Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Keating Appoints Boudreau to Supreme Court

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Keating Appoints Boudreau to Supreme Court

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Gov. Frank Keating has appointed Daniel J. Boudreau of Tulsa to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Robert D. Simms.

Boudreau, 52, now serves as vice chief judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

"He has a distinguished 20-year career as an Oklahoma judge," the governor said. "He is a person of high integrity with a thorough knowledge of the law. He comes highly recommended and will make an excellent supreme court justice."

Boudreau was one of three finalists submitted to the governor by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

The new justice received his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1969 and a master's degree from Rutgers University in 1971. He earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1976.

He worked in private practice in Tulsa from 1976-80. From 1980- 92, he served as a special judge and a district court judge in Tulsa County, conducting hundreds of jury trials. For two years of his term on the Tulsa County bench, Boudreau presided over the domestic relations division.

Boudreau was appointed to the civil appeals court in 1992, where he serves as vice chief justice. He and his wife Mary have two children, Williams, 20, and Elizabeth, 18.

The selection of Boudreau is the first Supreme Court appointment for Keating. He is awaiting a list of finalists from the nominating commission to fill another vacancy left on the high court by the death of Justice Alma Wilson.

In related news, Rep. Opio Toure, D-Oklahoma City, said he was "absolutely outraged" that Oklahoma City attorney Melvin Hall was not one of the names submitted to the governor by the Judicial Nominating Commission for consideration for the position. …

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