The University of Oklahoma's College of Law ranks in the second
tier nationally -- up from the fourth tier a year ago -- according
to the 2001 "America's Best Graduate Schools" guide just released by
U.S. News and World Report.
The law school ranking is based on a weighted average of 12
measures, including reputation, selectivity, placement success and
"We are very pleased at the recognition of the College of Law
shown by the U.S. News and World Report rankings," said Andy Coats,
dean of the college. "Moving from fourth to the second tier amply
demonstrates the recent improvements made at the law school, but we
will not be satisfied until we are recognized as a first-tier
Thomas to get honor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be honored with
the annual Oklahoma Citizenship Award at a dinner on May 8 at the
National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. The award is given
annually to an outstanding American citizen by the Oklahoma Council
of Public Affairs, an independent public policy organization.
"Clarence Thomas has time and time again proven his dedication to
the principles set forth by our Republic's founding fathers," says
David Brown, OCPA's board chairman. "This award reflects our
appreciation for his steadfast, courageous and honorable tenure on
the Supreme Court."
Thomas was born in the Pin Point community of Georgia near
Savannah on June 23, 1948. He married Virginia Lamp on May 30, 1987,
and has one child, Jamal Adeen, by a previous marriage. He attended
Conception Seminary from 1967-1968, and received an A.B., cum laude,
from Holy Cross College and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law
School in 1974.
After passing the Missouri bar exam, Thomas served as an
assistant attorney general of Missouri from 1974-1977. He was an
attorney with the Monsanto Co. from 1977-1979 and a legislative
assistant to Sen. John Danforth from 1979-1981. From 1981-1982
Thomas served as an assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S.
Department of Education, and from 1982-1990 as chairman of the U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
From 1990-1991 Thomas served as a judge of the United States
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. President
Bush nominated Thomas as an associate justice of the Supreme Court,
and he took his seat Oct. 23, 1991.
Past recipients of OCPA's Citizenship Award include former United
Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, magazine publisher Steve
Forbes, and nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas. OCPA is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank which formulates public policy
research and analysis consistent with the principles of free
enterprise and limited government.
Tickets for the dinner are $100 each. More information is
available at www
.ocpathink.org or by calling 843-9212.
OCU law alumni
Oklahoma City University's School of Law has added five new
members to its Alumni Association board of directors.
The new members are Ken Sue Doerfel, 1977; Emmanuel E. Edem,
1982; Gary B. Homsey, 1974; Linda Samuel-Jaha, 1992; and Lynne F.
Allen K. Harris, 1970, was elected to another term as president
of the board.
Other members of the OCU Law Alumni Association board of
directors are Sheryl N. Barr, 1990; Vicki Behenna, 1983; Ron
Bussert, 1992, secretary; Patrick Jon Casey, 1974, treasurer; Cathy
Christensen, 1986; M. Joe Crosthwait, 1974; David Harbour, 1966;
David High, 1978, vice president; Sharon O'Roke, 1984; Jim
Paddleford, 1967; Terry Pendell, 1967; Steven Tolson, 1988; Geary
Walke, 1975; and Bill Warren, 1970.
In the courts
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contends a former
employee of Warren Properties Inc. was subjected to racial
harassment and then fired after complaining about the behavior.
In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, the EEOC said the worker, who
is black, was subjected to racial slurs, jokes and graffiti,
including messages such as "whites only" on the water fountain. …