Vol. 1 | No. 31 | August 4, 2021
Courts And More Leaderboards

Oklahoma Supreme Court

No published opinions this week. 

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

No published opinions this week. 

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

No published opinions this week. 

Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions

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You have more time to offer a nomination for the 2021 Ada Lois Sipuel Diversity Awards. The original deadline expired earlier this week, but now you have until August 16, 2021, to nominate a member of the judiciary, an attorney or an organization for the prestigious honor.

2022 Board of Governors Vacancies

Board Of Governors Vacancies (1)


These are one-year terms.


  • Current: James R. Hicks, Tulsa
  • Nominee: Brian T. Hermanson, Ponca City

Vice President

  • Current: Charles E. Geister III, Oklahoma City
  • Nominee: Miles T. Pringle, Oklahoma City

Board of Governors

These are all three-year terms (2022-2024). Terms of the present OBA officers and governors will terminate Dec. 31, 2021.

Supreme Court Judicial District Three

  • Current: David T. McKenzie, Oklahoma City
  • Nominee:
  • Counties: Oklahoma

Supreme Court Judicial District Four

  • Current: Tim E. DeClerck, Enid
  • Nominee:
  • Counties: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods, Woodward

Supreme Court Judicial District Five

  • Current: Andrew E. Hutter, Norman
  • Nominee:
  • Counties: Carter, Cleveland, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Love, McClain, Murray, Stephens

Member At‑Large

  • Current: Miles T. Pringle, Oklahoma City
  • Nominee:
  • Counties: Statewide
August OBJ Banner

When you need to know, visit the OBA website.

August front page features includes:

  • August Oklahoma Bar Journal. After a summer break, the OBJ is back. The latest issue is available online, and will be in your mailbox soon.
  • Showcase of the Young Lawyers Division nomination season.
  • On video, Member Minutes from Pres. Mike Mordy on topics that range from Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education and other member services.

Read about the proposed changes to Regulation Seven in the Licensed Legal Internship program in this article by H. Terrell Monks, chair.

Regulation 7 outlines criminal history reporting requirements for an academic legal intern applicant. A contradiction was found in the regulation regarding the disclosure of matters set aside. The committee decided matters set aside and expunged records should be disclosed. Comments or questions about the amendment will be accepted for 30 days.

JNC: Interviews for Oklahoma County District Judge


August 3, 2021 - On Monday, August 23, 2021, the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) will conduct interviews for the position of District Judge in Oklahoma County, Seventh Judicial District, Office 6. The following individuals will be interviewed:

Kaitlyn G. Allen, Edmond
John E. Barbush, Edmond
Charles “Brent” Dishman, Edmond
Emily N. Harrelson, Oklahoma City
Albert J. Hoch, Jr., Warr Acres
Richard W. Kirby, Oklahoma City
Kathryn R. Savage, Arcadia
Thomas C. Riesen, Oklahoma City
Chelsea C. Smith, Oklahoma City

The JNC strongly encourages the public to continue to submit comments on these applicants. Immediately following the interviews, the JNC will provide the Governor a list of three nominees, and the Governor will have 60 days to make the appointment from those three nominees. To be considered, comments must be received before August 23, 2021. Comments may be mailed to:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn: Tammy Reaves
2100 North Lincoln, Suite 3
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Jim Webb
Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission
P.O. Box 18496
Oklahoma City, OK 73154-0496.

Notice of Judicial Vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission seeks applicants to fill the following judicial office of Associate District Judge, Sixteenth Judicial District, Latimer County, Oklahoma. This vacancy is due to the retirement of the Honorable William Welch on August 1, 2021.

To be appointed an Associate District Judge, an individual must be a registered voter of the applicable judicial district at the time (s)he takes the oath of office and assumes the duties of office. Additionally, prior to appointment, the appointee must have had a minimum of two years experience as a licensed practicing attorney, or as a judge of a court of record, or combination thereof, within the State of Oklahoma.

Application forms can be obtained online at https://www.oscn.net/jnc/application or by contacting Tammy Reaves at (405) 556-9300. Applications must be submitted to the Chairman of the JNC no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021. Applications may be mailed, hand delivered or delivered by third party commercial carrier. If mailed, they must be postmarked on or before August 27, 2021 to be deemed timely. Applications should be mailed/delivered to:

Jim Webb, Chairman
Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Tammy Reaves
Administrative Office of the Courts
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 3
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Notice of Petition for Reinstatement


Notice is hereby given pursuant to Rule 11.3(b), Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings, 5 O.S., ch. 1, app. 1-A, that a hearing will be held to determine if Joel Edward Scott, III should be reinstated to active membership in the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Any person desiring to be heard in opposition to or in support of the petition may appear before the Professional Responsibility Tribunal at the Oklahoma Bar Center at 1901 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2021. Any person wishing to appear should contact Loraine Dillinder Farabow, First Assistant General Counsel, Oklahoma Bar Association, P.O. Box 53036, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152, telephone (405) 416-7007.


By Jim Calloway, Director
Management Assistance Program


By this point you have likely learned how to use Microsoft OneDrive to share files with clients in a more secure manner than email attachments. In addition to that, now you can send a link to a client to request that the client securely sends files to you. This could be really helpful if a client needs to share personal information with you.

In MS OneDrive, create a folder and then select that folder and look in the options at the top of the screen. Choose “Request Files”. A dialog box will appear, and you can specify the files you are requesting, for instance: “Please send us a copy of your driver’s license, proof of current address and three paystubs” then click Next. In the next dialog box, you can add the person’s email address and instructions to send the request via email, or copy and paste the link into a document.

The recipient of the link does not need to have a Microsoft account. Once the files have been uploaded you will receive email notification and the uploaded files will have the name of the sender appended to the file name (e.g. jim_calloway_paystubs), which is handy if their file names aren’t very descriptive. Here are the full instructions.

Request files is only available for OneDrive for work or school accounts and your MS 365 admin must enable Anyone links in OneDrive. Please contact your admin if you don’t see this feature. This feature is not available for Office 365 Government, Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, OneDrive for home, or Office 365 Germany.

If you do not have MS 365 there is a similar feature in Citrix ShareFile and undoubtedly other web-based document repositories. You can also check out the subscription service Pipe|File, which lets you create templates to request files securely, which is very handy if this is something that you do on a frequent basis. Pipe|File will also send reminders to the recipient and let you add a deadline.