On March 31, 2014, The University of Oklahoma College of Law hosted a joint Law Review Banquet celebrating the Oklahoma Law Review (Est. 1948), American Indian Law Review (Est. 1973), and Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology (Est. 2003). Students, staff and faculty joined with law firm sponsors Fellers Snider, Gable Gotwals, Hall Estill and McAfee & Taft in the Kerr Student Lounge.
The welcome and opening remarks were provided by Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. He joked with the students that they may wonder why they ever decided to participate on a law review. Dean Harroz quickly enumerated the many reasons they will be grateful for their law review participation including the ability to analyze complex legal issues, marshal authorities and express themselves accurately and precisely. He focused on the significant role of research and writing as attorneys, and stated the students had truly gained immeasurable skills through their participation on law review.
Dean Harroz’s remarks were followed by a presentation of awards from each law review.
Selby Brown, Editor-in-Chief of the Oklahoma Law Review, presented the following awards:
Captain Brian Edward Wheeler Write-On Competition Award: Derek Haysom
Gene H. & Jo Ann Sharp Outstanding 2L Award: Valeria Luster
Gene H. & Jo Ann Sharp Outstanding 3L Award: Mitchell Craft
Gene H. & Jo Ann Sharp Outstanding Appointed Editor Award: Megan Decker
Gene H. & Jo Ann Sharp Outstanding Case Note Award: Jeff Vogt
Gene H. & Jo Ann Sharp Outstanding Comment Award: Jenny Fehring
Brittany Dowd, Editor-in-Chief of the American Indian Law Review, presented the following awards:
Outstanding Comment Award: Amelia Helen Coates
Outstanding Note Award: Randi Dawn Gardner Hardin
Outstanding Write-On Award: Blake Bugg
The Masterson Award: Jason Temple
Outstanding Editor Award: Caroline Lewis
Erick Harris, Editor-in-Chief of the Oklahoma Journal of Law & Technology, presented the following awards:
Best Article: Ashley Moore
Most Dedicated Board Member: Mary Ferguson
Each law review also recognized their outgoing and incoming editorial boards, as well as their faculty advisors (Stephen Gensler, Oklahoma Law Review; Taiawagi Helton, American Indian Law Review; Srividhya Ragavan, Oklahoma Journal of Law & Technology), and Michael Waters, editorial advisor for all three journals. It was a tremendous opportunity for all to celebrate the tremendous success of all of our law reviews and the incredible contribution they make to the legal community.
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