The Honorable Carlos J. Chappelle Memorial Fund

The late Judge Carlos Chappelle (JD '80) built a distinguished career as a leading figure in the legal profession, was devoted to fairness and the highest ethical standards in the judiciary, and had a wide-ranging impact through his work in Oklahoma. He was admired and widely respected by the Tulsa legal community.

The Carlos J. Chappelle Memorial Fund was created in 2016 in honor of his memory and to support initiatives at TU Law that honor his legacy by providing scholarships and opportunities to hard-working students pursuing justice through the law. 

In addition to scholarship assistance for deserving students, the Chappelle Fund helps support the following current programs:

The Judge Carlos Chappelle Minority Law Awareness Day

TU Law maintains long-standing partnerships within the Tulsa community and with LSAC's DiscoverLaw program to host the annual Judge Carlos Chappelle Minority Law Awareness Day to introduce area minority high school students to the study of law and the legal profession. Activities include a guest speaker, mock sports contract negotiation, lunch with local minority lawyers and TU Law students, a meeting with a prominent judge, and tours of the Tulsa County Courthouse and the Conner & Winters law firm.

The Judge Carlos Chappelle Pathway to Law Academy

Eighth-grade students from KIPP Tulsa with an interest in law are invited to TU Law for a full day of interactive learning. The Academy includes a panel of undergraduate admissions representatives and attorneys, a tour of the entire TU campus, lunch with local lawyers, a mock trial, and a class taught using the Socratic method by TU Law Professor Johnny Parker. This event encourages underrepresented students to prepare for the rigors of an undergraduate education and encourage them to pursue a degree in law.

TU Law appreciates the following donors who gave to the Chappelle Fund in 2016:


A. Mark Smiling PLLC

Shena E. Burgess

Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Security Bank

TCF Tom and Stephanie Seymour

$500 – $999

1 Anonymous

Lawrence L. Crynes, PhD

Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Reincke

Mr. Eric M. Bohne

Mr. and Mrs. Frank V. Cooper

$100 – $499

Monroe & Keele

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Greenough

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wightman

Ms. Susan Witt

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Bergman

Metrobar Concepts LLC

Vicki J. Limas

Boston Avenue Law, PLLC

Jason A. McVicker

Mr. and Mrs. Darren Crabtree

Murphy Francy PLLC

The Honorable Carl P. and Dr. Cassandra Funderburk

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Zuckerman

$1 – $99

1 Anonymous

Mr. Sam P. Daniel III and Ms. Mildred E. Otey

Doris L. Fransein

Thomas H. Landrum, PLLC

Joann K. Naifeh

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Greenough

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy H. Harris

Mr. Scott A. Hendren and Ms. Julie C. Doss Hendren

Leslie A. Ellis Kissinger Attorney At Law

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hiddle

Blake A. Johnson, Attorney at Law/CPA

Ms. April L. Seibert

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wightman

Ms. Marci Jefferson

Ms. Becky M. Johnson

Mr. Clemon D. Ashley

Mr. Nicholas Foster