Daman Cantrell District Judge

Law Related Education News

Ever since his appointment as a Special Judge in 1999, Judge Cantrell has been an involved and active supporter of the University of Tulsa College of Law’s judicial internship program. The program gives law students an opportunity to observe numerous court proceedings and to obtain a "behind the scenes" view of courthouse life. The judge estimates he has worked with over 50 law students through the years in the judicial internship program. Since Oklahoma state trial judges do not have law clerks or staff attorneys, the law students can provide valuable research assistance to the court that is not otherwise available. Moreover, Judge Cantrell enjoys the fellowship and camaraderie among the interns and in keeping in touch with the students as they progress in their careers.

2010 legal TU Law School interns: Ben Wass, Chris Garrett, Aaron Farschou, Judge Cantrell,
Lindsey Christopher and Audre Cantrell (Westminster College).

Steven Kuperman, J.D., Judge Cantrell’s first attorney law clerk/bailiff in 2009.

Intern, Sam Peyton, University of Oklahoma.

2008 intern class from the University of Tulsa school of Law: Angela Baker, Elizabeth Hassan, Kayla Cannon, Grant Richter, Dave Williams, and Michael Martin.

The Judge is a big believer of teaching “legal civics” in the schools. For the past five years, in addition to his work with the high school mock trial program, the judge enjoys going into high schools and middle schools in his judicial district during Law Week in May to discuss the Constitution. Every student at Owasso High School now has a personal copy of the Constitution as a result of these Law Week presentations. The judge is very appreciative of the Owasso 8th grade center and its principal, Ms. Deirdre Hodge, who has hosted assemblies for social studies classes during Law Week.

Judge Cantrell with Owasso 8th grade center principal Deirdre Hodge during Law Week presentations.

This past year the students heard a short lecture on DVD from Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a lively discussion of the Constitution. There was also a presentation by Youth Services of Tulsa about the Owasso Youth Court, a “peer court” which allows students to “be the judge” in real cases assigned from juvenile court. Judge Cantrell is a frequent volunteer along with other local attorneys for this worthy program sponsored by the City of Owasso.

2009 Legal Intern Elizabeth Hassan is an attorney in Ghana and a member of the Royal Family of Ghana.

Finally, the judge is an active member of the Law Related Education Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association. This committee is responsible for providing "legal civics" information to Oklahoma high schools and sponsoring competitions such as the "We the People" and "Project Citizen" which challenges students to discuss the Constitution and its underpinnings in a congressional-hearing style format. See Center for Civic Education sitefor more information on this subject.

See Also read: Law Related Education News - Winter 2009

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(918) 596-5390
Fax: (918) 596-5402
500 South Denver Avenue,
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103-3832

Minute Clerk
Melissa Norris 596-5392

Law Clerk/Bailiff
David Williams, J.D.

Court Reporter
Kim White

Tulsa District Court's website
Judge Cantrell's docket (Civil Division)