Governance & Membership
Board of Governors Vacancies
The deadline for submitting nominating petitions is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. A narrative bio in Word (not to exceed 1/2 of a page) and photograph with resolution of 200 dpi or more is due by Sept. 4, 2020, to Debbie Brink at email@example.com.
For information on current board members and officers, visit the Board of Governors page.
These are one-year terms.
- Current: Michael C. Mordy, Ardmore
- Nominee: James R. Hicks, Tulsa
- Current: Brandi N. Nowakowski, Shawnee
- Nominee: Charles E. Geister III, Oklahoma City
Board of Governors
These are all three-year terms (2021-2023). Terms of the present OBA officers and governors will terminate Dec. 31, 2020.
Supreme Court Judicial District One
- Current: Brian T. Hermanson, Newkirk
- Nominee: Michael R. Vanderburg, Ponca City
- Counties: Craig, Grant, Kay, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Washington
Supreme Court Judicial District Six
- Current: D. Kenyon Williams Jr., Tulsa
- Nominee: Richard D. White, Tulsa
- Counties: Tulsa
Supreme Court Judicial District Seven
- Current: Matthew C. Beese, Muskogee
- Nominee: Benjamin R. Hilfiger, Muskogee
- Counties: Adair, Cherokee, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Wagoner
- Current: Brian K. Morton, Oklahoma City
- Nominee: Cody J. Cooper, Oklahoma City
- Nominee: Elliott C. Crawford, Oklahoma City
- Nominee: April D. Kelso, Oklahoma City
- Nominee: Kara I. Smith, Newalla
- Counties: Statewide
Summary of Nominations Rules
Not less than 60 days prior to the annual meeting, 25 or more voting members of the OBA within the Supreme Court Judicial District from which the member of the Board of Governors is to be elected that year, shall file with the executive director, a signed petition (which may be in parts) nominating a candidate for the office of member of the Board of Governors for and from such judicial district, or one or more county bar associations within the judicial district may file a nominating resolution nominating such a candidate.
Not less than 60 days prior to the annual meeting, 50 or more voting members of the OBA from any or all judicial districts shall file with the executive director a signed petition nominating a candidate to the office of member at‑large on the Board of Governors, or three or more county bars may file appropriate resolutions nominating a candidate for this office.
Not less than 60 days before the opening of the annual meeting, 50 or more voting members of the association may file with the executive director a signed petition nominating a candidate for the office of president‑elect or vice president, or three or more county bar associations may file appropriate resolutions nominating a candidate for the office.
If no one has filed for one of the vacancies, nominations to any of the above offices shall be received from the House of Delegates on a petition signed by not less than 30 delegates certified to and in attendance at the session at which the election is held.
See Article II and Article III of the bylaws for complete information regarding offices, positions, nominations, and election procedure.