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YLD Meets Online for First 2021 Meeting

January 29, 2021

The OBA Young Lawyers Division held its first meeting of 2021, led by April Moaning, chair. One of the first action items for the YLD will be preparing “Survival Kits” for those taking the bar exam in February. In addition to lots of snacks, the YLD is adding masks and hand-sanitizer to the kits. Thanks…

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JNC: VACANCY Oklahoma County District Judge

January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021 – The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) today announced a vacancy for the position of District Judge in Oklahoma County, Seventh Judicial District, Office 2. This vacancy is created by the appointment of the Honorable Thomas E. Prince to the Court of Civil Appeals. Two more vacancies were announced recently by the JNC.…

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Justice Colbert to Retire

January 19, 2021

1/19/2021 Barbara Hoberock – Tulsa World OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert will retire effective Feb. 1. “With the retirement of Justice Tom Colbert, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma will lose a strong voice of sound reason and superb legal analysis,” said Oklahoma Chief Justice Richard Darby. “In his 16 years on the…

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President Mike Mordy’s Inaugural Remarks

January 15, 2021

Congratulations Mike Mordy, the 2021 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He and other officers and board members were sworn in this morning virtually by Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Richard Darby. View Pres. Mordy’s inaugural remarks.

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Lawyers are Essential

January 12, 2021

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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Guidelines for a New Round of PPP

January 11, 2021

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

January 8, 2021

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

January 4, 2021

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

December 28, 2020

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

December 4, 2020

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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