A total of 1,200 complimentary copies of the book, "And Justice for
All: the Legal Profession in Oklahoma, 1821-1989," have been mailed
to libraries throughout the state.
"The Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation
believe the 245-page volume will be a valuable research tool for
students and provide the citizens of the state more insight as to
the role lawyers have had in the development of our state," said
Michael Barrage of Antlers, Okla., the association president.
Author Orben J. Casey of Oklahoma City began research on the
volume about 10 years ago. Covering the bench and bar of the five
civilized tribes and the practice of white lawyers in Indian
Territory, the book spans the history of black lawyers and the
emergence of women in the legal profession.
The late OBA President Neil E. Bogan of Tulsa played a major
role in obtaining funding for the publication. Private donations
were obtained to supplement monies provided by the association and
The standard version is $25 plus $5 postage and handling costs.
Copies may be ordered from the bar. . .
- Professor Keith N. Bystrom, associate dean and director of
the University of Oklahoma College of Law Clinical Legal Education,
has been elected president of the Central States Law Schools
Association. The association is comprised of 14 public and private
law schools in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and
Iowa. Its purpose is to foster cooperation and communication
between law schools in the Central United States on legal topics of
Bystrom, who joined the OU College of Law faculty in 1970,
served as secretary-treasurer of the association in 1989-90. A
native of North Platte, Neb.. . .
- Jill Wine-Banks, the first woman ever to serve as executive
director of the American Bar Association, resigned abruptly on
Thursday. The move ends her stormy tenure of almost three years as
the bar group's chief administrator.
Although bar association leaders said publicly that her
departure was amicable, others noted that Wine-Banks had long
clashed with some ABA officials and administrators over what they saw
as her abrasive personality, the New York Times reported Friday.
The 47-year-old Wine-Banks, who first achieved fame as an
assistant Watergate special prosecutor and later as general counsel
to the United States Army, submitted her resignation to L. Stanley
Chauvin Jr. of Louisville, Ky., president of the 360,000-member
``Although my tenure at the American Bar Association has been an
exciting and challenging time, I am now eager and ready to move on
to explore several other exciting opportunities awaiting me,'' she
wrote in her letter to Chauvin. She said she had accomplished all
the ``major goals'' she had set for the job.
Those goals, she told the newspaper, included devising more
long-range planning for the group, streamlining its bureaucracy,
reducing its reliance on membership dues, and reaching out to
minorities in the legal profession. …