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Bartlesville attorney Linda S. Thomas took an oath Friday, Jan. 20, to serve as the 2017 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She is among nine attorneys sworn in to serve on the OBA’s 17-member board.

She 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 Tulsa University College of Law and was admitted to the OBA in 1994.

She is a member of the Washington County Bar Association, American Bar Association and Texas Bar Association. She is also licensed to practice in the Northern District of Oklahoma.

She is active in the Bartlesville community, having served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Bartlesville Area United Way, Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Bartlesville Family Care Services and the Run the Streets program, where she also served as a youth mentor. She also works with the local domestic violence shelter to provide legal representation for victims of domestic violence who seek protective orders through that organization, is a volunteer attorney for the Washington County District Court, a court-approved guardian ad litem, a trained mediator and parenting coordinator in domestic cases.

Also taking oaths were Kimberly Hays of Tulsa, 2017 OBA president-elect; Jennifer Castillo of Oklahoma City, vice president: and Oklahoma City lawyer Garvin Isaacs, who served as OBA president in 2016 and remains on the OBA Board of Governors for one year as immediate past president.

Sworn in to the OBA Board of Governors to represent their respective Supreme Court judicial districts are Mark E. Fields, McAlester; Jimmy D. Oliver, Stillwater; and Bryon J. Will, Yukon. They will serve three-year terms. James R. Hicks of Tulsa is also serving a three-year term as member-at-large, and Lane R. Neal of Oklahoma City will take the oath to serve a one-year term as OBA Young Lawyers Division chairperson.

OBA leadership roles are voluntary positions in which lawyers serve while continuing to practice law. The board meets monthly and governs the association.