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.
The April Oklahoma Bar Journal will arrive in mailboxes soon for you to flip through the pages filled with articles reflecting the theme: Wellness.
Until then, flip through the pages online.
OBA President Jim Hicks says this issue is about "changing the conversation":
This issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal is dedicated to encouraging open and honest conversations about attorney wellness. We must recognize that while everyone faces stress and anxiety, the practice of law is an especially stressful profession. We all have self-doubt, fears and occasional dark thoughts. This is simply part of being human, and everyone you know faces these same challenges. Read President Hicks' column.
Theme article author list:
- Travis Pickens
- Virginia Henson and Alli Haselwood
- Tom M. Cummings
- Lori Gooding
- Rhiannon K. Baker
- Dr. Robyn Goggs
- Richard Stevens
Here is how to get involved in Law Day. Volunteers are needed for shifts to answer calls as part of Ask A Lawyer. Your time commitment is two hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on April 28.
For Oklahoma County volunteers:
- Contact Connie Resar
For Tulsa County volunteers:
By Dylan Erwin, Young Lawyers Division Chair
As a group, the Young Lawyers Division excels at getting excited about things. We get excited about community service, we get excited about packing Bar Exam Survival Kits, we get excited about fundraising. Today, I want to talk to you about something I’m excited about: the 2022 Solo & Small Firm Conference.
After canceling the conference the past two years due to the pandemic, we are eager to swap our blazers and slacks for Hawaiian shirts and swim trunks and spend some time in the sun. The conference will offer a litany of CLE opportunities in topics ranging from cannabis law to cutting-edge law firm technology. Not only will you get to treat yourself and your family to a mini summer vacation, but you’ll also be able to head home having obtained all your CLE for the year.
Membership Survey Complete
Thank you to OBA members who participated in the membership survey.
The Center for Nonprofits, the organization that conducted the survey, reports that nearly 1,850 surveys were collected, which represents nearly a 10% participation rate.
Survey results are being compiled to present to OBA leadership as part of strategic planning.
By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program director
There are two areas related to geotagging photos that lawyers need to appreciate. One is related to the privacy and security concerns of both lawyers and their clients. Another relates to the sometimes-hidden evidentiary value of geotagged photos.
As Brian X. Chen, consumer technology columnist for The New York Times, noted in a recent column, “Just say no to photo locations. Imagine that you’ve met someone on a dating app and you text that person a selfie from your favorite coffee shop. If you’re there every morning, you might not want a near-stranger to have the exact location of a place you frequent regularly.”
Geotagging basically means attaching geographic coordinates to media based on the location of a phone camera or other mobile device. The location information and time stamps are not readily viewable to someone viewing a digital photo. So many people do not know the embedded information, known as Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) data, exists. This data will reveal which phone or camera was used to take the photo. Geotags are applied to photos and videos, but we see location tags attached to social media posts as well. Read more >>>