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The Law Deans: Dean Janet Levit, University of Tulsa College of Law
Adam Banner - Thursday, March 26, 2015

The University of Tulsa College of Law has many things to be proud of, not the least of which is its esteemed faculty. From 1923 through the present, Oklahoma’s easternmost law school has assembled a wide variety of legal scholars whom share the same goal: crafting tomorrow’s lawyers today. Since 2008, this group of roughly 40 faculty members, less than 400 students, and the administrative staff have been led by Dean Janet Levit. Over her career, Dean Levit has argued cases before the 10th Circuit and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Moreover, she is a published author who has contributed to various law journals and other publications. Now, her primary focus is progressing Tulsa’s Law School as an administrator and professor. Dean Levit was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to speak to me on a number of topics, ranging from the evolution of legal education and the challenges faced by both law students and administrators to media portrayals of the legal profession. I greatly enjoyed our conversation. I think you will as well. Read More

Bill Would Create Sexual Assault Response Programs for Oklahoma Schools
Adam Banner - Friday, February 27, 2015

Last fall, students in Norman, Oklahoma, made national headlines with the "Yes All Daughters" campaign aimed at holding school officials accountable for the protection of rape victims in their schools. Read More

Federal Court Ruling Significant in Child Porn Prosecutions
Adam Banner - Sunday, February 22, 2015

A federal appeals court ruling earlier this month will likely have a significant impact on child pornography prosecutions in the United States. The decision has prompted U.S. lawmakers to propose a bill that would nullify the court's decision about crime victim restitution in subsequent child pornography cases. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Lethal Injection Protocol
Adam Banner - Monday, January 26, 2015

The decision came too late to save Charles Warner. On January 15, Warner was executed by lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row after the United States Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. The Supreme Court said that it would not review whether or not the use of a particular drug used in a lethal injection protocol for the execution of inmates was a violation of the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Read More

The "Marijuana Breathalyzer" Update
Adam Banner - Thursday, January 15, 2015

As the number of states which allow legal marijuana in one capacity or another continues to grow, law enforcement and other entities are looking for ways to better detect "stoned" drivers.
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New Year's Eve and DUI: What You Need to Know
Adam Banner - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On almost every major holiday, or in the days surrounding it, there seems to be an increase in the number of impaired drivers on Oklahoma roads. Law enforcement agencies know that many people celebrate these holidays at parties and get-togethers where alcohol is consumed--often in large quantities. Because of this, local police, county sheriff's offices, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol take measures to get impaired drivers off the streets. They publicly announce that they will be increasing patrols--known as saturation patrols--looking for impaired drivers, and they announce that there will be sobriety checkpoints around the city, although they do not typically divulge where these DUI roadblocks will be located. Read More

Oklahoma Restitution Hearings
Adam Banner - Friday, December 19, 2014

As I am working on a few client's cases, I've come to the realization that, much like a large portion of criminal defense practice, your average first-time offender (and even some folks who have been through the system before) has no idea what a restitution hearing, let alone the term "restitution" itself, actually means and encompasses.  Read More

Campus Crime in Oklahoma
Adam Banner - Sunday, November 30, 2014

Last week, campus police with the University of Central Oklahoma Police Department investigated the report of an armed robbery on campus. The alleged victim says that he was sitting in his vehicle when a man armed with a small-caliber revolver approached him and demanded money before jumping into another vehicle and driving away. Read More

Does the Crime Rate Fall with the Temperature?
Adam Banner - Friday, November 14, 2014

Plenty of theories have been tossed around to try and explain the trend showing a sharp decline in crime over the past two decades. It seems as though everyone, from social scientists all the way to random bloggers, have offered various theories to explain the reduction in crime.  Read More

5 Things You Need to Know about Oklahoma DUI Laws
Adam Banner - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

With the holiday season quickly approaching (hell, its basically already here), right now seems as good of time as any for a quick review of Oklahoma DUI laws.  Read More


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