Public service programs

Law Day

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. This year's program aired Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The show 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.

This year'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. 

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