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OKC Chapter Presents: Justice, Rights & Mercy
Petroleum Club
100 N Broadway Ave # 3400
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
United States
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Category: OKC Chapter Events

Program Description:

Defining "justice" - what is it? What are common misunderstandings about our system of justice? How do you resolve a conflict in values or balance rules with mercy? Finally, what can we do as informed citizens to promote justice?

 CPE Recommendation:

 Program is recommended for 1.0 credit in  Personal Ethics at the basic level for CPA's responsible for ensuring ethical behavior, either formally or informally, in the workplace. Emphasis is on understanding the various forms of justice and how that intersects with other ethical principles such as discernment.  This is a non-technical learning activity that contributes to the general, professional competence of a CPA.    It is the responsibility of the individual CPA to make the determination as to relevance to his/her individual practice.  

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 About the Presenters:


Moderator Jim Priest

A founding member of OK Ethics in 2003, Jim participated in building the vision by sharing his time, insights and talents as a gifted presenter and expert on the topic of ethics.  The Board unanimously appointed Jim to the Board in December, 2016.

Jim is the CEO of Sunbeam Family Services, a 110 year old non-profit that provides a range of social services to support Oklahoma’s most vulnerable people; those services include including early childhood, counseling, foster care and senior services.  Jim is a husband, dad, attorney, author and ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He was a trial lawyer focusing on employment and civil rights law for over thirty four years before joining Sunbeam in November 2014.  He also served as Executive Director of the non profit organization FATE—Fighting Addiction Through Education.

Jim graduated magna cum laude from Houghton College in Houghton, New York and magna cum laude from Syracuse University School of Law.  He is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City, Leadership Edmond and Leadership Oklahoma and has served on numerous non-profit boards.


The Honorable 
Jerry Bass
The Honorable
Patricia Parrish

The Honorable
Kenneth Stoner

The Honorable
Cindy Truong

Judge Jerry D. Bass was an Oklahoma district court judge for Oklahoma County, which is located in District 7. He was first appointed to the court in 1996 as a special judge. He was elected district judge in 1998, and re-elected for four-year terms since then. He retired when his term expired in December 2014. Judge Bass received a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University.(Source: Ballotpedia - Additional details pending)

According to the Oklahoman,  Judge Bass began his career in the Oklahoma County public defender’s office and took the family docket before presiding over criminal cases the remainder of his judicial career. He petitioned the court and was granted active retired status so that he could continue to act as a judge on the ReMerge docket, a criminal diversion program for mothers in Oklahoma County. He is not paid in that capacity.    


 Judge Patricia Parrish, is a graduate of Hennessey High School and obtained her undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University where she graduated with a honors. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Oklahoma, College of Law. She became a Special Judge in February 2003, and in 2004, was appointed as a District Judge. Judge Parrish has handled a civil docket since her appointment as a District Judge. 

Judge Parrish previously served as the Presiding Judge of Oklahoma County and President of the Oklahoma County Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Committee for Uniform Jury Instructions and is Past President of the William J. Holloway, American Inn of Court.

Judge Parrish has been the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award, the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Friends of the Young Lawyers Division Award, the Mona Salyer Lambird  Spotlight Award, the Oklahoma Association for Justice Judge of the Year Award and the Journal Record Leadership in Law Award.


District Judge Kenneth Stoner oversees Oklahoma County’s Drug and DUI Courts. He began his legal career in 2001 in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office serving as a felony prosecutor.  He later went into private practice focusing on corporate, entertainment, and criminal law.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, he concentrated on representation of clients suffering from addiction and mental health issues.  Judge Stoner has earned distinction for his innovative approach to handling such cases. 

Judge Stoner is on the board of directors for the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the UPtown 23rd Development District. He is a member of the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association, Addiction & Mental Health Professionals of Oklahoma, and Lawyers Against Domestic Abuse. He is also active in Parents Helping Parents, and Edmond’s Troop 78 of the Boy Scouts of America. He is the co-founder of Seneca House, a non-profit sober living home based on Stoic principles. 

Stoner earned his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, graduating with highest honors.  While in law school he earned many awards including the Comfort Scholarship, OBA’s Outstanding Senior, Student Bar Association Award and the prestigious Jankowski Award given to the outstanding graduate of each class.  

Judge Stoner is a six-generation Oklahoman and a member of the Cherokee Nation.  He and his wife Barbara reside in the Oakdale area with their sons, Max, Will and Sam.  His wife is also an attorney, serving as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Jones.  

Judge Cindy Truong was elected to the Bench by the voters of Oklahoma County on November 2nd, 2010.  She is the District Judge of Office #7 of the Oklahoma County District Court.  Judge Truong was sworn into office and began presiding on January 15th, 2011.

Judge Truong received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Oklahoma State University in only three years while also working in the family business.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2001.

Prior to taking the Bench, Judge Truong served the public as a Criminal Prosecutor in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office for 10 years.  She was responsible for the prosecution of cases that included Death Penalty Murder cases, rape, robbery and drug trafficking.  She has tried over 50 jury trials to a verdict.

Currently, Judge Truong is assigned to a Criminal Felony Crime Docket.  She has presided over 102 criminal jury trials.  She is currently the Chair for the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reform Pretrial Release Committee appointed by Clayton Bennett.  She is also a board member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Board of Court Interpreters appointed by then-Chief Justice Colbert.  She is also a Member of Court on the Judiciary—Trial Division.