Sociology

Brittany Novotny

2002

If you're serious about learning, then USAO is the place to be.

A graduate of Westmoore High School, Brittany Novotny chose to attend USAO because she wanted to be part of a community dedicated to learning.

“I liked the idea of being on a smaller campus where I could have more interaction with professors and staff,” Brittany said.

Brittany graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology in 2002 and then earned her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law at San Francisco in 2005.

Since returning to Oklahoma, Brittany has been active in defending the civil rights of Oklahomans.

She has negotiated settlements with various police departments on behalf of citizens whose Constitutional rights had been violated. She successfully advocated for the First Amendment rights of a client in an administrative hearing with the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Novotny also won an appeal with the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals on behalf of a client who was wrongfully terminated from employment.

Brittany said that USAO’s liberal arts model has helped her in her career as a lawyer.

"Its interdisciplinary approach provided me with a broad base of knowledge and understanding that informs my approach to law and public policy to this day,” she said.

Beyond her service as an attorney, Brittany has been active in politics, both as a consultant and as a candidate.

In 2010, Brittany ran for the seat in Oklahoma State House District 84. In doing so, she became the first transgender candidate to run for office in the state of Oklahoma.

Though her opponent won the race, Brittany’s candidacy made headlines across the country and contributed to the national dialogue and understanding about transgender people.

Brittany recommends the university to students who want to get the most out of their education.

“I would recommend USAO to anyone who believes college is a time for study, contemplation and reflection,” she said.

“You can have parties anywhere, but you can only get the sense of community and belonging in certain environments. If you're serious about learning, then USAO is the place to be.”