of the Grady County Bar Association. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is a 26 year member of Rotary International and currently serves on the Grove Rotary Foundation board. As someone who has gone through the Judicial Nominating Commission process, he believes that it is the most fair and independent way vacancies in the courts can be filled.



Linda Stoia Lepak

Linda Stoia Lepak

Linda Stoia Lepak is currently the Managing Attorney of the Hotline for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, where she has worked for nearly 15 years. Prior to working at Legal Aid, she was in private practice in Claremore and Nowata and was a professor of business law at several universities including the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her BBA and JD. She is active in her community and has served three times as the Rogers County Bar Association President and as a member of the Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness. She lives in Claremore with her husband. As the mother of five children who are licensed attorneys, four of whom are members of the Oklahoma Bar Association, she believes it is important for the future of our state and our profession that we have a strong and independent judiciary that supports equality before the law.



Todd E. Kolczun

Todd E. Kolczun

Todd E. Kolczun is a partner of Logan & Lowry, LLP, with offices in Vinita and Grove. He has been in private practice since obtaining his J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1994. He is an experienced civil and criminal litigator in state, federal, tribal and appellate courts. Based upon his years of active participation in the OBA Young Lawyers Division, Mr. Kolczun was named a fellow of the YLD in 2006. He is also a fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as the Committee Chairperson for Boy Scout Troop 713 in Grove and is a longstanding member of the Grove Rotary Club. In his free time he is an avid skydiver. Mr. Kolczun believes that faith in the judicial process is a cornerstone to our modern judicial system and that such faith begins with judges who are impartial and knowledgeable in the law. Years of litigation experience before a variety of judges qualify Mr. Kolczun to recognize the qualities, traits and temperament in judicial candidates that will translate into judges that uphold and put into practice the standards and ideals that are paramount to a functioning and respected judiciary.