Sharon L. Corbitt (1946–2007)

Sharon L. Corbitt was an active member of the American Bar Association, and served as a member of the Commission on Domestic Violence from 2002-2005, after completing a term as Chair of the Family Law Section. She also served the Section as Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, Secretary, CLE Chair, and Liaison from the Family Law Section to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and to the Commission on Women.

A practicing attorney in the area of matrimonial law at the Sneed Lang Law Firm, Sharon was a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a past president of the group’s Oklahoma Chapter. Sharon was also a member of the Oklahoma Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She was voted Outstanding Family Law Attorney by the Oklahoma Bar Association Family Law Section in 1993 and again in 1995. Sharon was a past Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Family Law Section as well.

Sharon was active within her local Bar and her community. Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa County Bar Association for a number of years, and also previously served that organization as Treasurer, CLE Chair, Fee Arbitration Committee Chair, and Membership Services Committee Chair. She received the President’s Award from that organization in 1986-87 and again in 1989-90. In December 1997, she received the Golden Rule Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association. This award is given quarterly to a lawyer considered by his or her peers to exemplify the best qualities of the legal profession.

Sharon was also active in pro bono legal services. She received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma on three separate occasions. In 1990 she also received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association for her organization, state-wide training and recruitment programs to add lawyers to the volunteer panels in the area of family law. She assisted Oklahoma’s Domestic Violence Intervention Services with pro bono representation, in addition to serving on the board of directors as a member and as president. Sharon was one of a group of individuals who spearheaded development of a “Divorce Guide” published as a public service by a number of judges, lawyers and mental health professionals to provide assistance and information to those contemplating divorce. As part of a mayor-appointed collaborative team, Sharon also oversaw the opening of Tulsa’s Family Safety Center, one of fifteen sites nation-wide selected by the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative in 2004.

Sharon was born November 13, 1946, in Prague, Oklahoma. She was married to James C. Lang, co-founder of Sneed Lang Law Firm, for 15 years. Both Sharon and James perished in a house fire in December 2007. They are survived by four children and seven grandchildren.