Our History

We have over 1,000 volunteer attorneys and over 400 non-lawyer volunteers who fight to protect the rights of abused, neglected and deprived children at every Emergency Show Cause Hearing held 5 days a week, 52 weeks per year. OLFC provides in-depth legal representation to thousands of deprived children. Additionally, OLFC non-lawyer volunteers conduct interviews with children at the Pauline Mayer Shelter who are waiting for their emergency hearings. OLFC volunteers save the State of Oklahoma over $4.1 million dollars annually through its volunteer services.

It all began in 1997, founded by Don R. Nicholson, II and D. Kent Meyers on a bus ride home from a Child Watch Tour, where the two and other attorneys visited the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center and the Pauline Mayer Shelter. The two attorneys were shocked at the enormous number of abused neglected and deprived children languishing in an overburdened system that was ill equipped to handle these innocent victims, who would eventually become the future citizens of tomorrow.

That very day, Nicholson and Meyers began recruiting volunteer attorneys to help these children. The number of attorneys willing to be apart of this organization and help complete the mission grew and grew. In 1998, the Oklahoma County District Court Judges signed an Administrative Order allowing OLFC to be assigned cases directly from the Juvenile Public Defender’s office in order to begin representing the 5,000 children in the juvenile justice system at the time. In 2011, the Oklahoma County District Court Judges signed another Administrative Order authorizing OLFC volunteers to be appointed in special circumstance cases arising in the District Court of Oklahoma County.

Today, OLFC’s volunteer attorneys provide Guardian Ad Litem services, assist children in obtaining medical, dental, educational, mental health services when needed, provides children with information and assistance with special needs, trusts, DDSD trusts and assists them as they prepare for life outside of foster care. OLFC is going to expand the role of the non-attorney shelter volunteers by offering them for Guardian Ad Litem services as well.

OLFC provides basic training in juvenile law for volunteers and also provides in-depth training, trial practice techniques and training on various other matters affecting the welfare of children of all ages.