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The University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame honors alumni and friends for their distinguished contributions to the legal profession and tireless support of the College of Law. 2018’s honorees include William Stuart Price and Michael C. Turpen.
William “Stuart” Price, JD ’82
Wm. Stuart Price was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1979, where he also met and married his wonderful wife, Linda Mitchell Price. Stuart and Linda then moved to Tulsa where he attended The University of Tulsa College of Law and received his J.D. in 1982. While at TU Law, Stuart found a home in the oil and gas industry. To this day, Stuart attributes much of his entrepreneurial success to his involvement in oil and gas ventures and the contacts he maintained in the industry. While his professional interests have also focused on politics and real estate investments, Stuart spends a great deal of time on philanthropic pursuits.
From a young age, Stuart understood the value of education and activism, and as a result, he has been involved in creating and maintaining educational opportunities for many students in Oklahoma. In 2004, Stuart was appointed by former Governor Brad Henry to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, where he volunteered nine years to help better the 25 universities around the state. Stuart has also served on the Rogers State College Foundation and as chair of the Tulsa Park and Recreation Board. In 2007, Stuart helped create Tulsa Achieves, a gap funding program that provides tuition and financial assistance for Tulsa-area students. Tulsa Achieves has become a nationally recognized model of student success replicated throughout the United States.
Stuart’s involvement with The University of Tulsa includes membership in the Circle Society, the President’s Council, and the Golden Hurricane Club. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Law. Together with his friend, Michael Turpen, Price funded the state-of-the-art Wm. Stuart Price and Michael C. Turpen Courtroom in the law school; he also funded the Lawyering Skills Alcove in the Mabee Legal Information Center. He created and endowed the George and Jean Price Award in Legal Research and Writing. He was a featured speaker and presented “International Petroleum Transactions” in the college’s Argentina Series. He spoke on “The International LNG Industry” for a NELPI and Energy Law Journal presentation and was a panelist discussing “The case of the century: Bush v. Gore” for TU College of Law and The Federalist Society.
In 2012 Stuart partnered with Kanbar Properties to revitalize downtown and create more housing options. Price Family Properties now owns 2.2 million square feet of downtown Tulsa which will continue improving downtown Tulsa’s economy. Through Stuart’s entrepreneurial ventures and his resulting ownership of industrial, office, and multifamily holdings, he has provided a place for thousands of Oklahomans to live and work. Stuart and his wife, Linda, are most proud of their four children who are continuing the tradition of service and philanthropy in many ways throughout the Tulsa community.
Michael C. Turpen, BS ’72, JD ’74
Michael C. Turpen was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, educated in Tulsa Public Schools, and graduated from The University of Tulsa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a Juris Doctor degree. After serving as Muskogee County District Attorney from 1977 to 1982, he was elected Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma. In 1986, Mike was the recipient of the National Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Award and was honored by the National Organization for Victim Assistance as one of Ten Outstanding National Leaders in the Field of Victim Rights. Since that time, he has been a partner in the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mike appears weekly on Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR’s award-winning public affairs show, Flashpoint with Turpen & Humphreys. Previously, he has appeared on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and was featured on PBS’s national documentary, Vote for Me: Politics in America. As a nationally sought-after public speaker, he has presented the keynote address for conferences of the National Association of Attorneys General, the Fourth Federal Judicial Circuit and the National Family and Juvenile Judges’ Association.
The numerous awards, honors and appointments he has received include induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Care Center’s Louise Bennett Distinguished Service Award, the Oklahoma Arts Council Governor’s Award for Community Service; Treasures for Tomorrow Award from the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, and the Urban Pioneer Award from the Plaza District Association.
With his friend, Stuart Price, the courtroom at TU’s College of Law was named the Wm. Stuart Price and Michael C. Turpen Courtroom to honor Mike’s service to his alma mater. In 2000, Mike was named a Distinguished Alumnus for The University of Tulsa, and in 2006, he received the John Kirkpatrick Award from Lyric Theatre for his leadership in chairing its successful $10 million capital campaign. Shortly thereafter, Mike received the Oklahoma Bar Association’s William Paul Distinguished Service Award; recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative for his work with Burns Hargis for Legal Aid of Oklahoma; the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Oklahoma Chapter; and the John F. Kennedy Award for Community Service, given by the Oklahoma City Knights of Columbus.
Mike’s book, Turpen Time: The Wit and Wisdom of Mike Turpen, was published in 2014 and has helped raise $1.5 million to fund college scholarships across Oklahoma. Mike was appointed to serve a nine-year term on the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and was recently reappointed to serve another term. In 2017, Mike cochaired the Aubrey McClendon Memorial Campaign for OKC’s Boathouse District, raising over $6 million, and he initiated the Care2Change program at The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, raising funds to ensure every freshman in OKCPS spends a day at the memorial and museum.
Mike is a member of the American, Oklahoma, Tulsa County and Oklahoma County Bar Associations, and he is a Founding Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys. Mike and his wife, Susan, have three children and one grandchild. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City and served on the WPC Foundation Board of Directors.