W.B. Clark Memorial Scholarship
Name: Priscilla Jean Jones
Hometown: Born and raised in Texas and graduated from high school in Ponca City, Oklahoma
Law School: University of Tulsa College of Law
Grad Year: 2018
Field of Law: General Practice though I am qualified to take the Patent Bar
Undergrad: Oklahoma State University
Major: Fire Protection & Safety Engineering with heavy emphasis in Chemical Engineering
What are your short-term and long term goals, professionally and personally?
I have been very fortunate to have been offered a position at Hudson Law Office, PLLC in Pawnee, Oklahoma, where I started working in January of this year. I absolutely love it there and am looking forward to passing the bar, becoming a full fledge attorney at Hudson Law, and eventually buying some land in the area and building my own home.
What made you decide to attend law school?
I was working as a loss control representative for an insurance company. The job was a wonderful opportunity but not something that I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have wanted to be an attorney for as long as I can remember, so when an opportunity presented itself I took it.
Are there any laws or social rules that completely baffle you?
I have been very fortunate to not come across laws as an intern that I could not understand or could not find someone to help my understanding. However, trying to understand all of the exceptions to hearsay gives me a headache, though I am hoping that the more I work with them the better I will become at understanding all of the nuances.
What historical figure inspires you and why?
I have always been inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the face of extreme medical conditions, President Roosevelt did not let his condition cripple his drive, ambition, personal life or career. He fought tirelessly with persistent optimism, to lead this country through one of its most troubling times through not only the Great Depression but also World War II. In his first hundred days in office, he was able to spearhead immense legislation that produced jobs for the unemployed and farmers, revitalized the economy, protected our natural environment, boosted labor unions that protect employees and their rights, protected those less fortunate, and implemented badly needed regulation of the financial and transportation industries. He was an incredibly strong leader of this country and was able to make fundamental changes to protect those who needed it most leading us through one of our darkest hours.
What is the most important thing you have learned in law school or undergrad?
The most important thing that I have learned is that everyone has something important to teach you, and that as long as you keep your heart and mind wide open and always fight for what you believe in, you will do just fine. Also, you might not end up where you thought you would be, doing what you thought you would be doing, and that’s okay.