THANKSGIVING DISTRIBUTION SET TO FEED 750 TULSA FAMILIES
Lawyers Fighting Hunger will once again distribute Thanksgiving Turkeys and thanksgiving bags that will contain over 30 items on Saturday November 21, 2015 to 750 pre-screened families. The event will take place in the parking lot of Iron Gate Ministries located at 6th and Cincinnati.
Tulsa area attorneys and law firms primarily fund the event through donations. The Tulsa County Bar has also been a continued supporter of the annual event. There are many other groups who help make the annual distribution possible, not just attorneys. There are several area churches who have committed to doing food drives, contributed financially, and have committed to providing volunteers. Arnie’s Bar has again committed to provide 500 hotdogs and 500 hamburgers along with soda, bottled water, and the music. Iron Gate Ministries has helped screen the 750 families by partnering with other agencies such as disabled vet groups, women in recovery, DVIS, Emergency Infant Services, Youth Services, and many more.
Tulsa is hoping to again claim victory this year in the statewide competition with OKC and Norman. Each year the three cities compete for bragging rights on who can raise the highest amount of funds to feed the people in their respective cities. Last year OKC barely nudged out Tulsa. “While we are hoping to again claim bragging rights of beating OKC, Norman, El Reno, and Mustang. The fact is that regardless of who wins, over 4000 families will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year across the state,” said Hugh M. Robert, of Sherwood, McCormick & Robert, the co-founder of Lawyers Fighting Hunger. Since the inception of the program, over 20,000 families have received a Thanksgiving or Easter meal as part of the Lawyers Fighting Hunger program statewide.
“We are able to do the volume we are in large part due to the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s partnership with our organization. The Food Bank helps secure the lowest possible prices combined with their purchase power and negotiation skills which allows us to feed more families each year” Robert said.
“This will be our largest event to date and plan on again having face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts and much more for the entire family,” said Rachel Gusman, co-chair of the Tulsa event. The need in Tulsa continues to increase and with the cuts to the SNAP program, many of the working poor are finding it harder to provide the necessities, let alone a turkey and all the things that go with a Thanksgiving meal. This is even more true this year with the cost of turkey skyrocketing across North America.
Lawyers Fighting Hunger hopes to continue expanding the amount of families served and the number of times we are able to do this in the community but we can only do so with everyone’s support. We are still accepting tax deductible donations either online or by check.
We appreciate the support of attorneys and organizations to our mission of feeding the hungry. You can either pay online or mail checks made payable to Lawyers Against Hunger, Inc. and send to the attention of Hugh Robert at 15 W. 6th St., Ste. 2112, Tulsa, OK 74119. Lawyers Against Hunger, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) organization.
About Lawyers Fighting Hunger
Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Inc. is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger, increasing food security for those in need, and providing support grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations that help fight hunger in Oklahoma. LFH was established in 2011 to raise funds to feed the hungry population in Oklahoma and to provide grants to other nonprofit corporations that help fight hunger in Oklahoma. For more information on Lawyers Fighting Hunger, please call 918-850-0293 or visit www.lawyersfightinghunger.com
Hugh M. Robert
In observance of Veterans Day, the Tulsa County Bar Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all who serve and have served in the military!
“Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.” – US Department of Veteran Affairs
Normal business hours will resume Thursday, November 12, 2015.
In observance of Columbus Day, the Tulsa County Bar Center will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015. We would like to wish you all a happy holiday!
(Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, October 13, 2015.)
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Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6pm
Topic: Sci-Fi Ethics
Credit: 1.0 Hours Ethics
Speaker: Gerald M. Bender, City of Tulsa Legal Department
About Seminar: What to do when everything seems OUT OF THIS WORLD! Memorable and applicable galactic words of wisdom from Yoda, Han Solo and more!
Contact Bethany Lyon, Continuing Legal Education: 918-584-5243 ext. 223
In observance of Labor Day, the Tulsa County Bar Center will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015. We would like to wish you all a happy holiday!
(Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, September 8, 2015.)
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Tulsa, OK 74119-3612
Chief Justice John F. Reif was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in October 2007 by Governor Brad Henry. He previously served 23 years on the Court of Civil Appeals. He started his judicial service in February 1981 as a Special District Judge for the Fourteenth Judicial District in Tulsa County.
Justice Reif began his legal career in 1977 with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, where he worked in the civil division providing general legal services to the county. Before practicing law, he provided planning and grant assistance to law enforcement agencies in the Tulsa area through the Indian Nations Council of Governments from 1974 to 1977. Reif also served as a police officer for the City of Owasso from 1973 to 1975.
Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen. On October 31, 2012, Justice Barbara Madsen was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve a second term as the 55th Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. As Chief Justice, she is the court’s chief spokesperson, presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and co-chairs the state’s Board for Judicial Administration. The voters elected Justice Madsen as the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and she was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010.
Justice Madsen, a native of Renton, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1974 and earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1977. While at Gonzaga, Justice Madsen volunteered many hours with Gonzaga’s University Legal Assistance Clinic and Spokane Legal Services.
After completing law school, Justice Madsen worked as a public defender in King and Snohomish counties. In 1982, she joined the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and was appointed Special Prosecutor in 1984. Mayor Charles Royer appointed Justice Madsen in 1988 to the Seattle Municipal Court bench, where she served as Presiding Judge.
Justice Madsen is committed to public service and equal justice. When she served as the Special Prosecutor, Justice Madsen developed the child abuse component of the Family Violence Project. After joining the bench, she began working toward the development of a Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee to comprehensively address violence in the family. As the Presiding Judge, Justice Madsen increased opportunities for women and attorneys of color to receive appointments as pro tem judges. Justice Madsen’s commitment to equal justice continues today in her role as the chair of the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission.
In 1993, Justice Madsen was honored as the first recipient of the annual Myra Bradwell Award, honoring an outstanding alumna of Gonzaga University School of Law who has made great strides on behalf of women. She received the Washington Women Lawyers Vanguard Award in 1998 and 2002 for her leadership and inspiration for women in the legal profession. In 2004, Justice Madsen co-chaired the Crystal Brame Committee which secured legislation requiring all police agencies to adopt investigation protocol for police perpetrated domestic violence.
Since 2005, she has led efforts to establish the Initiative for Diversity, a program encouraging legal employers to commit to and implement individual organizational plans to increase diversity and received a Social Justice Award in 2011 from The Loren Miller Bar Association for her unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice and equality in Washington State. Chief Justice Madsen has chaired the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission since 1998.
Most recently the Commission, partnering with other community groups, succeeded in passing legislation banning the shackling of women prisoners during labor. In 2010 she was named the Seattle University School of Law Woman of the Year and in 2014 she was awarded the Gonzaga Law Medal from Gonzaga University School of Law. As chief justice, she is committed to continuing the Supreme Court’s long-standing support for access to justice.
Justice Madsen is a member of Washington Women Lawyers and the National Association of Women Judges. She and her husband, Donald Madsen, live in Pierce County and have four children.
10 Jul / 2015
Tulsa County Bar Association members, the TCBA discount tickets to the OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks game have sold out. TCBA member mixers are just another way we show our members how much we appreciate them! THUNDER UP!!
Hood Corbitt Award for Excellence in Family Law. This award was developed by the Family Law Section at the request of Hon. Martha Rupp Carter during her presidency of the Tulsa County Bar Association in 2007-2008. The Hood Corbitt award honors TCBA members who demonstrate the highest level of legal ability, ethics, and professionalism in the area of Family Law, as well as exemplary service to the Family Bench and Bar.
In observance of Independence Day, the Tulsa County Bar Center will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015. We would like to wish you all a happy and save 4th of July holiday!
(Normal business hours will resume Monday, July 6, 2015.)
2015 – 2016 TCBA Officers and OBA House of Delegates election results are in!