Associate Dean, Director of Professional Development
Christy Caves joined The University of Tulsa College of Law in April 2010 and previously served as the Associate Director of Professional Development and Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Learning. Dean Caves was a scholar athlete at The University of Tulsa, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002. She returned to TU and received her Juris Doctor in 2005.
Following law school, Dean Caves worked in Tulsa as a litigation associate for Atkinson Haskins, focusing primarily on medical malpractice and insurance defense. She also served as the firm’s Law Clerk and Licensed Legal Intern Coordinator. Prior to joining TU Law, Dean Caves also managed her own law firm, Swift & Watkins, PLLC, where she provided clients with representation in various litigation matters. As the Externship Director, she was responsible for the development, administration, and management of the law school’s externship program.
In the Professional Development Office, Dean Caves assists with all professional development programs and provides career services support for students and alumni, as well as coordinates with potential employers. She brings strong local ties and regional market knowledge to TU Law. Dean Caves is a volunteer attorney with Tulsa Lawyers for Children as well as an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Tulsa County Bar Association and NALP (the Association for Legal Career Professionals).
Associate Director of Professional Development
Rachel Baker joined The University of Tulsa College of Law in January 2017 as the Associate Director of Professional Development. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Midwestern State University with a BAAS in 2003. She later attended TU Law and received her JD in 2012.
Prior to law school, Rachel spent several years working with real estate closing and abstracting companies, both in Oklahoma and Texas. She has experience in various types of real estate transactions from basic residential real estate to multi-million dollar commercial transactions.
Following law school, Rachel worked as an associate for Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP, and Feamster & Carroll, PLLC, focusing primarily on all areas of family law, including, but not limited to, actions involving paternity, divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship, and adoption. Prior to joining TU Law, she also managed her own law firm, Rachel L. Baker, PLLC, where she provided clients with representation in various family law matters.
In addition to her courtroom experience, Rachel has volunteered with numerous organizations including Tulsa Lawyers for Children, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, United Way, and Early Settlement Mediation Programs.
In the Professional Development Office, Rachel assists Dean Caves with all professional development programs, provides individualized career services to TU Law students and alumni, and serves as a liaison between the College of Law and potential employers. She also oversees the administration of the College’s Licensed Legal Intern program and facilitates student and alumni mentorships.
Rachel is an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Tulsa Title & Probate Lawyers Association, and NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals.
Kyla Currie has a background in finance and a foreground in student support and social media. As an Administrative Assistant for the Professional Development Office, Kyla supports Dean Caves and Associate Director Baker with a wide variety of administrative tasks related to career services and professional development programming the office provides to TU Law students and alumni.
When she isn’t working, you will find Kyla spending time with family, reading, writing scripts, and jumping out of planes.