The Student Bar Association is proud to present the first annual Law Week, March 26 to March 31. This week is designed to celebrate, recognize and, of course, give back to the OU College of Law community.
The week kicks off on Monday, March 26, with a cookout from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Faculty, staff, and students are all invited to come enjoy the beautiful March outdoor weather. The food will be traditional grilled foods – like burgers and hotdogs – and it will be free to those who attend.
On Tuesday, March 27, the week will continue Student Bar Association Leadership Series will welcome Judge Jerome Holmes. Judge Holmes is a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Holmes will be talking about servant leadership and reminding us all about the importance of public service as an attorney. Public service has been a constant theme throughout the Leadership Series and is definitely a key focus of Law Week. Lunch to students who RSVP through Symplicity.
Wednesday, March 28, will be a special day for everyone as we appreciate the graduating class of 2012. Dean Harroz, the Office of Professional Career Development, and the Student Bar Association are all teaming up to honor the third year law students who will be walking across the stage on May 12th. 3L Appreciation Night takes place from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Lot’s of delicious food from Ted’s will be served as 3Ls are given a chance to kickback and enjoy some quality time together before finals and graduation.
Law Arbor Day is Thursday, March 29. “Suits Planting Roots!” The Student Bar Association has partnered with Student Life and the Grounds and Maintenance team at the University of Oklahoma to plant beautiful trees at the College of Law. This is a great way for us to put into action what we believe in --- giving back. And what better place to do it then at the College of Law? Times to plant trees are from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and students can sign up to volunteer in the Pit.
TGIF -- March 30 is Slam Jurs. Instead of asking who Am Jur’d Criminal Procedure this semester, we are going to figure out who made the Slam Jur’d list. Join us at noon in the Bell Courtroom for a videos, comedians, and skits making fun of the College of Law’s esteemed faculty. Plus, you’ll figure out who among the students is Most Likely To Be a Celebrity Judge, or who is Most Likely to be a Law Professor. This event is at noon in the Bell Courtroom.
Saturday, March 31, will bring the most highly anticipated event of the year, Grid Iron! Often referred to as Law Prom, this formal dinner is the best way to end the year. This year we are pleased to headline the group “My So Called Band” as our musical guests. Dean Joe Harroz and SBA President Jeff Riles will be sharing some thoughts from the school year. Additionally, the Student Leadership Awards will be presented to our outstanding student organizations. Plus, you don’t want to miss a few special surprises! Tickets are $40 and will be on sale in the Pit all week. Grid Iron begins at 8:00 pm the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Memorial Union.
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