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Dec. 13, 2016 News
OBA Members Give Back
OBA members are extremely charitable, especially during the holiday season. Below are several stories about our members giving back to their communities.

Dec. 12, 2016
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State Bar Association to Reimburse Client Losses
The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Clients’Security Fund will pay more than $176,000 to 27 Oklahomans who lost money or other property from the dishonest conduct of their attorney.  The association is reimbursing money to the clients of 10 deceased or former lawyers whose actions led to the losses.
Nov. 10, 2016 Press Release
Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes Program Tops $2.8 Million in Free Legal Services
The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes Program began six years ago with the battle cry of “Thank you is not enough” to help service members and veterans with their legal needs.  More than 4,000 military heroes have been helped by 712 volunteer lawyers, who have donated over $2.8 million in free legal services.
Oct. 24, 2016 News
Celebrate Pro Bono Week: October 23-29, 2016
There are several ways for OBA members to get involved and offer their time and service for the betterment of their local or the statewide community. Celebrate Pro Bono Week by participating in one of these great programs.
Oct. 19, 2016 News
Lambird Spotlight & Fisher Diversity Awards to be Presented Oct. 21
The Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight and the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards will be presented at the Women in Law Conference luncheon on Friday, Oct. 21, at 11:40 a.m. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown/Medical Center, 741 North Phillips Ave., in Oklahoma City.
Oct. 17, 2016 News
Fastcase 7 Legal Research Coming Soon
Starting Oct. 24, 2016, the Oklahoma Bar Association, is bringing you Fastcase 7, the all-new version of Fastcase. Many members already access Fastcase for their legal research and are familiar with the features and smart search tools that help you find the results you’re searching for faster. Fastcase 7 is an even more fluid and easy-to-navigate online legal research library.
Aug. 19, 2016 News
New Member Benefit: Speed Up OBJ Search with HeinOnline
The Oklahoma Bar Association is pleased to offer a new member benefit that allows bar members to access and search the Oklahoma Bar Journal from its initial issues in 1930 to present via HeinOnline. HeinOnline users may search all bar journals at the same time using keywords and advance searches. And the best news is the price – free!
July 12, 2016 News
Final Legislative Monitoring Committee Report
The 55th Oklahoma Legislature is now history with the sine die adjournment of the second session. For readers who may not recall, again this year more than 2,000 measures were introduced.  Of that number, the Saturday Legislative reading day group met and designated over 600 measures to watch and monitor.
June 10, 2016 News
Law Day 2016: The Final Results
This year Oklahomans observed Law Day with activities and events taking place over several weeks and in 44 different counties. Oklahoma lawyers donated $72,450 in legal services giving free advice, and the Law Day message reached more than 4.3 million Oklahomans.
May 26, 2016 News
Diversity Committee Partners with National Bar Association to Host Competition
The Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee partnered with the National Bar Association on May 21 to host the NBA’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Region Ten Competition, sponsored by MetLife.
May 23, 2016 News
OBA Awards: Committee Issues Call for Nominations
Once a year, attorneys are recognized and praised for the work they do the other 364 days of the year. That day comes during the annual meeting when the OBA Awards are given out to the state’s most outstanding attorneys and legal organizations.
May 19, 2016 News
Diversity Awards: Committee Encourages Nominations
The Diversity Committee is now accepting nominations for the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards to be given on Oct. 21. The awards categories include: members of the judiciary, licensed attorneys, and groups and entities that have championed the cause of diversity.
April 5, 2016 News
Rep. Calvey Proposes Bill to Dismantle State Bar Association
Rep. Kevin Calvey today got legislation amended (SB 583) to abolish the Oklahoma Bar Association in its present form.  The issue will be heard by the House State Government Operations Committee on Thursday, April 7.
April 4, 2016 News
HB 3162: Bar Members Urged to Take Action
It has been confirmed HB 3162 will be heard Wednesday, April 6, by the Senate Rules Committee.
March 2, 2016 News
Moore High School Wins State Mock Trial Competition
Moore High School defeated Owasso High School in the final round of competition for the second year in a row to claim the 2016 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship. The final round of competition was held Tuesday evening at the OU Law Center in Norman.
February 25, 2016 News
Owasso High School and Moore High School to Compete for State Mock Trial Championship
Owasso High School will prosecute and Moore High School will represent the defendant to determine the winner of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition on Tuesday, March 1. The final round will begin at 5 p.m. in the Bell Courtroom at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman. The public is invited to attend.
February 24, 2016 News
Legislative Alert: Proposed JNC Changes
A committee amendment to HB 3162, authored by Speaker Jeff Hickman, has come out of the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee today.  The bill would drastically change the current system of judicial selection of appellate judges.

 February 22, 2016  News
Eight High Schools to Compete at Statewide Mock Trial Semifinals
Mock trial teams from Bishop Kelley, Jenks, Owasso, Ada, Clinton, Calera and Moore High Schools advance to the semifinal rounds of the 2016 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. These rounds are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Tulsa at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Oklahoma City at the U.S. Western District Federal Courthouse. One Ada team, Moore, Jenks and Bishop Kelley will compete in Tulsa. A second Ada team, Owasso, Clinton and Calera will compete in Oklahoma City.

February 5, 2016
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Committee Action Taken on OBA Legislation of Interest
HRJ 1037, Rep. Calvey’s bill to abolish the JNC and hold contested elections, was passed out of committee. A committee substitute was filed yesterday and is available online. The next step for the bill is for it to be voted on by the entire House of Representatives.
February 1, 2016 News
OBA Day at the Capitol - March 8, 2016
Make plans now to attend the OBA’s Day at the Capitol on March 8, 2016. The day includes updates, lunch, and time to visit with Oklahoma legislators.
January 22, 2016 News
OBA Legislative Reading Day - Jan. 30, 2016
The Oklahoma Legislature reconvenes Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, and hundreds of bills have been pre-filed. Much of that proposed legislation could affect the administration of justice, and some will undoubtedly affect your practice. Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at the Oklahoma Bar Center as we identify top bills of interest to the OBA and your practice area. Two hours of free MCLE credit is offered to those attending this event. Lunch will be provided.
January 14, 2016 Press Release
Attorneys to be Sworn In to State Bar Leadership
Nine new members of the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors will be sworn in to their positions Friday [Jan. 15] at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the State Capitol, second floor Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom
December 21, 2015 Press Release
State Bar Association to Reimburse Client Losses
More than two dozen 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 23 clients of 15 former attorneys whose dishonest acts led to the losses.
December 17, 2015 News
Applicants for February 2016 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 23-24, 2016.
December 2, 2015 Press Release
Civics Teachers Offered New Training Resources
Oklahoma’s civics and government teachers will be offered new resources and training focusing on citizens’ rights and responsibilities as a result of a new Oklahoma Bar Association initiative. The OBA’s Law-related Education outreach will offer more than $50,000 in funds to provide professional development for teachers focusing on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
November 6, 2015 News
Linda S. Thomas Chosen as President-Elect for State Bar Association
Bartlesville attorney Linda S. Thomas was elected to serve on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Board of Governors as the 2016 president-elect. She will be a part of the OBA’s 17-member Board of Governors, which meets monthly and governs the association.
November 6, 2015 News
State Bar Approves Client Protection Measure
The Oklahoma Bar Association House of Delegates today approved a proposal to increase the dollar amount allocated to the association’s Clients’ Security Fund, a reserve of money dedicated to reimbursing victims of dishonest or deceased former attorneys. The program, previously capped at $100,000 annually, will increase yearly reimbursements as high as $175,000. The measure must now be approved by the state Supreme Court.
November 1, 2015 News
New Discovery Master Law Takes Effect on Nov. 1, 2015
Effective on Nov. 1, 2015, the Oklahoma Discovery Code will include a new statute that provides for discovery masters in civil litigation.1 The new statute will be codified as Section 3225.1 of the Discovery Code.
October 13, 2015 News
YLD Leadership to be Elected
Elections will be conducted electronically. The OBA sent an email on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, to the email address you have on file containing a link to the ballot. Ballots must be cast no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, to be considered.
October 13, 2015 News
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards Dinner
The OBA Diversity Committee is set to host its Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards Dinner on Oct. 15, 2015, in Oklahoma City. The event will feature a keynote address from Jabar Shumate, University of Oklahoma University Community vice president.
August 17, 2015 News
In Memoriam: 1991 OBA President R. Forney Sandlin

August 11, 2015 News
Changes Proposed to the Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings
The following are proposed changes to the Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings as proposed by the Professional Responsibility Commission. These changes are currently under consideration by the OBA Board of Governors. The proposed changes would give the Commission more discretion in the action it might take.
August 11, 2015 News
Oklahoma Attorneys Selected for Leadership Academy
Twenty-two future leaders of Oklahoma’s legal community will receive training in leadership, motivation and communication as members of the Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy class of 2016. The academy participants have been selected from a pool of applicants spanning the state.
August 10, 2015
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Legislative Report: End of Session Report – Parts 1 & 2
The 2015 legislation has drawn to a close. The time for the governor to act on all measures submitted for action has passed. Therefore, this report will include both measures designated to watch by the Legislative Monitoring Committee and other approved measures that are potentially of significance to Oklahoma Bar Association members and their clients.
July 29, 2015 News
DeLacerda Elected To Judicial Nominating Commission
Attorney Melissa DeLacerda of Stillwater has been elected by her fellow lawyers to serve on the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission. She will serve as one of six lawyers on the 15-member commission, which plays a key role in the selection of Oklahoma judges.
July 14, 2015 Press Release
Kick It Forward: OBA Young Lawyers Division Plans Tournament to Support Peers
The Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host its first Kick It Forward Kickball Tournament Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. at Wiley Post Park in Oklahoma City. The tournament will benefit the YLD Kick It Forward Program, which benefits lawyers in need of financial assistance by helping them pay annual membership dues.
July 14, 2015 Press Release
State Bar Association Seeks Nominations
The Oklahoma Bar Association is accepting nominations for its annual awards presentations.
June 29, 2015 News
Runoff to Determine Judicial Nomination Committee District 6 Position
No candidate garnered more than 40 percent of the vote in the race for the JNC District 6 seat. In accordance with procedures governing the elections, attorneys Melissa DeLacerda of Stillwater and J. David Ezzell of Enid will face each other in a runoff election to determine the winner. Ballots were mailed June 26 and are due back to the OBA by 5 p.m. on July 17.
June 23, 2015 News
Judicial Nominating Commission Election Results Announced
Attorney Jim R. Webb of Oklahoma City has been elected by his fellow lawyers to serve on the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission. He will serve as one of six lawyers on the 15-member commission, which plays a key role in the selection of Oklahoma judges.
June 5, 2015 News
Judicial Nominating Commission Election Candidates
Ballots will be mailed on June 5, 2015, and must be returned by 5 p.m. on June 19, 2015.
May 27, 2015 Press Release
Moore Student Named Top Ten Attorney at National Mock Trial Competition
Randi Mattox from Moore High School was named eighth best attorney at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 14-16. An Oklahoma team member has not won this award in nearly 10 years, and more than 400 students competed.
April 27, 2015 News
Changes Proposed to the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct
The following are proposed changes to the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct as proposed by the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. These changes are currently under consideration by the OBA Board of Governors. The proposed changes more accurately reflect a lawyer’s obligations in light of the increasing ways in which technology impacts the practice of law.
April 10, 2015 News
Diversity Awards: Committee Encourages Nominations
The Diversity Committee is now accepting nominations for the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards to be given during the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards dinner on Oct. 15, 2015.
March 26, 2015 News
Tulsa Attorney Joins State Bar Association Leadership
Tulsa attorney James R. Hicks has been appointed to the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors, filling the member-at-large seat formerly held by Deirdre O. Dexter, who resigned to accept an administrative law judge position.
March 26, 2015 News
In Memoriam: 1969 OBA President Winfrey Houston
Funeral services:  Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at Strode Funeral Home. Service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater with Rev. Leah Hrachovec officiating followed by a celebration of Winfrey's life in a reception.
March 4, 2015 Press Release
Moore High School Wins State Mock Trial Competition
Moore High School defeated Owasso High School Team Darrow in the final round of competition to claim the 2015 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship. The final round of competition was held Tuesday evening at the OU Law Center in Norman. The two teams argued a case that focused on an individual accused of aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon.
March 2, 2015 Press Release
Owasso High School and Moore High School to Compete for State Mock Trial Championship
Owasso High School’s Team Darrow will prosecute and Moore High School will represent the defendant to determine the winner of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition on March 3.
Feb. 24, 2015 Press Release
Oklahoma High Schools to Compete at Statewide Mock Trial Semifinals
Mock trial teams from Ada, Broken Arrow, Jenks, McAlester, Moore, Owasso and Southmoore High Schools are advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2015 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition.
Feb. 20, 2015 News
Volunteers Needed for OETA Festival
On Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., OBA members have the exciting opportunity to take pledge calls during the OETA Festival. The purpose of this pledge drive is to raise funds for continued public television programming.
Feb. 6, 2015 News
OBA Pilot Project to Reach Out to Less Advantaged Students
“Who wants to be a millionaire?” is the theme of a brand new OBA outreach effort targeting students likely to have trouble paying for college. The theme highlights the statistic showing workers with a college degree make on average up to $1 million more in their lifetimes than those with a high school- only education. The project consists of concentrated efforts to promote the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program, which offers free college tuition to qualifying students.
Jan 21, 2015 News
Position Available: OBA Ethics Counsel
Applications are being accepted for a full-time Ethics Counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Jan. 13, 2015 Press Release
Attorneys to be Sworn in to State Bar Leadership
Nine new members of the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors will be sworn in to their positions Friday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the State Capitol, second floor Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom.
Jan. 7, 2015 News
Applicants for February 2015 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 24-25, 2015.