Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Order of the Coif Honors Pipestem Posthumously

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Order of the Coif Honors Pipestem Posthumously

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Norman attorney F. Browning Pipestem was posthumously awarded honorary membership in Order of the Coif, the national law school honor society, at a dinner on Saturday.

Pipestem, one of the most noted Native American attorneys, judges and lecturers in the United States, maintained a general law practice in Norman for many years and was an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He served as general counsel and attorney general for several Native American tribes in Oklahoma and other states, as well as being a trial and appellate judge for several tribes. Pipestem received his juris doctorate from OU in 1968, did graduate work at George Washington University, and served in Washington, D.C., at the headquarters level of the Bureau of Indian Affairs before returning to Oklahoma to practice law.

He was the author of several works, including Our Brother's Keeper: The Indian in White America; The Mythology of the Oklahoma Indians: A Survey of the Legal Status of Indian Tribes in Oklahoma; and The Journey From Ex Parte Crow Dog to Littlechief: A Survey of Tribal, Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction in Western Oklahoma.

In 1995, Pipestem was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Center for State Courts for his work as a member of the Coordinating Council on Resources to Resolve State-Tribal Civil Jurisdictional Issues. In 1998, he received the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of outstanding professional contributions.

Pipestem died earlier this year and this posthumous initiation as an honorary member of Order of the Coif recognizes his scholarly attainments and his contributions to the legal profession.

Recognition was also given at the dinner to last year's honorary initiate, Joseph W. Morris, former federal district judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. …

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