Written by Christy M. Caves and published by the Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 84, No. 23, September 14, 2013
The University of Tulsa College of Law students proudly serve their school, their community and their profession. In support of the college’s belief in instilling a life-long commitment to public service, we have been working on new projects allowing our law students new opportunities to assist the underserved and underrepresented in our community.
On June 15, TU Law students, alumni and staff teamed up to provide critical legal assistance at a free immigration law clinic held at the Boesche Legal Clinic. The clinic was organized to provide assistance to individuals
I externed at the Tulsa County Courthouse with Judge Linda Morrissey.
2. What are some of your day-to-day duties/responsibilities?
As an incoming 1L, Delanie Howell had the opportunity to spend her morning working at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as a part of TU Law Students Assist (T.U.L.S.A.), which was organized by the Public Interest Board at TU Law. During her time at the Food Bank, Howell worked with other classmates to repackage granola into 16 oz portions, which would be distributed to those in need.
“While at the Food Bank, we started with 25lb bags of granola and worked in teams to split the granola into smaller bags, which we weighed out to 1lb each,” she said. “We then sealed the bags with a thermo-sealer and packed them into boxes of 20 each to be sent to the warehouse for distribution.”
Originally, I had my heart set on staying in Houston and was all set to attend law school there. However, after visiting TU for Pre-Law Day, I realized that the atmosphere at TU matched what I had experienced during my high school and undergraduate career. I really liked that the professors took a genuine interest in the students and took the time to ask about their students’ lives (and learn everyone’s names!)- I sat in on a class at a different law school and the professor did not know any of his students’ names! I definitely did not want to be in an environment where I felt the professors were not approachable. Also, all the potential students I met were very supportive and did not come across as the cutthroat, book-hiding type. And the last, and maybe biggest reason I decided to attend TU Law was the amazing support from April Fox!
2. What made you interested in pursuing law?