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Lambird Spotlight Winners to be Honored at Women in Law Conference

October 17, 2018

Christine Batson Deason and Laurie W. Jones of Oklahoma City, Elise Dunitz Brennan and Amy Monsour Santee of Tulsa and Jonna Kauger Kirschner of Norman will be presented with Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Awards this week. The Oklahoma Bar Association Women in Law Committee presents the awards annually to women who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and who have lighted the way for other women. Honorees will be recognized during the Women in Law Conference luncheon on Friday, Oct. 19, in Oklahoma City.

Brennan has practiced health care law for more than 30 years. She is a partner at Conner & Winters in Tulsa. Her practice concentrates on general representation of health care systems, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical and device companies and long-term care facilities. She obtained her law degree from Southern Methodist University and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Deason is a solo practitioner in Oklahoma City with a focus on family law involving dissolution of marriage, guardianship, adoption and probate actions. She is an experienced trial lawyer and family law mediator. Prior to her solo practice, she worked for firms in both Edmond and Oklahoma City. She obtained her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from OU.

Jones has been a member of the Oklahoma City University School of Law faculty since 1999, where she has taught legal research and writing, legal analysis, contract drafting and evidence in practice courses. She currently teaches the Street Law course at OCU, which places law students in local high school classrooms to teach the high school students about law and the legal system, with a focus on the practical application of the law to the high school students’ lives.

Kirschner works for Chickasaw Nation Industries to enhance its ability to grow its economic impact by positioning its businesses to operate and thrive in the competitive market and to maximize opportunities in federal services and commercial operations with external economic development institutions and private industry. Previously, she was appointed Oklahoma Department of Commerce executive director by Gov. Mary Fallin in October 2012. Her other roles during her 10-year tenure at the agency included serving as the deputy director and general counsel. She attended Dartmouth College and obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School.

Santee is a senior program officer at the George Kaiser Family Foundation in Tulsa. She joined the team in 2006 and has directed the foundation’s investments in the areas of female incarceration and criminal justice reform. She helped launch several new initiatives in Tulsa and led the foundation’s investments in one-of-a-kind programs including Women in Recovery, Center for Employment Opportunities and Still She Rises Tulsa. She graduated Order of the Coif from the OU College of Law in 2001, where she served as research editor of the Oklahoma Law Review.

The theme for this year’s Women in Law Conference is “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Using Legal Skills to Impact Change.” The speaker at the awards luncheon will be Lis Wiehl, attorney and former Fox News analyst. Oklahoma City attorneys Melanie Christians and Brittany Byers chair the Women in Law Committee.

This is the 22nd year for the awards to be presented. The awards are named to honor 1996 OBA President Mona Salyer Lambird, who died in 1999, the first woman to serve as OBA president and was one of the award’s first recipients.

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