Cimarron County Law Day chairperson named

Oklahoma City– Cimarron County Bar Association President Stan Manske has named attorney George Leach as county Law Day chairperson, who will be leading the community's special activities. The theme for Law Day activities this year is “The American Jury: We the People in Action.”

Gov. Brad Henry is set to issue a Law Day proclamation officially making May 1 the day to celebrate the freedom enjoyed by American citizens, and Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Watt will sign a directive urging all courts in the state's 26 judicial districts to include the community in special events commemorating the occasion.


Law Day activities include volunteer lawyers providing free legal advice through a statewide call-in program on Thursday, April 28. The one-hour “Ask A Lawyer” television program will air that evening at 7 p.m. on OETA and will feature a series of segments that will provide a glimpse into Oklahoma's legal community, including an interview with several jurors from the state trial of Terry Nichols, Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator. In addition, an Oklahoma woman will tell the story of being terminated from her job and the determination of her lawyer who fought for her in the courts even though she couldn't afford to pay him. Another interview will feature a white supremacist whose outlook was forever changed by the courage of a black attorney who defended him in court.

Other Law Day activities aimed at high school students are currently offered. They include an online citizenship quiz, adapted from the actual test immigrants take to become U.S. citizens and a legal guide for young adults about to turn 18. Both activities are available on the Oklahoma Bar Association Web site at Students from across the state in grades pre-k through 12th recently submitted entries to the annual art and writing contests, and the winners of those contests will be announced soon.

Attorneys D. Scott Pappas of Stillwater and Lee Shilling of Purcell serve as the state Law Day Committee co-chairpersons.

The idea to celebrate Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and 1953 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association, as a way of calling attention to the democratic society and freedom of the United States.

The 15,000-member 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.

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