Oklahomans honored for help with abused children

OKC Friday
Sept. 3, 2010

The Board of Oklahoma County Commissioners recently recognized three Oklahomans for their contributions to the abused and neglected children of Oklahoma County.

The newly constructed court waiting area at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center has been named the “Meyers, Nicholson and Foster Lobby” in honor of D. Kent Meyers, Don R. Nicholson II and the late Buddy Faye Foster. The waiting area was funded by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.

In 1997, Meyers and Nicholson founded Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a nonprofit organization that works to protect children and promote their health and well-being by providing them the full benefit of pro bono legal counsel and other services.

Meyers serves as a director at Crowe & Dunlevy, focusing his practice on commercial litigation and antitrust law. He was the 1999 award recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Pro Bono Service and has dedicated his life to many years of hard work to represent the neglected and abused children in this county.

“Crowe & Dunlevy places special emphasis on providing pro bono legal assistance to those who cannot afford counsel,” said Roger A. Stong, president of the firm. “Kent is an outstanding example of the community service we strive to provide to Oklahomans in need.

Nicholson is a member of the National Children’s Law Network and has worked as a volunteer with Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). A lifelong resident of Oklahoma, Nicholson practiced law with the Oklahoma City law firm of Eagleton, Nicholson, Pordos & Pardue before retiring in 2009.

A longtime child advocate in Oklahoma County, Foster served 15 years with CASA and was a member of the Oklahoma County Post Adjudication Review Board. She was recognized as a voice for children by the National Council on Children and was an appointee to the Governor's Task Force on Foster Care. She served as Oklahoma Lawyers for Children’s first executive director from 1997 - 2006.

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