Meet 2021 Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board President, Jeffery D. Trevillion, Jr., who will lead the OBF during its 75th Anniversary Year.
Law school: University of Oklahoma
Graduation year: 2007
Current Employer: Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, LLP
Location: Oklahoma City
Why did you decide to be a lawyer?
I am a “career changer.” I was a CPA before starting law school and on track to get an MBA. I decided to become a lawyer because I have a passion for helping people in tough situations and to do my part to ensure people are treated as fairly as possible.
Explain the leadership roles you hold in professional or community and why these responsibilities are important to you.
I have had several opportunities for leadership not only in our legal profession, but also in the greater Oklahoma Community as well. I was in the OBA’s inaugural Leadership Academy, YLD Board of Directors, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and President of the Oklahoma County Bar Foundation. In a non-legal capacity, I have served on various committees in the OSCPA, on the Board of Clara Community Health Center, President of my neighborhood association and am a past master of the King Solomon Lodge No. 57 in Norman, OK.
The leadership roles above, were all important to me for various reasons. Generally, I try to give my time to activities that uplift us all, better our community, or provide prospects for developing new friendships. All the above activities have achieved that criteria in one way or another.
What would you tell current law students and young associates about the importance of professional and civic responsibility?
Like it or not, lawyers are leaders. First, you are an attorney 24 hours of every day and must govern yourself accordingly. You will be expected know more than the average bear and to contribute to the growth and development of our society. Finally, we have all taken an oath to uphold the United States Constitution and we must endeavor to do so, even when it is unpopular.
What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?
I see many people missing out on full experiences and being present in the moment by trying to capture the “selfie” and share it on social media. We have nearly an entire generation of people who feel like “if it isn’t on social media, it didn’t happen.”
What is on your bucket list?
I would like to visit the ancient pyramids of Africa.
What are your goals as 2021 OBF Board President?
As the 2021 OBF Board President, I would like to find a way to recognize our 75th year of supporting worthy programs that provide legal services to underserved communities despite the limitations due to the current pandemic. I would also like to better utilize technology to fulfill the mission of the OBF.