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Constitution Award

The Honorable Thomas R. Brett2002 Honoree

The Honorable Thomas R. Brett
Senior Judge  U.S. District Court  Northern District of Oklahoma

Judge Thomas R. Brett was appointed as U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 1979. He presided as Chief Judge from 1994 to 1996 and currently serves as the court’s Senior Judge.

Judge Brett graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. in 1953 and received his LL.B. in 1957 and J.D. in 1971 from the University of Oklahoma Law School. He started his legal career as Assistant County Attorney in Tulsa County before entering private practice with the Tulsa firm of Hudson, Wheaton & Brett in 1958. In 1970, he joined the firm of Jones, Givens, Brett, Gotcher, Doyle &Bogan, Inc. until his appointment to the U.S. District Court.

Judge Brett is a member and past president of the Tulsa County Bar Association as well as the Oklahoma Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and a trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.

In 1991, Judge Brett received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oklahoma. He received the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Outstanding Senior Lawyer Award (1992-93) and Golden Rule Award (2000). He has also received the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award (1995) and Ethics Award (2001). In 2000, Judge Brett was named to the Oklahoma Heritage Association’s Hall of Fame. He also was awarded the American Inns of Court Foundation 2002 Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He served on the OU Board of Regents from 1971 to 1978, including a term as president from 1977-78. He served as chairman and co-chairman for two presidential search committees for OU. He has also served as director of the OU College of Law Alumni Association.

He is a retired colonel for the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and Air War College. He served as director of the National Security Management Course at the 1978 U.S. Army Reserve School in Tulsa.

He was born in Oklahoma City, and has four children and 11 grandchildren. He is married to Mary James Brett.