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Oklahoma Law and Law Enforcement

Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's lawyers, judges, police officers, and other members of law and law enforcement in Oklahoma.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

Civil Rights Activist

In 1946 the University of Oklahoma College of law denied admission to Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher because she was African American. The OU law school was an all-white institution in …

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Buddy Fallis

Buddy Fallis

Tulsa County District Attorney

S.M. “Buddy” Fallis graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1960 and went on to become the assistant Tulsa County District Attorney in that year. He was …

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Dobie Langenkamp

Dobie Langenkamp

Oil & Gas Attorney

Both of R. Dobie Langenkamp’s, grandfathers were Oklahoma pioneers in the 1920s in oil development. The younger Langenkamp worked as an oilfield roustabout, a pump station operator, and a refinery …

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Don E. Pray

Don E. Pray

Attorney

Donald E. Pray reached many goals by graduating from Tulsa’s Central High School in 1950, graduating from the University of Tulsa in 1955 with a degree in petroleum engineering, and …

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E. C. Mullendore III

E. C. Mullendore III

Mullendore Murder

He was 32 years old and deep in debt. E. C. Mullendore III was murdered on September 26th, 1970, at his home on by far the largest ranch in Osage …

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Harry Stege

Harry Stege

Tulsa Police Captain

As Chief of Police, from 1977 to 1983, five of the officers recognized at the Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial, fell during Harry Stege’s term as chief. One of the more …

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James R. Jones

James R. Jones

Politician and Lawyer

At an early age James Robert Jones was fascinated by politics after he visited the offices of the county attorney, Ed Edmondson. When he was twelve years old, Jones stumped …

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Joe Morris

Joe Morris

Former US District Court Chief Judge

Judge Joe Morris was formerly Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil Company, General Counsel of Amerada Petroleum Corporation and Dean of the College of Law at the University …

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Lee Roy West

Lee Roy West

Federal Judge

Lee Roy West has made several thousand friends in over 40 years of public service as a law teacher, state court judge, member of the Civil Aeronautics Board, federal judge …

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Marian Opala

Marian Opala

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian P. Opala was born January 20, 1921 in Lodz, Poland. In 1939, Marian had just enrolled in law school when Nazi Germany invaded his homeland. …

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Norma Eagleton

Norma Eagleton

Public Official and Lawyer

Norma Eagleton is known for many accomplishments including first female Tulsa city commissioner and Oklahoma corporation commissioner. Norma was the first woman elected to a voting position on the Tulsa …

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Phil Kennamer

Phil Kennamer

1934 Tulsa Murder

In 1935, the American Justice system was on trial as much as Phil Kennamer, who was the son of a prominent federal judge in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Despite having a high-powered …

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Ray Feldman

Ray Feldman

Community Leader

The son of Latvian immigrants, Ray Feldman was born January 10, 1922, and grew up in Tulsa. After graduating high school and attending the University of Tulsa and University of …

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Sam P. Daniel

Sam P. Daniel

Attorney

While living in Oklahoma City during his grade school days, Sam P. Daniel was a neighbor of federal judge Alfred P. Murrah. Sam’s parents traveled frequently, so he spent many …

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Stephanie Seymour

Stephanie Seymour

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge

Judge Stephanie Kulp Seymour, who joined a historic class of women judges in 1979 when she was appointed to the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, was encouraged early on …

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Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Attorney for McVeigh

Stephen Jones is an attorney from Enid, Oklahoma whose practice is limited to trials and appeals. Jones attended the University of Texas and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law …

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Robert Henry

Robert Henry

Judge

Listen to the oral history of Robert Henry, a lifelong champion of justic, former US circuit judge, and the 17th president of Oklahoma City University.

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