Posted by Nicholas Haugen on 10/10/2012

On September 18, 2012, the Honorable Claire V. Eagan received the Constitution Award presented by Rogers State University. The award was established in 1987 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution, and it is presented each fall to an Oklahoman who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of the Constitution. Judge Eagan's remarks focused on her work in the case of World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson, 444 U.S. 286 (1980), and she discussed how the case progressed from a products liability lawsuit in Creek County, Oklahoma to a landmark decision on the scope of personal jurisdiction under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Judge Eagan was a shareholder, director, and executive committee member at Hall, Estill, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before she was selected to serve as a magistrate judge in the Northern District of Oklahoma in 1998. She was as a magistrate judge until 2001, when she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a district judge in the Northern District of Oklahoma.