East Central University alum Sara Murphy Bondurant, president of the Legacy Legal Center PLLC in Oklahoma City, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Lou Watkins Lecture set for Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. in ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.
“Access to Justice” will be the topic for the event which will feature a luncheon. The lecture is free but reservations must be made for the luncheon by calling 580-559-5640.
Bondurant’s practice includes estate planning, elder law and Medicaid planning, veteran’s benefits, tax planning, guardianships, probates and business matters. She regularly speaks to attorneys, CPAs, health care professionals and the public about real estate planning and elder law.
As a former caregiver, Bondurant is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is a member of the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma County and American Bar Associations. She is licensed to practice in all district and federal courts in Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Estate Planning and Tax divisions.
Bondurant graduated from ECU with honors and the University of Oklahoma School of Law. She is a member of Wealth Counsel, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Advisors Forum and the Oklahoma County Tax, Probate and Estate Planning sections. Bondurant also serves as a current board member and past president of the Board of Areawide Aging Agency for the State of Oklahoma.
She provides pro bono crisis planning for hospice and end of life patients. Bondurant is the president of Oklahoma Puppy Express and an adjunct professor of several college level courses. She is the judge for the City of Cashion and serves as reserve deputy for the Canadian County Sheriff’s Department as she is assigned to patrol and be involved with the investigations divisions in her spare time.
Bondurant is the wife to Michael and mother to Jude, Violet and Tarin.
The purpose of the lectureship, which honors Lou Watkins, former chair of ECU's political science department, is to bring recognized authorities to ECU to address subjects of public interest at the local, state or national level.
Watkins taught at ECU from 1980 until 1991 when she and her husband, former U.S. Rep. Wes Watkins, moved from Ada. She is president of World Export Services Inc. and is a member of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges.