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State bar to honor Newcastle attorney Ashley Ray at upcoming annual meeting

Ashley Ray will receive the Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award for her Oklahoma Bar Journal article titled “Issues in Unplanned and Poorly Planned Estates” from the Oklahoma Bar Association. The award will be presented at the 115th Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-8 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. She is one of 21 recipients from across the state to be honored during the three-day event.

 Ms. Ray is being recognized for her achievements within the legal community,” OBA President Chuck Ches-nut of Miami said. “She has made significant contributions to her community and the profession and deserves to be honored.”

 Ray is an associate at McAlister, McAlister, Baker & Nicklas in Edmond. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance summa cum laude with distinction from OU in 2016. In 2019, she graduated with honors from the OU College of Law.  

During her time in law school, she served as an assistant managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was a member of the ABA Client Counseling Team and was a member of Phi Delta Phi honor society. She was selected to serve on the Code of Academic Responsibility Appeals board. She also was the recipient of the Oklahoma Law Review’s 2019 Outstanding 3L Award and received several academic scholarships.  

Ray focused her law school studies in the areas of taxation, estate planning and business. Before joining the firm as a law clerk in the spring of 2018, she volunteered at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and interned at the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. She was also employed by the law school as a research assistant to the director of externships.

 The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.

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