OBA Day at the Capitol - March 21, 2017

By Angela Ailles Bahm

Bill Gates said, “I think it’s fair to say personal computers have become the most empowering tools we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” In today’s environment, it is imperative that lawyers know how to use their computer and what it can do for them and their clients. Please join the Legislative Monitoring Committee on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the bar center in Oklahoma City to discover the next thing you can learn from your computer.

For those of you who have participated in the Legislative reading day before, this year we are changing it up it a bit. It will still be two hours of free CLE. It will still include free pizza. And -- you will still get to hang out on a Saturday morning with some of your favorite political junkies. But instead of gathering up in smaller groups to read bills, we will have six speakers who will present 10 bills in 10 minutes. We hope it will be fast-paced and fun.

The OBA’s government liaison Clay Taylor will teach about the legislative process and give us some key dates to keep a look out for as bills progress. I will show attendees how to use the Legislative website to search for bills and create your own lists. Lastly, we are expecting some of our brother and sister lawyer-legislators to come by, share in some lunch and give us an overview of what they are expecting for the 56th Legislative session.

As many of you may know, in November the Oklahoma Legislature welcomed 13 new members to the Senate and 32 new members were sworn into the 101-member House of Representatives. Both chambers elected new leadership. For the Senate, Sen. Mike Schulz of Altus became president pro tem; and for the House, the new speaker is Rep. Charles A. McCall from Atoka. I encourage everyone to contact your senator and representative now – before they get too busy. If they are not a lawyer, or a lawyer not in your practice area, offer your assistance and expertise. They will appreciate it, and it will help your community and the state to ensure thoughtful, effective and fair legislation.

I look forward to seeing you at the Legislative reading day. You will learn a lot. You will learn what your computer can do to help keep you on top of legislation and what you can do to help shape our state’s future. RSVP to Debbie Brink at debbieb@okbar.org.

There is still time to become a committee member. Sign up today online here. For those who prefer paper, there’s a form in this bar journal issue. You don’t need to be a committee member to participate in reading day, and we welcome your involvement.

Ms. Bahm practices in Oklahoma City and will serve as the Legislative Monitoring Committee chairperson. She can be contacted at angela.ailles-bahm.ga2e@statefarm.com.