Native American at TU Law Is Marcy Lawless Recipient

Amanda Proctor, a third year law student from Wichita, Kan., was named the 2004 Marcy Lawless Service Award recipient at The University of Tulsa. The award is named for TU’s former first lady and is presented to the graduating student who most closely emulates Marcy Lawless’s generous spirit, pursuit of excellence and commitment to serving others, on campus and in the Tulsa community.

Proctor is a candidate for certificates in energy and environmental law and in Native American law. She is president of the TU Native American Law Student Association chapter and serves on the organization’s national board of directors. “She has been instrumental in opening NALSA to all law students who have an interest in Native American issues,” said R. Dobie Langenkamp, professor of law and director of the National Energy/Environment Law Policy Institute at TU. In 2004, NALSA was named one of the University’s outstanding organizations.

“Under Amanda’s leadership, the TU NALSA chapter has commissioned a logo, had a successful fundraising campaign, and has participated in a number of community activities,” said Melissa Tatum, professor of law and co-director of the Native American Law Center at TU.

Proctor is a member of the Osage Nation and a descendant of the Quapaw and Cherokee tribes. As an undergraduate at Harvard College, she chaired Native Americans at Harvard-Radcliffe and founded the Harvard University Powwow.

Proctor organized a fund raising project and campus memorial service for the family of a TU security guard who was fatally wounded in an off-campus robbery. She is a competitive Native American dancer and the mother of a 3-year-old son. After graduation, she plans to return to the field of tribal housing operations, where she once served as executive director for three tribes.

Updated 01-14-2005

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