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Articles from May 1, 2007

Bovine TB Found in Cimarron County
A case of bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a cattle herd in far northwestern Oklahoma, state Department of Agriculture officials said Monday.Department veterinarian Becky Brewer said the infection was discovered during routine slaughter surveillance...
Feasibility Study Suggests Rapid Transit for Tulsa, Broken Arrow
The Tulsa and Broken Arrow areas are ready for a rapid mass transit system.At least that's what the recently released feasibility study suggests, starting a long process for Broken Arrow, Tulsa and the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority. The study...
Leadership in Law Profile: Alix L. Samara
Alix Samara never had any doubt the legal profession would be the career for her. She had been fascinated by the law and lawyers since she was a child.After graduating with honors from Southern Methodist University with a double major, she went on to...
Luncheon, Awards Planned for Law Day in Oklahoma
Bar associations across Oklahoma will hold Law Day events today, featuring programs ranging from free legal advice to student mentoring and education.Nationally, this year's Law Day theme is "Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy." Many bar groups are...
OKC-Based Chesapeake Energy to Buy $92M in East Texas Properties
Chesapeake Energy on Monday signed a letter of intent to purchase $92 million in East Texas properties from Gastar Exploration Ltd.The deal includes a portion of Gastar's undeveloped leaseholds and the purchase of 10 million newly issued Gastar common...
OKC Events: May 1, 2007
So many events have been on the calendar we've lost track of some of them. We do not want to forget the outstanding evening of Treasures for Tomorrow, presented by and benefiting the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation and its goal of beautifying the OHCF...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Alix L. Samara, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville
Alix Samara never had any doubt the legal profession would be the career for her. She had been fascinated by the law and lawyers since she was a child.After graduating with honors from Southern Methodist University with a double major, she went on to...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Charles E.Geister III, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville LLP
Charles E. Geister III believes working with and serving our youth is the best way for lawyers to give back to the community.Over the years, this veteran Oklahoma City attorney has donated many hours speaking with and teaching kids ranging from kindergarten...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Cheryl Vaught, Vaught & Conner
Cheryl Vaught, an attorney and manager of Vaught & Conner, considers her work in the field of renewable energy in the Sooner state her most significant professional accomplishment.Vaught was one of the original counsel in Oklahoma to represent and accomplish...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Christine M. Cave, Abowitz, Timberlake & Dahnke
Faced with the sudden death of her parents and subsequent immersion in complicated estate matters, Christine Cave remembers her introduction to law as unpleasant."I found myself immersed in a complicated estate, with probates in three states, becoming...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Cynda C. Ottaway, Crowe & Dunlevy
Cynda Ottaway, a director at Crowe & Dunlevy, is an almost 30- year veteran of the legal profession with a focus on estate planning, trust law and representing family business owners.Ottaway joined Crowe & Dunlevy in 1978 after obtaining her law degree...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Drew Neville, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville
Drew Neville, partner and shareholder of Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, is a 30-plus-year veteran of the legal profession with a practice focusing on business litigation with an emphasis in federal securities law and antitrust.The University of Oklahoma...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Elizabeth D. Tyrrell, McAfee & Taft
Elizabeth Tyrrell combines her interests in business and writing in her career as a transactional lawyer.After earning her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia and her juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University, Tyrell...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Eric S. Eissenstat, Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens
Eric Eissenstat, a director with Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, has spent his entire legal career with the Oklahoma City law firm, where he has served on the firm's executive committee.He practices in the areas of complex business and...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: G. Kay Powers, Powers at Law
For G. Kay Powers, the favorite part of life is sharing the excitement of learning. That is why she chose teaching as her first career and one of the things that led her to enter the legal profession years later.After graduating from Oklahoma State University...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Hon. Barbara G. Swinton, Okla. County
Hon. Barbara Swinton said she was sold on the idea of a legal career ever since she began debate while a freshman in high school."I though a profession that allowed you to help people resolve their differences using rules and cases rather than angry...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Hon. Melanie J. Jester, U.S. District Court, Western District
The law seemed a natural fit for Melanie Jester. The fact that Jester's grandfather, Alinton Mahnker, was a lawyer in Oklahoma City sparked her curiosity and interest in the field. She wanted to know more about the legal system and the practice of law....
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Hon. Patricia G. Parrish, Oklahoma County
Patricia Parrish discovered her love of law in a cafe in her hometown of Hennessey. Working at the Dinette Cafe, she often waited on the four or five lawyers in town, overhearing parts of their conversations. "I was so intrigued by the law that, at the...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Hon. Robert Bacharach, U.S. District Court, Western District
Since he was a young teenager, Robert Bacharach knew the career path he would take. Practicing law would allow him to combine his fascination with notorious legal cases and debate. After receiving his bachelor's degree in history from the University...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Jamie K. Bruehl, Rife & Walters
Jamie Bruehl has a soft heart for those less fortunate - revealed not only in her career but her personal life as well."I chose a career in the legal profession because I thought that is where I could make a difference and help people who needed it the...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Jennifer Wheeler, McAfee & Taft
Jennifer Wheeler, a shareholder of McAfee & Taft, has been instrumental in increasing the Oklahoma City law firm's participation in various nonprofit organizations.Wheeler has formed and served as initial team captain for several McAfee & Taft teams,...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Jon H. Trudgeon, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville
Service has played a large role in Jon Trudgeon's career. The director emeritus and past president of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has spent more than 25 years volunteering his services through the center, which provides leadership training and...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Kevin D. Gordon, Crowe & Dunlevy
Law and its orderly and fair administration is man's greatest invention, according to Kevin Gordon, a director at Crowe & Dunlevy."It is what makes civilization possible and protects those unable to protect themselves," said Gordon, who always knew he...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Leonard Court, Crowe & Dunlevy
Leonard Court, a director of Crowe & Dunlevy, has gained national attention for his work in labor and employment law.He is one of only two practicing attorneys in Oklahoma, and among the first 200 attorneys nationwide, who have been inducted into the...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Leslie D. Guajardo, Wiggins, Sewell & Ogletree
As any attorney will attest, the demands of law school are tough. Throw in working full-time while pregnant and facing the impending death of a parent and tough doesn't begin to describe it.That is what Leslie Guajardo faced during her final year of...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Lloyd T. Hardin Jr., Phillips, McFall, McCaffrey McVay & Murrah
The son of a career naval officer, Lloyd Hardin was introduced to many cultures around the world. It was his fascination of these cultures that sparked his interest in the legal profession."As I observed cultures and their people, I found it fascinating...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Marc Edwards, Phillips, McFall, McCaffrey McVay & Murrah
Marc Edwards, a director at Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah, practices administrative law, governmental relations and civil litigation.After receiving his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1983, Edwards began his legal career as an...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Maribeth D. Snapp, Okla. Corporation Commission
In the more than two decades Maribeth Snapp has worked for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, she has worked on many cases that have had a significant financial impact on the ratepayers and utility companies in Oklahoma.Snapp conducts hearings regarding...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Mark D. Brown, Brown & Brown
Mark Brown's career combines two of his biggest passions - teaching and law. Brown discovered his love of law while taking undergraduate constitutional law classes at Central State University, now the University of Central Oklahoma."Professor (William)...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Mark E. Burget, Search Ministries/ McAfee & Taft
Healthy, strong relationships are the most important aspect of life, according to Mark Burget. They are more important than position, power or possessions."No amount of success in a career can make up for being a failure in one's relationship with God,...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Mary H. Tolbert, Crowe & Dunlevy
Practicing law is like working out puzzles - you have to take many pieces of information and put them in order so they tell a story to other people. It was this description that first made the legal profession appealing to Molly Tolbert.After obtaining...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Michael S. Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy
Michael S. Laird, a shareholder and director of Crowe & Dunlevy, said it was his intellectual curiosity and a desire to facilitate business relationships that steered him toward a career in the legal profession.Laird graduated with honors from Harvard...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Myrna Schack Latham, McAfee & Taft
Myrna Latham did not originally plan to go to law school. Instead, she set her sights on a journalism career after graduating from college. However, when Sandra Day O'Conner was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981 - that all changed."I was surprised...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Richard D. Nix, McAfee & Taft
Richard D. Nix considers his election by his peers at McAfee & Taft as managing director to be his most significant professional accomplishment.Nix, who practices employee benefits and taxation law, has spent his entire legal career with the Oklahoma...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Robert McCampbell, Crowe & Dunlevy
Robert G. McCampbell was inspired to enter the legal profession because of the works of some of the great lawyers in U.S. history such as Abraham Lincoln, John Adams and Thurgood Marshall."I believe the law to be an important part of our society," McCampbell...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Steven L. Barghols, Gable & Gotwals
As a young child, Steven Barghols was inspired by the words and deeds of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy that lawyers working for social changes in our society, whether through public service or community service, could promote "justice for all."It...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Tina A.Hughes, City of Oklahoma City
During basketball season, you can find Tina Hughes sitting close to the bench watching her alma mater, Southern Nazarene University, with immense interest. In fact, Hughes has served as the statistician to both the men's and women's teams for almost...
Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Victor F. Albert, Conner & Winters
Victor Albert's choice of career in the legal profession followed in the footsteps of his hero - his father, Barry Albert."He was the best trial lawyer I have ever seen in action. A real lawyer's lawyer," said Albert, who himself has tried to a verdict...
The Century Club: T. Boone Pickens
Through his strong leadership and firm beliefs, T. Boone Pickens has become not only one of the most well-known oilmen of the past century, but also a legendary entrepreneur and businessman.Pickens was born in Holdenville in 1928. He grew up in the small...
Western History Collections in Norman Keep Wild West on Record
"It would be difficult for someone to come in and see the resources we have here and not be captured by it."That's how Donald Dewitt sums up the Western History Collections, a priceless collection of more than a million manuscripts, photos and historical...
With Revenues Surging, Tulsa-Based Matrix Targets OKC, Arkansas
When the Vision 2025 arena bids threatened a 33-percent budget overrun, project manager Matrix sent its staff into several days of detailed cost and analysis with Tulsa Vision Builders and city leaders.After determining a plan to trim $15 million from...