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Cherie Blair to speak at Women in Law Conference

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cherie Blair to speak at Women in Law Conference
by Marie Price
The Journal Record September 22, 2009


Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair. (Courtesy Photo)

OKLAHOMA CITY – British human rights attorney Cherie Blair will serve as keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2009 Women in Law Conference at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Blair, spouse of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, will speak on the issue of human rights for women and children. In addition to being a leading discrimination and human rights barrister, she established the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which promotes financial independence for women in the developing world.

The first person in her family to go to a university, Blair studied law at the London School of Economics. She works with more than 20 charities, with a special emphasis on those dealing with women and children.

Blair, who has four children and continued her legal practice while her husband served as prime minister, also promotes work-life balance policies.

At the evening dinner, five women will receive Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Awards: Deirdre Dexter, city of Tulsa; Imogene Harris, Tulsa City-County Health Department; Carol Ann Hubbard, Oklahoma County special judge; the late Sally Mock, McAfee & Taft; and Gail Stricklin, an Oklahoma City attorney.

Deborah Reheard, Eufaula, who chairs the OBA Women in Law Committee, said the event is about recognition and inspiration.

"This is not only to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s award winners, but to take a few moments to recall the journey which has brought us this far and reflect upon the sacrifices made by women lawyers before us,” Reheard said.

For information about the conference, visit www.okbar.org/women
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