Disability does not define super-achieving TU Law graduate
Written by Jody Harlan, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
TULSA, Okla. ─ Julie Hildebrand graduated Friday (Dec. 19) with a 3.48 grade point average after only two years at The University of Tulsa College of Law. The pretty, 20-year old Jenks resident has already accepted a contingent job offer at Occidental Petroleum in Houston. Hildebrand is among the brightest graduates – she calls herself a nerd — but she won’t be the tallest student.
Hildebrand has a rare form of dwarfism called 3M syndrome.
“My disability is part of me, but it’s not who I am,” Hildebrand explained. “If anything, it’s made me stronger. It’s made me learn how to overcome things and adapt very quickly.”
Raised to be self-reliant, she hesitated before contacting the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation for help with law school tuition, a laptop and adaptations for her vehicle.
More than one hundred of the world’s most prominent and successful companies in the energy industry gathered in Denver, Colorado August 12-14, 2013, for the inaugural Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). Companies including Chevron, ConocoPhilips, Anadarko, Saudi Aramco, and Encana – just to name a few – displayed the most cutting edge technology being used to succeed in today’s fast-moving and progressive energy industry.
Published scotusblog.com, Monday, August 19, 2013
In McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003), Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “It is in the nature of an elected representative to favor certain policies, and, by necessary corollary, to favor the voters and contributors who support those policies.” (emphasis added) That is a striking choice of words.