“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.
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
- YWCA Oklahoma City
- YWCA Tulsa
- Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
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.
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.
- Oklahoma Bar Association “Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes”
- Army Legal Assistance Information
- Air Force Legal Assistance Information
- Navy Legal Assistance
- Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Child Support and Alimony Information
- Army Judge Advocate School Publications
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
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
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
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