Oklahoma Bar Journal

From the Executive Director | The Recipe For Success: A Recap of the Highly Successful 119th Annual Meeting

By Janet Johnson

After all the time and preparation that went into our 119th Annual Meeting, it is hard to believe it is already behind us. This year’s Annual Meeting holds a special place in my heart. It is my first in my role as executive director, and I left with many lifelong memories and lessons. In my new role, I gained a unique perspective that allowed me to see more than just behind-the-scenes work. I was able to see the lifeblood of our organization at work in handling bar business. Moreover, our success was made possible by our amazing OBA staff.

Our goal for this Annual Meeting was to aspire and inspire our members. Many of our traditions remained the same, and some new lighthearted aspects were added. We continued our tradition of providing quality CLE programming on topics such as core concepts in nonprofit law, high-conflict resolution and Lawyers Helping Lawyers. Law school luncheons were a great reunion for many. My personal highlight was the addition of the Hug A Pup event sponsored by our new Animal Law Section. The Animal Law Section partnered with the Oklahoma Humane Society, whose volunteers brought adoption-eligible puppies for us all to enjoy. My only regret is that we didn’t have them longer and couldn’t take them everywhere.

We also took time to recognize our amazing members. During the Annual Meeting, we took time to recognize the achievements and contributions of our members. It’s always an honor to recognize our colleagues’ accomplishments and dedication to the practice of law. My hope is that these actions continue to aspire and inspire our members.

There were also several networking opportunities that allowed attendees to connect and further a sense of community. From President Hermanson’s Welcome Reception and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation Reception to the Diversity Dinner and the addition of the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night, there was something for everyone each night. And as tradition would have it, of course there were several hospitality suites to catch up with colleagues and friends.

I truly hope that those of you reading this article are remembering the meeting as fondly as I am. If you were not there, please make plans to join us in July 2024 in Norman. The 120th OBA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Judicial Conference in a resort-casual atmosphere with solo and small firm and young lawyers tracks. Our goal is to bring us all together again! We believe our recipe for success is fostering inclusivity and ensuring all members of the bench and bar feel welcome and valued. The summer of 2024 will allow us to do just that.

In summary, I feel we found our recipe for success. However, I would be remiss to not include a recipe from Executive Director Emeritus John Morris Williams in a December Oklahoma Bar Journal. Enjoy!

To contact Executive Director Johnson, email her at janetj@okbar.org.

Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal – OBJ 95 Vol 10 (December 2023)

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