2014 Commencement

About the Commencement Speaker

Judge Emmit Tayloe
Distinguished alum to address Cameron's 2018 graduating class

Judge Emmit Tayloe Since earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cameron University in 1980, Lawton native Emmit Tayloe has experienced a career that has seen him open a private law practice, serve as an assistant district attorney and, since April 2014, hold the position of District Judge for Oklahoma’s Fifth Judicial District.  During each phase of his career, he has demonstrated care, enthusiasm, diligence and fairness.

Attending Cameron University on a debate scholarship, Tayloe majored in speech and was a member of CU’s National Championship Speech Team in 1979.  He also served fellow students as vice president of the university’s student government association.

Admitted to the bar in 1983 after earning his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, Tayloe was appointed as a Comanche County assistant district attorney. In 1986, he opened a private practice in Lawton, specializing in both civil and criminal law. After his appointment to the Fifth Judicial District, Tayloe served as chief judge in 2016 and 2017 and as community sentencing judge since 2016.  He also initiated the Community Sentencing Diversion Program in 2016, which has been used by more than 100 defendants to date.

Professionally, the judge is an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Comanche County Bar Association (including service as president and vice president).  Tayloe is a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He has been actively involved in Comanche County’s Teen Court for more than 20 years as past chairman of its board of directors and as presiding judge.

Tayloe serves on the Preserving the Record task force, a statewide effort to address the current shortage of court reporters, and he was responsible for obtaining funding from the Oklahoma Bar Foundation to install video systems in all seven courtrooms in the Comanche County Courthouse, as well as the adult and juvenile detention centers.  He also serves on the Executive Board for the Judicial Conference with the Chief and Vice-Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The judge has continued his involvement with Cameron University after his graduation, acting as judge for the Business Department’s annual Ethics Bowl competition.  In 2016, he was honored as one of Cameron’s Distinguished Alumni. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Cameron University Alumni Association.

A fourth generation Oklahoman, Judge Tayloe has ties to Fort Sill, where his father retired as a Master Sergeant. He is active in the Kiwanis Club, and served as a deacon and elder in his church.  Tayloe and his wife of more than 30 years, Dolina, have three children and four grandchildren.