By D.E. Smoot
Phoenix Staff Writer
Muskogee City Attorney Roy Tucker will be recognized today by the Oklahoma Bar Association as the state’s outstanding young lawyer.
Tucker was hired as an assistant city attorney in 2008 and appointed in 2011 to succeed John Vincent, who retired in December. Tucker is one of 22 lawyers who will be recognized this year for the contributions to the legal profession.
“Dozens of lawyers from across the state were nominated for OBA awards this year,” OBA President Cathy Christensen said. “Winners were chosen through a highly selective process. OBA award recipients demonstrate the highest ideals of the legal profession and set an example for other lawyers to strive for excellence and leadership.”
Christensen said Tucker was chosen as a result of his professionalism, skills and commitment to the profession and his community. Tucker, who served as chairman of the bar’s division for young lawyers in 2011, is being recognized “as an active and tireless leader for young lawyers” and “inspiring and challenging other young lawyers to become better, more effective leaders.”
Tucker, a 2003 graduate of the University of Tulsa’s law school, said he is honored to be the recipient of the award.
“I have been proud to serve my profession in ways which I believed would benefit our clients, the general public and especially those underserved members of the population who need legal services,” Tucker said. “The Young Lawyers Division of the OBA is the public service arm of the Bar Association, and my involvement there has given me an avenue to use my legal training to help others, which is really why anyone should want to be a lawyer.”
Christensen said the OBA’s Young Lawyers Division will receive the Golden Gavel Award in recognition of projects initiated by Tucker during the time he served in his leadership position. Tucker said one major project was the production of a guide for young adults.
Tucker said the guide, which was presented at high schools during programs for seniors, outlined the legal rights and duties that arise when a person reaches his or her 18th birthday.
Tucker will receive his award during the association’s 108th annual meeting in Oklahoma City.
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