Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma City, OK
Gina Hendryx is the General Counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA). A licensed attorney for the past 25 years, Ms. Hendryx received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science degrees from Oklahoma City University. As General Counsel, Ms. Hendryx is the chief disciplinary counsel, supervising a staff of 12, and serves as the Associationís counsel on other legal matters. Ms. Hendryx works with the Professional Responsibility Commission and serves as a liaison to the OBA Board of Governors, OBA committees, the courts, and other local and national entities concerning lawyer ethics issues. From 2003 until April 2009, Ms. Hendryx served as the OBAís Ethics Counsel, fielding questions from the associationís 16,000 members pertaining to ethical dilemmas faced in the day- to-day practice of law. In addition to the ethics help line, Ms. Hendryx implemented and directed the OBA Discipline Diversion Program. The Discipline Diversion Program is designed to provide awareness and remedial education of ethical obligations and responsibilities to those attorneys whose actions constitute certain types of misconduct that reflect adversely upon the legal profession and are harmful to the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the public. Ms. Hendryx is a frequent lecturer in the areas of professional responsibility and compliance with ethical standards. She has spoken to numerous private, public, and governmental sector groups, including state and county bar associations, legal services groups, and Judge Advocate General training programs. Ms. Hendryx writes a monthly column for the Oklahoma Bar Journal on current issues in the area of professional accountability. Her articles have been published in many state and local bar association publications. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Before taking her present position with the OBA, Ms. Hendryx practiced law in both the private and non-profit sectors. While in private practice, she litigated in the areas of environmental torts and products liability law. Her non-profit experience included representation of low income senior citizens through the local legal services programs. In her personal time, Ms. Hendryx is an avid scuba diver with over 1000 logged dives, and she holds instructor-level ratings with several scuba certification agencies.