Volume 2 No. 49 | Dec. 7, 2022


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.

Notice Of Judicial Vacancy


Chief Justice Richard Darby has announced that the Oklahoma Supreme Court elected M. John Kane IV to serve as chief justice for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2023. Dustin P. Rowe was elected to serve as vice chief justice for the same biennium.

Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Justice Kane to the state’s highest court in 2019, where he has served as vice chief justice since January 2021. He previously served as district judge in Osage County from 2005 until his appointment to the Supreme Court in September 2019.

Justice Rowe was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in November 2019 by Gov. Stitt. Prior to his appellate appointment, Justice Rowe, of Tishomingo, had been in private practice since 2001 and had been serving as a judge with the Chickasaw Nation.

The Oklahoma Constitution provides that the justices of the Supreme Court shall “choose from among their members a chief justice and a vice chief justice.”

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The December Oklahoma Bar Journal focuses on the topic of "Ethics & Professional Responsibility." The print version will arrive in your mailboxes soon. Check out the interactive digital version online now, featuring the following articles related to the ethics theme:

Lawyer Responsibilities Under the New Corporate Transparency Act
By Gary W. Derrick and Jacob L. Fanning

Do I Have a Duty to Investigate Undue Influence? And Other Things Estate Planning Attorneys Should Know
By David M. Postic

Cyber Spies Attempt to Sway Litigation Battles and Break into Attorney Emails
By Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek and Michael C. Maschke

ORPC 1.8 Current Clients: Specific Conflict Rule
By Richard Stevens 

Learn how to optimize client outcomes by improving the one skill that is imperative to all practice areas – efficient legal research. In this 50-minute program, you will learn how to save countless time by minimizing irrelevant results in your future research. This presentation details how researchers can evade common research pitfalls and employ strategies to consistently retrieve strong results. Fastcase is used to demonstrate, but these core principles apply to all varieties of online legal research.

Note: Those who have not taken the class "Legal Research Using Fastcase for Oklahoma Lawyers" offered earlier in 2022 are encouraged to take it on demand prior to attending this class. It is also free and includes one hour of MCLE credit.

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation announces $743,624 in grants to 37 nonprofit programs for fiscal year 2023. These programs are expected to assist more than 58,000 Oklahomans with legal services and support, including children and families, court-ordered diversion program participants, domestic violence survivors, refugees, immigrants and others in need of civil legal aid and law-related education.

Grant funding for OBF Grantee Partners is made possible by Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and OBF fundraising, including the OBF’s 75th anniversary event, Diamonds & Disco.

Featured CLE

Change Your Cursor to Save Time and Improve Accessibility

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Do you ever have trouble spotting your cursor? Since I often use three monitors, it is sometimes easy for the tiny, little cursor to get lost when I have many windows open. There’s an easy way to fix that – just make your mouse pointer a little bigger. Start with the Windows icon at the bottom left and then click "Settings," then "Devices," then "Mouse" and you will see the entry at the right “Adjust mouse and cursor size.” I adjusted from the default size of 1 to size 3 and then selected yellow for my cursor color. It is easy to make the change and easy to change back if you don’t like it.

Mac users: go to the Apple Menu in the upper left corner of your screen and then click “System Preferences,” then “Accessibility,” then “Display” in the sidebar. In the “Pointer” tab, there is a scale to adjust your cursor size and outline and fill color.

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