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May 8, 2013 Press Release
Human Trafficking Seminar to Educate Attorneys
Victims of sex and labor trafficking, and what can be done to help them, are the focus of an upcoming educational seminar aimed at Oklahoma lawyers. The seminar, “Modern Slavery in Oklahoma: Why OBA Members Must Help to Eliminate Coerced Labor and Sex for the Profit of Captors,” takes place Thursday, May 9, from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oklahoma Bar Center in Oklahoma City.
December 20, 2012 News
Counting on You Consider the OBF for Your End-of-Year Donations
It’s that time of year when the Oklahoma Bar Foundation asks you to make a contribution to the OBF as a part of your end-of-year charitable giving.
December 17, 2012
Press Release
State Bar Association to Reimburse Client Losses
Several Oklahomans who lost money to deceased or dishonest former attorneys will be reimbursed by the Oklahoma Bar Association. The association announced its Clients’ Security Fund will pay more than $100,000 in claims to nine clients of six former attorneys whose acts led to the losses.
December 17, 2012 News
Farris Appointed to Board of Governors
Tulsa attorney Robert S. Farris has been appointed to the OBA Board of Governors, filling the unexpired term of member-at-large Renée DeMoss, who is vacating the seat after her uncontested election as OBA president-elect.
December 12, 2012 News
Lawyers Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for Thousands
More than 4,000 needy Oklahoma families enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal at their own tables this year due to the efforts of a dedicated group of Oklahoma lawyers.
December 10, 2012 News
Judge Smith Elected Vice Presiding Judge
Judge Clancy Smith has been elected by her fellow judges as vice presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Her two-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2013.
December 7, 2012 News
New Oklahoma Legislators to Return to ‘School’
Newly elected Oklahoma legislators will convene in Oklahoma City next week to attend Law School for Legislators, a program primarily designed to familiarize non-lawyer legislators with substantive topics in law and practical issues in legislation.
December 4, 2012 News
Judge Lewis Named Presiding Judge
Judge David B. Lewis has been elected by his fellow judges as the next presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. The term, which begins Jan. 1, 2013, is historic because Judge Lewis is the first African-American to serve as presiding judge.
November 26, 2012 News
OBA Annual Meeting Concludes, Bar Business Results Announced
Action concluded at noon, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, after the OBA House of Delegates, held at the Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City. It was determined during the meeting that Renée DeMoss of Tulsa will serve as OBA president-elect in 2013, assuming the office of OBA president on Jan. 1, 2014.
November 9, 2012 News
Justice Colbert to Serve as Chief Justice
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert has been elected by his fellow justices to become the next chief justice of the state’s highest court. Justice John Reif will serve as vice chief justice.
October 26, 2012 News
There’s Still Time to Register for Annual Meeting
You may have missed the shot on the early bird registration deadline, but there is still time to register for this year’s Annual Meeting! Starting today, registration is still only $85, with slightly increased prices for your CLE and OBA Tech.
October 24, 2012
News
Many Thanks to Heroes Volunteers
In celebrating Pro Bono Week, Oct. 21 – 27, we would like to commend our Heroes program volunteers. Dedicated to serving those who have honorably served our country, these attorneys have spent countless hours providing legal assistance to veterans at no cost.
October 17, 2012 News
Oklahoma Mortgage Settlement Fund: OBA Partners with State Attorney General to Assist Victims
Oklahomans who encounter mortgage-related legal challenges are the focus of a newly announced partnership between the Oklahoma Bar Association and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
October 17, 2012 News
Diversity Award Winners Announced
The Diversity Committee, with the support of OBA President Cathy Christensen, identified that there was a need for the Oklahoma Bar Association to recognize leaders and statewide diversity efforts and to increase the need for tolerance and diversity awareness.
October 9, 2012 News
Lighting the Way: 2012 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award Recipients
Since 1996 the Spotlight Awards have been given annually to five women who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and who have lighted the way for other women. In 1998 the award was named to honor the late Mona Salyer Lambird, the first woman president of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and one of the Award’s first recipients.
October 4, 2012
Press Release
Voter Education Key to Retention Ballot
Oklahomans may face uncertainty about the judicial retention ballot they will encounter when they enter the voting booth Nov. 6. The state bar association has introduced www.CourtFacts.org, a website designed to explain how the merit retention process works while providing background information about the justices and judges on this year’s merit retention ballot.
October 2, 2012
News
Legendary Civil Rights Attorney to Speak at Annual Meeting
Morris Dees will deliver a message of justice, hope and tolerance during the Plenary Session on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11 – 11:50 a.m. Mr. Dees, who is the founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., will speak on the topic of “With Justice for All.”
October 2, 2012 News
Peer Mediation Training
Peer mediation training was offered for elementary and secondary school students through the Peaceful Resolutions for Oklahoma Students (PROS) program.
September 27, 2012 Press Release
Women Lawyers to Be Honored for Distinguished Legal Service
Five female lawyers from across the state will be honored during the Oklahoma Bar Association Women in Law Conference to be held Friday, Sept. 28, at the Oklahoma Judicial Center in Oklahoma City. The award presentation will take place during a luncheon scheduled at 11:30 a.m.
September 25, 2012 News
New Bar Members Sworn in at State Capitol
The State Capitol was flooded with smiling faces this past Wednesday, Sept. 19, as law students and their families gathered for the Oklahoma Bar Association’s swearing-in ceremony. More than 300 students from OCU School of Law, OU College of Law, TU College of law and a few out-of-state law schools were sworn in as new bar members in the House of Representatives chambers.
September 11, 2012 News
Retired Justice Hardy Summers 1933-2012
A memorial service has been set for retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Hardy Summers, who died Sept. 10. The service will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 600 N.W. 13th St., Oklahoma City.
September 7, 2012 News
OBA Program to Offer Legal Services at Yellow Ribbon Event for Soldiers Deploying in October
The Oklahoma National Guard is deploying more soldiers to Afghanistan in October and before they leave, a Yellow Ribbon Pre-Deployment event will be held this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Norman.
September 5, 2012 News
Special Rebroadcast of A Conversation with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Oklahoma Chief Justice Steven Taylor
In honor of Justice O’Connor’s dedication toward the advancement of civic education, the Oklahoma Bar Association will rebroadcast, “ A Conversation with Justice O’Connor and Oklahoma Chief Justice Taylor”.
August 29, 2012 News
Oklahoma Teacher Receives National Award
Donna Garrison Hickman received the 2012 American Lawyers Alliance Middle School Teacher of the Year Award. ALA President - Elect, Barbara Smallwood presented the award to Hickman at the Tulsa County Bar Association Annual Meeting held August 23.
August 7, 2012 Press Release
State Bar Offers Free Legal Advice to Wildfire Victims
Oklahoma attorneys are stepping in to help those affected by the recent wildfires. Through a program coordinated by the Oklahoma Bar Association, volunteer attorneys will offer no-cost assistance to Oklahomans who experience legal issues related directly to the fires. The free service begins immediately, and is available to residents of Beckham, Cleveland, Creek, Grady, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Payne and Pittsburg counties. Victims may request help at www.okbar.org/DisasterRelief or call (800) 522-8065 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 7, 2012 News
2012 ACLEA Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
The Oklahoma Continuing Legal Education Department (CLE) returned last week from the 48th Annual ACLEA meeting with the 2012 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing.  Accepting the award for the Oklahoma Bar Association were Heidi McComb, Assistant Director and Brandon Haynie, Marketing Production Specialist.
August 7, 2012 News
Bar Members: Discover MyOKBar
One of the many perks of being an OBA member is the MyOKBar section of our website. MyOKBar is a handy online resource for all OBA members to keep track of their CLE credits, enroll in seminars or find contact information for other OBA members. If you are not yet familiar with the site, log in and take a look around.
July 24, 2013 News
Bar Center Welcomes Special Guests
On Tuesday, July 17, a special group of 21 students and three professors from several university law schools in China came to visit the OBA. This group, welcomed by President Cathy Christensen and several OBA staff members, are attending the Oklahoma City University School of Law Certificate in American Law Program.
July 23, 2012 Press Release
State Bar Association Seeks Nominations
The Oklahoma Bar Association is accepting nominations for its annual awards presentations.
July 17, 2012 News
Renowned Sports Commentator To Speak At OBA Annual Meeting
Following the recent excitement of the NBA finals and with Oklahoma’s beloved football season just around the corner, “Homecoming” is a fun and fitting theme for our 108th annual meeting, to be held Nov. 14-16 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
July 11, 2012 News
Legal Guide for Senior Citizens Now Available
Aging Oklahomans often find themselves in difficult situations. Perhaps a new widow is left to handle the finances for the first time in 60 years; or a grandfather is ready to start writing his will, but has no idea where to begin.
June 26, 2012 News
Legal Aid Needs Your Vote to Win New Car
With 20 offices scattered across Oklahoma, Legal Aid attorneys travel far and wide to provide a broad spectrum of free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly clients. From power of attorneys to divorce, Legal Aid assists nearly 40,000 needy Oklahomans each year.
June 26, 2012 News
New Feature Makes Online Legal Research Even More Powerful
Fastcase, a comprehensive online legal research service that’s a free OBA member benefit, has added a new feature – Mobile Sync. Mobile Sync helps make the Fastcase Legal Research member benefit even more powerful.
June 18, 2012 News
Diversity Committee Introduces New Awards
The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Diversity Committee is seeking nominations for its first Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards. All nominations must be received by June 30, 2012.

June 18, 2012 News
Hatton W. Sumners Teacher Institute
June 11-14, 2012, the Hatton W. Sumners Teacher Institute was held in Norman. The institute covered the Foundations of Democracy curriculum authored by the Center for Civic Education.  Foundations of Democracy explores the four concepts of democracy Authority, Responsibility, Privacy, and Justice.

June 5, 2012 News
OBA Welcomes New Educational Programs Director
Oklahoma lawyers can expect to see a new face at the bar center this month as former Assistant Attorney General Susan Damron Krug takes the reins of the OBA Continuing Legal Education Department. Ms. Krug, whose name is pronounced “kroog,” brings more than 30 years of professional experience to the position, having become a member of the bar after graduating from OCU School of Law in 1993.
June 4, 2012 News
June 8 is Early Bird Deadline for Solo & Small Firm Conference
Early Bird Deadline for the 2012 OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference (June 21-23) is this week on June 8. Do not miss your chance for fun, fellowship and great CLE targeted at solo and small firm lawyers.

May 30, 2012 News
Bar Members Celebrate Membership Anniversaries
The Oklahoma Bar Association applauds these members who in 2012 reach significant milestone anniversaries.
May 30, 2012 News
Educators: Register Now for the Free Hatton W. Sumners Teacher Institute
The fifth annual Hatton W. Sumners Teacher Institute will be held in downtown Oklahoma City June 11–14, 2012. The institute will focus on the Foundations of Democracy curriculum authored by the Center for Civic Education.

May 15, 2012
Press Release
High Marks at Nationals for Clinton Mock Trial Team
Clinton High School earned a fourth place finish during the National High School Mock Trial Championship held last weekend in Albuquerque N.M. The ranking represents the highest ever finish for an Oklahoma team.


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