Long History of Service
The predecessor of the Oklahoma Bar Association was formed in 1904 by the merger of the Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory Bar Associations. After statehood in November 1907, the association was partially regulated by the Oklahoma Legislature until it repealed enacting legislation in 1938. In 1939 the Oklahoma Supreme Court, exercising its plenary powers over the courts of the state of Oklahoma, as contained in Article 7 of the Oklahoma Constitution, by Court Order created the present-day entity. The association has a rich history of serving lawyers and the public. It offers a wide variety of community service programs designed to help Oklahomans.
As part of the goal to protect the public, the OBA Office of the General Counsel investigates complaints against lawyers and prosecutes lawyers who have committed ethical violations. The bar also offers free legal information and a list of legal resources, including many low- or no-cost assistance programs.
The Oklahoma Bar Association is governed by its House of Delegates and when it is not in session a 17-member Board of Governors oversees operation of the Association.
The bar center is located in the State Capitol Complex at 1901 N. Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The mailing address is P.O. Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. The main phone number is 405-416-7000 or 800-522-8065.
The Oklahoma Bar Association is an arm of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and does not receive any appropriations from the Oklahoma Legislature. The organization's activities are wholly funded through membership dues, member gifts, grants and other self-generated revenue.