LCS :: Oklahoma County Pro Se Waiver Divorce Docket Training – Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sarkeys Law Center Room 103

This opportunity allows you to work with the Oklahoma County family law judges and some of the best family law attorneys in Oklahoma City while assisting clients who cannot afford a lawyer for their divorce. This pro bono opportunity allows law students to get actual courtroom experience now. These pro se litigants have drafted their divorce documents using a variety of sources: the Internet, paralegals, divorce “kits,” and form books. When the documents are presented to the judge for an order granting the divorce, the judge may find that the documents are incorrect, do not follow the law, or do not adequately address all the necessary legal issues in the case. The pro se litigant is then left to start the process again, without any help.

Here is where you can help. Three times a week, during the pro se waiver divorce docket, law students will be present in the courthouse to assist these pro se litigants with their cases and documents so that their divorce can be granted. An experienced family law lawyer will always be present with you in the courthouse on Thursdays to assist you and the clients. Space in the courthouse to confer privately with the client will be available, as well as a computer and printer and forms of necessary documents. The family law judge will refer the client to you and your supervising lawyer for help during the court docket, and in many instances, you may remedy the situation so that the client may have the divorce granted that day, rather than having to return to the courthouse at a later time. The docket is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to approximately 3:30 or 4:00 pm. Students may volunteer one time a month, twice a month, or every week, as your schedule allows.

The family law judges have told us that this help by law students with the pro se waiver divorce docket is very meaningful to them and to the pro se litigants. You will gain great experience, learn much about family law, become acquainted with the judges, court personnel, and lawyers who practice in this area, and put your legal education to use for those who need help the most but who cannot afford a lawyer.

A mandatory training session is planned to prepare you for this opportunity. Included in the training session is information presented by experienced family law lawyers in private practice in Oklahoma City, from Legal Aid, and Oklahoma Child Support Services. Basic information about divorce law, including jurisdiction, property division, alimony, child custody, and child support will be addressed. The procedural aspects of a waiver divorce will be discussed, as well as the requisite information to include in pleadings and orders. Sample forms for pleadings and orders will be available.

Many pro se waiver divorces include an element of domestic violence. Experienced lawyers for domestic violence victims will present information on how to screen and counsel clients on domestic violence issues and the ethical concerns in such cases. Considerations about the safety of the victim and how court proceedings may impact that safety, the needs and concerns of domestic violence victims and their families, and how to recognize when domestic violence may be present will be discussed.

Pre-registration in Symplicity is required to participate in this program.
(Log into Symplicity and open the Events module from the main navigation across the top of the screen.)
Deadline: 5:00 pm Thursday, August 23, 2012

*Interested 1L’s awaiting access to their Symplicity accounts may pre-register directly with Law Career Services via email to

PCDC – Dispute Resolution and Current Issues in Indian Country

Monday, February 20, 2012
5:00 to 5:45 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Homsey Family Moot Courtroom

Co-sponsors: Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Professional and Career Development Center (PCDC)

NALSA and the PCDC invite you to hear Stephanie Hudson from Oklahoma Indian Legal Services.

Ms. Hudson has worked as an attorney at OILS since 2000. She graduated from OCU LAW in 1993. She previously served as a coordinator for the Early Settlement Alternative Dispute Resolution program at Oklahoma City University. Stephanie represents the people in the mid-central region of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

Ms. Hudson also specializes in Indian child welfare, American Indian property issues, and mediation. She is recognized as a national expert in mediation, specifically tribal peacekeeping methods. Stephanie will be speaking about those topics, as well as how students can become involved with Oklahoma Indian Legal Services.

PCDC – Dean’s Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowships Program

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sarkeys Law Center Room 104
5:00 to 5:45 pm

Interested in Pro Bono, Public Interest, Government, or Non-Profit work but don’t think you can afford to work for free? Well, now you can!  

Each year, a group of 20 students who have internships or clerkships in the areas above are selected to receive a summer fellowship (living stipend). This is an incredible way to work in an area in which you are passionate while also receiving compensation! While the process is competitive and the expectations are high, the experience and training are unparalleled.

Please join us to learn more about the Dean’s Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowships program and hear from past recipients.

Police Officer/Attorney Wes Johnson – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Monday, September 26, 2011
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 108

Co-sponsors: Criminal Law Association
Professional and Career Development Center
Student Bar Association

Lunch will be provided.

The Criminal Law Association presents Wes Johnson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Mr. Johnson has a unique perspective on the war on drugs as both a police officer, and an attorney with 31 years of practice and will offer insight into the pressing issue of the war on drugs. In 2002, Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections received $219 million dollars from the state’s budget when 2,000 teachers lost their jobs because of budget cuts. Oklahoma leads the world in the incarceration of women. If you are interested in the area of criminal law and the social policy which attends it, do not miss this exciting speaker!

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES – At the end of this program students will:
1) know the pros and cons of our drug policy
2) understand the impact that lawyers have on this policy
3) recognize the position that law enforcement (the DA’s office) has on this policy
4) learn about careers available in this field

PCDC-Pro Bono Opportunity

Habitat for Humanity Wills Project
Friday, September 23, 2011
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 102

This project involves Habitat for Humanity and allows law students to provide pro bono law-related services for qualified Habitat homeowners. 

Habitat for Humanity homeowners typically are not financially able to afford lawyers for the legal services many of us take for granted, like the preparation of a simple will.  However, Habitat provides certain services for people who have qualified to be Habitat homeowners; one of these services is the preparation of a will.  Law students who are taking or who have taken Wills are eligible for this project and may draft these wills under the supervision of a lawyer licensed to practice in Oklahoma. 

Professor Greg Eddington, with the assistance of Professor Kelly Baldrate, a member of OCU LAW’s adjunct faculty and a Habitat for Humanity committee, will supervise a volunteer project for law students that involves attending an initial training session of about an hour, a meeting with the qualified homeowners, and then drafting wills and any other necessary documents to protect the homeowners’ assets and to provide for their families.  This experience allows students to work with real clients with real legal needs; you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to put your legal skills and knowledge to work for people who need your services.

Please contact with any questions.

PCDC-Pro Bono Opportunity

Federal Public Defender’s Office (Capital Habeas Corpus Unit)
Monday, September 19, 2011
5:00 pm to 5:50 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 109

Pro bono volunteer(s) will serve with a group of lawyers and investigators who represent clients on Oklahoma’s death row.  This unit is appointed to represent death-sentenced individuals as they conclude state review and reach the level of federal review.  The Capital Habeas Corpus Unit researches, investigates, and prepares capital habeas petitions, pursues the cases on appeal in the Tenth Circuit win or lose and, if necessary, presents clemency cases for its clients.  Volunteers will conduct legal research and may be assigned to assist a team of lawyers and investigators in their work on behalf of a particular capital client.

Volunteers must be highly motivated to assist in a team environment, have completed Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law,  and Professional Responsibility, and have excellent research and writing skills.

Please contact with any questions.

The Basics of a Sports Agent

Thursday, September 15, 2011
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Homsey Family Moot Courtroom

Co-sponsors: Sports, Property and Entertainment Law Association (SPELA)
Professional and Career Development Center (PCDC)

Hors d’oeuvres provided

Come hear Jeff Berry, OCU JD cum laude ’98, who is a Co-Head of CAA Sports’ Baseball division and has been a sports agent since 1998. CAA has been named Sports Agency of the Year by Sports Business Journal the past three years. CAA Sports’ clients have participated in 53 All-Star games and won 14 Silver Slugger Awards, 11 Gold Gloves, four Rookie of the Year Awards, two Cy Young Awards and an MVP Trophy. CAA Sports represents 54 first-round draft selections and has negotiated more than $100 million in amateur-draft signing bonuses.

Among others, Jeff represents MLB All-Stars Mark Buehrle (White Sox), Chris Young (Diamondbacks) and Corey Hart (Brewers) and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey (Giants) along with Joe Blanton (Phillies), John Danks (White Sox) and Mark Teahen (Blue Jays).

Jeff played a critical role in the blockbuster trade and subsequent contract extension for Roy Halladay when Halladay was traded from the Blue Jays to the Phillies in December 2009. In 2008, Jeff negotiated the largest signing bonus in baseball draft history, Posey’s $6.2 million deal with San Francisco.

Jeff played baseball at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and spent one season as a catcher in the Red Sox organization. Following his playing career, Jeff was a Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach at Oklahoma City University from 1995-1998. While at OCU, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University’s School of Law, graduating cum laude in May 1998. Jeff is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and a certified player agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association.


At the end of this program, students will be informed about the following topics:
1) the responsibilities and role of a sports agent
2) the courses that will be beneficial for students seeking to become a sports agent
3) how to enter and succeed in the sports law field

PCDC Communication Information – Fall 2011

Dear Students:  As you settle into the routine of law school next week, again or for the first time, the PCDC wants to welcome you and give you some input on where you will find information this academic year that will assist in your professional and career development.  Beyond the PCDC Website, information about what we are doing for you is located in four main areas:

1) Symplicity CSM (login required) – Comprehensive resource containing information on: employers, job listings, PCDC events, student profile to post work and volunteer activity, appointment request module, resource library, event registration, etc.  First-year and transfer students will receive information on accessing this soon.

2) PCDC Blog – Instead of sending numerous emails to the student body (you will receive some from the PCDC), we encourage students to subscribe to the RSS feeds we populate.  Don’t know what these are? Click here for RSS in Plain English. For example, we post a “Job of the Day” each business day (this is just one of several jobs posted daily in Symplicity) and at the end of the week we provide information on what is going on with various bar associations for the following week so that you can engage professional networking opportunities.  We also post on numerous other relevant and helpful topics related to finding jobs and making career connections. This information will always be on our blog for easy access and no email filing! Click here to subscribe to PCDC Blog RSS Feed.

3) OCU LAW Events – There are many worthwhile programs and events held throughout the year which enrich a student’s professional and career development.  This calendar is the place to check out the numerous opportunities and associated deadlines coordinated throughout the law school by students, faculty and administration.  Click here to subscribe to the OCU LAW Events Calendar RSS Feed.

4) OCU LAW PCDC LibGuide – This is a partnership effort with the Law Library which features book resources that can be checked out.  As this is a new venture, we would appreciate your feedback!  Click here to subscribe to the PCDC Lib Guide RSS Feed.

We also engage the use of social media, links for which are listed below.  We welcome you to join these communities!  If you have any questions, please let me know. Wishing you the best.

Gina D. Rowsam | Oklahoma City University School of Law | Assistant Dean | Professional and Career Development Center |

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Connect with OCU LAW Online Networks
Twitter: OCU LAW PCDC Tweets OCU LAW Tweets
LinkedIn: OCU LAW Alumni LinkedIn

US Air Force JAG Corps Recruiting Information Session

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 104

An Air Force JAG Officer will be here from Tinker AFB to discuss employment opportunities in the Staff Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

This is an introductory program in preparation for fall on-campus interviews at the end of September. Students interested in learning more about this career option are encouraged to attend.

Students interested in participating in on-campus interviews with the Air Force must apply through the Symplicity On-Campus Recruiting module.