Ross Swimmer, attorney and new head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
in his capacity as assistant secretary for Indian affairs of the
Department of Interior, will be the keynotespeaker for Law Day at the
University of Oklahoma, April 11. His presentation will begin at
Swimmer, sworn into his position on Dec. 5, is the fourth person
to hold the office created in 1977. For the previous 10 years he had
been principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. With
headquarters in Tahlequah, Okla., the Cherokee Nation is the second
largest tribe in the country.
Swimmer's address is the highlight of OU Law Day activities, which
include a moot court competition, luncheon, awards, presentations and
All events to take place at the OU Law Center, 300 Timberdell Rd.,
are open to the public and free, except for the luncheon which costs
Law Day activities begin at 10 a.m. with the moot court
competition before the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A luncheon will be
held at 12:30 p.m. following Swimmer's presentation. The annual
awards ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a
reception at 3:30 p.m.
Prior to assuming the helm of the Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Swimmer was co-chairman of a presidential commission on Indian
reservation economies, which included tribal and business leaders
appointed to seek ways to help tribes improve economic conditions.
Swimmer, who has frequently expressed the view that Indian tribes
should be less dependent on the federal government, assisted his
tribe in becoming more financially self-supporting. Before
Swimmerbecame chief of the Cherokees in 1975, the tribe received 90
percent of its funding from federal and state grants. During the
decade Swimmer was chief, the tribal assets grew by $23 million and a
$9million payroll boosted the economy of northeastern Oklahoma. By
1985, 42 percent of the tribal revenues were being generated by
Cherokee businesses and asset utilization.
Swimmer graduated from the OU law school in 1967 and practiced law
as a partner in Hanson, Peterson and Thomkins law firm in Oklahoma
City until 1972, when he became general counsel for the Cherokee
The OU law graduate also was president of the First National Bank
of Tahlequah from 1975 to 1984. . .
- Oklahoma City Legal Secretaries Association will hold a legal
education seminar April 12 at the Oklahoma Bar Association from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m.
The agenda includes presentations on "Bankruptcy Law," by Kenneth
L. Spears; "Wrongful Discharge," by Douglas J. Shelton of Shelton
Law Firm; "EEOC," by Richard C. Schramm, Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission and "Human Rights" by Reba Soloman, Human
Pre-registration is preferred. The fee is $45 for non-members and
$20 for students.
For more information, contact Leah Y. Brashear, CLE Chairman,
Oklahoma City Legal Secretaries Association, 3001 Lakeside Dr.,
Oklahoma City, Okla., 73120. . .
- Representatives of the Oklahoma City University Women's Law
Caucus, National Association of Women Lawyers and Central Oklahoma
Association of Women Lawyers made a presentation to Gov. George Nigh
in acknowledgement of his nominations of women to the judiciary.
The ceremony took place on April 4 on the campus of Oklahoma City
Since 1979, Nigh has appointed seven women to various judicial
positions, including the first woman Oklahoma Supreme Court justice,
Other Nigh appointess are Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Kauger;
Reta Strubhar, Oteka Allford and Anne Moroney as associate district
judges; Jane Wiseman as district judge and Carol Hansen to the
Oklahoma Court of Appeals.
The presentation was one of several events scheduled for OCU's Law