Public service programs

Law Day

Ask A Lawyer TV Show

The next Ask a Lawyer TV show will air 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. This year's program will air Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The show will highlight three segments, drug court, debt and bankruptcy and adoption.

Judge Michael Tupper shows us the Cleveland County Drug Court and how the program helps the participants gain stability and focus. In the segment, participants Deon and Tracey share their battles with substance abuse. Defense Attorney Dave Stockwell and Parole Officer Chad Minson also share their experiences of helping participants reach their goal of sobriety.   

Attorneys Robyn Hopkins and Khristan Strubhar explain 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 will share their story and give advice on how to manage the stresses and joys of adoption. Aubrey and Johnross share their story of delivering their adoptive son and adopting two children within a month of each other. 

The show will also highlight debt and bankruptcy. The average Oklahoman has about $5,000 of credit card debt. Attorney Katheryn Bell gives advice on debt relief solutions. The segment will also profile Oklahomans who escaped the constant stress of unmanageable debt and filed for bankruptcy.

This year's Law Day theme is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The show features Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Douglas Combs who will speak on the key clauses of the 14th Amendment and why it is important to us as Oklahomans and American Citizens.

During the program, views can call in and receive free legal advice. Advice is provided by Oklahoma Attorneys as a community service in conjunction with the national celebration of Law Day. To get free answers to your legal questions simply call 800-456-8525. Tulsa viewers may call 918-838-8770. Viewers statewide will be able to reach an attorney from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. April 27. Spanish-speaking attorney's will be standing by from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Viewers who prefer to speak to an attorney practicing in their town or county will be able to see and call local numbers during the broadcast. Viewers may also send questions via email to AskALawyer@okbar.org or pregunteunabogado@okbar.org. Emailed questions will be answered during the week the program airs.

The names of the winners of the statewide Law Day art and writing contests will also be 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. 

Drug Court

Participants Tracey and Dion share their stories of recovery and relapse while Judge Michael Tupper gives us an inside look at the Cleveland County drug court. Drug court provides a five-phase program to combat addiction. Supporting services like counseling, a bike sharing program and flexible payment options help participants graduate drug court and begin a clean, sober and productive life.


Deon, a drug court participant is looking forward to his summer graduation from the program.

Adoption

Attorneys Robyn Hopkins and Khristan Strubhar explain the processes of both private and DHS adoptions as we step inside the homes of two adoptive families. 

Attorneys Robyn Hopkins (left) and Khristan Strubhar (right) discuss the rights of adoptive parents. 


Debt and Bankruptcy

Attorney Katheryn Bell explains the options Oklahomans are provided when debt becomes unmanageable. The segment will also include personal accounts from Oklahomans who found relief through bankruptcy.    

Katheryn Bell explains the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. 

 

Special Guests

Chief Justice Douglas Combs gives us a brief overview of the 14th Amendment. He also recognizes the student contest winners and their winning artwork.

Chief Justice Douglas Combs