Ask A Lawyer

Co-produced by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the annual call-in show provides information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. 


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Ask A Lawyer 2014

Democracy & You

Thursday, May 1 @ 7:00 pm on OETA

This annual television event gives viewers an inside look at the legal system, with a focus on the impact lawyers have had on the lives of individuals and the law itself.

About the Television Program

Domestic Violence

“Mary” was trapped in an abusive marriage. Her husband beat and choked her in front of her two young children, but like many women in similar situations, she feared her abuser would turn even more violent if she left. Despite limited financial resources, she finally gathered the courage to escape, with the help of two non-profit organizations, the YWCA and Legal Aid. You’ll meet Robin Wilson, the Legal Aid attorney who secured a divorce and protective order for Mary, and find out the steps she and her client took together to ensure the family’s safety as they move forward with their lives.

Disability Law

Kimberley Chidsey and her sister Leslie were running out of options. An on-the-job injury left Leslie unable to work, and her request for disability payments had been denied. She moved in with Kimberley and her family, a less than ideal situation for the sisters. Leslie was trapped in a downward spiral of depression, unable even to pay for needed medications. You’ll hear from Oklahoma City attorney Athlea Adkisson, who took on the case when the sisters appealed to a Social Security administrative law judge to get Leslie the help she needed.

Military Assistance

In autumn 2003, fighter pilot Mike Whetstone was deployed in one of the most dangerous parts of the world when he received some unwelcome news from back home. He was summoned to appear before a judge in McIntosh County, the result of an ongoing divorce dispute that had its roots in Capt. Whetstone’s long military deployments during the war. Facing a default judgment against him if he failed to appear in court, he hired an unknown attorney to represent him 5,000 miles away. Little did he know that the attorney, 2011 OBA President Deborah Reheard, would have the case suspended within an hour of their initial phone conversation. That case proved to be the inspiration for the new Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes program that will provide more that $1 million dollars worth of free legal advice to qualified service members this year.

Student Contest Winners

The winners in statewide Law Day art and writing contests also will be featured on the show. More than 1,500 Oklahoma students in grades Pre–K through high school entered the contests, designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of the law among young Oklahomans. Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Taylor meets with the winners and shares insight in to this year’s Law Day theme, “The Legacy of John Adams: Defending the Rights of the Accused.”

Panelists for Town Hall Discussions


Domestic Violence:  

Brady Henderson, Domestic Violence Unit chief, Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office  

Susan Krug, Victims Services Unit chief, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office 

Gail Stricklin, attorney focusing on representation of women and children (private and pro bono) involved in domestic and family violence

Disability Law:

Dewayne Moore, General Counsel, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Ryan Pack, Managing Attorney, Social Security Law Center (Oklahoma City office)

Judge Douglas Stults, Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Hearing Office in Oklahoma City

Military Assistance:   

Dean Stanley Evans, U.S. Army Colonel (ret.), Current Assistant Dean for Students, OU College of Law, member of OBA Military Assistance Task Force

Robert “Bobby Don” Gifford, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Reserves), Assistant U.S. attorney, Western District of Oklahoma, Member of OBA Military Assistance Task Force

Darla Jackson, Associate Director, OCU Law Library, former U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate

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Oklahoma Bar Association
The Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma's legal community. Although the OBA is an arm of the Supreme Court, the association does not receive any state funding. The association has approximately 11,500 active attorneys in Oklahoma and a total membership of more than 16,000. The OBA provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. The bar and its members are committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Oklahoma are heard in our justice system.