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Governor Appoints Laypersons to Legal Disciplinary Panel

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Lori Rasmussen

Assistant Communications Director
Oklahoma Bar Association
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(Oklahoma City – Aug. 26, 2013) Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed four non-lawyers to serve on Professional Responsibility Tribunal (PRT), the panel of masters charged with conducting hearings on formal complaints filed against Oklahoma lawyers. The new appointees are James W. Chappel, Norman; Linda C. Haneborg, Oklahoma City; Kirk V. Pittman, Seiling; and Mary Lee Townsend, Tulsa.

Chappel is a community affairs manager for OG&E Energy Corp.  Haneborg is the principal/owner of Linda Haneborg Associates, a public relations firm. Pittman is the president/CEO of First National Bank of Seiling and Townsend is a retired University of Tulsa professor.

The PRT consists of 21 members, seven of whom must be non-lawyers appointed by the governor. The remaining 14 must be active Oklahoma Bar Association members. Members are appointed on rotating terms of three years expiring on June 30 of the given year. All masters serve without compensation except for reimbursement for travel and other incidental expenditures incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.

PRT non-lawyer members rotating off the panel this year are Norman Cooper and John Thompson. Pittman and Townsend are being reappointed to the panel.

The 17,200-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.

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