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September 2, 2013

Judge Russell named RSU Constitution Day Award recipient

CLAREMORE —

The Hon. David L. Russell, Senior U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma will be named the recipient of the Rogers State University Constitution Award at a ceremony and luncheon on Sept. 25.
The ceremony and luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Centennial Center Ballroom on RSU’s Claremore Campus, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Tickets are $30 each.
Each fall, since 1987, RSU has presented the Constitution Award to an Oklahoman who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution through his or her life’s work. 
The RSU Constitution Award was established in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
Area high school students will participate in the event through the generosity of the event sponsors.
“We are honored to recognize Judge Russell with this distinguished award,” said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. “He has distinguished herself both from the bench and as an educator, and he has been a diligent guardian of the principles of the U.S. Constitution.”
Born in Sapulpa, Russell earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1962 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1965. He served in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1965 to 1968, continuing to serve as a reservist until 1971 and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Russell served as an assistant attorney general for Oklahoma from 1968 to 1969, and then was legal advisor to Gov. Dewey Bartlett from 1969 to 1971. He entered private practice in Oklahoma City for a year. When Bartlett was elected to the U.S. Senate, Russell was named his chief legislative assistant. Russell later was named U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, serving in that position from 1975-77 and then again from 1981-82. As U.S. Attorney, he led the prosecution in Oklahoma county commissioner scandal, which is the largest public corruption case in U.S. history. He maintained a private practice in Oklahoma City, between those terms of service as U.S. Attorney.

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