Legal Director for Criminal Justice Center
Loretta F. Radford is a 1984 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. She is admitted and licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma and is authorized to practice law in the federal courts located within the State of Oklahoma.
On September 13, 2019, Ms. Radford retired from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma after 26 years and accepted an employment position with the Oklahoma City University School of Law. She currently serves as the Legal Director for the Center for Criminal Justice at the Law School where she assists in teaching the student Bail Bond Clinic and developing ideas and methods to challenge criminal justice reform in the State of Oklahoma.
In 1995, Ms. Radford began working for the Department of Justice as one of the Assistant United States Attorneys for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma. In that capacity, she served in the three major divisions contained within the office, the Criminal Division where she prosecuted federal crimes, the Civil Division where she defended the United States in actions filed against the government and the Financial Litigation Unit where she supervised the collection of debts owed to the United States. As a part of her legal career, she has had the honor of serving as the First Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and later served as Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma during a presidential transition period.
Prior to working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Tulsa County for approximately eight years and provided legal representation to indigent defendants charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes.
While attending the University of Oklahoma College of Law, she served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice J. Hodges of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Upon graduation from law school, she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Luther B. Eubanks, in his capacity as the Chief Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. She has taught at the University of Tulsa College of Law and Rose State College as an adjunct faculty member and has received numerous honors and awards throughout her legal career that highlight her work as a public servant in the legal community and in the Tulsa area. In May of 2018, Ms. Radford’s high school alma mater, Daniel Webster High School, inducted her into the Daniel Webster High School Hall of Fame.