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East Central University will conduct is annual Law Day celebration on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 11 a.m. in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The event, free and open to the public, will feature two speakers – Justice Noma Gurich of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Chickasaw Nation District Judge and ECU alumnus Dustin Rowe - sandwiched around a networking lunch.

Gurich will speak at 11 a.m.

“She is thoughtful, talented and lots of fun to listen to,” said Preston Draper, assistant professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at ECU. “She also has been a great friend to ECU’s students, participating in at least four visits by students to the Oklahoma Judicial Center in the last two years.”

Following Gurich’s keynote address, the networking lunch will take place as students, speakers, local attorneys and judges, along with ECU faculty and administrators will have a chance to mingle and visit over lunch.

At 1 p.m., Rowe will be speaking about issues involving native Americans and their interactions with federal, state and tribal courts.

“He is a very talented and engaging speaker and should provide a great session,” Draper said.

Though the event is free, those who are eating lunch are urged to RSVP by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in order to get a head count. To RSVP or get more information, contact Draper at 580-559-5834 or



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