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The University of Tulsa College of Law

FEBRUARY 2011

TU Hires Wellspring Professor

The TU College of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert F. Weber as the Wellspring Professor in Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, and Business Law. Weber, who begins in Fall 2011, will teach Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance, and Secured Transactions. Weber will play a critical role in enhancing the College's business law and commercial law offerings.

Since 2009, he has been a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he has taught Comparative Corporate Governance & Finance, Moot Court, and Legal Research & Writing. In 2005 Weber earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.

The Wellspring Initiative to hire new faculty was funded by the Chapman Trusts to broaden campus dialogue.


TU Law Students Secure Internships at the Hague

TU College of Law 2Ls Sara Sharp and Arthur Loyd have secured summer internships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a United Nations court dealing with war crimes that occurred in the Balkans in the 1990s.

Sharp and Loyd will be working at The Hague in the Netherlands. The opportunity presented itself after Loyd contacted Colonel Linda Murnane, a former military judge who was working at the ICTY.

Murnane allowed Sharp and Loyd to participate in a one-week program for U.S. military cadets at the Hague in the summer of 2010. "It is truly amazing what experiences present themselves to you if you just get up the courage to ask about them," Sharp said.



TU 3L Blogs for Legal Site

3L Jack Whittington is blogging for Solo Practice University and his own site, World Wide Whit, about law school through the Generation Y perspective, issues facing the coming generation of lawyers, and legal issues in the world of sports and pop culture.

Whittington began blogging after hearing a presentation by author Amanda Ellis at TU College of Law's Professionalism Day last fall.

"When done responsibly, it can be used as a real asset," Whittington said. "You can begin to establish yourself as a voice in the area of practice you are going into. A blog can showcase a law student's talents and intelligence before they ever interview for the first job."


College of Law Kicks Off Revised Mentoring Program

TU College of Law alumni have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of law students by offering guidance through the College's mentoring program. The law school continues to refine the program based on feedback from participants, including matching students and attorneys for a semester rather than a year, with a goal of meeting once per month. Participants will work closely with the college and will be invited to law school events.

Interested volunteers can learn more about the program during a February 10 Mentoring Reception at John Rogers Hall. For more information, call the Professional Development Office at 918-631-2430 or visit the TU College of Law website.


NALSA Helping Inmate Seek Relief from Execution

TU's Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is assisting with the appeal on a federal habeas corpus petition seeking relief from execution for Oklahoma inmate Patrick Dwayne Murphy, a Creek Nation citizen.

At issue is whether the federal government or Oklahoma should have jurisdiction over a crime that occurred within the Creek reservation. If the appeal succeeds, the petitioner will be ineligible for the death penalty, and the decision could have a substantial impact on tribal territorial sovereignty in Oklahoma. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will be addressing the Indian law jurisdiction issues in upcoming months. A team of law students from TU and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University are researching Indian law and preparing a brief for Murphy's attorney.


TU College of Law Social Media Websites

TU College of Law news is now available via our official Facebook and Twitter pages. We also offer the ability to subscribe to the College of Law News RSS Feed.

Icons for these services now appear in the upper right-hand corner just below the masthead.


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E V E N T S
Wednesday, February 2
Off the Record: Straight Talk from Successful Women Lawyers
Tuesday, February 8
Washington, D.C. Legal Externship Program Presentation
Wednesday, February 9
IP Law and Patent Bar Lunch Presentation
Thursday, February 10
Spring Mentoring Reception
Thursday, February 17
Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture
Monday, February 21
Judicial Clerkship Focus Week
Thursday, February 24
Faculty & Alumni Showcase Series Featuring The Honorable Rodney Sippel
Friday, February 25
TU Law Alumni Association Hosts Chilifest
Thursday, March 10
Faculty & Alumni Showcase Series Featuring David Tracy
Friday, March 25
Tulsa Law Review Symposium Featuring The Honorable Aharon Barak

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