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Celebrate Diversity With an Award Nomination

May 6, 2021

The Diversity Committee is now accepting nominations for the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards to be presented in November. The three award categories are members of the judiciary, licensed attorneys and organizations that have championed the cause of diversity. All nominations must be received by Monday, August 2. For additional information, please contact Diversity…

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High Court Honors Cheryl Beatty on Retirement

April 27, 2021

The Oklahoma Supreme Court honored Cheryl Beatty on April 26, recognizing her 14 years as director of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners, and her total 37 years of service to the Oklahoma Bar Association. She retired officially earlier this year leaving the OBBE in able hands with the new director Cary Pirrong and assistant,…

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Solo & Small Firm Postponed

April 20, 2021

The bad news is the popular Solo & Small Firm Conference is canceled for the summer of 2021. The good news is the conference returns in 2022, and a Summer Series is planned for this year. The conference committee met repeatedly to work through factors related to the venue, the pandemic, contracts and the calendar.…

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Gubernatorial Appointments

April 13, 2021

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recently named several OBA members to various positions. Courtney Warmington, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education April 13, 2021 – Governor Kevin Stitt appointed Courtney Warmington to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. “Courtney is a driven Oklahoman who is dedicated to succeeding in everything she does,” said Governor Stitt. “Her passion…

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February 2021 Bar Results

April 7, 2021

The Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners announces results from the February 2021 Bar Exam. A total of 98 took the exam; 73 passed; pass rate 74%. Successful applicants who have met character and fitness approval and have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam are not eligible to practice law UNTIL the Oklahoma Supreme Court enters…

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To my father, the Judge, on his retirement

March 23, 2021

Reprinted with permission of the author and the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s The Briefcase. by Jeremiah Buettner, shareholder, McAfee & Taft On December 31, 2020, an era quietly (very quietly) ended with the retirement of Oklahoma Court of Oklahoma Civil Appeals Judge Kenneth Buettner. Judge Buettner served the State, the Bar and – without getting…

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Decisions from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

March 11, 2021

Decisions from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals were released today by the office of Clerk John D. Hadden. Travis John Hogner v. The State of Oklahoma2021 OK CR4OPINION LUMPKJN, JUDGE: ¶1 Appellant Travis John Hogner was charged and tried by jury for Feloniously Pointing a Firearm (21 O.S.Supp.2012, § 1289.16) or in the alternative…

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Nominations Announced for Associate District Judge, Osage County

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021 – The Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) today announced the three nominees for the position of Associate District Judge for Osage County, Tenth Judicial District. After concluding the review process and conducting in person interviews, the JNC submitted the following nominees for this position to the Governor: Julie R. Bushyhead, Sperry Burl…

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OBA Crowns 2021 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Champions

March 4, 2021

March 3, 2021 – McAlester High School Team Black edged out the Owasso High School’s Team Lewis to claim the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship, sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and Oklahoma Bar Association.  It’s a first-time state win for the team from McAlester. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the competition online and…

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Applicants for Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Announced

March 3, 2021

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…

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