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Law Day

Ask A Lawyer TV Show

The next Ask a Lawyer TV show will air statewide on OETA on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 7 p.m. 


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 airs Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

One of the biggest issues within Oklahoma law is the high rate of female incarceration. During the program, you'll hear the story of a young, single mother who was arrested and threatened with long-term incarceration and the loss of her child. Through a program offering alternatives to prison, she was able to get her life back on track. 

You'll meet the Oklahoma litigants in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that paved the way to legalizing same-sex marriage across the U.S.

The show will also highlight the importance of jury service and why legal practitioners appreciate those who serve as jurors. OBA President Garvin A. Isaacs of Oklahoma City will share why he has made juror appreciation a key component of his presidential year.

This year's Law Day focuses on "Judges, Juries and Justice: The Constitution and the Rights of the Accused," highlighting legal aspects that affect all citizens. The show features Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif who will speak on the Law Day theme.

During the program, call 800-456-8525 for free legal advice, a community service Oklahoma lawyers provide annually in conjunction with the national celebration of Law Day. Tulsa viewers may call 918-838-8770. Viewers statewide will be able to reach an attorney, including Spanish-speaking lawyers from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. April 28. 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. 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. 

The 2015 Ask A Lawyer show aired on April 30 and is available for viewing online

2016 Ask A Lawyer Segments

Female Incarceration

Paola Alvarez-Bennett One of the biggest issues within Oklahoma law is the high rate of female incarceration. During the program, you'll hear the story of a young, single mother who was arrested and threatened with long-term incarceration and the loss of her child. Through a program offering alternatives to prison, she was able to get her life back on track.

Brittany, a single mom facing incarceration after a drug arrest, turned her life around with the help of a program aimed at reducing the number of women in Oklahoma’s prisons.



Same-Sex Marriage

Paola Alvarez-Bennett You'll meet the Oklahoma litigants in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that paved the way to legalizing same-sex marriage across the U.S.

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin discuss the legal process of a landmark marriage equality case during production of the Ask A Lawyer TV show.

Jury Appreciation

Garvin Isaacs The show will also highlight the importance of jury service and why legal practitioners appreciate those who serve as jurors. OBA President Garvin A. Isaacs of Oklahoma City will share why he has made juror appreciation a key component of his presidential year.

OBA President Garvin Isaacs appears in the Ask A Lawyer TV show to share his thoughts about jury appreciation.


Special Guests

Paola Alvarez-Bennett Chief Justice John Reif shares his thoughts on this year’s theme, "Judges, Juries and Justice: The Constitution and the Rights of the Accused," and recognizes the student contest winners and their winning artwork.

Viewers of the Ask A Lawyer TV show heard Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif discuss the Law Day theme and introduce contest winners.


Paola Alvarez-Bennett

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif welcomes Law Day contest first-place winners to a recognition ceremony at the state Capitol. Also attending were OBA Executive Director John Morris Williams and OBA Law Day Committee Co-Chair Richard Vreeland.