Law School Hosts Online Forum and Panel Discussion on Civility in Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2013

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Oklahoma City University School of Law
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“Civility: A Conversation in Honor of Professor J. William Conger” aims to elicit thought-provoking dialogue between future and current attorneys  

(OKLAHOMA CITY – February 25, 2013) – The Oklahoma City University School of Law Library is hosting its first ever LABrary, a three day program that will engage law students and members of the bench and bar in an electronic discussion on a current topic relevant to the legal community. The first topic is civility, which was chosen in honor of J. William “Bill” Conger, the law school’s distinguished lecturer in law who passed away on January 1.

“Bill was the epitome of civility,” said Dean Valerie K. Couch. “He was kind and gracious, courteous and ethical. He was enthusiastic about teaching and enjoyed his students’ successes. Those who were fortunate enough to learn from Bill, learned much about life and how to be a great attorney and friend. It is a privilege to host this unique forum in his honor.”

“Civility: A Conversation in Honor of Professor J. William Conger” will take place March 4-6, 2013. Librarians will facilitate the discussion by pushing questions and articles out through several electronic avenues, including twitter. Twice a day the conversations taking place online, as a result of the questions and articles, will be summarized and available for students to access electronically. A white board will also be located in the lobby of the library for students to contribute comments the “old fashioned way.”

Students and members of the bench and bar have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation at their convenience. Participation all three days is not required.

The third day of the LABrary forum will include a panel that will address some of the questions and comments received during the previous two days. The panelists will also share their experiences and observations about civility and its importance to the legal profession. Participants will include Dean Valerie K. Couch, Oklahoma City University School of Law; Drew Neville, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville; Andre’ Caldwell, Crowe & Dunlevy and Tony Lacy, Federal Public Defender’s Office. The panel discussion is open to the legal community and will take place on March 6 at 1 p.m. in the Law Library.

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