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Duke Ligon

OKC MOA’s Healing Arts Program

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA)


Oklahoma City resident and attorney Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company in 1970. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Duke Ligon serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKC MOA).

The OKC MOA offers a program called Healing Arts that reaches out in several ways to bring art education and appreciation to people who are sick, in recovery, or otherwise unable to access the museum’s offerings.

Art can be a fun, educational, and sometimes therapeutic practice, especially for children who may not have many other outlets for self-expression. Teaching artists from the MOA visit the Oklahoma University Children’s Hospital to provide art lessons for children and teens in longer term care at the hospital. They also visit St. Anthony’s Behavioral Medicine to help children who have behavioral challenges to explore art as a way to express their thoughts and emotions.

Art may also be helpful for people dealing with memory problems or recovering from brain or spinal cord injuries. Teaching artists regularly visit patients at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation centers; these artists also work with two memory care centers in Oklahoma that treat people who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

On select Mondays, the museum hosts an event called Making Memories. On these days, the MOA closes its doors to everyone but those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. These groups are given full access to the Museum along with several programs and activities to help them experience the art together.


Establishing Expert Witnesses in Law




A member of both the District of Columbia and Oklahoma Bar Associations, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is an attorney focused on energy law. Admitted to the US Court of Appeals for the second and fifth circuits, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is an expert witness for the Federal Courts on Board Governance.

Evidence law confines testimonies of witnesses in both criminal and civil cases to concrete statements of fact that the witnesses observed, know, and can recall. The law limits testimonies to facts as perceived or observed by the witnesses using their natural senses. The witness is precluded from giving their opinions, impressions, and inferences, or from drawing conclusions; if in that case, the fact-finders are competent enough to form their own conclusions and opinions.

There are cases, however, when the law provides for witnesses to give opinion evidence. This is in the case of lay opinions and expert opinions.

Lay witnesses may give their opinions if the opinion is rational with regard to their senses, if it will help the fact-finders understand the testimony, and if it is not centered around scientific or specialized knowledge.

Expert witnesses, on the other hand, are people qualified by experience or study to form opinions in the fields of science, art, or a specific trade. The law disqualifies people without special training or experience in technical areas, deeming them incapable of giving accurate opinions with regard to technical matters.

Therefore, a person with qualified skill, expertise, or education in a technical or scientific area may give his or her opinion or form a conclusion as a testimony if it is based on sufficient and reliable scientific data, whose principles the witness has reliably applied to the material case.

Preserving History – The Civil War Trust

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The Civil War Trust

A resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon has served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Devon Energy, and is the owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. In addition to his professional work in the Oklahoma City area, Duke Ligon is a member of the board of directors of several charitable organizations, including the Civil War Trust.

Founded in 1989 as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, the Civil War Trust is dedicated to preserving battlefields throughout the United States. In addition to the Civil War, it also works to save the battlefields of the War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War, making it the country’s most effective and largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Primarily focused on purchasing and restoring battlefield land, the Civil War Trust also connects hundreds of visitors each year to the history and events that affected the history of the nation.

One of the Civil War Trust’s recent preservation efforts focuses on 313 acres in Virginia, an area where at least five significant battles were fought between 1862 and 1865, including the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. In addition to the 885 acres already preserved, including areas around the historically significant Lockett and Hillsman farms, the total preserved area would still only be roughly one-fifth of the battle’s more than 5,800 acres. Funded primarily by federal grants, the expected cost of the project totals almost $1 million.

Renewable Energy Slowly Replacing Coal in the United States

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Devon Energy

An energy lawyer, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is the senior vice president of Devon Energy. Focused on renewable energy in the United States, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City has been involved in domestic energy policy planning, responsible for the growth in renewable energy.

As renewable energy continues to gain market share in terms of total power generated in the United States, carbon-emitting coal’s contribution is fast depreciating.

Wind and solar accounted for over two-thirds of new electricity generation in the United States in 2015 The remainder was dominated by cheap natural gas made popular by hydraulic fracturing. This marked the second year in a row that US investment in renewable sources vastly outpaced investment in fossil fuels.

Cheap wind energy has contributed immensely to the rise of renewable energy. The cost of wind energy has reduced by two-thirds in six years, largely because of the falling cost of wind turbines, effectively making it the lowest-cost source of energy.

In the Great Plains and Sun Belt regions of the United States, private equity investment is constructing massive renewable energy projects alongside laying out hundreds of miles of transmission lines. With 48,800 wind turbines already in operation, powering an estimated 20 million homes, the United States is already a leader in wind energy globally. It is estimated that by 2030, wind energy will account for 20 percent of the country’s electricity.

All the while coal energy has dropped drastically from generating half of the energy in the United States to only a third. As more coal companies file for bankruptcy protection, coal mines now employ an estimated 56,700 Americans, a tenth of what they used to employ at their peak.