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OBA General Counsel

Professional Responsibility Commission

Rick R. Sitzman, Oklahoma City

Lawyer Members
Non-Lawyer Members
Rick R. Sitzman, Oklahoma City (2017)
Heather Burrage, Norman (2018)

David Swank, Norman (2018)

Sidney K. Swinson, Tulsa (2019)  
Phillip J. Tucker, Edmond (2019)  
(Terms expire December 31 of year indicated)

Staff Members

Gina Hendryx, General Counsel, Oklahoma Bar Association

Loraine Dillinder Farabow, First Assistant General Counsel

Peter Haddock, Assistant General Counsel

Stephen Sullins, Assistant General Counsel

Katherine M. Ogden, Assistant General Counsel

Tracy Nester, Assistant General Counsel

About the PRC

The Professional Responsibility Commission was created by the Supreme Court on October 3, 1977. The Professional Responsibility Commission exists in its present form by virtue of Rule 2, Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings (RGDP), 5 O.S., ch. 1, app. 1-A, effective July 1, 1981. The Professional Responsibility Commission consists of seven members, five of whom must be lawyers who are active members in good standing of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and two of whom must be non-lawyers.

The lawyer members are appointed by the President of the Oklahoma Bar Association subject to the approval of the Board of Governors. The non-lawyers must reside in different congressional districts, one to be appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and the other to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. The members are appointed on rotating terms of three years expiring on December 31 of the given year.

The Professional Responsibility Commission is charged with the duty of considering and investigating any alleged ground for professional discipline or alleged incapacity of any lawyer called to its attention, or upon its own motion, and to take such action with respect thereto as shall be appropriate to effectuate the purposes of the Rule Governing Disciplinary Proceedings. In the course of its investigations, the Professional Responsibility Commission may hold hearings, administer oaths or affirmations, receive testimony and other evidence, and issue and serve or cause to be served subpoenas requiring testimony or the production of books, records, papers, documents or other tangible evidence. The Professional Responsibility Commission may take action with regard to a formal grievance upon conclusion of a complete investigation, in the following manner: it may recommend that a formal complaint be filed with the Supreme Court asking that the attorney be disbarred or suspended, or otherwise disciplined; it may dismiss the matter entirely; or it may administer an admonition or a reprimand to the Respondent.