The 1991 recipient of the National Judicial College Erwin N.
Griswold Award for Teaching Excellence is Leo H. Whinery, the
Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma.
The national award is the highest honor bestowed by the
National Judicial College, which is located on the campus of the
University of Nevada, Reno, and is the principal agency for
providing continuing legal education for trial judges in the United
States. The award is named for the long-time dean of the Harvard
Law School and former solicitor general of the United States.
The award recognizes Whinery's "outstanding contributions to
judicial education in the United States," said V. Robert Payant,
dean of College of Law at the University of Nevada, in making its
Past recipients of the Griswold award include Chief Justice
(Ret.) William Grimes of New Hampshire, Justice Joseph R.
Weisberger of Rhode Island and Judge Arthur R. Gladstone of
Whinery, a former municipal criminal court judge in Norman, has
been an active volunteer member of the National Judicial College
faculty for 19 years. The judicial college's law faculty is
comprised of outstanding judges, lawyers and law professors from
throughout the nation who contribute their time and talents without
Whinery has served as chairman for the curriculum evaluation
committee, which conducted the first major evaluation of the
National Judicial College curriculum. He also was faculty
coordinator of the college's advanced evidence course and chairman
of the faculty council.
He has been a member of the law faculty at Oklahoma University
since 1959 and is recognized as an expert on the Oklahoma law of
evidence. He is the author of numerous publications on evidence,
including the first of two volumes on "Oklahoma Evidence: A Guide
to the Oklahoma Evidence Code." He also lectures widely throughout
the country on evidence law. . .
A pre-law information seminar for minority students titled
"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Law School" is planned
next Saturday and Sunday on the University of Oklahoma Norman
Highlighting the two-day seminar will be a panel discussion by
minority attorneys and judges and a keynote address by Bill Piatt
Jr., professor of law at Texas Tech University. Participants also
will have an opportunity to attend a law school class and a moot
The seminar is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the OU
Law Center, 300 Timberdell Road. Students will have the opportunity
to take a law school admissions practice exam, attend a lunch and
an informal discussion with OU law students, and watch a
demonstration of a moot court argument. An afternoon session will
be offered on the admissions process and financial
Concluding Saturday's events will be a banquet and keynote
address by Piatt in the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.
Students will receive tips on preparing for the Law School
Admissions Test and will have an opportunity to attend a typical
law class taught by an OU law professor on Sunday. "The Role of
Minority Lawyers" will be the focus of a panel discussion led by
minority lawyers and judges.
Piatt earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and political
science from Eastern New Mexico University in 1972 and his law
degree from the University of New Mexico in 1975. Piatt also has
served as assistant public defender and assistant attorney general
for the state of New Mexico. He has written extensively on human
rights, law and language.
Cost of the seminar is $15, which includes lodging for two
nights, one lunch and a Saturday evening banquet. To make
reservations contact Deborah Case, minority recruiting coordinator,
at the OU College of Law. . .
An interdisciplinary study of the U.S. Constitution and its
interpretation in Supreme Court opinions has been published by the
University of Oklahoma Press. …