OU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity under fire – What are the constitutional ramifications of expulsion or suspension?

Following the release of a short video which captured racially charged content in a fraternity chant, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Oklahoma is no more. Riding on a party bus, the chant  was captured which included some disturbing racial slurs including “there will never be a n—– in SAE.” The actions…


Is a bartender responsible for over-serving you?

Does a bartender at a commercial business have any responsibility when serving alcohol? The answer is generally, yes. Under Oklahoma’s dram shop laws– laws governing bars that serve alcohol– a bartender who over-serves a visibly intoxicated patron can be held criminally liable, but, as discussed in greater detail below, there are several factors that make proving…


Boating DUI bill passes House

The Oklahoma state House of Representatives has passed a bill to strengthen the penalties for boating while intoxicated. This firm previously covered the problems with Oklahoma’s boating while intoxicated laws. You can access that coverage here. House bill 1714 imposes new restrictions that compel the suspension of a person’s driver’s license. For a first offense,…