No published opinions this week.
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.
Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Darby administered the oath of attorney to more than 50 new admittees during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Judicial Center on April 26. Congratulations to the state’s newest lawyers! A gallery of event photos is coming soon.
View the recorded ceremony on the OBA's Facebook page.
The April Oklahoma Bar Journal focuses on attorney wellness. In one of the feature articles, OBA Ethics Counsel Richard Stevens shares his research findings on the importance of wellness to prevent lawyer disciplinary actions.
By my count, there have been 34 final orders of discipline involving Oklahoma attorneys while I have been ethics counsel. By my count again, at least eight of those discipline cases have involved lawyers who were suffering from some form of substance abuse or addiction or mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
For the first time in two years, OBA Law Day returns to its traditional spring celebration with live events, including this year’s Ask A Lawyer event happening Thursday, April 28, at the Oklahoma Bar Center and Tulsa County Bar Association.
There is still time to volunteer! Contact: Oklahoma City, Connie Resar, email@example.com; Tulsa, Dan Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact your county Law Day chairperson at okbar.org/lawday.
WATCH: The video above is part of a Law Day series that features Judge Tim Olsen, Lorenzo Banks and Jack Cadenhead discussing the history of Law Day and its origins in Wewoka. The video below features Law Day Chair Ed Wunch discussing the event during a recent TV interview.
Featured CLE: May is Mental Health Awareness Month
By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program director
Most law firms now store a significant amount of data in the cloud. But that doesn’t mean data backup is not still important.
Catherine Reach, director of the North Carolina Bar Association Center for Practice Management, notes:
Securing and protecting your firm’s data are essential. Client files, important communications, and valuable work product often exist exclusively in digital format today, and thus a major data loss could have catastrophic professional and ethical ramifications. Whether you are creating a plan for business continuity that contemplates natural disasters, fabricated disasters, pandemics, or other things that go bump in the night, set up good backup procedures so you can recover faster.
Read the rest of Catherine’s post, Good Backup Is Good Business Continuity. Backup is still very, very important for all lawyers.