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Applicants for Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Announced

March 3, 2021 –The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) announced today the following individuals have applied for the position of Judge for the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, District 3 Office 1,a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable P. Thomas Thornbrugh on April 1, 2021: Elliot P. Anderson, Jenks Tammy D. Barrett, Tulsa Gregory…

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Applicants for OK Supreme Court Justices Announced

March 3, 2021 –The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) today announced the following individuals have applied for the position of Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Judicial District 6, which is comprised of Congressional District 1 as constituted on January 8, 2019, a vacancy is created by the retirement of the Honorable Tom Colbert on February…

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JNC: VACANCY Oklahoma County District Judge

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

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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Celebrating 30 Years: Judge David B. Lewis

Thirty years ago on January 14, David B. Lewis was first appointed to serve as an Oklahoma judge. Later, Governor Frank Keating appointed him to a judicial vacancy, and then in 2005, Governor Brad Henry appointed him to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. It marks a milestone, not only to recognize the service on…

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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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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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Courtfacts.org Provides Judicial Retention Ballot Information

News Release, October 21, 2020 – Voters wanting to know more about the eight judges on the statewide judicial retention ballot can find background information for all the judges on one website, www.courtfacts.org. Created by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the website offers biographies and photos of the judges, plus an explanation of how the merit…

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Let’s Talk Housing Program Addresses COVID-19 Related Evictions

The Oklahoma Bar Association calls on Oklahoma lawyers to help keep families from becoming homeless by serving as mediators in eviction claims. The request for volunteers to help both tenants and landlords comes as the eviction crisis is inundating the court system and even as the federal government released a new moratorium to bar evictions…

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