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Legislative Report — 56th Legislature


RSVP to or call Debbie Brink at 405-416-7014; 800-522-8065.

9:30 -10:00 a.m.
Registration Emerson Hall, 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Okla. Bar Center
10:00 – 10:05 a.m. Introduce OBA President
Garvin A. Isaacs
John Morris Williams
OBA Executive Director
10:05 – 10:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of
Administrative Director of the Courts, Jari Askins
John Morris Williams

10:10 – 10:35 a.m.

Issues of interest to the Judiciary
Jari Askins
10:40 – 11:10 a.m.
Bills of Interest relating to the practice of law

Clay Taylor, Legislative Liaison

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.
11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
Important Changes and New Rules
Lee Slater, Executive Director, Oklahoma Ethics Commission
11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Break for Lunch
Emerson Hall, Okla. Bar Center
12:10 – 12:20 p.m.
Demonstration of Court Facts website
Cathy Christensen, OBA Past President
12:20 – 12:30 p.m. Introduction to use of Oklahoma Legislative website
Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. How Bad It Was – How Good It is:  The Value of an Independent Oklahoma Judiciary
Bob Burke, Attorney/ Author/Lecturer
1:00 – 1:05 p.m. Instructions John Morris Williams
1:05 p.m. Visit with Legislators State Capitol Building


The Legislative Monitoring Committee focuses on the following measures:

administration of justice;
Court organization, selection, tenure, salary and other incidents of the judicial office;
  Rules and laws affecting practice and procedure in the courts and in administrative bodies exercising adjudicatory functions;
The practice of law
  OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 3

Legislative Proposals and Endorsements in Principle:

The House of Delegates has the authority to place a measure on the Legislative Program or to endorse it in principle, with at least a 60% vote.
  OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 5

Action by the Association upon proposals for improvement of the law by legislation or by judicial rule shall consist of:

Adoption as part of the Legislative Program of the Association;
Endorsement in principle.
  OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 2