Oklahoma Attorneys Sworn in to State Bar Board
January 22, 2019
(Jan. 22, 2019 – OKLAHOMA CITY) – Miami attorney Charles W. “Chuck” Chesnut took an oath Friday to serve as the 2019 Oklahoma Bar Association president. He was among nine attorneys sworn in to serve on the OBA’s 17-member board during a ceremony held at the Oklahoma Judicial Center.
Chesnut is a sole practitioner in Miami. He is a third-generation Oklahoma lawyer. He was born and raised in Miami and upon graduation from high school, he attended OU where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1974. He graduated from the OU College of Law in 1977. His main areas of practice are real estate, probate and estate planning.
He is a member and past president of the Ottawa County Bar Association. He served as U.S. magistrate judge (part-time) for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma from 1983-1987 and was a temporary panel judge for the Oklahoma Court of Appeals from 1991-1992. He is a past member of the OBA YLD Board of Directors, a Benefactor Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, was a trustee of the OBF from 1993-2000 and served as OBF president in 1999. He is a member of the Real Property Law, Estate Planning and Probate and Law Office Management and Technology sections and has been a member of numerous OBA committees.
He is active in his community having served as a member of the Miami Board of Education for 17 years and as its president for a number of those years. He is a member and past president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Also taking oaths were Susan B. Shields of Oklahoma City, president-elect; Lane R. Neal of Oklahoma City, vice president and Kimberly K. Hays of Tulsa, immediate past president.
Sworn in to the OBA Board of Governors to represent their respective Supreme Court judicial districts are David T. McKenzie of Oklahoma City, Timothy E. DeClerck of Enid and Andrew E. Hutter of Norman. They will serve three-year terms. Also sworn in to a three-year term as member-at-large was Miles T. Pringle of Oklahoma City. Brandi Nowakowski of Shawnee was sworn in to a one-year term as OBA Young Lawyers Division chairperson.
OBA leadership roles are voluntary positions in which lawyers serve while continuing to practice law. The board meets monthly and governs the association. The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.