Fern Holland graduated from TU College of Law in 1996. Following graduation, she practiced law in Tulsa before joining the Peace Corps and traveling to Namibia.
In 2003, the United States Agency for International Development hired Holland to investigate human rights abuses under Sadam Hussein’s regime. Fern Holland acted as a strong advocate for Iraqi women’s rights, and she sought to protect victims of abuse by organizing human rights groups and opening women’s centers in Iraq. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) then retained Holland to help Iraqis to establish a democratic form of government.
This petite, 5-foot-2 fiery young attorney from Oklahoma passionately sought to empower women in the Middle East, which ultimately, caused cost Fern her life. While working for the CPA and traveling through Karbala, Fern Holland was shot in her car. She was intentionally targeted for murder by those who felt threatened by her empowerment of women. It is because of Fern Holland’s fiery passion and drive to liberate Iraqi women, that the TU Women’s Law Caucus is holding an event in her honor. The legal community of Tulsa should be aware of a local hero, whose legacy lives on.
If you know of a deserving female attorney, who is admitted to the Oklahoma Bar, who advocates for human rights or the empowerment of women, and who is preferably a TU Law Alumna, please nominate her to win the 2018 Fern Holland Award by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and explaining how she embodies the spirit of Fern Holland.
Thursday, March 29 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Pearl District Building 1209 E. 3rd Street Tulsa, OK 74120