McAlester, Oklahoma , United States
Sep 30, 2016 04:09am
|Info||Kalyn Free was born in Latimer County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Guy Free and Loyce Bell and the late Forrest Bell. Throughout her life, she has been a tireless fighter for people that were facing tragic circumstances and had no other advocate. |
At age 23, Kalyn was the youngest attorney ever hired by the U.S. Department of Justice. As Senior Counsel in the Indian Resources Section, she supervised environmental litigation throughout Indian Country. Kalyn was honored by being the only DOJ attorney nominated for the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Outstanding Service to the Federal Government in 1995.
For 10 � years Kalyn prosecuted corporate polluters in Oklahoma and throughout America, protecting our air, our water, and our land. She made big companies that put profits before people pay to clean up their messes.
In 1998, Kalyn returned to Oklahoma and became the first woman ever elected District Attorney of Pittsburg & Haskell Counties in Southeastern Oklahoma.
During Kalyn�s term as District Attorney she truly made a difference in the lives of people, not only in her two counties, but also throughout Oklahoma. Kalyn�s untiring efforts in raising public awareness of and prosecuting family violence, child abuse and sexual assault cases earned her several coveted awards including the �Make a Difference Award� from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the �Friend of Children Award� from the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and she was named to Oklahoma�s Top Fifty Women of the Year. In 2000, Kalyn received the American Bar Association�s distinguished �Spirit of Excellence Award� for her commitment to American Indian and Diversity issues.
Kalyn prosecuted all types of criminals including child molesters and abusers, rapists, murderers, wife-killers, and drug dealers. Kalyn made victims� rights a priority throughout her administration, coupling compassion with aggressive prosecution. In addition to her courtroom successes, Kalyn is most proud of creating the best Family Violence/Child Abuse Team in the state, the PEACE Unit (Prosecuting to End Adult Child Endangerment), and creating safe, private areas for victims of crime in both county courthouses. Kalyn also created the SAVE Program (Substance Alcohol Victims� Effort) to combat alcohol and drug abuse.
Kalyn Free is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest Indian Tribe in the United States. She is public school educated: a graduate of Red Oak High School, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.