McAfee & Taft attorney Susan S. Shields was one of five women honored with the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award during the Oklahoma Bar Association's 2011 Women in Law Conference on September 16, 2011, at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Also honored were lawyers Gina Hendryx and Betty Outhier Williams as well as Judge Patricia Parrish and the late Judge Susie Pritchett.
Since 1996, the Spotlight Awards have been given annually to five women who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and who have lit the way for other women.
In 1998, the award was named to honor the late Mona Salyer Lambird, the first woman president of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and one of the award’s first recipients.
Susan practices in the areas of estate and family wealth planning, estate and trust administration, business planning and charitable organizations. She is vice president, trustee and a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation; former chair of the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section and former member of Legal Ethics Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association; Fellow of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; former director of SpiritBank; former director of the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits; member of the Oklahoma City Estate Planning Council and member of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Planned Giving Council.
Susan has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers, where she was named to the prestigious “Top 25 Female” and “Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers” lists. She was also recognized as Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer by Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma in 1993 and as the 2005 recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Earl Sneed Award. Susan was named to the Journal Record's list of Leadership in Law honorees in 2011 and is a two-time finalist for the Journal Record's Woman of the Year Award (2005 and 2010).
She has been a frequent speaker on a variety of estate planning, probate and non-profit topics for continuing legal education at the OBA and at other seminars and has served as an adjunct professor in estate planning at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.