Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: April Sellers White, J.D., Creek County District Court

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: April Sellers White, J.D., Creek County District Court

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April Sellers White's personal philosophy is that each person has a responsibility to develop his or her talents in a chosen field and use them in a way that serves to improve all mankind.

White uses her talent in law, like many in her family before her, to help make a difference.

"When I was in high school I decided I wanted to be able to earn enough to provide for my family on my own should the need arise. I loved to compete and to solve puzzles. Having been raised in a family with a lawyer father and many lawyer relatives, the law seemed the logical choice," said White, who graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1973.

She worked as an intern at her father's law firm, Jack B. Sellers Law Associates Inc., while pursuing her law degree at the University of Tulsa College of Law. After graduating, she went to work full- time for the firm, advancing to president before leaving in 1983 to start her own private practice. Later that same year, White was appointed special judge for Creek County.

In 1986, she was elected to her first of six terms as associate district judge of Creek County. In this current role, White's duties include presiding over criminal jury trials, domestic cases, protective orders, adoptions, weddings, child-support enforcement and traffic cases. From 1987-'94, she also was appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals - Emergency Appellate Division to assist in alleviating a backlog of cases.

White is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association and Creek County Bar Association, where she formerly served as president and secretary-treasurer. Since the mid-'80s, she has participated with the Oklahoma Judicial Conference in various roles including currently serving as co-chair of the Judges Helping Judges Committee. She also is a member of the Creek County Child Welfare Advisory Board.

White chaired the Creek County Juvenile Justice Task Force for 15 years and the Creek County Mental Health Solutions Committee for 14 years as well as served on legislative committees studying adoption law changes and juvenile mental health systems and service problems. Since 1996, White has served on the State Post Adjudication Review Advisory Board, serving as chair in 2002 and 2003. …

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