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Mona Salyer Lambird

Mona Salyer Lambird was an Oklahoma lawyer who became the first woman president of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the first woman elected to the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Background

Mona Sue Salyer was born on July 19, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Pauline and B.M. Salyer, Jr. She pursued an undergraduate degree in Economics graduating with honors in 1960 from Wellesley College.

Education

She graduated in 1963, with honors, earning the Elizabeth Maxwell Carroll Chestnut Prize as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Career

She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame in 1995. The couple moved to Baltimore and Lambird enrolled in the University of Maryland School of Law. During her schooling, she was the Editor of the Maryland Law Review.

After graduation, she worked in the US Attorney's Office in the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. In 1971, Lambird joined Andrews, Davis, Legg, Bixler, Milsten and Price, where she later became partner in 1977. Her practice concerned general civil, state and federal litigation with a focus on employment law disputes with administrative agencies and on behalf of management. In 1989, she was honored as The Journal Record′s Corporate Woman of the Year.

That same year, she was elected as the first woman to head the Oklahoma County Bar Association, serving as vice president from 1989 to 1990 and president from 1990 to 1991. From 1992 to 1994 she was elected as the first woman to serve on the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar and in 1996, Lambird was sworn in as the first woman president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. In 1998, the Spotlight Award, given annually to five Oklahoma women of distinction in the legal profession, was renamed as the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

They were survived by another daughter, Allyson Watson.

Religion

The Gospel shows the manner and the necessary work to be done, by which salvation can be achieved. This is human responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community living.

Views

It is important to experience God's grace working in the lives of people. Wisdom and maturity are gained from life experience, especially during the prayer and sharing stories with other Christians.

Membership

Professional liaison committee City Oklahoma City, 1974-1980. Member History Preservation of Oklahoma City, Inc., since 1970. Delegate Oklahoma County and Oklahoma State Republican Party Convention, since 1971.

Oklahoma City Orchestra League Inc., legal advisor, since 1973, board directors, since 1973. Incorporator, board directors R.S.V.P. of Oklahoma County, president, 1982-1983. Board directors Congregate Housing for Elderly, since 1978, Visiting Nurses Association, 1983-1986, Oklahoma County Friends of Library, 1980-1991, The Support Centers, Inc., 1989-1997.

Trustee Oklahoma Foundation Excellence, since 1997, Oklahoma Breast Institute, since 1997, Oklahoma Humanities Council, since 1997, Young Men’s Christian Association, since 1998, Leadership Oklahoma, since 1998. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association (board directors since 1998, chair Oklahoma advisory council since 1997), American Judicature Society (trustee 1994-1998), Oklahoma Bar Association (president labor and employment law section, board governors 1992-1994, president 1996), Oklahoma County Bar Association (board directors since 1986, president 1990), Oklahoma County Bar Foundation (president 1988), Junior League Oklahoma City (board directors 1973-1976, legal advisor), Oklahoma County and State Medical Association Auxiliary (board directors), Leadership Oklahoma, Class X, Seven Sisters Colleges Club (president 1972-1976), Women's Economic Club (steering committee 1981-1986).

Connections

Married Perry A. Lambird, July 30, 1960. Children: Allison Lambird Watson, Jennifer Salyer, Elizabeth Gard, Susannah Lambird Collier.

Politics

Peace making is the creative and positive quest for the well-being of humankind and the planet on which people live.