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Law Day 2020: County Bar Association Activities

Some events may be scaled back or cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Check with your county bar association for the most current information.

Canadian County Bar Association

The Canadian County Bar Association will host a Law Day Luncheon Thursday, April 30, at the Canadian County Courthouse. The theme of the luncheon is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100,” and Chief Justice Noma Gurich will be the guest speaker.

The CCBA will also participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 3-6 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Choctaw County Bar Association

On May 2, the Tri-County Bar Association, comprised of Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, will host a Law Day Banquet at the Idabel Country Club. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour. Please RSVP to Emily Herron at 580-286-7611.

Comanche County Bar Association

To celebrate Law Day, the Comanche County Bar Association will host its annual Law Day Luncheon on Thursday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. The Law Day Luncheon is an event for those in the legal profession, including judges, attorneys, paralegals, court clerks, bailiffs, law enforcement and administrative assistants. OCU School of Law Professor Danne Johnson will be the guest speaker and will speak on the 19th Amendment. For more information, contact Taren Cabelka at 580-585-4417.

Each year members of the local bar and legal community participate in an annual golf tournament. This year’s tournament will be May 1 at noon at the Lawton Country Club. If you are interested in participating in the CCBA Law Day Golf Tournament or if you have questions, please contact Golf Tournament Chair Monty Hightower at 580-355-8920.

The county bar will also participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Custer County Bar Association

The Custer County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Garfield County Bar Association

The Garfield County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Hughes County Bar Association

The Hughes County Bar Association will join with the Seminole County Bar Association to celebrate Law Day.

Local young lawyers and judges will speak to junior high students about the legal profession and the 100th anniversary of the19th Amendment in conjunction with this year’s theme.

The associations will host an essay contest open to all county junior high students and high school seniors. The association will award a $1,000 college scholarship, the R. Victor Kennemer Memorial Scholarship, to the winning senior essay contestant and a gift certificate to the winning junior high essay contestant.

The associations will hold an annual Law Day CLE April 29. There will be six hours of CLE (including one hour of ethics) beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Seminole County Courthouse in Wewoka.

A Law Day Luncheon will be held at the Rudolph Hargrave Community Center at noon on April 29. OBA President Susan B. Shields will be the featured speaker.

Lastly, the associations will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Johnston County Bar Association

The Johnston County Bar Association is sponsoring an essay contest for all 8th-grade and 12th-grade students in the county. The students can choose from a list of topics related to the right to vote and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning essays at a ceremony to be held at the Johnston County Courthouse.

Kay County Bar Association

To celebrate Law Day, members of the KCBA will present local students with their Law Day Art and Writing Contest awards. The county bar will also participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Latimer County Bar Association

The Latimer County Bar Association will join the Pittsburg County Bar Association for a Law Day dinner at Pete’s Place in Krebs at 6 p.m. on May 7. Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Vice Presiding Judge Dana Kuehn and Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Judge Jane Wiseman will speak on the 19th Amendment.

The county bar association will also work together to give legal advice as part of the statewide Ask A Lawyer event on April 30 from 6-8 p.m.

Lincoln County Bar Association

In celebration of Law Day, the Lincoln County Bar Association will host local 4th-grade students who will participate in a mock trial at the Lincoln County Courthouse. In addition, members will attend the annual Law Day Picnic Friday, May 1, at the Chandler Baseball Camp.

Mayes County Bar Association

The Mayes County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Bar association members will also present students with their Law Day Art and Writing Contest awards and give a short speech to the school regarding Law Day and the 19th Amendment.

McClain County Bar Association

On April 29, Judge Leah Edwards at the McClain County Courthouse is welcoming 8th graders to the courthouse for a presentation that includes a staged theft followed by a jury trial on the theft. A local attorney will put on the trial, and the students will serve as the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and the jurors. They will hear the witnesses, deliberate and then return a verdict.

The McClain County Bar Association will hold a voter registration drive on April 30 at two locations – Happy Camper Café in Purcell from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Spencer’s Grocery Store in Blanchard from 2-6 p.m.

McCurtain County Bar Association

On May 2, the Tri-County Bar Association, comprised of Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, will host a Law Day Banquet at the Idabel Country Club. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour. Please RSVP to Emily Herron at 580-286-7611.

Also on May 2, the McCurtain County Bar Association will host a live Ask A Lawyer program on KBEL 96.7 FM at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited to call in and local attorneys will be answering questions.

The MCBA will also speak to schools in McCurtain County on Law Day and the 19th Amendment throughout the month of May.

McIntosh County Bar Association

The McIntosh County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Oklahoma County Bar Association

The Oklahoma County Bar Association planned to host a Law Day Luncheon on May 1 but canceled the event due to concerns about the coronavirus. The Ask A Lawyer program will take place Thursday, April 30, at the OETA studio from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and county bar members will staff the state hotline. This community service event allows attorneys to assist the public by giving free legal advice over the telephone or via email. To sign up for this event, go to www.okcbar.org/events or call Connie Resar at 405-236-8421.

Ottawa County Bar Association

The Ottawa County Bar Association will celebrate Law Day by holding a mock trial for all fourth- and fifth-grade students in Miami at the Ottawa County Courthouse on May 4. The trial will involve a civil suit where Mr. Wolf sues Little Piggy for damages caused when he came down Ms. Piggy’s chimney into a pot of boiling water.

Additionally, award presentations will be made to students for their winning art and essay entries in the OBA Law Day Art and Writing Contest and on May 20, a bar member will speak to the Junior Wardog Police Academy about basic legal issues.

The county bar will also participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Payne County Bar Association

The Payne County Bar Association will kick off Law Day with a courthouse tour for middle school students and an impromptu mock trial on April 29 from 9 a.m.-noon.

The annual Law Day Banquet will be April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Meditations. The Stillwater Legal Aid Office will be honored for its 40-year anniversary. To purchase tickets, contact Amanda Lilley at 405-624-1734.

On May 6 from 6-8 p.m., the PCBA will host a bowling tournament at Frontier Lanes in Stillwater for association members and the court clerk’s office. Teams of five can register for $100. All proceeds from the bowling tournament will go to Payne County United Way.

Winners of the Payne County Law Day Art and Essay Contest will be honored May 7 at 1:30 p.m. along with winners of the statewide OBA Art and Writing Contest. The Hert Scholarship will also be presented.

On May 13 at noon, the county bar will host the Courthouse Staff Appreciation Lunch on the lawn of the Payne County Courthouse.

The PCBA will also host Lawyers at the Library at the Stillwater Public Library on May 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Local attorneys will be available to offer free legal advice to community members on a walk-in basis.

Pittsburg County Bar Association

The Pittsburg County Bar Association will work together with the Latimer County Bar Association to participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Additionally, a golf tournament
is scheduled for May 1 at the McAlester Country Club. To participate or for more information, contact Eddie Foraker at 918-423-0421.

The Pittsburg and Latimer county bars will host a Law Day dinner at Pete’s Place in Krebs on May 7 at
6 p.m. Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Vice Presiding Judge Dana Kuehn and Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Judge Jane Wiseman will speak on the 19th Amendment.

Pottawatomie County Bar Association

The Pottawatomie County Bar Association will celebrate Law Day by speaking to students at Jefferson Elementary on April 30.
They will also be presenting awards to students who placed in the statewide OBA Law Day Art and Writing Contest and speaking to the local Kiwanis Club about family law and domestic violence. Also, a beautification project is being planned, but a location
has not been selected yet.

Pushmataha County Bar Association

On May 2, the Tri-County Bar Association, comprised of Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, will host a Law Day Banquet at the Idabel Country Club. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a social
hour. RSVP to Emily Herron
at 580-286-7611.

PCBA lawyers will also visit local classrooms to discuss law as a career and what the rights and responsibilities of students once they turn 18.

The county bar will also participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Rogers County Bar Association

The Rogers County Bar Association will participate in
the Ask A Lawyer program from
6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Seminole County Bar Association

As its birthplace, Law Day has always been special in Seminole County, and this year will be no different. To open Law Week celebrations, Seminole County’s young lawyers and judges will speak to junior high students across the county about the legal profession and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which is this year’s theme.

The county bar will host its fifth annual essay contest open to all county junior high students and high school seniors. The association will award a $1,000 college scholarship, the R. Victor Kenemer Memorial Scholarship, to the winning senior essay contestant and a gift certificate to the winning junior high essay contestant.

The association has postponed its annual Law Day CLE and luncheon until a later date. OBA President Susan B. Shields will be the featured speaker.

Lastly, the county bar will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Sequoyah County Bar Association

The Sequoyah County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Texas County Bar Association

The Texas County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Tulsa County Bar Association

The Tulsa County Bar Association will celebrate Law Day with a variety of events although several have been postponed. An art and writing contest will be held for students in pre-K through 12th grade. The deadline to enter is April 10. Monetary prizes will be awarded by the Tulsa County Bar Foundation,
and art entries will be displayed
at the Law Day Luncheon.

A Law Day Book Club met Jan. 15, Feb. 6 and March 12 and will meet for two additional sessions at dates to be determined. Participants will discuss six different books related to this year’s Law Day theme, “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” Registration is limited to TCBA members and one guest per member with a limit of 15 participants per session. Members may register for any one or more sessions. To register, email Judge Martha Rupp Carter at martha.carter@oscn.net. Sessions will start at 5:30 or 6 p.m.

On April 30 the TCBA will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program by helping staff the statewide hotline from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice. Tulsa lawyers will gather at OETA studios.

In conjunction with Magic City Books and other community partners, the county bar planned to host a book signing with Elaine Weiss, author of The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote and winner of the American Bar Association’s 2019 Silver Gavel Award. This event will be rescheduled and held at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum.

The Law Day Luncheon, featuring Ms. Weiss as the keynote speaker, will also be rescheduled. The Liberty Bell Award, honoring a nonlawyer’s contribution to the legal system, the Sandra Day O’Connor Award, honoring an educator who teaches legal civics, and the Brunton-Will Continuing Legal Education Award, honoring a TCBA member who has dedicated years of services to educating other attorneys, will be given to deserving winners.

The TCBA will also participate in a yearly Naturalization Clinic, which has been postponed, and will be held in partnership with the YWCA.

Wagoner County Bar Association

The Wagoner County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Washington County Bar Association

The Washington County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.

Washita County Bar Association

The Washita County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice.