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We Are All in This Together

May 10, 2022

By Dawn Shelton Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Dustin Rowe opened his talk at the Seminole County Law Day Forum last week by asking everyone where they were 23 years ago. Most attendees soon conjured memories of May 3, 1999. It’s one of those Oklahoma tornado moments – we remember where we were.  During Justice Rowe’s…

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Messages from OBA President James R. Hicks Regarding SJR 43

May 10, 2022

May 10: Update on SJR 43 As of the writing of this update, Senate conferees have been named, including OBA members Senators Mary Boren, Julie Daniels, Kay Floyd and Brent Howard. As of now, no House conferees have been named. If House conferees are named, the process is for the conferees to agree on common…

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JNC: Three Nominees for Position on Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

March 29, 2022

March 29, 2022 – The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) announces the three nominees for the position ofCourt of Civil Appeals, District 4, Office 2. After concluding the review process and conducting in-person interviews, the JNC submitted to the Governor the following nominees for this position: Timothy J. Downing, Purcell Laura M. Palk, Norman Bevan G.…

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JNC: Applicants for Position on Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

March 1, 2022

Feb. 28, 2022 – On Monday, March 28, 2022, the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) will conduct interviews for the position of Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, District 4, Office 2. The following individuals have applied for this position: Scott F. Brockman, Norman Timothy J. Downing, Purcell Donald B. Lynn, Oklahoma City Stacy R. Morey, Norman…

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Mock Trial Teams Head To Semifinals

February 25, 2022

Eight teams from Jenks, McAlester, Moore, Oklahoma City, Owasso and Tulsa will participate in the 2022 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial semifinals. The rounds are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28 in Oklahoma City at the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and in Tulsa at the Page Belcher Federal Building. The…

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Judicial Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for the Court of Criminal Appeals

January 21, 2022

The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) announces the three nominees for the position of Court of Criminal Appeals, District 1.  After concluding the review process and conducting in person interviews,  the JNC submitted to the Governor the following nominees for this position: William J. Musseman, Jr., Broken Arrow Joy L. Thorp, Broken Arrow Russell C. Vaclaw,…

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Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions | Dec 29

December 28, 2021

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Division I 118,993  –  In the Matter of the Termination of the Rita F. Forman Revocable Living Trust Under date of July 15, 1991, as amended on April 13, 1999. In the First Amendment to said Trust and as amended on August 29, 2006, in the Second Amendment to said Trust,…

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Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions | Dec 22

December 21, 2021

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Division I 119,663 – Clarice Peaches Johnson, Petitioner, v. Multiple Injury Trust Fund and the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, Respondent. Claimant, Clarice Peaches Johnson, appeals the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s denial of permanent total disability against the Multiple Injury Trust Fund.  The issue presented is whether Claimant was a previously impaired…

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Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions | Dec 15

December 14, 2021

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Division I 119,178    –  Staci Welch, Petitioner/Appellee, v. Carol Shelley, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, Tom Bates, Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Respondent/Appellant.  Appeal from the District Court of Hughes County, Oklahoma.  Honorable Timothy L. Olsen, Trial Judge. Staci Welch, Petitioner/Appellee, was terminated from…

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Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions | Dec 8

December 7, 2021

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Division I 119,199   – Thomas Fulton, Plaintiff/Appellant, v. Riverside Autoplex of Muskogee, Inc., Defendant/Appellee.  Appeal from the District Court of Muskogee County, Oklahoma.  Honorable Norman D. Thygesen, Trial Judge.  Plaintiff/Appellant, Thomas Fulton, (“Fulton”) appeals an adverse jury verdict.  Fulton purchased a vehicle from the Defendant/Appellee, Riverside Autoplex of Muskogee, Inc. (“Riverside”),…

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