The Bill of Rights will be the focus of Law Day activities Friday at
the University of Oklahoma.
Highlighting the day's events will be a student Moot Court
competition, a panel discussion and a luncheon address by Justice
Mark MacGuigan of the Federal Court of Appeals of Canada.
Law Day participants will have an opportunity to earn three
hours of free continuing legal education credit by attending
afternoon sessions focusing on the theme "The Bill of Rights: 200
The day's events are free and open to the public, except for the
luncheon, which costs $10 per person. All activities will be in
the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.
Opening OU's Law Day celebration will be a student awards
presentation at 9:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium. It will be
followed at 11 a.m. by the finals of the OU student Moot Court
competition before members of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
The Law Day luncheon, which begins at 12:15 p.m. in the union
ballroom, will feature a keynote address by MacGuigan comparing the
United States' First Amendment to Canada's Charter of Rights and
Freedoms Section 1.
Besides serving on Canada"s Federal Court of Appeals, MacGuigan
has served as the minister of justice and attorney general of
Canada. He also has served in Canada's House of Commons. He has
written extensively in the areas of law, philosophy and social
Law Day participants can earn free continuing legal education
credits by attending the afternoon events, 2-4:40 p.m. in Dining
Room 6 of the union.
Robert Shalhope, OU professor of history, is scheduled to begin
the afternoon activities with a session on "The Intellectual
Underpinnings of the Bill of Rights." At 2:40, David Levy, David
Ross Boyd professor of history at OU, will discuss "Freedom of
Speech in Time of War."
A panel discussion on "Thought Control or Correction of
Discriminatory Practices? A Dialogue on Political Correctness" will
begin at 3:30. The discussion will focus on the tension between
the First Amendment's right of free speech and the 14th Amendment's
prohibition against discrimination on the basis of race.
Harry F. Tepker, OU professor of law, will serve as moderator.
Scheduled panelists are Lawrence E. Naifeh, OU legal counsel; Anita
F. Hill, OU professor of law; and Michael Salem, a Norman
To register for afternoon sessions or for more information about
Law Day activities, call OU Continuing Legal Education. . .
- Enrollment is under way for the summer semester of the
University of Oklahoma's legal assistant education program, which
trains participants to perform tasks traditionally done by
Sponsored by OU's department of legal assistant education, the
summer session offers a prerequisite introduction to law course,
additional classes, an internship program and one seminar.
Graduates of the OU program, which is approved by the American
Bar Association, qualify to work under the supervision of attorneys
in private, corporate and government law-related activities.
Legal assistant education classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Saturdays. Practicing attorneys, legal assistants and OU law
faculty teach the courses, which meet in the OU Law Center, 300
Course fees vary from $120 to $180 after the initial application
fee of $75.
The seminar "Advanced Probate," is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. May 11. Cost of the seminar, which is open to the
public, is $75 for those who preregister or $85 at the door. . .
- Thomas Keith Mirabile, an Oklahoma City attorney, has been
awarded a Professional Development Scholarship by the American Bar
Association to attend the National Institute for International Law
and International Trade Negotiations in Washington, D.C.
The institute is jointly sponsored by the American Bar
Association Section of International Law and the U. …