2019 Grantees

Our 2019 Grantees are the boots on the ground making real change happen and advancing our mission to ensure justice is possible for all. Each program – in its own way – makes an impact and addresses important legal needs in communities across Oklahoma.  Among the program descriptions you will find court advocacy for victims of violence, youth court for … Read More

Impact Update – The Spero Project

“They provide brightness to my dark future. They brought hope to my hopeless days. They are my happiness, my family, and my home, The Spero Project.” Poem by Naiemah, Translated by Moe Moe New neighbors from Burma/Myanmar Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellows (our donors) empower programs like The Common, a program at The Spero Project, which supports the international refugee community. The … Read More

Why We Invest in Oklahoma Courts

Why we invest in Oklahoma Courts – Imagine the anxiety of having one cassette tape left to record hearings on obsolete equipment or presenting your side of an important case with a malfunctioning audio/video system. These stories, along with many similar ones, are far too common in Oklahoma courtrooms. The phrase, “We are experiencing technical difficulties,” is popular among Court … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Leslie Briggs

Chapman-Rogers Scholarship Recipient Name: Leslie Briggs Hometown: Tulsa, OK Law School: University of Tulsa Grad Year: 2019 Field of Law: Public Interest Undergrad Institution: Oklahoma State University Major: Spanish + History Undergrad Graduation Year: 2010 What are your short-term and long-term goals? Short-term Goals: To serve the public in some capacity, whether it is through legislative advocacy, public defense, or … Read More

$1.36 Million in Grants to Defend Homes & Build Communities

$1.36 Million in Grants to Defend Homes & Build Communities The Great Recession proved to be the worst economic downturn in our country since the Great Depression. According to CoreLogic, 5.5 Million homes were lost due to foreclosure in the U.S. since 2008. Quantifying the number of homes lost is the easy part; it is calculating the feelings of loss, … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Taylor Peshehonoff

OBF Chapman-Rogers Scholarship Recipient Name: Taylor Freeman Peshehonoff Hometown: Ada, OK Law School: University of Oklahoma College of Law Grad Year: 2020 What field of law are you studying: As a 1L, I’m still exploring what my area of interest will be! Where did you attend undergrad: University of Oklahoma What was your Major/Minor: Human Resources Management with a minor … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Elke C. Meeus

OBF Fellows Scholarship Recipient Name: Elke C. Meeus Hometown: Native of Antwerp (Belgium), but current home town is Edmond (Oklahoma). Law School: OCU School of Law Grad Year: 2019 (Currently a 3L, part-time) What field of law are you studying: I have had Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Contracts, Property, Agency, Corporations, Legal Research and Writing, Legal Profession. I am … Read More

Meet 2018 Board President Alan Souter

Meet 2018 Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees President, Alan Souter, from Tulsa Oklahoma. Law School: Univ of Kansas Graduation Year: 1993 Current Employer: Self – Business and real estate finance, development and construction Location: Tulsa Why did you decide to be a lawyer? I wanted to get a joint MBA and Law degree and work in banking, but decided to work as a … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Priscilla Jones

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 … Read More