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(Jan. 18, 2016 – OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nine new members of the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors were sworn in to their positions Friday [Jan. 15] at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony took place at the State Capitol, second floor Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom. 

Garvin A. Isaacs was sworn in as OBA president. Isaacs is a lawyer in private practice in Oklahoma City.  He has been involved in general civil and criminal trial practice since 1978. He also served as an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney from 1974-1975 and an assistant public defender from 1976-1978. He is a 1975 graduate of the OCU School of Law.

Isaacs said his goal for the OBA in 2016 is to fight for the independence of the judiciary.

“I want to stand up for people, lawyers and our judicial branch of government,” said Isaacs. “Some members of the Oklahoma Legislature want to pass a law that allows appellate judges to be elected. We must educate the public about the dangers associated with these current legislative proposals. It is time for members of the Oklahoma Bar Association to stand up for a judicial system free from any influences caused by campaign contributions.” 

Linda S. Thomas of Bartlesville took the oath to serve as president-elect, and Paul D. Brunton of Tulsa was sworn in as vice president. 

As president-elect, Thomas will become OBA president on Jan. 1, 2017. Thomas is a sole practitioner in Bartlesville, focusing her practice in all areas of law associated with children and family. She received her J.D. from the TU College of Law and was admitted to the OBA in 1994.

Brunton’s practice focuses on criminal defense in city, state and federal court. He was admitted to the OBA and to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in 1971. He received his J.D. from the TU College of Law in 1971 and his LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1982.

OBA Board of Governors members sworn in for three-year terms representing their judicial districts are John W. Coyle III, Oklahoma City; Kaleb K. Hennigh, Enid; James L. Kee, Duncan; and Alissa Hutter, at large, Norman. To be sworn into one-year terms on the board are David A. Poarch, Norman, immediate past president; and Bryon J. Will, Oklahoma City, Young Lawyers Division chairperson.

The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma's legal community.

For more information contact:
Carol Manning
OBA Communications Director
Oklahoma Bar Association
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
P.O. Box 53036 | Oklahoma City, OK 73152
(405) 416-7016 |