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The University of Tulsa College of Law

MARCH 2011

Former President of Israeli Supreme Court Headlines TLR Symposium

Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel and former Attorney General of Israel, will headline the Tulsa Law Review Symposium on March 25 at the TU College of Law's Price & Turpen Courtroom.

His decisions while leading the Supreme Court created an immense impact on Israeli law through his championing of a proactive judiciary that has interpreted Israel's Basic Law as its constitution and challenged Knesset laws on that basis. Barak was influential in one of the leading legal issues of the day with his landmark ruling explicitly banning torture during interrogation of terrorism suspects.

An impressive group of legal scholars will headline symposium panels about transnational jurisprudence, judicial activism vs. judicial restraint, and judicial oversight for aggressive interrogation and the treatment of detainees. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the TU College of Law website.

Students Take First Steps to Judicial Clerkships

To learn about and make contacts that may lead to judicial clerkships, six TU College of Law students participated in the American Bar Association's Judicial Clerkship Program on February 10-12 in Atlanta as part of the ABA's Midyear Meeting.

The annual program brings together mostly minority law students with judges and former law clerks to stress the value of and to better prepare students for judicial clerkship opportunities.

Numerous students have obtained clerkships and internships as a result of their participation in the program. This year's TU students were 2L Sara Sharp and 1Ls Benjamin Ciranowicz, Videlinata Krishna, April Moaning, Brodney Moses, and Benoni Parsons.

Students Preparing to Enter the Legal Market

The TU College of Law's Professional Development Office (PDO) is launching the "Preparing to Enter the Legal Market Lunch Series" this spring, with professionals speaking to students about important career topics. The series begins March 2 with "How to Thrive in a Small Town."

All presentations are in the Price & Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall. Other topics include "Hanging Your Own Shingle" on March 9, "Alternative Career Panel Discussion" on March 23, "How to Market Yourself as a Free Agent" on March 30, and "Judge's Insight on the Keys to Being Successful in the Courtroom" on April 5 with The Honorable Gregory Frizzell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and The Honorable Thomas Brett (retired), formerly of the Northern District. The series is free, and students can sign up to attend on Symplicty.

Lunch is free. Non-students who wish to attend should contact the PDO in advance. For more information, contact the PDO at 918-631-2430 or lawprofessional-development@utulsa.edu.

Students Gain Valuable Interview Experience with Help of Legal Community

As part of the TU College of Law's continuing efforts to help students succeed in the job market, 30 attorneys recently came to campus to conduct mock job interviews with TU law students.

Participating attorneys included TU law alumni and Tulsa County Bar Association members. Sixty students participated.

"We are so thankful to the attorneys who volunteered their time to give our students this valuable opportunity to hone their interviewing skills," said Kristine Bridges, Assistant Dean for Professional Development. "These events really lay the groundwork for career success."

Students who wish to enhance their professional skills, or alumni and friends who wish to donate their time to help students by participating in these types of programs, should contact the Professional Development Office at 918-631-2430 or lawprofessional-development@utulsa.edu.

Tulsa Lawyers for Children Holding Training Sessions at TU

Tulsa Lawyers for Children, Inc. (TLC) will train lawyers and law students to represent children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and who are subjects of "deprived" cases in the Tulsa County Juvenile Court.

TU law students attend the same training as attorney volunteers and then serve as volunteer legal assistants on the cases. Law students also interview children coming into shelters and appear at "show cause" hearings as guardians ad litem.

Attendance at the training does not obligate anyone to take a case. Training sessions at the College of Law will occur on March 25, April 1, April 8, and April 15. All sessions must be completed, either in person or later by video, in order to represent child clients in the program.

For more information, contact the Professional Development Office at 918-631-2430 or lawprofessional-development@utulsa.edu

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Thursday, March 3
IP Law and Patent Bar Lunch Presentation
Friday, March 4
Kendall Court Mock Trial featuring "The Wizard of Oz"
Friday, March 4
SERL Energy Law Career Days Presentation
Thursday, March 10
Faculty & Alumni Showcase Series Featuring David Tracy
Friday, March 25
Tulsa Law Review Symposium Featuring the Honorable Aharon Barak
Saturday, March 26
Pre-Law Day
Tuesday, March 29
Author & Former Female Prisoner to Speak about Criminal Justice System
Friday, April 1
Barrister's Ball & Annual Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 5
Spring Mentoring Reception
Sunday, April 10
TU Law Alumni Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by SBA

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