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Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO)
January, 2013
 
 
 
A Monthly E-Newsletter Connecting Oklahomans with What's New at LASO
What is LASO?
 
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income individuals and their families and to the elderly. This service is provided through its 21 law offices that are strategically-located throughout the state so that they can serve clients in every county. These Law Offices are in Ardmore, Bartlesville, Hugo, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa and Weatherford. There are smaller satellite offices in Ada, Altus, Chickasha, Duncan, Enid, Jay, McAlester, Poteau, Shawnee, Stilwell, and Woodward. The administrative office is in Oklahoma City.
 
Our mission? To be a partner in the community making equal justice for all a reality.
 
To help handle the demand, hundreds of private Oklahoma attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to Legal Aid. Sometimes they teach in our legal clinics, but most often they advise clients and help them fill out legal forms, or they take on simple cases for full representation. In 2012, 292 private attorneys statewide handled at least one Legal Aid case, and a total of 1074 pro bono cases were closed.
 
In 2012 the LASO legal staff and pro bono attorneys closed 10,357 cases statewide. The biggest demand for the services of LASO is for family law, including cases involving domestic violence. Children are the biggest benefactors as LASO strives to stabilize their families through the issues of custody, child support, and divorce. LASO also represents the elderly seeking social security or other public benefits or in helping the elderly resolve the issues of guardianship. LASO helps individuals faced with losing their housing through evictions or mortgage foreclosures and with cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care problems, helping them gain the benefits for which they qualify.
 
Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Service
 
Have you checked out ProBono.net?  If you would like to help make a difference in the lives of low-income Oklahomans, you should!  ProBono.net is a website containing helpful resources for pro bono and legal services lawyers, advocates, legal professionals and law students to assist in the representation of low-income or disadvantaged clients.
 
On the ProBono.net site you can view cases awaiting placement, view legal resource materials, sign up for the Pro Bono E-Newsletter, and register to attend webinar trainings. 
 
Please take a look at ProBono.net today and see how you can help one of our low-income neighbors!
Funders
 
LASO's work would not be possible without the assistance of these funders.  Thank you!
 
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Welcome to LASO's Enewsletter
We are happy you are "In the Loop"
 
Welcome to LASO's monthly "In the Loop" E-newsletter!  We know you get a lot of email, so all of us here at LASO will strive to include information each month on LASO News, Pro Bono Information, and other stories that will be of use and interest to our readers.  Please keep reading and learn how LASO is helping Oklahomans every day.
 
2013 LASO "Campaign for Justice"
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to Serve as Statewide ChairArticle Image
 
The 2013 "Campaign for Justice" fundraising campaign is ready to kick-off!  LASO is very excited to announce that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will serve as statewide chair of the 2013 Campaign.  Attorney General Pruitt will be working with Jimmy K. Goodman, chair of the Oklahoma City Team, and retired Judge Joseph Morris, chair of the Tulsa Team.
 
No goal amount has been set yet for the 2013 Campaign, but last year’s Campaign raised $828,372, the second highest amount ever raised in single-year Campaign for Justice. The highest single-year Campaign total ever raised was $832,808 by statewide chairs former Governor George Nigh and former First Lady Donna Nigh.
 
Members of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Teams, and the firms they represent, are:
 
Oklahoma City Team
Chair Jimmy K. Goodman:  Crowe & Dunlevy
Jimmy Goodman
 
Luke Abel:  Abel Law Firm
Steve Barghols:  GableGotwals
Chris Condren:  Pierce, Couch, Hendrickson, Baysinger & Green
Dan Couch:  Rubenstein & Pitts
Kevin Donelson:  Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens
Bryan Garrett:  Holloway, Dobson & Bachman
Sharon Gentry:  Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis
Sally Gilbert:  Sally Gilbert, P.C.
Laura McConnell-Corbyn:  Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville
Mike Mullins:  Mullins, Hirsch, Edwards, Heath, White & Martinez
Bill Paul:  Crowe & Dunlevy
Dale Reneau:  Fenton, Fenton, Smith, Reneau & Moon
Robert Sheets:  Phillips Murrah 
Jeremy Tubb:  Fuller, Tubb, Bickford & Krahl
Elizabeth Scott Wood:  McAfee & Taft
 
Tulsa Team
Chair Judge Joseph Morris:  GableGotwals
 
Paul Brunton:  Morrel, Saffa, Craige  
Brita Cantrell:  McAfee & Taft
Erin Dailey:  GableGotwals
Deirdre O'Neil E. Dexter:  Deirdre O'Neil E. Dexter Law Office
Doug Dodd:  Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson
Bill Eagleton:  Pray Walker 
Nancy Feldman:  Retired
Tony Haynie:  Conner & Winters
Gerald Jackson:  Crowe & Dunlevy
Jo Lynn Jeter:  Norman, Wohlgemuth, Chandler & Dowdell
C.S. “Budge” Lewis III:  Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison, & Lewis
Richard Mitchell:  ConocoPhilips
Leonard Pataki:  Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company
Jim Proszek:  Hall Estill
Denelda Richardson:  Rhodes, Hieronymus, Jones, Tucker & Gable.
 
 
LASO Board of Directors Elects New President
Bruce Frazier to Lead LASO Board in 2013
 
The LASO Board of Directors has elected Bruce Frazier, advocate for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Victim Assistance Program, to serve as LASO’s president for 2013. Frazier served last year as vice-president and has been a board member since 2009.
 
“Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma helps provide much needed legal services to those who would otherwise have no one to turn to,” said Frazier, who lives in Hugo. “In today’s economy we have many members of the Choctaw Nation as well as others who would be lost in a justice system through which they could not find a path.  I feel it is an honor and a privilege to serve Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma as a member of the Board of Directors and strive to lead the board through these days when funding challenges are surpassed by the greater need of our clients.”
 
Frazier was the first advocate hired to serve the Choctaw Nation victims of crime under the Oklahoma Victim Assistance Program in 2003. His advocacy work with crime victims, including the elderly, covers the 10 ½ county area of the Choctaw Nation in southeastern Oklahoma. He also serves on the Choctaw Nation Sexual Assault Response Team, the Bryan County Coordinated Community Response Team and the Bryan County Task Force in Durant.
 
LASO offices elected include Tulsa Attorney Dwight L. Smith, Tulsa, as vice-president, and Lucille Logan, Oklahoma City, as secretary-treasurer.  Smith represents the Oklahoma Bar Association and Logan represents the Northeast Area Council of Oklahoma County.
 
January 2013 Feature Pro Bono Attorney
Cesar Tavares:  GableGotwals Tulsa
 
On staff with the Tulsa GableGotwals Law Firm, Cesar TavarArticle Imagees handles litigation matters mostly involving business deals. He tries cases pertaining to Contract disputes, Uniform Commercial Code, Antitrust Law, Oil and Gas, Trade Secrets, Veil Piercing, Non-competes, and Fraudulent Transfers, to name a few.
 
Recently, Cesar agreed to defend LASO client Eric Widger and his wife with a roofing case.  The roofing company failed to finish the job and sued Mr. Widger, who is disabled, and his wife for $20,000. After nearly a year, the entire case was settled, the clients' roof repaired and their credit restored to good standing.  Read more about Cesar and his good works on ProBono.net and in The Tulsa World.
 

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