Pickens Nominated for ‘Leadership in Law’ Award

Travis Pickens recently was named as an honoree for the 2010 Leadership in Law award, honoring Oklahoma's outstanding leaders. Pickens serves as an adjunct professor of commercial law at Oklahoma Baptist University's Graduate School in Oklahoma City.

Thirty-four professionals were recognized through the Leadership in Law program. Produced in conjunction with the Oklahoma County Bar Association's Law Day event, the program recognizes outstanding leaders in the legal community who unselfishly give their time and energy to improve the lives of fellow Oklahomans, in addition to juggling their busy legal careers.

Award recipients were announced at the Law Day luncheon on April 30 and are featured in a special publication that is inserted into The Journal Record.

A native of Midland, Texas, Pickens received his bachelor's degree in education in 1980 and his juris doctorate with distinction in 1984 from the University of Oklahoma. He began his general civil litigation practice with Musser & Bunch PC in Oklahoma City. He later associated with Mitchell Klein Pickens & Peck, assuming his current role as ethics counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association in August 2009.

In his current position with the Oklahoma Bar Association, he answers ethics questions from association members, works with its Legal Ethics Advisory Panel, monitors Diversion Program participants, teaches classes and seminars and writes articles.

Pickens is a former co-chair of the Work/Life Balance Committee, honored as the Oklahoma Bar Association's Outstanding Committee in 2008. He is the former vice chair of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee. He has been active in the Oklahoma County Bar Association, serving on its board of directors and as editor of its monthly publication, "The Briefcase," and as an official OBA bar convention delegate. He also has served on the Oklahoma City Municipal Courts' Judiciary Advisory Committee.

Pickens has served as coordinator of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church's Master Teacher Program and as a member of Oklahoma City's Rotary Club 29. He has also served as a volunteer with REST, a homeless day center, serving as president and a member of its board of directors, and with the Oklahoma City Metro Day Center Committee for the homeless.

"My personal philosophy is that each of us is called or made for a specific purpose," Pickens told The Journal Record. "Our life's work is to identify that purpose, then pursue it for the betterment of all, and not coincidentally, our own betterment and happiness."

Pickens and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters, Emily, 24, and Alison, 21. His hobbies include teaching, traveling and writing.

Nominations for the Leadership in Law program were solicited and accepted statewide; membership in the Oklahoma County Bar Association was not a requirement. Winners were selected by a panel of business and legal professionals.