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Lawyers are Essential

When considering your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, recall that Governor Stitt’s Executive Order from March 2020, included attorneys and accompanying administrative and support services as essential. Oklahoma lawyers have provided the necessary legal work that their clients critically need during these challenging times and are continuing to do so.  Use this link to sign…

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VIRTUAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FRIDAY

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ardmore attorney Michael C. “Mike” Mordy will be sworn in Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, as Oklahoma Bar Association president in a ceremony that will be historic because it will be the first time for OBA oaths of office to be administered virtually. He will lead the OBA’s 17-member Board of Governors, which…

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Guidelines for a New Round of PPP

The following is a news release from the US Small Business Administration, Jan 11, 2021. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11, 2021, for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially…

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Courts & More Debuts

By John Morris Williams We are trying something different at the OBA this year. For the past several years after we stopped printing the court opinions on paper, we continued to have the opinions formatted, so the digital version looked exactly the same as what we used to print. In order to continue that practice,…

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Legal Internship Committee Amendments to the Regulations

By H. Terrell Monks, Chair On December 15, 2020, via electronic vote, the Legal Internship Committee unanimously approved the following amendments to the Legal Internship Regulations. Regulation 2(C)4(a) was revised to allow in-court credit for negotiations/discussions conducted outside the courtroom. 4. Participation by the Licensed Legal Intern or observation of the Licensed Legal Intern’s supervising   attorney or…

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Perceptions, Pills & Practicing

In case you missed it, read Scott B. Goode’s article in the December Oklahoma Bar Journal. The Tulsa attorney shares his story of recovery for the first time publicly. I was back at work the day after my father died. After missing a week to be by his side, I could not afford to miss…

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A new round of courthouse closures

The orders begin similarly, “In consideration of the Fourth Emergency Joint Order, 2020 OK 96 as issued jointly by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, and the predicted rise of infections” … and proceed with various closure announcements for courts across the state. We…

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Law Day 2021 Theme: “Advancing the Rule of Law Now”

The OBA Law Day Committee is planning activities for Law Day 2021, including the student contest that invites students in pre-K through 12th grade to submit entries on the theme: “Advancing the Rule of Law NOW.” Nearly 1,300 students from 46 towns and about 70 schools and home school groups entered the contest the 2020…

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President’s Awards Recognize Champions of Covid-19

Nov. 13, 2020 – OBA President Susan B. Shields announced winners of the 2020 President’s Awards during a virtual General Assembly program as part of the 2020 Annual Meeting. Shields awarded Board of Governors Vice President Brandi Nowakowski and Past President Chuck W. Chesnut in appreciation of their support and friendship, and in recognition of…

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State Bar Annual Meeting Participation Soars

The Oklahoma Bar Association’s 116th Annual Meeting will be historic. The meeting set for Nov. 9-13, 2020, will be virtual for the first time ever and is shattering the record for participation with more than 1,400 members registered.  President Susan B. Shields of Oklahoma City chose a theme of “Bouncing Back” to emphasize attorney wellness….

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