Message from the President

With over 500 members, the Oklahoma City Chapter serves as a forum for federal legal issues in central and western Oklahoma. Our chapter’s inclusive board of directors brings together judges and lawyers from a wide variety of legal fields, including civil and criminal practitioners and both government attorneys and private counsel. The chapter presents multiple convenient opportunities throughout the year to obtain reasonably priced continuing legal education credits, including the annual Tenth Circuit Year in Review program each December. The chapter presents prominent speakers at dinner events such as the annual William J. Holloway, Jr., Lecture, and also facilitates more informal programs, such as monthly lunches with federal judges and members of the local bar. Each spring, the chapter hosts an evening reception to honor all federal judges in the Western District of Oklahoma. Our chapter has seen consistent growth in its law student division, and features a mentoring program, as well as other opportunities, for students to engage with practitioners and judges. Our civic-engagement efforts include a summer high school court camp, a fourth-grade mock trial, and a visit to a local elementary school to celebrate the birthday of the Bill of Rights.
The fair and efficient functioning of our judicial system calls for lawyers to take an active role in solving the problems that federal courts face and contributing to the high quality of federal judicial administration. We encourage all attorneys interested in federal courts to join our chapter, to enjoy the benefits of our constructive programs, and to become active in our on-going discussion of federal practice.

Suzanne Mitchell
OKC Chapter President, 2017-18