This year, the Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS) hosted its first ever International Law Week. Throughout the week, OILS hosted various events to promote awareness of international law issues at the College of Law. The week kicked off with an International Lunch Buffet in the Sneed Lounge. OILS members brought dishes from various countries around the world, from Lebanon to West Guinea to Japan to Iran. The next event took place off campus. OU Law alumnus Jon Velie, President and Founder of Velie Law Firm, invited OILS to visit his office in Norman, which specializes in immigration. Mr. Velie gave an interesting and thorough presentation on the rewards and obstacles he faces daily handling such a diverse international case load.
Next, OILS had a Skype chat with OU Law alumnus David Stewart, a partner at a law firm in Moscow, Russia, who spoke about his international transactional practice. International Law Week closed with Raphael Oidtmann, a research fellow and lecturer in public international and human rights law at the universities of Mainz and Mannheim, Germany, who spoke at a breakfast about developments in the International Criminal Court and the potential for prosecution of ISIS for genocide and crimes against humanity. Prior to hosting International Law Week, OILS hosted a bowling night for the international law students visiting OU for the semester. Each year, OILS makes an effort to connect with visiting exchange students and help them experience a slice of American culture outside the OU Campus.
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What led you to OU Law? I have wanted to go to law school since I was a teenager. I was active in speech contests and enjoyed making oral presentations. When I was in high school, I would go downtown and watch some of the trials at the courthouse, so, I got acquainted with the courtroom rather early. I obtained a Navy scholarship to go to OU. I was a regular Navy midshipman then I served three years in the far east before coming back to law school. I wanted to attend law school and came back to OU.
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What led you to OU Law? OU Law has been part of my family since the 1920s. My great uncle was Dr. Maurice Merrill, a 1922 graduate of OU Law who then earned a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University in 1925. Merrill taught at OU Law for 30 years, published numerous seminal works in oil and gas law, constitutional law, administrative law and the law of Notice. While still in his twenties, Merrill published the seminal treatise Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Law, which has been a cornerstone of my cases. In law school, I lived with Uncle Maurice and marveled at his longhand scrawl which was literally final copy in its first draft form. In my mind, he will always be ten times the lawyer that I ever became.