TAMRA A. SPRADLIN, Attorney at Law
Tamra A. Spradlin received her Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in 1989, and her Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude, in 1992 from Oklahoma City University. As the youngest person ever to graduate from OCU in 1989, the OCU Law School awarded her the prestigious Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship. During law school, she received numerous awards including the Judge Tom Brett Criminal Law Award. She received multiple American Jurisprudence Awards for Constitutional Law, Property, Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Procedure. She served as President of the Moot Court Board, competing on the National Moot Court Team. She attained the Order of the Barristers in recognition for her courtroom advocacy skills.
She began her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender with the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office in 1992. She was assigned to the felony trial division, and successfully tried numerous serious felony cases. She obtained numerous Not Guilty verdicts for those wrongfully accused of very serious felonies including rape and murder. In 1997, she was assigned to the newly created Capital Trial Division which provided legal representation in First Degree Murder cases, when the client was facing the death penalty. As an advocate against the death penalty, Spradlin tried multiple capital murder cases and received numerous life without parole verdicts for her clients.
Ms. Spradlin was the 2002 recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in recognition of her defense for a mentally retarded man accused of capital murder in a high-profile case. She has extensive experience representing people with issues of mental illness, drug addiction and alcoholism. She has been a featured guest speaker at legal seminars including most recently "Learning From the Oklahoma Criminal Jury Trial Masters - Advanced Criminal Jury Trial Techniques."
Spradlin expanded her law practice to include helping families in crisis in family court. She has tried numerous Divorce and Child Custody cases, and travels to many different counties in Oklahoma to represent people in family law disputes. In addition, she is co-founder of the Father's Parental Rights Law Center, providing representation and encouragement for Fathers facing difficult child custody and divorce issues throughout the state of Oklahoma. Spradlin continues her advocacy to assist people who cannot afford to hire their own attorney. She was chosen Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma's "Pro Bono Attorney of the Month" in 2011.
In 1998, Spradlin founded Friends With Four Paws, a non-profit foundation to rescue shelter animals. She has devoted a huge part of her life to helping people and animals. She cares about her clients' legal issues, and is a dedicated advocate for their legal rights.
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