Oklahoma Bar Association Honors John Hermes and Frank Hill for Outstanding Service

John Hermes and Frank Hill, shareholders with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, were honored for their outstanding individual contributions to the community by the Oklahoma Bar Association at its 103rd annual meeting on November 9, 2007.

John Hermes received the OBA’s “Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award” for his advocacy efforts on behalf of Oklahoma’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

Since the inception of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children in 1997, Hermes has donated hundreds of hours of pro bono service in the representation of children in numerous Deprived cases in the Juvenile Division of the Oklahoma County District Court. Two of those cases went to trial, with one lasting seven days. He has also worked to further the cause of ensuring that deserving children receive the highest levels of legal representation available by encouraging others to volunteer and by serving on the organization’s board of directors since 1998.

Hermes was also recognized for devoting countless hours focusing on the legal needs of senior citizens and low-income Oklahomans through his involvement as a member of the board of directors of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and its predecessor, Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma. While serving as its president, he played an instrumental role in negotiating the merger of Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma with Legal Aid of Eastern Oklahoma.

Frank Hill was honored with the OBA’s “Outstanding Service to the Public Award” for his recent and ongoing contributions to the community.

Since 1995, he has played an ongoing role in the inception, construction, development and advancement of the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  More recently, he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation during a very momentous time in its history. Not only did he preside over the National Week of Hope that commemorated the 10th anniversary of the bombing in 2005, but during his tenure, the Memorial trustees and staff also developed and began implementation of a five-year strategic plan and launched the Second Decade Campaign to grow the Memorial’s permanent endowment, which has since tripled in size.

In addition to continuing to serve as a trustee of the Memorial Foundation, Hill also currently serves as trustee and president-elect of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, trustee of Casady School, president of the Bizzell Library Society of the University of Oklahoma, and benefactor fellow and former trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He is also a former trustee of Bone & Joint Hospital and Episcopal Retirement Community and a former director of the Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America.

McAfee & Taft is Oklahoma’s largest law firm, serving clients throughout the Southwest and nationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate, and tax and family wealth law. The firm employs nearly 240 Oklahomans, including more than 130 attorneys.