On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the establishment of an Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission.
The Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission was created to develop and implement policies that expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for low-income Oklahoma residents.
There are currently 13 Commissioners. Two positions are vacant, pending appointment by the Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tempore.
The voting members include:
- Honorable Douglas Combs, Chief Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court
- Honorable Aletia Haynes Timmons, District Judge, Oklahoma County
- Honorable Mike Hogan, Special Judge, Pittsburg County
- M. David Riggs, Partner, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis
- Michael Figgins, Executive Director: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
- Kris Steele, Executive Director: The Education and Employment Ministry
- Neal A. McCaleb, Ambassador At-Large, The Chickasaw Nation
- Howard G. Barnett, Jr., President, OSU-Tulsa
- Tricia Everest, Community Volunteer and President, Palomar Board of Directors
- Anna E. Carpenter, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic, The University of Tulsa College of Law
- Rebecca K. Hamrin, Associate Director of Pro Bono & Public Interest Programs, University of Oklahoma College of Law
- Ethan Shaner, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General (ex-officio)
- Lewis Berkowitz, Attorney, Governor Appointee (non-voting)