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President's Message

Nov. 18, 2017 

Generosity Deserves an Award 

I love being a lawyer. I’ve said this every chance I get this year. It’s true, and the OBA Annual Meeting reinforced my love for the profession and my fellow lawyers. If you were there, you know what I mean, and if you weren’t, you missed a great event.
Oct. 21, 2017 

Leadership Traits Mirror Lawyer Skills

Ever notice that many leaders in community and state government, social and religious groups, companies, universities and nonprofit organizations are lawyers? What is it about being a lawyer that makes leadership almost second nature to us?
Sept. 9, 2017

Annual Meeting Offers Many Benefits for All Lawyers

I love being a lawyer – most days. But I must admit there are moments I dream of winning the lottery and sailing off into the sunset without another thought about client files, custody disputes, billable hours or difficult opposing counsel. Surely, I’m not the only lawyer with such daydreams.
Aug. 19, 2017

Professionalism Urged in Social Media Posts

Remember the “Reach Out and Touch Someone” slogan originally coined for Ma Bell in the 1970s? (For those wondering, “Who is Ma Bell?” we now call her AT&T). With the widespread use of social media, i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, reaching out and touching someone in today’s world takes on a whole new meaning. If you use social media strictly for personal communications with friends and family or if you’re among the thousands using it to create or broaden your online presence, it’s more important than ever to be conscientious of maintaining professionalism in a universe where once something is posted, it never goes away.
May 20, 2017

14th Amendment Guarantees Are Vital

 The 14th Amendment is arguably the most important amendment to the U.S. Constitution and is among the most often cited and most litigated of constitutional provisions. The amendment prohibits states from depriving any person of life, liberty or property without “due process of law” and requires states to afford “equal protection of the law” to all. Simply put, the 14th Amendment is based on the principle that citizens shall not be deprived of life, liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards. It guarantees all citizens the same rights, privileges, protections and fair treatment through the judicial system.
April 15, 2017 

Spring Brings Many Activities 

I love the changing seasons, especially the newness of springtime. With grass turning green, trees budding and colorful flowers pushing up through dreary flowerbeds, we shake off the cabin fever of winter. Bright days bring about new energy. This spring the OBA is in full bloom with opportunities for us to learn and grow.
March 11, 2017 

Change Bad Habits Into Powerful New Habits 

Ever heard of Nora Riva Bergman? Me either until last month when I met her at the National Conference of Bar Presidents. She’s an attorney turned “attorney coach.” It’s been said, “She’s uniquely qualified to address the lessons that every lawyer needs to learn to have a successful practice and fulfilled life. She’s been in the trenches...lived the struggles...and sees the challenges that lawyers face...” With Nora’s expressed permission, I want to share one of the lessons taken from her book, 50 Lessons for Lawyers.
Feb. 11, 2017 

New Free Legal Advice Project Makes It Easy to Volunteer

It is undeniable that the demographics in our communities and our state are rapidly changing, and Oklahoma lawyers must adapt to help meet the needs of the almost 4 million people who call Oklahoma “home.” According to the latest published statistics, approximately 25 percent are children and 15 percent are over age 65; 35 percent are of ethnic or racial minority; 6 percent were born in a foreign country; 10 percent of people living in Oklahoma speak a language other than English as their primary language; 11 percent are disabled; 17 percent live in poverty; and Oklahoma is home to about 305,000 veterans and 99,000 LGBT adults.

Jan. 21, 2017 

My Commitment to You

New Year’s Day comes with celebration and promises of self improvement so the coming year will be a great year, a better year — or perhaps the best year ever. For me this particular Jan. 1 came not only with those typical New Year’s resolutions, but also with my commitment to you, the members of the Oklahoma Bar Association, to remain focused throughout 2017 on the practice of law, the promotion of our association and issues related to the legal profession, including the independence of the judiciary and equal justice for all.