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Law Day

Oklahoma Law Day 2013

Theme: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

Contest judging is underway; winners to be announced soon!

Ask A Lawyer day set for May 2, 2013

“Ask A Lawyer” 2012 aired, Check local listings for rebroadcasts

This year’s Ask A Lawyer television program will air Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. on OETA stations across the state. The show provides information about current legal issues facing individuals in this state and how Oklahoma lawyers are making an impact. This year’s show features segments titled “Families in Transition,” “Dealing with Disaster” and “Residential Rights.”

The first segment details an innovative program administered through Family Court Services in Tulsa County aimed at assisting families as they go through a divorce. During the show, we’ll hear from participants who explain why the help they received made a difference for their children, and why they believe the program should be expanded statewide. Then you’ll meet a couple who needed a new roof after a devastating Oklahoma hail storm, only to discover their insurance company was unwilling to pay their claim. Later, we’ll meet a man who found he had no place to live as he struggled to turn his life around after his release from prison.

The show also offers an update on the Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes program. The initiative, now in its second year, is more critical than ever as thousands of troops serving with the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have now returned stateside after their year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Military experts warn some of these soldiers could face legal challenges in the months to come, and hundreds of OBA members continue to stand ready to assist them at no cost.

You’ll hear from a returning service member and a veteran who needed legal services during and after their deployment, and find out why the OBA’s legal assistance program is important to heroes like them. You’ll also hear from 2011 OBA President Deborah Reheard who initially conceived the program, as well as from OBA member Lt. Col. Max Moss from the 45th, who explains why the program continues to be vitally important to members of his outfit.

The show will continue its town hall format, where audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of expert attorney panelists. The show will also feature OBA President Cathy Christensen and Chief Justice Steven Taylor along with the winners of the Law Day contests and their winning artwork.