Governance & Membership
President's Message - September 2023
By Brian Hermanson
What?! It is already September! How can that be? As shocking as it is when time quickly flies by, we know that if we are not careful, we may not accomplish all our intended goals during the year.
How many of your colleagues have been missing from your life over the last few years of the pandemic? When was the last time you saw the buddies you made in the trenches they call law school? When was the last time you had a class reunion or a time when you sat down with a bunch of good attorney friends and had a visit?
Well, here is your chance. We are rapidly approaching the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be a time when we can all get together, share stories of our lives and break bread with those many lost friends from across the state.
I’m excited that we are holding this year’s meeting at the beautiful, historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. We have reserved two floors of the hotel for our meeting spaces, and we have ensured there will be plenty of opportunities to sit down in small or large spaces and just relax with friends. Of course, there will be plenty of CLE offered with cutting-edge seminars and great opportunities to try out the latest in technology.
Wednesday will be your opportunity to have lunch with your fellow law school alumni and visit with many of your classmates and professors. There will also be meetings throughout the day that will help you energize both you and your practice.
During the Annual Meeting, we will hear from outstanding speakers and educators, and everyone who registers for the Annual Meeting is invited to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday night. There will be refreshments, food, music and everything you could hope for at the reception. The judiciary will be invited, and there will be quiet spaces available for visiting and conversation as well as alcohol-free areas to ensure everyone feels welcome and comfortable. We also hope to have many OBA past presidents in attendance.
At our Thursday Annual Luncheon, we will enjoy fellowship as we recognize and honor the 2023 OBA Award winners. Other Thursday events will offer additional CLE opportunities as well as various OBA section and committee meetings. During the day on Thursday, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in OBA section and committee work. The OBA Diversity Committee will hold its annual Diversity Awards Dinner on Thursday evening.
On Friday, we will again have an outstanding speaker at the annual Delegates Breakfast, followed by the OBA General Assembly and the House of Delegates, where the important business of the association will be conducted.
If you have never been to an OBA Annual Meeting before, this will be the perfect time to see what you have been missing. If you have attended in the past, you know the fun and camaraderie that accompanies spending a few days with outstanding jurists and attorneys.
And guess what? The time to register will come and go before you know it. What better time than now to sign up and become a part of this incredible event.
See you there!
Brian Hermanson serves as district attorney for the 8th District of Oklahoma.
Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal – OBJ 94 Vol 7 (September 2023).
Statements or opinions expressed in the Oklahoma Bar Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Oklahoma Bar Association, its officers, Board of Governors, Board of Editors or staff.