Hatton W. Sumners Scholars

CLASS OF 2020: 1LS

William Blocker

William Blocker

Will Blocker entered US Naval Service in Richardson, Texas, and served as an avionics technician from 1997-2001.  After a successful transition to civilian life, Will followed in his family’s footsteps to the construction field. He earned an Associates in Business and later specialty certificates in the HVAC industry.  After operating a successful HVAC business and other endeavors in related fields he suffered an injury that required a career transition.  Will recognized this as an opportunity to achieve his youthful aspiration of becoming an attorney.

While assisting his wife, raise their three boys, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with high academic achievement.

Will belongs to several national organizations including the A.F.A.M., Shriners International, and Scottish Rite.  He has been actively involved in promoting the understanding of and participation in politics and believes all Americans have a duty in self-government regardless of their political affiliation.  As a first-generation college student, Will desires to give back with his new gift of education by mentoring others who are unsure of how to navigate the educational system.

Madison Doughty

Madison Doughty

Madison Doughty graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in English. During her time in school, she was involved in many student organizations, including the English Graduate Organization and the English Society. Madison served as Secretary for her sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda, and she was active in the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association, in which she served as an Off-Campus Senator, Vice-Chair for the Accountability, Reform, and Transparency Committee, and a member of the Supreme Court. While completing her undergraduate degree, Madison received multiple academic awards and presented her research three times at national conferences: twice at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and once at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association.

While in school Madison consistently held many jobs, including working for her university as an English Leader and Writing Tutor, a Supplemental Instruction Leader, and as a Supplemental Instructor for multiple classes in her department. Madison’s decision to attend law school stems from volunteering with the homeless and underprivileged throughout her childhood, a passion that her mother instilled in her at an early age.

Benjamin Frizzell

Benjamin Frizzell

Benjamin Frizzell,  graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Political Science. While receiving OSU Honors College’s General Honors Award, Ben was involved in various on-campus leadership positions for organizations such as Blue Key Honor Society. Ben also participated in off-campus activities and spent several summers in Washington, D.C. as a congressional summer intern in Oklahoma’s First District Office and as the American Studies Intern at the Heritage Foundation.

Upon graduating, Ben went to work for Cimarex Energy Co.’s land department and one of the state’s oldest law firms, Moyers Martin, LLP, for over two years. With two generations before him devoting the majority of their professional lives to public service within the law, Ben’s interest for it developed at an early age. Ben is working towards his goal through law school to serve like his grandfather and father.

Laurie Schweinle

Laurie Schweinle

Laurie Schweinle, attended East Central University (ECU) in Ada, Oklahoma. While at ECU, she received the Oklahoma Regents Scholarship and was recognized by the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll for her academic performance.  Laurie received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology in May 2009 and graduated in the top ten of her class.

After graduation, Laurie began her employment with the State of Oklahoma at the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). CLEET initially employed Laurie as the Executive Assistant, but the titles of Legislative Liaison and Public Information Officer were soon added to her job duties. It was her work as the Legislative Liaison that sparked Laurie’s interest in the field of law. Over the last several years, she has spent much of each legislative session at the Capitol engaging in public policy issues with legislators, their staff, and others. It was this experience that made Laurie realize how important it is for citizens to connect with our government and become involved in the lawmaking process. She hopes that a legal education will help her continue this civic involvement in the future, both professionally and personally.

Haley Sosa

Haley Sosa

Haley Sosa graduated from Fort Hays State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies and a Minor in Political Science, emphasizing in Pre-Law. Throughout her time there, she worked as a student worker for the Communications Studies Department on campus. She held that position for four years, while also earning recognition on the Dean’s Honor Roll.

Haley was a member of a number of different groups including the National Honor Society of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha, a fundraising group for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Stripes for Hope, and Fort Hays State’s College Republican chapter. It was in the College Republican group that she found her passion for promoting the democratic process. Haley worked to build the organization to include over forty members at the time of graduation. Through this organization, she was provided the platform to educate and involve her peers in the democratic process. This solidified her desire to go to law school and promote others to learn about and participate in this system.

CLASS OF 2019: 2LS

Seth Blanton

Seth Blanton

Seth Blanton attended Rogers State University where he was a member of the Honors Program, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta. While at RSU, he studied in Spain and participated in the Washington Internship program where he interned at ManattJones Global Strategies as an Analyst for a semester. Seth graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Military History and a minor in Honors.

While attending college, Seth worked as a Clerk for Taylor Foster Law Firm in Claremore. This helped shape his ambitions toward becoming a lawyer. Seth also worked for the BLAST Program of Rogers County Volunteers for Youth and hopes to be able to put his education to work for at-risk and underprivileged youth.

In his first year at Oklahoma City University School of Law, Seth made the Dean’s List. Seth is a member of the Poverty Law Group and the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. During the summer after his first year of law school, Seth clerked at the firm of Foliart, Huff, Ottaway and Bottom. As a second-year law student, Seth is a member of American College of Trial Lawyers national mock trial team.

Evan Davis

Evan Davis

Evan Davis graduated summa cum laude with honors from Texas A&M University – Commerce with a B.B.A in Finance. Evan was a member of several organizations while at Texas A&M-Commerce, including Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Alpha Lambda Psi Honor Society. In addition, he served as the chapter president for the Beta Alpha Psi International Honor Organization, Order of Omega Honor Society, and Sigma Chi Fraternity. During this time, Evan joined global leadership organizations that traveled to Spain, Germany, and China where he learned firsthand more about community leadership, cultural awareness, and gender equality. He received several awards for his leadership and he helped set up a competitive, campus-wide scholarship for incoming first-year males based on leadership, merit, and accomplishments. He also helped set up a means for Chinese students to study abroad at Texas A&M University – Commerce.

During his first year of law school, Evan received the CALI aware for Legal Research and Writing II and joined organizations such as the Federal Bar Association, FITE (Fighting for Innocence Through Exonerations), and Phi Delta Phi. During the summer, he interned for Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce and Elias Books Brown & Nelson. For his upcoming second year, Evan will serve as the Head Student Representative for BARBRI and as a member of the law review.

Katelyn King

Katelyn King

Katelyn King graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Business. She was an OU Scholars Program scholarship recipient and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Katelyn was active in many campus organizations often serving in leadership roles. She was Pledge Class President and Vice President of Membership of Pi Beta Phi sorority and was on the Political Science Student Advisory Committee and was treasurer of the Political Science Club. As a member of the Campus Activities Council Speakers Bureau Executive Board, Katelyn coordinated campus and community speaking events and hosted pre-event dinners. Katelyn also enjoyed serving as a student mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. It was Katelyn’s two-year term as one of OU’s seven Superior Court Justices that solidified her passion for pursuing a Juris Doctor.

In her first year at Oklahoma City University School of Law, Katelyn made the Dean’s List and Faculty Honor Roll and received multiple CALI Awards for Excellence. She became a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and Phi Alpha Delta’s competitive mock trial team. During the summer, Katelyn worked as an intern for Nelson, Terry, Morton, DeWitt & Paruolo in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she is continuing to work throughout the school year. As a second-year law student, she is an Academic Fellow, chair of the Phi Alpha Delta mock trial team, and a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review. Katelyn looks forward to spending next summer continuing to work for Nelson, Terry, Morton, DeWitt & Paruolo as well as McAfee & Taft.

 

Beatrize Martinez

Beatrize Martinez

Beatrize Martinez graduated Cum Laude with honors from Oklahoma City University, achieving her BBA in Economics and BS in Criminology. Originally from Fresno, California, she came to Oklahoma in August 2010 to participate in OCU’s Women’s Wrestling program, where she earned All-American honors her junior and senior year. Beatrize’s most notable experience stemmed from her time as a two-term Student Body President and Board of Trustee Member, where she managed a quarter-million-dollar budget, participated in the launching of OCU’s Mobile App, established the Ramadan Interfaith Prayer Room, finalized the Student Grievance Policy, and worked to create more campus unity. In her fifth year of undergraduate, she joined OCU’s JV Women’s Rowing Team.

In her first year of law school, she was selected to be the treasurer of the Oklahoma Chapter of FCAA (Foster Care Alumni of America) and participated in coordinating vendors for the annual Foster Care Walk 2017. She attended the 2017 Summer Oklahoma Policy Institute and received the Dean’s Pro Bono Fellowship Award to volunteer over 240 hours at Oklahoma County’s District Attorney’s office.

Currently, in her second year of law school, she was selected to participate in Generation Citizen’s Democracy Coach position for senior students at John Marshall High School. She also was elected to be the volunteer coordinator for OCU Law’s F.I.T.E. (Fighting for Innocence Through Exoneration) Club. She attributes her self-efficacy to relying on the educational system to provide her opportunities to create positive change and believes a law degree will help further impact her goal: to be a voice for disadvantaged youth.

Cassity Reed

Cassity Reed

Cassity Reed graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Marketing degree in 2005. During her time at OU, Cassity was active in the Student Business Association and on the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls. She was a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

While earning her degree, Cassity began her marketing career with a promotion to property manager for First Pacific Investments of Norman. After two years overseeing the onsite and staff performance of multiple apartment properties, she became a commercial sales manager for Allied Waste of Oklahoma City. In 2006, she became the marketing director for Farmers Exchange Bank of Cherokee, Oklahoma and oversaw the operation of its four individual branch locations. While there, she helped create the Take a Closer Look initiative in Cherokee, served as a member of the Northwest Vocational Career Services Council, and was a member of the Northwest Oklahoma Alliance.

Cassity’s motivation for a career in law directly stems from her four years serving as an Oklahoma foster family.  While serving as a mentor family and placement provider with Angels Foster Family Network, Cassity was introduced to numerous opportunities to meet the individual, immediate needs of children in her care. Her passion for rehabilitation and untiring advocacy fuels her commitment to providing proactive legal counsel for Oklahoma’s disadvantaged youth.

 

 

CLASS OF 2018: 3LS

Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell graduated cum laude with honors from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.G.S. in General Studies: Legal Studies, Italian, and English. Shannon was an inaugural member of the Texas Tech Women’s Leadership Institute, a member on the Texas Tech Grade Appeals Committee, and an ambassador for both the PreLaw Program and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Shannon’s position as a law clerk for the Law Office of Kacee Harvey and a prospective student recruiter for the College of Arts & Sciences helped develop her love for academics and the law. In her junior year, Shannon received the Honor’s College Study Abroad Scholarship to travel to Florence, Italy and further her study of the Italian language. In the summer before beginning her journey at Oklahoma City University School of Law, Shannon worked as a university advisor for Texas Tech University.

In law school, Shannon has received the CALI award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing I and II, and in Corporations, while maintaining spots on the Dean’s List and Faculty Honor Roll. She spent her 1L summer and 2L school year working as an intern for Nelson, Terry, Morton, DeWitt & Paruolo in Edmond, Oklahoma. During her 2L summer, Shannon worked as a summer associate at Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City and GableGotwals in Tulsa. She has held several leadership positions in school organizations, including Vice Magister for Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Vice President of Future Lawyers for Children, Head Student Representative for BARBRI, and is now a Resource Editor for the Oklahoma City University Law Review. This year, she’s continuing to work towards earning a Certificate in Health Law, in hopes of pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

Kelly Kinser

Kelly Kinser

Kelly Kinser graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and English literature. OKCU fueled her love of reading, giving her the opportunity to serve as Poetry Editor for The Scarab, OKCU’s literary anthology, and to interview former Poet Laureate Charles Simic.  Kelly went on to work for the Junior League of Oklahoma City, where she was instrumental in managing and continuing one of its longest-standing community programs.  Prior to accepting the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship, Kelly worked in the legal department at MidFirst Bank, where she was inspired to advance her legal career.

Kelly has made the Dean’s List and Faculty Honor Roll and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing I, Contracts II, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law I, Evidence, Legal Profession, Wills, Trusts & Estates, and Income Tax.  Kelly served terms as Student Bar Association Representative and Vice President of the Student Division of the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. She is also a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review.  During the summer after her first year of law school, Kelly clerked at the firms of Crowe & Dunlevy and Hartzog, Conger, Cason & Neville.  Kelly is currently working at Crowe & Dunlevy and looks forward to joining the firm as an associate after graduation.

Daniel McClure

Daniel McClure

Daniel McClure graduated cum laude from Central Oklahoma with dual degrees in Political Science and Economics. He continued on to the University of Oklahoma and earned his Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy. Daniel was extremely involved in extracurricular activities throughout his education including serving as the statewide President of the Oklahoma Student Government Association, a member of the President Leadership Council, an officer for the College Republicans, and a member of the George Nigh Leadership Academy.

After graduation, Daniel returned to his hometown of Midwest City to begin a career in public service. Seeking to improve the community, Daniel served in several leadership roles including the Chairman for the Board of Adjustments, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, YMCA, Leadership Midwest City, and was the past president of the Eastern OK County Young Professionals. He continued his service to the community when he was elected Vice Mayor and Councilman for Ward 1. While on the Council Daniel led the Taskforce on Crime, Punishment, and Rehabilitation and focused his efforts on community and economic development.

It was Daniel’s efforts on the Council that reignited his spark of interest in attending law school. His passion for crafting public policy and improving the lives of Oklahomans is what motivates him and he plans on using his legal education in advancing those causes.

Aimee Phillips

Aimee Phillips

Aimee Phillips graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California on the Dean’s List with a B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies. After moving to Oklahoma City, Aimee was a youth director at a church and then taught high school Theology for five years.  Aimee’s favorite class to teach was social justice, a course that she designed and implemented in the school.  While working in education, Aimee was the coordinator of the Peru Mission, the senior service project, and the Kairos retreat program. Today, Aimee enjoys being active in the community as a founding member and outreach coordinator of the Retro Gamers Society, a founding board member and volunteer coordinator for SUPER! BitCon, a founding member of the Oklahoma County Homeless Task Force, and a volunteer with Hotdogs for the Homeless.

At Oklahoma City University School of Law, Aimee has made the Dean’s List and Faculty Honor Roll and has received the CALI Award for Excellence in nine courses.  Aimee has created two new student organizations, the Poverty Law Group and the Catholic Law Student Association. For the 2016-17 school year, Aimee was the recipient of a Pro Bono award and the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Member of the Year of the Hand Inn.  The most fun part of law school for Aimee has been participating in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition and bringing a win back to the school from the San Francisco Regional competition.

Aimee is thrilled to pursue a career in civil litigation as well as maintain her love of volunteering in the surrounding community. Aimee is looking forward to working in the general litigation department of Crowe & Dunlevy after graduation.

Marley Sparkman

Marley Sparkman

Marley Sparkman graduated magna cum laude from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Media and Communication. Marley devoted herself to leadership at WTAMU and was involved in many different on-campus organizations, including Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. Marley was also a member of the inaugural class of the Leadership Education And Development (LEAD WT) program. As a LEAD Scholar, she was able to expand her leadership abilities and earn a certificate in leadership. Marley received the “Most Outstanding LEAD Scholar” award in 2014. Marley was a Provost Scholar at WTAMU and was a recipient of the Susan Couch Leadership Scholarship through the LEAD WT program. Throughout her undergraduate career, Marley worked several jobs. Her favorite was working as an English tutor at WTAMU. Marley completed an internship with Triangle Realty, LLC in Amarillo, Texas. Through this internship, she learned the ins and outs of the real estate world and had the opportunity to work as an auction clerk for property sales.

Throughout her undergraduate career, Marley worked several jobs but her favorite was working as an English tutor at WTAMU. Marley also completed an internship with Triangle Realty, LLC in Amarillo, Texas.

Marley’s interest in law sparked during her time as a Cross Examination Debater in high school, where she was highly successful. As a 3L, Marley is a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review. She has been a summer associate in for both Plaintiff and Defense firms. She currently volunteers as an intern for a local Immigration attorney and externs at the City of Oklahoma City Municipal Counselor’s office.