Vol. 3 No. 8 | Feb. 22, 2023


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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.

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"Before 2019, the Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules had not been amended since 2014. Between 2019 and 2022, the court amended eight of its rules and added two new rules. This article provides a summary of those rule changes. ...

The recent uptick in amendments to the court’s rules indicates the court may be in the process of modernizing its rules. Because the court’s rules can often be difficult to navigate, even for a seasoned practitioner, the bench and bar will want to keep a close eye on changes to the court’s rules in the coming years."

"A lawyer may sometimes find themselves in a situation where one party to a case comes into their office to talk about hiring the lawyer for, let's say, a divorce. The lawyer quotes the potential client a fee, and the potential client leaves – never to return. In two or three months, the lawyer sees another potential client seeking a divorce. After speaking to this potential client, the lawyer realizes that this potential client is on the other side of the divorce proposed by the first potential client. Can the lawyer represent the second potential client in the proposed divorce? May any member of the lawyer’s firm represent the second potential client?

ORPC 1.8 provides guidance to the lawyer faced with this situation. This rule defines a prospective client and the lawyer's duties and obligations to the prospective client."

"Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the legal industry by providing more efficient and accurate legal opinions and advice. However, there are also significant risks associated with using AI in this way, and it is important to carefully consider these risks before relying on AI to provide legal opinions or advice.

One of the main arguments in favor of using AI in the legal field is that it can help to reduce the amount of time and labor required to complete certain tasks. For example, AI algorithms can be used to quickly and accurately analyze large amounts of data and documents, potentially saving hours of work for lawyers and other legal professionals."

Check Your Email for the Membership Survey

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On Monday, Feb. 13, an email went out to members with a link to a short survey. The OBA is exploring ways to better reach bar members, and we need your input! All OBA members are asked to complete the brief, anonymous survey giving insight on your digital communications preferences. We want to know how you want to better connect with other Oklahoma lawyers, receive information from your bar association and learn about upcoming events and learning opportunities. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. Be sure to check your email and complete the survey by Friday, March 3. If you did not receive the survey email, contact us at communications@okbar.org.

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Oklahoma City attorney Mark A. Robertson defies the stereotype. He heads a small law firm doing securities work and representing both large and small businesses. In his feature for the ABA’s Law Practice Today, "Advising the Business Client," he provides a thorough review of how lawyers can build a clientele of business clients. It is a worthy read.

Mr. Robertson’s article is contained in the February issue of Law Practice Today. The issue is the Solo and Small Firm theme issue, and there are several other features of interest, including one by me adopted from an Oklahoma Bar Journal column. This ABA e-publication is not behind a members-only paywall.

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