Tulsa County Bar Association and Tulsa County Bar Foundation
Present the 2016
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
Keynote Speaker: Linda S. Thomas, Esq.
Oklahoma Bar Association’s Board of Governors 2016 President-Elect.
Thomas is a sole practitioner in Bartlesville, focusing her practice in all areas of law associated with children and family. She received her J.D. from the TU College of Law and was admitted to the OBA in 1994.
Thomas served on the OBA Board of Governors, as OBA vice president and is currently serving on the OBA Professional Responsibility Commission. She has served as the chair or co-chair of the OBA Leadership Academy Task Force since 2007, and on numerous committees and task forces.
Thomas is the recipient of two OBA President’s Awards for excellence in leadership and outstanding service, the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award, special recognition award from the Washington County Bar Association for her leadership, professionalism, and dedication to the bar and community, and was named as one of Oklahoma’s pioneering women lawyers in Leading the Way: A Look at Oklahoma’s Pioneering Women Lawyers.
She is active in her community, having served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Bartlesville Area United Way, Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Bartlesville Family Care Services and the Run the Streets program, where she also served as a youth mentor.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Tulsa
Doors Open at 11:30 am & Program Begins at Noon
*Reservation Due By Monday, August 22nd, 5:00 PM
Tulsa County Bar Association
1446 South Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119-3612
The dedication of Courtroom 605 as the Judge Carlos J. Chappelle Ceremonial Courtroom will be held on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 9am.
Date: Friday, July 8, 2016
Location: Tulsa County Courthouse, 6th Floor, Courtroom 605
Tulsa County Bar Foundation Law School Scholarship
Law Students entering their first-year of school are encouraged to apply for the TCBF Law School Scholarship. Part-time students who are entering their first year are also eligible.
The Tulsa County Bar Foundation is authorized to fund law school scholarships of up to $2,500 per individual per year. The scholarships are intended for the benefit of law students in or from Tulsa County who are accepted to an ABA-accredited law school. The scholarships are offered and administered without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender or disability.
While the scholarships are intended for the benefit of law students from Tulsa County, the Foundation recognizes that a student from Tulsa County may attend a law school outside Tulsa County and that students from other locations may attend law school in Tulsa County. The test for eligibility for consideration for a Foundation scholarship is therefore whether the student has “a significant connection” to Tulsa County in the judgment of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.
An award made to a first year student may be renewed in each of the following years in law school. The total funding offered to any student shall not exceed three times the amount of his or her first scholarship, and the distribution of such funding shall be over a time period not exceeding four years. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship each year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory academic performance has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.
In selecting scholarship recipients, the Foundation will consider the applicant’s connection with Tulsa County; financial need; academic record; extra-curricular record and record of leadership and initiative; commitment to the study and practice or teaching of law; character; and work and life experience. Financial information for the applicant’s household and that of the applicant’s parents is necessary to evaluate financial need. Recipients will be selected by members of the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation. The decisions of the Committee are final.
Requirements for Eligibility
To be eligible to receive a Foundation scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
- The applicant must be an entering first-year law student in the 2016 academic year. Students who have completed one or more semesters of law school are not eligible. Applicants who are part-time law students also must be starting law school in the 2016 academic year to be eligible.
- At the time of submission of the application, the applicant must have achieved undergraduate grades in the top 50% of the applicant’s college undergraduate class and have LSAT scores in the top 50% of the LSAT testing pool.
- The applicant must be a citizen of the United States and have a significant connection to Tulsa County. In determining this factor the Scholarship Committee will weigh past or current residency in Tulsa County, attendance at Tulsa County schools, intention to attend law school in Tulsa County, significant business or family connections in Tulsa County, or some combination of the above.
- Immediate family members of any member of the Board of the Foundation (including executive director) or of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible to receive a scholarship.
Before receiving scholarship funds, recipients will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll in an ABA-accredited law school. Students who leave law school after accepting scholarship funds will be required to return all or a proportional amount of scholarship funds received during that academic year.
A Completed Application Includes
- A completed application form, signed and dated by the applicant.
- Copies of federal income tax forms for applicant and parents.
- A personal statement.
- At least two letters of recommendation.
- A copy of the applicant’s undergraduate transcript.
Applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2016, and should be submitted to:
Tulsa County Bar Foundation
1446 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119
If you have any questions about the application,
Please contact Barbara J. Eden, Scholarship Committee Chair, at (918) 699-4082.
31 May 2016
“Welcome Home Project”
f/k/a the Household Item Drive Benefiting the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
What: TCBF Community Outreach Committee is sponsoring this drive to collect household items to be donated to Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless’ clients.
Why: The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless helps find safe, affordable housing for the homeless in our community. This is an opportunity to provide assistance and support to families and individuals making the transition from the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless to their own homes or apartments. You can help provide each new household with basic items for their new home. Your donation of any or all items listed below will help someone truly starting over feel welcomed into their new home and new life.
When: This year’s drive will be held June 13, 2016 – June 24, 2016.
Where: Items can be collected at your place of business and then delivered to the Tulsa Bar Center no later than Friday, June 24, 2016. Please collect the items listed below in bags, boxes, or any other container that will be easy to transport.
Goal: To prepare fifty (50) “welcome home kits.” A welcome home kit is made up by the items listed below. Duplicates of any of the items listed below are always welcomed.
Cash: Many individuals and firms will prefer to make cash donations. We have estimated the cost per “welcome home kit” to be approximately $125.00. Such donations should be made payable to the Tulsa County Bar Foundation and mailed to the Tulsa County Bar Center. The memo line should read: Community Outreach, Welcome Home Project. We will provide these cash donations, along with the collected household items to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, so it can purchase additional household items after it determines the areas of greatest need. All donations are tax deductible, and tax receipts will be provided.
Items to be Collected
- Pot Holder
- Sauce Pan
- Shower Curtain Liner & Rings
- 2 Sets of Dishes (plates, bowls, and cups/mugs)
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- 2 Drinking Glasses (plastic or glass)
- 2 Kitchen Towels/Dish Cloths
- Twin/Full Blanket
- 2 Sets of Flatware (knife, fork, and spoon)
- 2 Sets of Bath Towels & Washcloths
- Cooking Utensils (1 spatula, 2 ladles, and 1 large spoon)
- Set of Twin Sheets
- Can Opener (hand-operated)
- Bed Pillows
- Paring Knife
- 2 Cleaning Cloths
- 2 Sponges
- Alarm Clock (with batteries, if needed)
- Dish-washing Liquid (for hand washing dishes)
- Current year’s Calendar
* These items do not have to be matching sets and may be gently used. Please be sure they are clean and in very good condition. Additional items appreciated include, brooms, mops, and land-line telephones.
04 Mar 2016
EAT FOR A CAUSE NIGHT: BENEFITING LAWYERS FIGHTING HUNGER
Continuing the Tulsa County Bar Foundation Community Outreach Committee’s 2016 Eat Out for a Cause campaign, the TCBF-COC has organized a night out at the BLUE ROSE CAFÉ (1924 South Riverside) on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th. That’s right! From 4:00 p.m. to close, 20% of all food sales will go toward funding for 750 Easter dinners to be given away by Lawyers Fighting Hunger and Live Local, Give Local. What’s more, the Community Outreach Committee will MATCH the Blue Rose’s donation (up to $1000) – so really it’s as if 40% of all food sales that evening will go to charity!
So do yourself a favor, and come on out for a little St. Practice Day meal at the Blue Rose on March 16th, lay a good foundation in food for the days to come, and help feed families in need in our community as well. If you can’t stay to dine-in, call in a couple orders of their incredible chicken strips with gravy and take ‘em home! http://www.bluerosecafetulsa.com/
Hope to see you all there.
Ashely R. Webb, Shareholder at Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis and Community Outreach Chair for Tulsa County Bar Foundation
EASTER DISTRIBUTION SET WITH GOAL TO FEED 750 TULSA FAMILIES
Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma ranks fourth in food hardship and for many Oklahomans this Spring is another day of worry. Lawyers Fighting Hunger is doing their part to spread the Spring cheer. Live Local Give Local is raising funds with a goal to distribute 750 hams and food bags to families and individuals in need in the Tulsa area.
The event will take place on Saturday March 26th to 750 pre-screened families from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. This will mark the fourth year in a row Live Local, Give Local will again distribute food in the Spring. In November, Live Local, Give Local distributed 750 turkeys and food bags.
A combined effort between the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Emergency Infant Services, Iron Gate and Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Live Local, Give Local empowers donors to support local organizations providing help and hope in the fight against hunger in the Tulsa area.
“Iron Gate is a basic needs agency with the single mission of feeding people,” said Connie Cronley, executive director. “Partnering with Live Local, Give Local to distribute turkeys and food boxes allows us the opportunity to be of greater service to our guests, and provides the opportunity for them to prepare a home-cooked meal for Thanksgiving.”
Emergency Infant Services will provide diapers to families with children. “Emergency Infant Services is excited to be a partner in the Live Local, Give Local collaboration,” said Tom Taylor, executive director. “EIS will have our van on site and will be giving diapers to those families in addition to our partners giving hams and food bags.”
Tulsa area attorneys and law firms through Lawyers Fighting Hunger primarily fund the event through donations. The Tulsa County Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Association for Justice 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 will again be providing hotdogs and hamburgers along with soda, bottled water, and the music. Iron Gate will again help screen the 750 families by partnering with other agencies such as disabled vet groups, Women in Recovery, Lindsay House, Mental Health Association in Tulsa housing, A Way Home for Tulsa, Emergency Infant Services, Youth Services, and many more.
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 truer this year with the cost of turkey skyrocketing across North America.
Live Local, Give Local 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. You can donate online by going to www.lawyersfightinghunger.org/donate or by mailing a check payable to Live Local, Give Local to 15 W. 6th St., Ste. 2112, Tulsa OK 74119 If your business is interested in sponsoring, we have sponsorships available at various levels and some sponsorship levels will be included on our t-shirt, promotional materials, website, facebook pages, and press releases. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Hugh Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 918-592-1144.
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 Live Local, Give Local 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
03 Feb 2016
The Tulsa County Bar Association cordially extends your invitation to the Judicial Dinner honoring Judge Rebecca Brett Nightingale, Presiding District Court Judge for Tulsa County, and all Judicial members of the Tulsa County Bar Association, on Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Special Guest Speakers: The Honorable Clancy C. Smith and The Honorable Jane P. Wiseman
Sky Loft, 41st Fl, First Place Tower
15 E 5th Street, Tulsa, OK 74103
Cocktails & Silent Auction at 6:30PM; Dinner Served at 7:45PM
Price: TCBA Members $90.00 Individual / $160 Couple
Non-Members $150 Individual / $300 Couple
Entrée Selection: Filet, Salmon, Vegetarian
Please include the names of those attending and the dinner selection of each guest with your reservation.
*Your reservation includes cocktail hour; complementary wine served during dinner.
Judicial Dinner tickets on sale beginning February 3, 2016.
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS
SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS
Deadline: This Friday ! March 15th at 5 PM
Criteria for the Liberty Bell Award
The award recognizes a person or persons who have:
- Promoted a better understanding of the rule of law
- Encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts
- Stimulated a sense of civic responsibility
- Contributed to good government in the community
The members of the TCBF Law Day Committee are currently accepting nominations for the Liberty Bell Award. The Liberty Bell Award was established more than 35+ years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service. The Liberty Bell is presented to a layperson, a man or woman, who has promoted a better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, or contributed to good government in the community.
Please email your nominations by March 15 at 5 PM to Sandra Cousins or to Kimberly Moore-Waite.