One Definition Of Resilience Is Bouncing Back Higher And Stronger After Challenges And Setbacks, A Concept That Many Of Us Can Relate To This Year.

Bouncing Back, Virtually

I am looking forward to OBA’s 116th Annual Meeting, which, as you know by now, is our first-ever virtual Annual Meeting.  Covid-19 has resulted in many changes this year and provided opportunities for resilience.

One definition of resilience is bouncing back higher and stronger after challenges and setbacks, a concept that many of us can relate to this year. That’s why we selected an Annual Meeting theme of “Bouncing Back” with an emphasis on attorney wellness. Because our meeting will be online and because it has been a tough year all-around, registration and all CLE offered at the Annual Meeting is free to OBA members. Whether you are a brand new admittee, a retired attorney or somewhere in between, there will be something for you. And if you have never attended an Annual Meeting because of the cost and the time away from work, this year you have no excuse!

Programs will be spread out from Monday to Friday, meaning you can join the meeting for a few hours each day and keep up with your law practice. The CLE programs will include COVID-19 legal issues, wellness and resiliency presentations from Laura Mahr, a panel discussion with the Oklahoma attorneys involved in the first opioid case to go to trial nationally, tips on technology and much more.

Other events include some fun evening social events including an online trivia game, a virtual happy hour (with cocktails and mocktails) and a special Diversity Committee online awards ceremony and evening with Dana and Keith Cutler, trial attorneys in Kansas City and stars of the TV show, Couples Court with the Cutlers.

Growing up as the daughter of an Oklahoma lawyer, I remember my father attending the Annual Meeting and how much he enjoyed seeing old friends from around the state each year. For me, too, Annual Meeting has always been a special event and something I really look forward to as a way to catch up with lawyers and judges I do not get to see often enough. I am disappointed that we cannot gather together in person this year; however, we are working hard to make sure this first-ever virtual Annual Meeting is the best it can be.

I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to take part in the upcoming Annual Meeting and to celebrate our profession and the OBA.



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