DeMoss, Zimmerman honored at conference

Two Tulsa women attorneys were honored during the recent Women in Law Conference in Oklahoma City.
Renee DeMoss and Phyllis Zimmerman were among five honored with the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award during he annual meeting.
Each year, all previous winners nominate and select the current year’s recipients. A plaque bearing their names is in the Oklahoma Bar Center in Oklahoma City.
DeMoss, a shareholder at GableGotwals in Tulsa since 1984, has practiced law for 23 years.
Her work is primarily in civil litigation, insurance, class action administration and professional liability.
She also has been active with the Tulsa County Bar Association, serving as president, treasurer and vice president.
In addition she has chaired various committees, including CLE, membership and lawyer referral.
DeMoss also was 1995 chair of the Law Committee for which the TCBA won the American Bar Association Law Day Award.
In addition, she received the Tulsa County Bar Association President’s Awards in 1993, 1999 and 2004.
The Tulsa County Bar Foundation honored her as a President’s Award recipient in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
She also served on various Oklahoma Bar Association committees and is the current Oklahoma Bar Foundation president-elect.
In 1994, she was named the GableGotwals Volunteer of the year.
Zimmerman, a long-time Tulsa attorney, focuses her practice emphasis on adoptions.
She has helped at least 2,500 couples adopt children during her 45 years of practice.
She received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa where she was named Outstanding Business Woman.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
Zimmerman has served as chair of the OBA Real Property Section. She is a member of the Cherokee Tribe Bar Association, Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers and Oklahoma Association of Women Lawyers and has served as president of that organization.
In addition, she has served as judge of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals temporary division.
Zimmerman was named to the 2007 American Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers and received the Outstanding Community Leadership award from Oklahoma Adoption Coalition in 2003.
Donita Bourns Douglas, director of OBA Educational Programs, has planned hundreds of Continuing Legal Education programs.
Since becoming director, OBA/CLE has expanded to include online registration, Webcasts and online achieved video/audio programming.
Douglas has made significant contributions to the OBA Women in Law Committee and is active in the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).
Her material, Creating the Gold Standard for Speaker Presentations, was included in The Best of ACLEA.
Douglas currently is co-chair of the ACLEA special interest group that includes all state bar associations and Canadian provincial bar associations.
She received the OBA President’s Award in 2003 and is a Fellow of the OBA Young Lawyers Division. She also has served on he OBA committee that drafted the Supreme Court settlement conference procedure. She is an emeritus member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court.
Melanie J. Jester is a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Valerie Couch of the Western District of Oklahoma.
She previously worked at the law firm of Hartzog Conger & Cason in Oklahoma City where she had a broad litigation practice with concentration in business litigation, insurance defense and employment law.
Jester has been an advocate for work life balance in the legal profession and chairs the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Work Life Balance Committee.
She also has served on the OBA’s Access to Justice, Law School and Women in Law Committees.
Jester has been an active member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association where she is a former member of the board of directors and currently serves on various committees. She is a master of the William J. Halloway Jr. American Inn of Court and has served on its executive board as program chair and treasurer.
Linda G. Scoggins is a principal in the Oklahoma City law firm of Scoggins & Cross, PLLC. She practices primarily in health and employment law and litigation.
She served four years as outside general counsel for the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Oklahoma City University School of Law and other medical and employment management groups.
Scoggins has served as president of the Planned Parenthood board of directors.

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