Ask A Lawyer TV Show
Ask a Lawyer aired statewide April 27, 2017, on OETA.
The annual Ask A Lawyer TV show provides Oklahomans a better understanding of the rights and freedoms offered by our legal system. Co-produced by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the program presents information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. 2017's program highlighted three segments - drug court, debt and bankruptcy and adoption.
Judge Michael Tupper showed us the Cleveland County Drug Court and how the program helps the participants gain stability and focus. In the segment, participants Deon and Tracey shared their battles with substance abuse. Defense Attorney Dave Stockwell and Parole Officer Chad Minson also shared their experiences of helping participants reach their goal of sobriety.
Attorneys Robyn Hopkins and Khristan Strubhar explained the process of both private and DHS adoptions in the adoption segment. Seth and Missy adopted Shiloh and will soon adopt Shiloh’s little brother. The couple shared their story and gave advice on how to manage the stresses and joys of adoption. Aubrey and Johnross shared their story of delivering their adoptive son and adopting two children within a month of each other.
The show also highlighted debt and bankruptcy. The average Oklahoman has about $5,000 of credit card debt. Attorney Katheryn Bell gave advice on debt relief solutions. The segment also profiled Oklahomans who escaped the constant stress of unmanageable debt and filed for bankruptcy.
2017's Law Day theme was “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The show featured Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Douglas Combs who spoke on the key clauses of the 14th Amendment and why it is important to us as Oklahomans and American citizens.
During the program, viewers could call in and receive free legal advice. Advice was provided by Oklahoma attorneys as a community service in conjunction with the national celebration of Law Day.
The names of the winners of the statewide Law Day art and writing contests were also announced. Hundreds of Oklahoma students in grades Pre-K through 12th entered the contests, designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of the law among young Oklahomans.