Vol. 4 No. 17 | April 24, 2024


2024 OK CR 10: POSEY v. STATE


No published opinions this week.

Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma Court Calendar

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma is in session year round, unless otherwise noted. The court regularly schedules conferences on Mondays and other days as needed.

Member Transitions


New Attorneys Sworn In

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On Tuesday, April 23, new bar members took their Oath of Attorney at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater. The oath was administered by Chief Justice M. John Kane IV. Sixty-four new attorneys were among a group who passed the bar exam this past February. Following the swearing-in, individuals signed the Roll of Attorneys before joining their friends and families for photos. The Oklahoma Bar Association is proud to welcome this group of new attorney members!

The OBA would like to encourage these new attorney members (and all members sworn in for the first time within the last 10 years) to get involved with the Young Lawyers DivisionAll members of the Oklahoma Bar Association in good standing who were first admitted to the practice of law in the past 10 years are automatically YLD members, regardless of age.

To celebrate Law Day, the OBA produces educational video content that is hosted on the OBA's YouTube channel. This content covers some of the commonly asked questions in various areas of law, such as family law, housing and estate planning, Channel visitors can also acess information about the importance of law in our everyday lives, how our legal system works and the history of Law Day.

Additional resources include the history of Law Day and contact information for county bar chairs, which you can use to volunteer for Ask A Lawyer.

Fastcase is the online legal research software provided at no cost by the OBA to members, valued at $995 a year. Access national coverage with unlimited usage, customer service and printing at no cost to bar members as a part of their existing bar membership. Plus, Fastcase MobileSync allows members to link their account to a smartphone or tablet and automatically sync activity history and saved favorites on any of the Fastcase applications so no work is ever lost. To use Fastcase, go to your MyOKBar account and click the "Fastcase" link in the box near the bottom of the page.

The deadline for submitting nominating petitions for 2025 OBA leadership is 5 p.m., May 8, 2024. View the Board of Governors Vacancies page on the OBA website to see a list of current vacancies and nominating petition forms.

The Board of Governors is comprised of 17 active members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. One representative is elected for each of the nine Supreme Court judicial districts, as such districts existed prior to January 1, 2020 [Order No. SCBD 4483 (2020 OK 17)],  by lawyers in those respective districts plus three statewide at-large members and the Young Lawyers Division chairperson. Officers are the president, vice president, president-elect and secretary/treasurer.

The April issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal focuses on the topic of Indian Law. Check out this week's featured articles.

Examining the Implications of Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. CoughlinHow are Tribal Business Enterprises Impacted Under the Bankruptcy Code?
By Mark A. Craige, Logan Hibbs and Michael McBride III

Farm Bill Implications in Indian Country
By Carly Griffith Hotvedt, Kelli Case and Mallory Moore

The Model Tribal Energy Code: Energy Sovereignty for Native American Nations
By Dr. Greg Guedel and Philip H. Viles Jr.

"Outside of pop culture, Oklahoma’tribes steadily forged their way forward in both commerce and the law. Tribal gaming evolved out of bingo halls and exploded into modern casinos and resorts. Tribal governments became more visible as their business ventures grew beyond the 'smoke shops' and bingo halls to modern casinos and resorts, banking, defense contracting and even filmmaking. Even bigger are the tribes’ contributions to funding public schools, building roads, making both water and broadband internet accessible and offering vaccines to Native and non-Native alike during the pandemic."

"An interesting fact: There are about 13,713 attorneys who live or practice in the state of Oklahoma. However, there are 18,795 attorneys (both in and out of state) who are members and contributors of a lesser-known but active sister organization to the OBA, known as the Oklahoma Bar Foundation."

Featured CLE

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway

Most lawyers use Outlook for email. Upgrading to the “new” Outlook over the last few months has not been painless. Some functions require using the new version of Outlook, and sometimes we must toggle back to the old version to get something to work. Perhaps the most frustrating thing has been the number of functions we used daily that were hidden or disabled by the upgrade.

The good news is that Microsoft’s April 2024 Outlook upgrade has restored several of those classic functions.

Consultant Teresa B. Cyrus has posted a great nine-minute video, "Microsoft New Outlook: Several Classic Features Make a Grand Return." This is a great video and should be viewed by every lawyer who uses Outlook. Power users will be pleased to see some of their favorite tools restored. But most Outlook users will benefit from watching this video as it demonstrates how to use many new, or undiscovered, Outlook functions. Embedding a video so it plays within the email is something new and useful. Imagine onboarding new clients by sending them a series of introductory videos about the firm or their type of matter (Those who do not use Outlook will still receive a link to the video).


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