Andy Lester

Opening Plenary Session

Andy Lester
State Regent

A partner in the law firm Spencer Fane LLP, Andy Lester has a civil litigation and appellate practice, emphasizing complex business, civil rights, constitutional, and state and local government law matters. He is a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, previously served on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, and was a trustee of Eureka College (President Reagan’s alma mater).

During law school, he served on President Ronald Reagan’s Transition Team for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2002, he chaired Governor Brad Henry’s Law Enforcement/Corrections Transition Team and helped write Governor Henry’s first State budget.

He is a former United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, and has served as Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law. 

He attended Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, received his A.B. from Duke University, and earned his M.S. in Foreign Service and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

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Keynote — "The Citizen’s Role in Our Democracy"

Joseph Harroz, Jr.
Dean and Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law
The University of Oklahoma Law Center

Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr.is Dean and Director of the OU College of Law and Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law. He earned a BA in Economics with a minor in Zoology from OU. He earned his JD from Georgetown University. 

Harroz served as Legislative Director and Legal Counsel to then-U.S. Senator David Boren and later joined the law firm of Crowe and Dunlevy. In 1994, he came to OU as Vice President for Executive Affairs and then served twelve years as General Counsel to the OU Board of Regents. Harroz then was president of a publicly traded healthcare company. 

Since Harroz was named Dean of OU Law in 2010, the college has enjoyed remarkable success, including achieving the highest U.S. News & World Report ranking ever earned by an Oklahoma law school; being named a Best Value Law School for nine consecutive years with a current national rank of 10th; consistently leading the state in Bar Exam passage rates; being a Top 20 Competition Teams school for six consecutive years; and launching the nation’s first law school Digital Initiative, resulting in recognition as a Top 20 Most Innovative Law School and as an Apple Distinguished School. 

 

 

JOSEPH HARROZ, JR.

2018 LIHE Session Speakers

Ashley Kemp

 

"Update on Ethics Commission Rules"

Ashley Kemp is the Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission where she has served since April 2013. She has previously served as General Counsel to the House of Representatives, Deputy General Counsel to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and Assistant General Counsel to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Ashley graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2004.

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Session Handout

 

Michael Hawes

"Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)"

Michael Hawes is the Director of the Student Privacy Policy and Assistance Division (SPPAD) in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. He is responsible for developing policy and guidance on long-standing and emerging student privacy policy issues. He also manages ED’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (https://studentprivacy.ed.gov), which provides  general and targeted technical assistance on student privacy issues relating to statutory and regulatory compliance, and best practices for protecting student privacy beyond compliance with Federal requirements. Prior to becoming the Director of Student Privacy Policy, Hawes served for five years as the Department’s Statistical Privacy Advisor, advising ED’s Chief Privacy Officer and senior leadership on issues relating to data privacy, data governance, and statistical disclosure limitation. Before joining the Department of Education, he served as a statistician and policy analyst for the U.S. Census Bureau, focusing on data stewardship and data management. Hawes is a statistician, a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G). 

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Nathan Whatley

"Employment Law"

Nathan Whatley is a shareholder with the law firm of McAfee & Taft whose practice encompasses all aspect of labor and employment law and litigation.  In addition to representing management exclusively in all phases of litigation, including arbitrations and proceedings before regulatory and administrative agencies, he also counsels clients on best practices for maintaining compliance with state and federal workplace laws and for avoiding disputes arising from the employer-employee relationship.

Nathan is a frequent author and speaker on workplace topics whose achievements have earned him inclusion in leading industry publications such as the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America,andOklahoma Super Lawyers, where he has been named to its list of “Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers.”

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Bradley Ward

"Veterans' Issues"

Bradley Ward is combat veteran who served eight years in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He is an alumnus of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), holding both a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Police and a Master of Public Administration. Bradley is a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma 30 under 30 for his innovative work in higher education and also received the 2017 Oklahoma Higher Education Student of the Year Award. Recently, Bradley was accepted as a fellow for the 2018 Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislative Fellowship in Washington D.C. to address policy issues concerning military-connected students in higher education. Bradley joined the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs as the Director of Veteran Education in February 2018. At ODVA, Bradley is focused on developing innovated programs and addressing higher education policies to better serve the military-connected community in higher education. Bradley is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma's Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. 

 

Sarah Lane

"Veterans' Issues"

Sarah Lane was appointed the General Counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) in May 2016.  Mrs. Lane commissioned in the Army through the Oklahoma National Guard in December 2005, where she served for eleven years as a Judge Advocate General and Supervisory Contracting Officer.  Before that, she practiced law with Parman and Easterday, LLP, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Brown and Associates, PLLC, in Enid, Oklahoma, advising in various areas of transactional law. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa, a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, College of Liberal Studies, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond, School of Law. Mrs. Lane is engaged in the active development new programs and business initiatives for Oklahoma’s veterans.  She enjoys the multidisciplinary practice of serving as general counsel and advising on diverse subject areas in fulfilment of our state’s commitment to maximize resources available to our veterans.

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Brandee Hancock

"Current Issues with Student Behavior"

Brandee R. Hancock received a J.D. with honors from the OU College of Law in 2012, where she was a member of the Oklahoma Law Review and the Order of Barristers.  After practicing as an associate with Ellis & Ellis in Stillwater, she joined the Office of Legal Counsel for the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges in June 2014, where she serves as Associate General Counsel.  Brandee served as Treasurer of the Payne County Bar Association in 2014 and as President in 2015.  Brandee received the Impact Award from the Oklahoma College Student Personnel Association in May of 2017.  

Aleigha Mariott

"Current Issues with Student Behavior"

Aleigha Mariott serves as the Director of Student Conduct Education and Administration. In her role, she provides overall direction and leadership for all aspects of Student Conduct process at Oklahoma State University. She investigates, manages and resolves alleged violations of university policy and serves as the coordinator of Back on TRAC program. Aleigha also serves as the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for addressing issues of gender discrimination with students. Aleigha is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Oklahoma State University. She earned her M.S. in Student Affairs as well as a graduate certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from Missouri State University and her B.S. in Sociology-Criminology from Kansas State University.

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Gaylan Towle II

"Social Media and the First Amendment"

Gaylan Towle II is an associate at Crowe & Dunlevy in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. His practice in commercial litigation includes matters related to employment discrimination and wrongful discharge, wage and hour disputes, workers’ compensation, and immigration.

Gaylan received a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. During law school, he was a member of the law review, the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and the William J. Holloway American Inn of Court. He received notable recognitions, including the Ernest L. Wilkinson Award for Excellence in American Indian Law and multiple CALI Awards for academic excellence. Gaylan also holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Oklahoma State University. 

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Abby Dillsaver

“Open Meetings Act"

Abby Dillsaver serves as General Counsel to Attorney General Mike Hunter. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Dillsaver served as an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and later as Chief Deputy General Counsel to that agency. In her role as General Counsel to the Attorney General, she has presented statewide seminars on the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act conducted in conjunction with the Oklahoma Press Association+. Ms. Dillsaver received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Oklahoma. 

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Liz Woollen

"Threat Assessment on Campus"

Chief Liz Woollen began her law enforcement career with the Tulsa Police Department in July of 1982.  During her 22 years with the TPD she worked in Patrol, Special Investigation and Detective divisions.  She was a Crisis Negotiator with the TPD Special Operations Team for 14 years. Chief Woollen ended her TPD career serving as a Sergeant supervising the Child Crisis Unit specializing in child abuse investigations.

In July of 2003, she was appointed Chief of Police for the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. The OUPD has 40 officers and serves a university community of 35,000 faculty, staff and students. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and LEEDA Executive Development. She is a member of the IACP, IACLEA and the JTTF. Chief Woollen currently resides in Norman, Ok with her 3 dogs, Cosby, Brody and Bolt. 

Scott Miller

"Threat Assessment on Campus"

Scott serves as the director of the University Counseling Center. In this position he oversees the agency’s clinical services, nationally accredited internship in professional psychology, and the campus’ Alcohol Education programs. For five years he has been a member of the Norman Campus Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and currently serves as the Chair of the program.  He also serves on the campus Threat Assessment and Review Committee (TARC).  Prior to his current position he served as a Staff Psychologist, Training Director of the Oklahoma Health Consortium, and Chair of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Scott has also directed two grant projects funded by the US Department of Education focusing on campus alcohol prevention efforts.  The funding for these grants totaled over $500,000.  He has been a licensed Psychologist in the State of Oklahoma since 2002 and has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. 

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Marc Brockhaus

“Applicability of Copyrights in Online Courses”

Marc A. Brockhaus is an electrical engineer that practices in the area of intellectual property law and is involved in counseling, transactions, and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Marc is ranked in the top band for intellectual property law by Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Additionally, Marc was again selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and was also recently named the Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year - Patent Law. He was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition (2008) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers (2017). Marc was recently named the Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year by Corporate-INTL magazine.

Marc has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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Abby Dillsaver

 

“Open Records Act"

Abby Dillsaver serves as General Counsel to Attorney General Mike Hunter. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Dillsaver served as an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and later as Chief Deputy General Counsel to that agency. In her role as General Counsel to the Attorney General, she has presented statewide seminars on the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act conducted in conjunction with the Oklahoma Press Association+. Ms. Dillsaver received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Oklahoma. 

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Mental Health Issues on Campus"

Robin Moore, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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T. Douglas Stump

"Immigration Law"

 

T. Douglas Stump is an attorney with over 35 years of experience in a practice limited primarily to immigration law. His practice focuses on employment-based immigration law, complex deportation/removal, federal court litigation, unlawful presence waivers, and other family immigration matters. Mr. Stump is Past President of the 15,000+ member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC and remains a member of its Board of Governors. He has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996 and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for immigration law.  Mr. Stump has been recognized in Oklahoma Magazine as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Oklahoma and has been repeatedly selected by Best Lawyers as the Best Immigration Lawyer in Oklahoma. He is also listed in CHAMBERS and Partners Immigration Nationwide. He has co-edited over 30 books on immigration law and presented at more than 100 national and international conferences on immigration law. Mr. Stump is the former General Counsel of the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management and adjunct professor on Immigration Law at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. 

 

Matthew Stump

"Immigration Law"

Matthew D. Stump maintains a focused practice on employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant business visa matters, I-9 and corporate compliance and federal mandamus litigation. He has extensive experience representing scientists, researchers, engineers, physicians, professors, artists, musicians, athletes, and entrepreneurs as well as counseling corporations, universities, and government agencies on obtaining visas and green cards for foreign national employees including extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, multinational manager, and national interest waiver categories. Matthew places special emphasis on counseling clients through the US Department of Labor’s arduous Alien Labor Certification (PERM) process. Matthew is recognized by Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration as an “Employment Guru” and is “praised as a rising star in the practice area and someone who is already making his mark with federal government agencies.” He serves the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Service Center Operations Liaison Committee, sits on the USCIS HQ Committee and is frequently requested to serve as an expert panelist or presenter.

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