McAfee & Taft Sponsors New Jurist-in-Residence Program at Oklahoma City University School of Law

January 17, 2008

McAfee & Taft is underwriting a new Jurist-in-Residence program at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law, which will enable the program to invite a leading jurist to the law school each year for a few days to provide students and faculty with a perspective on the judicial process and contemporary legal issues.

The Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  was selected as the inaugural McAfee & Taft Jurist-in-Residence. He will visit OCU Jan. 22-25, meeting with students and faculty in a variety of forums. Hawkins’ visit coincides with the arrival of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit at the law school and a visit from Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Our students are very fortunate to have this unique opportunity to interact personally with Judge Hawkins, who brings with him an uncommon breadth of experience. We are grateful to the firm of McAfee and Taft for making this program possible and sharing our vision of legal education,” said OCU School of Law Dean Lawrence K. Hellman.

As a part of his service as Jurist-in-Residence, Hawkins will present a public lecture titled “The Federal Grand Jury: Fish, Fowl or Fair Weather Game?” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom at OCU School of Law. He will also be a guest speaker in a range of classes, conduct a workshop with the law faculty, and meet with students to discuss the appellate proceedings of the Tenth Circuit taking place at OCU during his stay.

Hawkins, who has chambers in Phoenix and San Francisco, was appointed to the Ninth Circuit by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after serving as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona and engaging in private practice. At the time of his appointment as U.S. Attorney he was the youngest person serving in that position in the nation. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Arizona State University and an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia. He also has served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Hawkins is a former president of the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Bar Association, the Arizona Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. He also has served as special prosecutor for the Navajo Nation and a visiting professor at Seton Hall University School of Law’s summer program in Parma, Italy. His article “John Quincy Adams and the Antebellum Maritime Slave Trade: The Politics of Slavery and the Slavery of Politics” appeared in the Spring & Summer 2000 issue of Oklahoma City University Law Review.

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