As an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law, Nikki Jones Edwards believes her mission is to educate and empower her students. By night, she plays an active role in shaping the future of our legal community and profession by not only teaching OCU Law students, but by delivering insight and expertise in a meaningful, interactive way. By day, she is a Director/Shareholder and Chair of Phillips Murrah’s Family Law Practice Group.
A perfect example of her shaping the future occurred on the evening Oct. 26, when Nikki called on her Family Law colleagues to help facilitate a lesson for Nikki’s Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation Advocacy class. Phillips Murrah Director Robert K. Campbell, Phillips Murrah Attorney Molly Tipton, and Monica Ybarra Weedn, former Phillips Murrah Attorney and current Director of Legal Affairs at TBS Factoring, gave a guest lecture and conducted a simulated mediation during the class.
“I was honored to have my fellow Family Law team, as well as a former member of our team, graciously extend their time to educate and empower soon-to-be lawyers in an important area of law,” she said.
This is not Nikki’s first semester as an adjunct at OCU Law. For the 2020 Fall semester, she taught Litigation Practicum as the third person and first woman to hold the position of OCU Law Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.
“As our first female lawyer in this role, it’s an extra special way to highlight not only her wonderful skills but to bring attention to the under-representation of women in litigation practices,” Jim Roth, OCU School of Law Dean and Phillips Murrah Director, said in a City Sentinel article.
Nikki also taught a Family Law course during the Spring 2022 semester, and she plans to continue teaching at OCU Law as time allows.
“As an adjunct professor, it is a pleasure to see our future young lawyers gain the academic knowledge and practical experience to enter the profession confidently,” she said. “I am so proud to be a part of that journey.”