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President's Message

Jan. 19, 2016
2016 OBA BOG Swearing in - President Garvin A. Isaacs

Nov. 19, 2016 

Oklahoma Judicial Funding Shortage Deserves OBA Support 

I have contacted presidents of county bar associations all over Oklahoma to discuss with them what we need to do as a bar association to help the judicial branch of government.
Oct. 15, 2016 

Juror Appreciation Project to Emphasize Importance of Trial by Jury

All over the United States there has been a decline of civil jury trials.
Sept. 10, 2016 

Safeguarding Our Freedoms 

Our Annual Meeting is a great time to connect with old friends and to exchange creative ideas with our colleagues. One of the most important parts of being a lawyer is to think creatively in addressing problems. No two cases are alike. No two witnesses are alike. Legal issues change with the facts. We must all remember that there is no absolute about any factual matter that creates a legal problem. 
Aug. 20, 2016

With Liberty and Justice for All

As lawyers we have a responsibility to uphold public confidence in the judicial system and to remember that under our Constitution every person regardless of their race, color, creed or income is entitled to equal justice under the law.
May 21, 2016

Explorers Attacked by Polar Bears 

The decisions by the United States Supreme Court in Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission1 and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission2 have allowed unlimited campaign contributions by political action committees that do not have to identify contributors. These two cases have changed our whole country and have given control of our government to big money.
April 16, 2016

On Law Day Let Us Celebrate Trial by Jury

On Aug. 14, 1670, in London, William Penn and a fellow Quaker, William Meade, spoke out against the king of England. Penn and his co-defendant, Meade, were tried for sedition and inciting rebellion.1 After hearing the evidence and arguments, the jury retired to deliberate. When the jury returned to open court and announced that it was unable to reach a verdict, one of the court officers threatened juror Edward Bushel.2 Two threats were reported, one in which the court officer said to Edward Bushel, “You deserve to be indicted more than any man that hath been brought to the bar of this day” and another court officer threatened Bushel with branding.3
March 12, 2016

The Jesse Owens Rule: Never Be Intimidated

Where are we in history? In 2015, Oklahoma had more than 900 earthquakes over the 3.0 scale. Seismologists from all across the United States agree the earthquakes are caused by injection wells. Gov. Mary Fallin in her State of the State address did not mention the word earthquakes one single time.
March 2, 2016

JNC - Let It Be: An Urgent Message from President Garvin A. Isaacs

The honor to serve as your president comes with responsibilities. The greatest responsibility is protecting and defending the third branch of government to ensure ALL citizens of the State of Oklahoma have fair and impartial courts. At this time three troubling bills are pending before the Oklahoma House of Representatives that threaten the integrity, independence and fairness of our judicial system -- any could run in the next day or two.
Feb. 13, 2016

Upcoming Events Deserve Your Attention

On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence communicated that one of the reasons they were declaring independence was because the King of England was trying to take away the right to trial by jury. All 13 colonies had guaranteed the right to trial by jury in their Articles of Confederation in both civil and criminal cases.
Jan. 16, 2016 

Will We Let History Repeat Itself? 

The Oklahoma Legislature is now considering abolishing the Judicial Nominating Commission. I think back to my youth and remember when Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Nelson Corn was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for income tax evasion for a $150,000 bribe. It was a shock.