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Tulsa Lawyer in the Spotlight in Education Funding Battle

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on April 06, 2018 4:10 PM

An Oklahoma attorney is recruiting lawyers to march on the state capitol in support of a teacher walkout over educational funding.

The walkout, which spread across 55 Oklahoma school districts, has pushed legislators to consider new funding measures. In the meantime, attorney Becki Murphy posted her plan on Facebook to rally 100 lawyers in the cause.

It's not exactly a million-member march, but it's a start. After all, it's hard to get lawyers away from their desks.

100 Female Lawyers

Murphy, an adoption attorney, called the state's educational funding a "nightmare." In an open letter to legislators, she pledged to come to the capitol to "help."

"Let me be clear about one thing, we need change," she wrote. "And you will do it, or you have my word ... one of the 100 women by my side will file for your seat ... and we will do it for you."

The post went viral, with friends and followers sharing it more than 7,200 times in the first few hours. Murphy said they will be there Monday.

Lawmakers have already responded to the teacher walkout, which brought tens of thousands of supporters to the state capitol in a week. The Senate has already taken up a tax hike to halt the strike, but the teachers want a $10,000 raise over three years and another $200 million for education.

"There Will Be Change"

For the children's sake, Murphy promised, "there will be change." She quoted Nelson Mandela to say, "there can be no keener revelation of a society's soul that the way in which it treats its children."

Murphy called on lawyers to meet at the Oklahoma Bar Association in Oklahoma City before marching to the capital building. It's less than half a mile away, and local lawyers know their way around.

The bar association hosted a program, OBA Day at the Capitol, last month. It included talks by leaders of legislative affairs, the administrative office of the courts and visits with legislators.

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