The Journal Record Legal Briefs: October 26, 2011

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OBA to present awardsThe Oklahoma Bar Association will present 21 awards at its 107th annual meeting Nov. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.Award recipients from the Oklahoma City area are Donald W. Davis Sr., Trailblazer Award; Jim Drummond, Norman, Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award; Stanley Evans, Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service; Judge William J. Holloway Jr., Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award; Philip F. Horning, Outstanding Service to the Public Award; Brooke Smith Murphy, John E. Shipp Award for Ethics; Oklahoma County Law Library led by Venita Hoover, Liberty Bell Award; Robert N. Sheets, Alma Wilson Award; Robert G. Spector, Norman, Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award; Noel Tucker, Edmond, Earl Sneed Continuing Legal Education Award; and Phil Tucker, Edmond, Earl Sneed Continuing Legal Education Award.Award recipients from the Tulsa area are Molly Aspan, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; William R. Grimm, Joe Stamper Distinguished Service Award; Barbara McHugh Moschovidis, University of Oklahoma Outstanding Law School Senior Student Award; Oklahoma Bar Association Civil Procedure and Evidence Code Committee, chaired by Jim Milton, Golden Gavel Award; and Judge Millie Otey, Award of Judicial Excellence.Other award winners are Canadian County Bar Association, Outstanding County Bar Association; Cherokee County Bar Association, Hicks Epton Law Day Award; Paige Masters, Lamont, Oklahoma City University Outstanding Law School Senior Student Award; Russell Ramzel, Bartlesville, University of Tulsa Outstanding Law School Senior Student Award; and Washington County Bar Association, Outstanding County Bar Association.

Tulsa attorney pleads guilty to fraudA Tulsa criminal defense attorney has pleaded guilty in Tulsa County District Court for his role in helping embezzle more than $1 million from clients, according to Attorney General Scott Pruitt.Fred Schraeder, 61, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit workers' compensation fraud. He received a five-year deferred sentence and will pay more than $36,000 in restitution, $500 in fines and a $100 victim's compensation assessment. The Oklahoma Bar Association's Clients' Security Fund is also assisting in reimbursing victims. Schraeder must surrender his law license and isn't eligible to reapply while on probation.In August, Schraeder's accomplice, William Anton, received four consecutive sentences totaling 35 years, with 25 years suspended. He was ordered to pay $702,813 in restitution and surrender his law license.The attorney general's office filed charges against Schraeder and Anton, alleging they embezzled money between 2004 and 2009 from clients' personal injury benefits, insurance settlements and workers' compensation benefits. The defendants purportedly embezzled more than $1 million from 49 identified victims.

Trial lawyer joins McAfee & TaftLaura J. Long has joined McAfee & Taft in the litigation group.A 2008 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Long has experience with oil and gas industry matters.

Interim director named for OCU centerJoshua M. Snavely has been appointed interim director of the Professional Career Development Center at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. …