Oklahoma Bar Association to present diversity awards to 6 law-related individuals and groups (The Republic)

The Associated Press

The Oklahoma Bar Association plans to honor six individuals and organizations for promoting diversity in Oklahoma.

Each will receive the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award during the annual Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Conference on Oct. 24. The award is named after a key figure in the Civil Rights movement in Oklahoma who in 1949 was the first black woman admitted to the University of Oklahoma’s law school.

Award recipients include Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Colbert; attorney Melvin Hall of Oklahoma City; U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. of Tulsa; the Fellers Snider Law Firm of Oklahoma City and Tulsa; the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program; and the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

The 17,500-member bar association promotes high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.



Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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