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Dec. 13, 2014 News
New OBA Master Lawyers Section  
The Master Lawyers Section will concentrate on lawyers in their “second season of service,” as they transition from full-time practice to pursue pro bono and other service opportunities, through programs that utilize the knowledge and experience of these lawyers.
Nov. 14, 2014 News
Norman Attorney to Lead State Bar Board of Governors
Norman lawyer David A. Poarch Jr. will serve as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2015 president. He will lead the OBA’s 17-member Board of Governors, which meets monthly and governs the association. As chair-elect in 2014, Poarch succession to the top leadership position was automatic. Other election results were announced Friday at the OBA’s 110th Annual Meeting in Tulsa.
Nov. 11, 2014 News
Oklahoma Supreme Court Elects Chief Justice and Vice Chief Justice
The Oklahoma Supreme Court held elections for the offices of Chief Justice and Vice Chief Justice for the years 2015 and 2016.
Nov. 10, 2014 Press Release
The OBA Salutes Servicemembers & Veterans
Nearly four years ago, on Veterans Day 2010, the OBA launched Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes to provide free legal advice and assistance to qualifying active duty servicemen and women and veterans. The program recently reached a milestone – more than $2.5 million in legal services have been donated by Oklahoma lawyers through the Heroes program.
Oct. 15, 2014 Press Release
ABA President-elect to Celebrate Diversity in Oklahoma
American Bar Association President-elect Paulette Brown will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Conference and Awards Luncheon Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Event Center in Oklahoma City.
Oct. 2, 2014 News
The 2014 OBA Diversity Conference and Awards Luncheon
Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association, will present, “Are You Prepared to be Challenged,” and discuss Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the diverse legal workforce and what legal employers (i.e. firms, nonprofits, government agencies, etc.) can do to attract and retain diverse attorneys and the benefits for doing so.
Oct. 1, 2014 News
2014 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. The award was later renamed to honor 1996 OBA President Mona Salyer Lambird, who died in 1999, and as first woman to serve as OBA president, was one of the award’s first recipients.
Sept. 17, 2014 News
OBA-Provided “Pocket Constitutions” Celebrate Democracy, Promote Civics Education
This year’s national observance of Constitution Day marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s most important founding document. This and every year, Oklahoma Bar Association members proudly stand with their fellow Americans on Sept. 17 to recognize the significance of this document that all lawyers are sworn to support and defend.
Sept. 3, 2014 News
Legal Futurist Richard Susskind to Speak at OBA Annual Meeting
Professor Richard Susskind will present “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” during the annual luncheon as part of the OBA Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 at noon.  His keynote presentation will focus on the different ways the Internet and technology are changing the future of the legal profession
August 12, 2014 News
MCLE Rules Changes to Take Effect
You may have read or heard about the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Commission’s proposed change to the MCLE Rules that will eliminate the age 65 exemption from the MCLE requirements. The proposed change was approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on April 7, 2014, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015.
July 9, 2014 News
Exciting Changes Coming to my.OKBar.org!
Our members will soon be noticing big changes in our association’s information management system, and we think you will love them!
June 24, 2014 News
Ricky Knighton Sworn In as OBA Governor
Norman attorney Rickey J. Knighton II was sworn in at the most recent OBA Board meeting by Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Kauger.
June 24, 2014 News
Hatton W. Sumners Teacher Institute 2014
June 9-13, the seventh annual Hatton W. Sumners institute, Using Civics Technology in Our Classrooms, was held at Oklahoma City University.  The Intergenerational Computer Center provided the ideal setting for teachers to explore online civic resources and classroom tools.
May 23, 2014 News
Holland Hall Upper School Places 14th in National Mock Trial Competition
Seven students from Holland Hall Upper School represented Oklahoma in the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison, Wis. May 8-10.  The team finished 14th out of 46 teams that came from across the country in addition to Guam, South Korea and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
May 22. 2014 News
Applicants for July 2014 Oklahoma Bar Exam
The Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the board’s attention in a signed letter any information which might influence the board in considering the moral character and fitness to practice of any applicant for admission.
May 19, 2014 News
OBA Awards: Committee Issues Call for Nominations
If you know an attorney who deserves recognition for their professionalism, selflessness or overall excellence, please nominate them. Awards will be presented during this year’s OBA Annual Meeting to be held in Tulsa Nov. 13-14
May 16, 2014 News
Oklahoma Attorneys Graduate from Leadership Academy
Twenty-three Oklahoma attorneys recently graduated from the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. Graduates completed the academy’s training in leadership, motivation and communication.
May 13, 2014 News
Young Lawyers Staff Sorting Site for Food Drive Donations
Young Lawyers Division board members rolled up their sleeves on Saturday, May 10, to sort food donated to the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
May 13, 2014 News
Diversity Awards: Call for Nominations
Do you know a judge or lawyer who has championed the cause of diversity? Have you worked with a business or organization that is demonstrating leadership in promoting diversity initiatives in the workplace or community? Now is the time to nominate them for the third annual Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards.
May 8, 2014 News
Tulsa Lawyer Brings Home “Three-Peep” in National Contest
Paula J. Quillin’s series of dioramas titled “Constitutional Crisis” earned grand prize honors in the ABA Journal Sixth Annual “Peeps in Law Contest.”
May 1, 2014 Press Release
Lawyers to Offer Free Legal Advice May 1
Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice on Thursday May 1, 2014, during the 36th annual statewide celebration of Law Day.
April 25, 2014 News
SJR21 Fails Oklahoma House Vote
With broad bipartisan opposition, the Oklahoma House of Representatives defeated SJR21 with a 31-65 vote late Thursday afternoon.
April 17, 2014 News
A Message from OBA President Renée DeMoss
I am so very encouraged that so many Oklahomans are asking their legislators to vote NO on SJR21. The online petition that has been circulating opposing this proposed bill has nearly 2,000 signatures and continues to grow.
April 10, 2014 Press Release
State Bar Association Targets Judicial Bills That Threaten the Judiciary
The Oklahoma Bar Association is taking a stand against current legislation that would politicize the way judges are selected in Oklahoma.
April 9, 2014 News
Tell Them NO on SJR21 and HJR1096
OBA President Renée DeMoss today calls upon OBA members and all concerned citizens to reach out to their state Senate and House of Representatives members and tell them to vote NO on SJR21 and on HJR1096.
April 8, 2014 News
Law Day 2014: Democracy in Focus
Democracy is more than just “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It also requires that we ensure that the government continues to function for the people, that citizens help each other and that rights are protected. As we celebrate Law Day this year it is a reminder of the important role we each play in our democracy.
April 1, 2014 News
Retired Justice Rudolph Hargrave: 1925 - 2014
Retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Rudolph Hargrave of Wewoka died April 1, 2014. He was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Shawnee.  He attained his undergraduate degree from East Central University and received his J.D. from the OU College of Law in 1949.
March 26, 2014 News
Masters of the Oklahoma Bar Association: New Section Proposed
The increasing number of Oklahoma lawyers who will work well into their senior years will have an impact on our association, and we must ensure that impact is a positive one.
March 24, 2014 News
Law Day Winners Announced
Check out the winners of this year's Law Day Art and Writing Contest.
March 17, 2014 News
Legislative Report — 54th Legislature
The Legislative Monitoring Committee provides an updated list of bills that may be of interest to Oklahoma lawyers.
March 4, 2014 News
Holland Hall Upper School Wins State Mock Trial Championship
Holland Hall Upper School Red Team defeated Clinton High School Gold Team in the final round of competition to claim the 2014 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship. The final round of competition was held Tuesday evening at the OU Law Center in Norman.
February 7, 2014 News
Member Perks: Benefits Your Association Provides
Being a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association has its advantages. There’s a variety of free stuff and discounted services and programs available to OBA members only. You’re sure to find a benefit that saves you money or enhances your practice.
January 22, 2014 News
New Member Benefit: Discounted UPS Shipping
The OBA announces the UPS Savings Program for its members. This benefit helps members improve their bottom line with some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Enroll and save up to 34% on a broad portfolio of shipping services.
January 21, 2014 News
OBA Legislative Reading Day
Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Oklahoma Bar Center as we identify top bills of interest to the OBA and your practice area. Lunch will be provided
January 14, 2014 News
Applicants for February 2014 Oklahoma Bar Exam
The Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct impose on each member of the bar the duty to aid in guarding against the admission of candidates unfit or unqualified because of deficiency in either moral character or education. To aid in that duty, the following is a list of applicants for the bar examination to be given February 25-26, 2014.
January 8, 2014 Press Release
Tulsa Attorney to Lead State Bar Board of Governors
Nine attorneys will be sworn into the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors during a ceremony Friday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the state Capitol. Tulsa attorney Renée DeMoss will be sworn in as president, David A. Poarch Jr. of Norman will take the oath as president-elect and Susan S. Shields of Oklahoma City will be sworn in as vice president. The ceremony takes place in the Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom on the second floor.