Speakers & Continuing Legal Education Programs

CLE Programs

Cannabis Potpourri   |   7-Hour CLE

Wednesday Morning & Afternoon

Join a host of experts for an all-day, pre-Annual Meeting program. Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish has put together an excellent program taught by a diverse group of experts from both the local and national arena. Topics include the stages of legal marijuana enterprise, medical marijuana use at work, defending criminal charges, intellectual property and more.

The Malpractice of Hunches: Data Analytics to Serve Clients and Run a Successful Firm, The Future is Now – What You Need to Know and Cyber Ethics   |   3-Hour CLE (includes 1 hour ethics)

Thursday Morning

Luncheon speaker Ed Walters will present "The Malpractice of Hunches: Data Analytics to Serve Clients and Run a Successful Firm" followed by a panel discussion “The Future is Now - What You Need to Know” and General Counsel Gina Hendryx and Management Assistance Program Director Jim Calloway will also present “Cyber Ethics – Legal Ethics in a Digital Age.” The program includes one hour of MCLE ethics credit. Annual Meeting registrants receive a discount on this program.


Ed Walters

Thursday CLE and Annual Luncheon, Thursday Morning and Noon

Ed Walters, CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, will present “Real Intelligence About Artificial Intelligence” during the Annual Luncheon.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an emerging frontier for the practice of law, but some breathless press reports make AI seem like magic at best or killer robots coming to take your job at worst. AI tools available to law firms today are very impressive, which means in just a short time they will be nothing short of amazing. There are currently several AI legal research tools that scan the brief you are drafting, or the one you received from your opponents, and offer intelligent suggestions or flag errors.

Some AI tools may strike lawyers as science fiction, however in a short time lawyers may be criticized for not using them. For example, a judge in Ontario recently denied a large part of an attorney fee request, stating, “If artificial intelligence sources were employed, no doubt counsel’s preparation time would have been significantly reduced.”

Mr. Walters will cover AI tools for both large and small law firms, like AI contract drafting and analysis already in wide use today and judicial analytics tools that offer insights into judge’s propensities. He will break down AI in language that you don’t have to be a computer scientist to understand. You don’t want your law firm to be left behind.

Mr. Walters has led Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C., to become one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 900,000 subscribers from around the globe.

Mr. Walters is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Cornell Tech, where he teaches The Law of Robots and The Law of Autonomous Vehicles.

Before founding Fastcase, Mr. Walters worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and Brussels. He also worked in the White House during the George H. W. Bush administration in the Office of Media Affairs and the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.

Walt Coleman

Delegates Breakfast, Friday Morning

Retired NFL referee Walt Coleman was a referee for more than two decades. Like most judges and lawyers, he has been no stranger to unpopular decisions. As “one of the most maligned yet anonymous men in the world,” he will present a humorous view of “Turning Boos into Cheers: How Effective Are You?”

Location: All events of the 115th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Bar Association will be held at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel (10 N Broadway Ave) or Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) unless otherwise specified.

Parking: Parking will be available in several lots and garages at or near Annual Meeting activities. See the Google map.