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Aug. 21, 2017
News
Licensed Legal Intern Committee Proposes Rule Changes
The Legal Intern Committee continues to respond to the charge given by Chief Justice Douglas Combs and the Access to Justice Commission. Most recently we met to consider rule changes that would broaden opportunities for out-of-state law students to serve as licensed legal interns.
June 6, 2017 News
Legal Intern Committee Proposes Rule Changes and Issues Regulation Changes
Chief Justice Combs has strongly encouraged the OBA Legal Intern Committee to review the rules under which our Licensed Legal Interns are allowed to practice, in part to enhance access to justice for those who might otherwise be unrepresented. Below is a part of the ongoing effort to review our rules with this charge in mind.
May 24, 2017 News
Law Day 2017: The Results Are In
In 1961, the first of May was set aside by a Joint Resolution of Congress as a “special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States of America.”
May 19, 2017 News
Know Someone Who Deserves to be Honored?
Think about the last time someone paid you a compliment, whether for a professional or personal accomplishment. Remember how good that compliment made you feel? Now imagine the amplified feeling of pride and accomplishment from recognition by your professional organization and peers. You would want to share that feeling with others, right?
May 2, 2017 News
Diversity Awards: Nominations Due July 14, 2017
The Diversity Committee is now accepting nominations for the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards to be presented on Oct. 19, 2017. The awards categories are: members of the judiciary, licensed attorneys and groups and entities that have championed the cause of diversity. All nominations must be received by Friday, July 14.
Apr. 10, 2017 News
In Memoriam: 1989 OBA President Tony Massad 1928 - 2017
Funeral Services: Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church in Frederick Wednesday April 12, at 11 a.m.
Mar. 9, 2017 News
Part-Time Position Available for HEROES Coordinator
The Oklahoma Bar Association is seeking a Coordinator for its Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes program. The program assists eligible retired and active duty members of the military with free legal services. The coordinator position is part-time requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position also provides minimal support to Oklahoma Free Legal Answers.The Coordinator offices at the Oklahoma Bar Center however, flexible hours are available and some duties may be performed offsite.
Mar. 8, 2017 Press Release
Jenks High School Teams Place in Mock Trial Competition
Jenks High School’s 6th Horn team placed first and Jenks High School’s Tremors team placed seventh in the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Competition.
Mar. 8, 2017 Press Release
Owasso High School Teams Place in Mock Trial Competition
Owasso High School’s Sotomayor team placed second, Owasso High School’s O’Connor team placed fourth and the Ginsburg team placed fifth in the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Competition.
Mar. 8, 2017
Press Release
Clinton High School Takes Third in Statewide Mock Trial Competition
Clinton High School’s mock trial team took third place in the semifinal round of the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. Clinton was one of eight teams from across the state to advance to the semifinals.
Mar. 8, 2017
Press Release
Bishop Kelley High School Takes Sixth Place in Statewide Mock Trial Competition
Bishop Kelley High School’s mock trial team took sixth place in the semifinal round of the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. Bishop Kelley was one of eight teams from across the state to advance to the semifinals.
Mar. 8, 2017 Press Release
Broken Arrow High School Takes Eighth in Statewide Mock Trial Competition
Broken Arrow High School’s mock trial team took eighth place in the semifinal round of the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. Broken Arrow was one of eight teams from across the state to advance to the semifinals.
Feb. 27, 2017  Press Release 
Oklahoma Mock Trial Program Semifinal Teams Determined 
Eight teams are advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. These rounds will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Tulsa at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Wednesday,March 1, in Oklahoma City at the U.S. Western District Federal Courthouse.
Feb. 9, 2017 News
Oklahoma Bar Association Views Proposed Sales Tax With a Critical Eye
“Regardless of what individuals may be saying, the Oklahoma Bar Association has no position on sales taxes on legal services,” said OBA President Linda S. Thomas of Bartlesville. Thomas said there are many unknowns on the real effect a sales tax on legal services may have.
Feb. 6, 2017 News
OBA Day at the Capitol - March 21, 2017
Calling all members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Here is the preliminary agenda for the 2017 Day at the Capitol. This important event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, starting at the Oklahoma Bar Center. Put it on your calendar now.
Feb. 6, 2017 News
Reading Day Jump Starts Bill Review
On Jan. 28 the Legislative Monitoring Committee hosted the annual OBA Legislative Reading Day, and more than 75 lawyers attended. It is one of the biggest responses in quite a number of years.
Jan. 31, 2017
News
MEMBER COMMENTS REQUESTED: Proposed Oklahoma District Court Rule Modification Re: Limited Scope Representation
The proposed new rule provides disclosures that should be used when providing limited scope representation in accordance with existing Rule 1.2 (c) of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct.
Jan. 19, 2017
News
Linda S. Thomas to be Sworn in as State Bar President
Bartlesville attorney Linda S. Thomas will take an oath Friday, Jan. 20, to serve as the 2017 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She is among nine attorneys to be sworn in to serve on the OBA’s 17-member board during a ceremony that will begin at 10 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the State Capitol Building.
Jan. 5, 2017 News
2017 Interest on Judgments

Jan. 2, 2017 News
Legislative Monitoring Committee Reorganizes Reading Day
For those of you who have participated in the Legislative reading day before, this year we are changing it up it a bit. It will still be two hours of free CLE. It will still include free pizza. And -- you will still get to hang out on a Saturday morning with some of your favorite political junkies. But instead of gathering up in smaller groups to read bills, we will have six speakers who will present 10 bills in 10 minutes. We hope it will be fast-paced and fun.