Associate Dean for Admissions
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Associate Dean for Admissions Laurie W. Jones served as a judicial intern at the Oklahoma Supreme Court during law school, was a shareholder and partner at an Oklahoma City insurance defense civil trial and appellate litigation firm, and was a founding member of the law firm of Welch, Jones and Smith. She attended the University of California at Davis and graduated from Oklahoma State University with her B.A. in 1977. She received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1984, where she was a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team. With more than twenty-five years of trial and appellate experience, she has litigated cases at all levels of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
She combines her passion for the law and for teaching writing skills to future lawyers with her interest in developing community service and volunteer opportunities for those future lawyers at Oklahoma City University School of Law. She teaches Legal Research and Writing, served as the Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Coordinator at the law school for six years, and coaches the Frederick Douglass Moot Court team. She joined the faculty at Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1999 and became the Associate Dean for Admissions in 2012.
Assistant Director of Admissions & Director of Diversity Initiatives
Lorenzo Azar Banks is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but currently resides in Oklahoma City. He originally moved here to attend college and had plans of pursing a career in education. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in math from the University of Central Oklahoma, he promptly entered graduate school to study applied mathematics; taking another step closer to his ultimate educational goal of becoming a doctor of mathematics.
While pursuing his graduate studies, his life changed dramatically when he was named a defendant in a frivolous lawsuit. At that time, he had no means of hiring an attorney to defend him, so he took on the task of defending himself. After getting the plaintiff to dismiss the case, the foundations for his destiny became firmly laid. He decided to begin applying to law schools and was admitted to Oklahoma City University School of Law. He graduated, passed the bar, and soon became the founder and owner of Minority Report Law PLLC, a law firm that provides legal services in the state of Oklahoma. His main goal with starting the firm was to make sure that no one ever felt as hopeless as he did in their own legal battles. He lives his dream everyday, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Ramona joined the Admissions Office in 1996. With more than 15 years of experience, she oversees the efficient processing of applications and is responsible for collecting, maintaining, reporting and analyzing admissions and recruiting systems data for approximately 1200 applicants each year. In addition to producing much of the office’s written communications with prospective students, Ramona also assists in counseling prospective students though the admissions process and serves as the Admissions Office liaison to the Law School Admissions Council.
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 61310
Oklahoma City, OK 73146