Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Ocu Phi Alpha Delta Chapter Presented Gavel of Judge Vaught

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Ocu Phi Alpha Delta Chapter Presented Gavel of Judge Vaught

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The Vaught Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta law organization at Oklahoma City University was presented with the gavel of the late U.S. District Judge Edgar Sullins Vaught in a cermony last week.

Edgar S. Vaught Jr. presented the gavel to Mark Keyl, president of the chapter.

Vaught served as a district judge for the Western District of Oklahoma from May 31, 1928, until he retired from the bench in 1956.

The most famous case tried in his courtroom, which is now the U.S. Bankruptcy Court located in the Old Post Office, was the Urschel kidnapping case of 1933. That trial saw the conviction of "Machine Gun" George Kelly, in addition to 12 other abductors. Vintage film of the trial has recently been uncovered.

Until the appointment of Alfred P. Murrah in 1937 as district judge, Vaught was the only judge for the district. He carried the entire responsibility alone for nine years and at one time he estimated an average of 1200 cases were disposed during that period. . .

- Former Oklahoma Attorney General Michael C. Turpen has joined the law firm of Chapel, Wilkinson, Riggs & Abney Inc.

Also, Victor N. Bird and Richard A. Mildren, former assistant attorney generals, have joined the firm. Richard A. Gann and J. Lyon Morehead, formerly associates, have become shareholders of the firm.

Chapel, Wilkinson, Riggs & Abney has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. . .

- Marc Edwards, former assistant attorney general of Oklahoma, has become an associate of the Oklahoma City law firm of Watson & McKenzie.

As assistant attorney general, Edwards was responsible for oversight of regulatory matters, with a main emphasis on intervention in public utility, telecommunication and natural gas rate requests.

Edwards will work in the litigation section of Watson & McKenzie, which is primarily involved in energy law. . .

- A workshop will be offered by the Oklahoma Farmers Union on April 10 covering legal protection availble to indebted family farmers and ranchers under Chapter 12 bankruptcy. …

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