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OBA General Counsel

Professional Responsibility Tribunal

Procedural Rules of the PRT

Chief Master
M. Joe Crosthwait
Vice-Chief
Neal E. Stauffer
Tribunal Members
OBA Members
Lay Members
Jeremy J. Beaver, McAlester (2017)
Kirk V. Pittman, Seiling (2016)
Susan B. Loving, Edmond (2017)
Christian Crawford, Stillwater (2017)
Kelli M. Masters, OKC (2017)
James R. Daniel, OKC (2017)
L. Don Smitherman, OKC (2017)
Mary Lee Townsend, Tulsa (2015)
William G. LaSorsa, Tulsa (2016)
Steven W. Beebe, Duncan (2015)
Mary Quinn-Cooper, Tulsa (2015) James W. Chappel, Norman (2016)
Tom Gruber, OKC (2015)
Linda C. Haneborg, OKC (2016)
Charles Laster, Shawnee (2016)  
Michael Smith, OKC (2016)  
John B. Heatly, OKC (2016)  
Noel K. Tucker, Edmond (2016)  
Gerald L. Hilsher, Tulsa (2015)
 
(Terms expire June 30 of year indicated)
 

About the PRT

The Professional Responsibility Tribunal was created by Rule 4, Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings, 5 O.S., ch. 1, app. 1‑A, effective July 1, 1981, as a panel of Masters whose function is to conduct hearings on formal complaints filed against lawyers and on applications for reinstatement to the practice of law in the State of Oklahoma.

The Tribunal consists of 21 members, 14 of whom must be active members in good standing of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and seven 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‑lawyer members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma. The members are appointed on rotating terms of three years expiring on June 30 of the given year. The Tribunal holds an annual organization meeting and elects a Chief Master and Vice‑Chief Master to serve for a one year term. All masters serve without compensation except for reimbursement for travel and other incidental expenditures incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.

Upon the initiation of a formal complaint against a lawyer, the Chief Master must select three Masters to serve as a trial panel. Each panel must consist of two lawyers and one non‑lawyer. One of the two lawyer members of the trial panel must be designated as the Presiding Master. Two of the three Masters constitute a quorum for the purposes of conducting hearings, ruling on and receiving evidence, and rendering findings of fact and conclusions of law. The Trial Panel has authority to conduct its proceedings, as far as practicable, in accordance with the rules governing other civil proceedings. Within 30 days of the conclusion of any proceeding, it is the duty of the Trial Panel to file with the Clerk of the Supreme Court a written report containing findings of fact and conclusions of law including a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to discipline to be imposed, if appropriate.