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Diversity Awards: Call for Nominations

painting of Ms. Fisher
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher painting by Mitsuno Ishii Reedy

Deadline June 14

The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Diversity Committee is now accepting nominations for its Second Annual Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards. All nominations must be received by June 14, 2013. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: members of the judiciary; licensed attorneys; and groups and entities that have championed the cause of diversity.

The Diversity Committee's award is named after Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, to honor her courage and actions in championing the causes of diversity. She was the first African-American woman to attend an all-white law school, the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

The Diversity Committee will be paying tribute to the work and accomplishments of the award recipients at the Diversity Committee CLE and Awards Luncheon on Oct. 24, 2013.

This information regarding the selection criteria and nomination process may also be accessed at For additional information please contact Kara I. Smith at 405-923-8611.


Three diversity awards will be given to a business, group or organization that has an office in the state of Oklahoma and has met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Developed and implemented an effective equal opportunity program as demonstrated by the organization’s commitment to the recruitment, retention and promotion of individuals of underrepresented populations regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination
  • Promoted diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Demonstrated continued corporate responsibility by devoting resources for the improvement of the community at large
  • Exhibited insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, allocation of resources and establishment of priorities

Two more diversity awards will be given to licensed attorneys and an additional award will be given to a member of the Oklahoma judiciary who has met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated dedication to raising issues of diversity and protecting civil and human rights
  • Led the development of innovative or contemporary measures to fight discrimination and the effects
  • Fostered positive communication and actively promoted inter-group relations among populations of different backgrounds
  • Participated in a variety of corporate and community events that promoted mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation or tolerance and contributed to diversity awareness in the community and workplace
  • Reached out to a diverse array of attorneys to understand firsthand the experiences of someone from a different background


  • Include name, address and contact number of the nominee.
  • Describe the nominee’s contributions and accomplishments in the area of diversity.
  • Identify the diversity award category (business/group/organization, licensed attorney or judiciary) in which the nominee is being nominated.

Submissions must be received by June 14, 2013. Submissions should not exceed five pages in length. Submit nominations to