Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rennard Strickland Named Dean of OCU Law School

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rennard Strickland Named Dean of OCU Law School

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Dr. Rennard Strickland was named dean of the Oklahoma City University School of Law Wednesday by Dr. Jerald C. Walker, university president.

Strickland, a professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School and director of the Indian Law and Policy Center there since 1990, will assume the position in June.

Strickland succeeds Robert Henry, former Oklahoma attorney general and dean of the law school from 1991 until he was appointed a judge of the U.S. 10th District Court of Appeals in June.

"I hope and I believe that the Oklahoma City University Law School can be a model for the law school in the 21st century. We come with a strong tradition, one that has prepared us as well as any institution in this country, to deal with skills and values," Strickland said when accepting the appointment.

"It is my goal that every student who attends Oklahoma City University Law School will have a clinical opportunity, a trial opportunity, an opportunity with alternative dispute by resolution with mediation, arbitration and conciliation, so that our students are, as they have historically been, well prepared to enter the practice of law.

"At the same time, I want to make sure that this legal education is available and is available to all," he said.

"It is also my hope that we can expand through scholarships the opportunities for those who have not been traditionally represented in the law school. . . It is also my hope that we can do more than simply train lawyers. I view the entire state of Oklahoma, the region and the nation as part of our process of education.

"I do not believe that education about the law should be wasted on those who are going to be lawyers. Law is central to our society," he said.

He proposed a law citizenship program to be distributed by the university statewide to students of elementary and secondary schools to help them develop an understanding of law.

Strickland said he also had hopes of developing educational television programs on law for the general public, and a resource bank for use of the press and news media. …

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