February 26, 2008
Longtime attorney and prominent Oklahoma civic leader John W. Raley Jr. will be the featured speaker at Oklahoma Baptist University's Minter Lecture in American Business Practice on Monday, March 3.
The son of legendary OBU President John Wesley Raley will present the 18th annual Minter Lecture at 10 a.m. in the upper level of OBU's Geiger Center. The lecture is open to the public with free admission.
The Minter Lectureship, underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville, is designed to provide orientation and training for students in the history and nature of the American economic system and to help students understand and appreciate the professional community. It also promotes proper management of personal finances.
Raley currently serves in an "of counsel" relationship with the Northcutt Law Firm in Ponca City. He is the retired United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Headquartered in Muskogee, he served as the presidentially appointed chief law enforcement officer for the 26-county area which comprises the Eastern District.
Originally appointed by President George H.W. Bush in April 1990, Raley was reappointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, thus becoming the only U.S. Attorney in the nation to be appointed under two separate administrations.
Born in Bartlesville, he attended schools in Shawnee. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from OBU in 1954, and a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Raley earned a commission in the U.S. Navy and served on active duty as a gunnery officer and bridge watch officer aboard a heavy cruiser with the Sixth Fleet. After 34 years of continuous service in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he retired in 1984, with the permanent rank of Navy Captain.
After eight years of service as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Raley joined the Ponca City firm of Northcutt, Raley, Clark, and Gardner, practicing law there for 21 years.
He also served a three-year term as mayor of Ponca City. He has served on the OBU board of trustees and was elected to a term on the board of governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
In 1995, he was the only Oklahoman inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. The invitation-only organization is restricted to less than one percent of practicing attorneys.
Raley is married to Caroline Brown of Tulsa. They have two sons, John Wesley Raley III, an attorney in Houston, Texas; and Robert Thames Raley, who serves as an assistant U.S. attorney in Tulsa.