Judge Reta Strubhar

On July 6, 1992, Judge Reta M. Strubhar was appointed as the first woman to sit on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals since the formation of the Court in 1907. Subsequently, she served as the first woman presiding judge. She has a bachelor’s degree in business education, a master’s degree in English and a juris doctorate. She attended the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University for her mediation training. Judge Strubhar worked for the FBI in Washington DC, taught high school English and business and was an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University and the University of Central Oklahoma. After graduating from law school, she held positions as an assistant attorney general, an assistant district attorney, the associate district judge in Canadian County and served as a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. She is a member of numerous legal and community committees and clubs. She and her husband have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.