The University of Tulsa College of Law and Dean Lyn Entzeroth inducted three new members to the TU College of Law Hall of Fame at the Law Alumni Gala, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Those honored included Allen Smallwood, JD ’74, Rachel Blue, JD ’88, and the Honorable Dana Kuehn, JD ’96.
Smallwood, JD ’74, with Allen Smallwood Attorney at Law, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Law Award. He is widely respected in the Tulsa legal community for providing any client he represents an exemplary defense. He is not only devoted to his work, but also to his philanthropic and nonprofit interests. Smallwood has served on the TU College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors (president, 2015-2016) and has been a member and president of the Tulsa County Bar Association (president, 1998-1999), the Tulsa County Bar Foundation (president, 1999-2000), the Oklahoma Bar Association (president, 2009-2011), the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors (2002-2004), the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission (2005-2011) and the Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (president, 2012). He has been an active member of American Inns of Court-Council Oak Chapter since 2000 and has been named a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Blue, a shareholder and practice group leader at McAfee & Taft, was awarded with the W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service. After law school, she worked for the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an examining attorney and on several special details. During her years in Washington, she volunteered with Lansdale Associates, working on many nonprofit events for Rock the Vote, the Children’s Defense Fund and UNICEF. Blue returned to Tulsa in 1995, taking advantage of the expertise gained during her government service to enter private practice as an intellectual property attorney. She also became involved with The University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association, serving as chair of the Alumni Relations and Mentoring Committees, president of the association and a member of the 2003 Dean’s Search Committee. She now serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee. After joining McAfee & Taft in 2009, Blue and her colleagues created an initiative for TU’s women law students, providing a forum to discuss the career challenges and rewards for women in the legal field with other women in private practice, in-house and judicial positions. The annual “Off the Record” event continues to be popular with the students as well as the participating lawyers and judges. In addition to her service to the law school, Blue chairs the Intellectual Property Practice Group at McAfee & Taft, serves on the advisory board for Street School, presides over the board of directors for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, and serves as a lector in her parish of Christ the King Catholic Church and as a Cub Scout den leader at Marquette Catholic School. Her achievements as a lawyer have earned her recognition in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.
Kuehn, Tulsa County associate district judge, was awarded the W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service. Prior to taking the bench, Kuehn was a felony prosecutor for almost 10 years with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office heading the Crimes Against Children Unit and serving as chief of the Juvenile Division. She was an associate with the firm of Steidley & Neal from 1999-2000. She was elected to serve as associate district judge in 2006, and presided over a felony docket. She currently calls a civil docket. Kuehn served as chief of the Civil Division from 2010-2012 and 2016-2017. Currently, she is head of the steering committee to address issues involving the criminal cost docket in Tulsa County. She teaches Juvenile Law and Evidence Workshop at The University of Tulsa College of Law. She also has served as president of the Alumni Board and was named Outstanding Junior Alumna. Kuehn discovered her joy of teaching (most likely inherited from her Oklahoma Teacher of the Year mother, Lynn Peacher) and has taught over 30 CLE courses.