First Black Presiding Judge Set to Inspire Inner-City Youth

19872123_BG2History-making Tulsa County District Court Judge, Carlos Chappelle, confirms he will be the Pipeline + Program Fall luncheon keynote speaker.  The luncheon is a part of the Program’s annual legal conference which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  The luncheon at which Judge Chappelle will be speaking is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 After a distinguished career as a private attorney and special judge for Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Judge Chappelle was the first African-American to be appointed district judge for Tulsa County (by Governor Brad Henry)  in 2009 and was reelected without opposition in 2010.

In January 2014, Judge Chappelle will become the first African-American to be elected Presiding Judge for the second largest judicial district in the State of Oklahoma, covering Tulsa and Pawnee counties.

Judge Chappelle is passionate about youth development and creating opportunities for students to maximize their potential.  Without a doubt, we are ecstatic that we secured a speaker and person the caliber of Judge Chappelle to inform, inspire, and empower our students!

Gearing up for our fourth year, due to the GENEROUS sponsorship and ACTIVE support of the legal departments of both Williams Cos. and WPX Energy, Inc., the Pipeline + Plus Program seeks to go beyond the discussion of the lack of diversity and, by example and inspiration, close the “diversity gap” in the legal profession by identifying, educating and motivating our students towards a legal career. Classes for the three high schools enrolled in the program begin Thursday September 12, 2013 and will continue every other week until the October 9, 2013 conference.