2017–2018 Board of Editors
Ashley N. McCord
Editor in Chief
Tennessee native and Dean’s Scholar Ashley McCord is a JD Candidate 2018 and the Oklahoma City University Law Review Board’s full-time Editor in Chief. She graduated Tennessee Tech University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She was also aDean’s List Scholar of in Cookeville. She was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society’spublicity committee and was the Event Coordinator for the Pre-Law Society. Ashley also holds an Associate of Science degree in Political Science from Motlow State Community College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was Student Government Vice President, the ranking member of student government on her campus and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
Ashley has extensive academic experience including being the Academic Fellow for Civil Procedure. Prior to that, she was a Teaching Assistant at Tennessee Tech University and was Faculty Support for College Algebra in the Learning Support Program. Ashley has extensive experience as a tutor, aiding international students for improved English fluency, Algebra II students, and providing scholastic support services to students with physical or cognitive challenges.
Ashley has earned the Chickasaw National Law Library Legal Research Award and completed the Legal Research Bootcamp. Ashley was the Student Bar Association Representative and subsequent President of the Agriculture and Environmental Law Association. She was 2016-2017 Treasurer of the American Bar Association’s Oklahoma City University Law Student branch and is a member of the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi.
She was a Legal Intern at Lamun Mock Cunnyngham & Davis, where she reviewed notices of default for compliance with accepted industry standards and applicable law, audited case files, and filed petitions, motions, and applications.
Prior to her move to Oklahoma City, Ashley was Legislative Intern with Rep. Ryan Williams of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Ashley enjoys community service and has been a devoted supporter of literacy, poverty relief and has participated in the Make-a-Will Family Estate and Financial Planning program facilitated by Legal Aid.
Civil Practice and Procedure II
Evidence in Practice
University of Oklahoma alum Brooke Ballard is a JD Candidate for 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, graduating as a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
Brooke is a Merit Scholar and has been on the Dean’s List all semesters. She is a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and a member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court. She earned the Chickasaw Nation Law Library’s Legal Research Award and is a Dean’s Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellow.
Brooke’s professional experience includes serving as a Legal Assistant at the Jim C. Klepper Law Firm; Legal Intern for the Oklahoma Innocence Project; and Research and Reference Assistant for the Law Library, assisting the then-Director of the Law Library and Interim Dean Lee Peoples in research and supporting patrons of the Chickasaw Nation Law Library with reference and research questions.
Brooke is the published author of Moore v. Warr Acres: Expansion of Oklahoma’s Public Policy Exception to the At-Will Employment Doctrine, 41 Okla. City. U. L. Rev. 481 (2017).The article discusses the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s 2016 decision expanding the public-policy wrongful discharge tort, commonly known as the Burk tort, and recognizing administrative regulations as sources of public policy. Her piece was Oklahoma City University Law Review’s Outstanding Comment for 2016.
Legal Research and Writing II
JD Candidate 2018 Stephanie Anderson is a Dean’s Scholar, Academic Fellow, and avid gamer. She is Vice-President of the OCU Health Law Association and is a member of the American Constitution Society. Her Law Review Note will be published in Volume 42.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a minor in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at OU, she was an avid half-marathoner and directed the Union Programming Board’s Zombie 5k in 2013.
Her legal experience includes a judicial internship with The Honorable Kathy Himmler, a summer volunteer internship in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma, a summer internship with INTEGRIS Corporate Legal Services, and an externship with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Civil Procedure II
2018 JD Candidate Michele Inman commenced law school after an illustrious career in advertising, marketing, and sales promotion in St. Louis, having worked for many companies including widely recognizable names like USA Today, Citicorp Mortgage, and P&G. She has held upper management positions in the corporate world and has professionally written everything from sales brochures and presentations to videos and catalogs.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, graduating summa cum laude, and a Master of Science in Advertising from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Campaign, where she was an Academic Fellow and graduated summa cum laude.
At Oklahoma City University School of Law, Michele has achieved Dean’s List every semester. She is a Merit Scholar and currently holds the positions of Academic Fellow, Historian in the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, and Vice-President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Bar Association. She earned both the Chickasaw Nation Law Library’s Legal Research Award and the Advanced Legal Research Award in her first year.
Michele was an extern for Special Judge Kevin McCray and interns as a Legal Licensed Intern for OKCU School of Law alumnus Travis Charles Smith. Her case comment on an Oklahoma Supreme Court case involving constitutional due notice on delinquent tax property owners will be published in Volume 42 of the Oklahoma City University Law Review.
Michele has performed pro bono work for the Humane Party of the United States. She is also a professional Federated Equestrian International dressage trainer and competitor and owns three warmblood horses—a gelding, a mare, and a stallion—which she currently competes throughout the Midwest.
Legal Research and Writing II
Evidence in Practice
J. Matt Hill
Notes and Comments Editor
Matt Hill is a JD Candidate 2018. Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and was a member of the History Club and Criminal Justice Club. He has been recognized by the Dean’s List and Faculty Honor Roll during his law school career. He was a One L Moot Court Competition Semi-Finalist and he is a member of the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi.
Matt’s legal experience includes a legal internship with the law firm Mahaffey & Gore in Oklahoma City beginning in Summer 2017. As a Summer Associate at Mahaffey & Gore, Matt focuses on various oil and gas related litigation issues. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Nelson, Terry, Morton, DeWitt & Paruolo in Edmond, where he researched and drafted legal memoranda on topics such as complex substitution and joinder, ERISA, evidentiary uses of tax returns, insurance bad faith, fraudulent transfer, and punitive damages.
Prior to moving to Oklahoma City, Matt worked in the concrete construction industry for Davis-Logan Construction in Perkins, OK.
He has also worked as a Roustabout in Oil Field Construction for Blackjack Construction, dealing with tank batteries, saltwater disposals, wellheads, mud disposals, mud distribution sites, rig flares, and rig floors.
Matt and his wife just welcomed their new baby son, Hudson in May 2017.
Agency and Unincorporated Businesses
Notes and Comments Editor
Multi-lingual Belgian-American Elke Meeùs is a JD Candidate for 2019. Prior to law school, Elke was a journalist for more than a decade, beginning her career as an intern for the Wall Street Journal Europe, and holding various positions including reporter, stringer, live broadcast anchor, and correspondent for various Belgian media outlets. She also was French Press Officer and Spokeswoman at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Elke’s academic experience includes being an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Liège in Belgium and Teaching Assistant in English at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels. She is fluent in French, English, and Dutch, proficient in German, and speaks some Spanish. Elke has also been a French tutor and a swim instructor.
Elke has been a Summer Law Associate for McAfee & Taft PC in Oklahoma City, a Judicial Extern for Magistrate Judge Suzanne Mitchell in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and a Dean’s Summer Pro Bono Fellow at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma. Her case comment was published by the 2016-2017 Law Review Board of Editors, and her Law Review Note earned the Excellent Note Award by the same Board of Editors.
As a volunteer for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, Elke Meeùs advocates for organ donation. She is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys competitive swimming, skydiving, and ballroom and latin dancing.
Hailing from Texas, Shannon is a JD Candidate 2018 with two degrees from Texas Tech University in Lubbock: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Legal Studies and Bachelor of General Studies with Concentration in Legal Studies, Italian, and English. She graduated Cum Laude with honors and was an Honor’s College Endowed Scholar. She was the PreLaw Program Student Ambassador and the Inaugural Advertising Chair. Her other activities included the Arts & Sciences Student Ambassador and the Women’s Leadership Institute Inaugural Member, as well as the Alpha Delta Pi Philanthropy Chair and Music Chair.
In Summer 2014, she studied abroad at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy as an Honor’s College Scholar.
At Oklahoma City University School of Law, she has been recognized with the Faculty Honor Roll and Dean’s List, as well as being named Hatton W. Sumners Scholar. She was 2016-2017 Vice-President of Future Lawyers for Children and was an Admissions Ambassador. She currently is a member of the Student Bar Association Mental Health Law group. She also is a BARBRI Student Representative. She was a prior Vice Magister for the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi and continues as a member. She earned the Chickasaw Nation Law Library Legal Research Award her first year of law school.
Her legal experience includes being a Summer Associate at the renowned law firm Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City. She follows that position with an internship beginning in July 2017 with Gable Gotwals in Tulsa. She started a legal internship with Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo in Oklahoma City in May 2016, where she conducted legal research and wrote memos for supervising attorneys, among other tasks. From August to December 2015, she was an Intern for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children in Oklahoma City.
She is active in dance and gymnastics and was not only a member of the Gymnastics Club but was also a competitive NAIGC Athlete while at Texas Tech University.
Legal Research and Writing I
Legal Research and Writing II