4/05/2007 - Journal Record

Burke to speak at Law Day luncheon: Leadership in Law program to recognize 32 legal professionals 
The Journal Record 
OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) – Oklahoma native and noted historian Bob Burke will be the speaker for the Law Day luncheon May 1 at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel. 
Burke, a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City, has written 70 historical nonfiction books on such diverse topics as baseball, aviation, art, and religion in Oklahoma. He served as director of the Department of Economic and Community Affairs (now the Department of Commerce) in the administration of Gov. David Boren and managed Boren’s first campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1978. 
The luncheon is being presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association. 
“This year’s theme for Law Day nationally is ‘Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy,’ and because one of my goals for my year as president is increased participation by young lawyers, I am pleased with this choice,” said Reid Robison, president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association. “The speaker for our annual OCBA Law Day luncheon; lawyer, historian and author Bob Burke, will provide insights on this topic in his usual energetic way, and we are excited to have him talk to us this year.” 
In addition to the presentations of The Journal Record Award and Liberty Bell Award, 32 legal professionals will be recognized as the second class of Leadership in Law honorees. 
The Leadership in Law program, sponsored by The Journal Record, was created to honor legal professionals for their community efforts. Nominations were solicited and accepted statewide – membership in the Oklahoma County Bar Association was not a requirement. Winners were selected by a panel of business and legal professionals. 
“Leadership in Law is a way to help shine the spotlight on the important community work done by legal professionals in Oklahoma. There isn’t a nonprofit board in the state that doesn’t rely on leadership from the legal community,” said Mary Mélon, publisher of The Journal Record. 
The second group of Leadership in Law honorees consists of judges and attorneys who have offered their expertise and other resources to numerous civic and nonprofit organizations. 
The 2007 Leadership in Law recipients include: 
Victor Albert – Conner & Winters.   
The Hon. Robert Bacharach – U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.   
Steven Barghols – Gable & Gotwals.   
Mark Brown – Brown & Brown PC.  
Jamie Bruehl – Rife & Walters.   
Mark Burget – McAfee & Taft/Search Ministries.   
Christine Cave – Abowitz, Timberlake & Dahnke PC.   
Leonard Court – Crowe & Dunlevy.   
Marc Edwards – Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah.   
Eric Eissenstat – Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens PC.   
Charlie Geister – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville LLP.   
Kevin Gordon – Crowe & Dunlevy.   
Leslie Guajardo – Wiggins, Sewell & Ogletree.   
Lloyd Hardin – Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah.   
Tina Hughes – City of Oklahoma City.   
Melanie Jester – U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.  
Michael Laird – Crowe & Dunlevy.   
Myrna Latham – McAfee & Taft.   
Robert McCampbell – Crowe & Dunlevy.   
Drew Neville – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville.   
Richard Nix – McAfee & Taft.   
Cynda Ottaway – Crowe & Dunlevy.   
Judge Patricia Parrish – Oklahoma County.   
G. Kay Powers – Powers at Law.   
Alix Samara – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville  
Maribeth Snapp – Oklahoma Corporation Commission.   
Judge Barbara Swinton – Oklahoma County. 
Mary Tolbert – Crowe & Dunlevy.   
Jon Trudgeon – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville. 
Elizabeth Tyrrell – McAfee & Taft. 
Cheryl Vaught – Vaught & Conner. 
Jennifer Wheeler – McAfee & Taft. 

In addition, The Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants will sponsor its Law Day mentoring. About 20 high school students will spend time with judges, attorneys and legal assistants. The students will attend the luncheon and a law-related education program at the Oklahoma County Bar Association and then tour the Oklahoma County Courthouse. 
Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and past president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by presidential proclamation in 1958.

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