Vol. 3 No. 4 | Jan. 25, 2023


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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.



Join us at the Oklahoma Bar Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 27, for the Legislative Kickoff. During this event, we will cover upcoming legislation that may impact your area of practice. This event is hosted by the OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee and includes 3 hours of MCLE credit. Donuts and coffee will be provided. RSVP to Alisha Davidson if you plan to attend.

Newly elected officers and board members took their oaths of office on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Oklahoma Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom at the state Capitol. Administering the oath of office was Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice M. John Kane.

During the ceremony, President Hermanson addressed those in attendance, honoring association leadership and expressing his hope and enthusiasm for the upcoming year.

“I have had the opportunity over the last 40-plus years to serve many OBA presidents,” President Hermanson said. “The tradition of leadership these presidents have shown has been incredible. I am humbled to start my service as OBA president. With the officers and governors we have, I don’t see how we can fail. With the help of our outstanding membership, the future looks very bright indeed.”

The Oklahoma Bar Association, the leading provider of continuing legal education in the state of Oklahoma, seeks a director of educational programs. The position manages and directs the OBA CLE Department and other educational events for the association. The OBA CLE Department offers comprehensive and unique live programming for Oklahoma lawyers and has an impressive list of online programs that are available to lawyers nationwide.

The position is responsible for CLE development, advertising, planning and coordinating numerous continuing legal education programs annually, as well as planning and participating in organizational meetings, adult public education programs and the OBA Leadership Academy. CLE programs include live presentations and online learning opportunities.

"As a title examiner, you see many things that make you go, 'Hmm.' Some of them you do not like, but you have the protection of certain presumptions, the Marketable Record Title Act or the Simplification of Land Titles Act to rely on. Other times, you must make a judgment call about whether something that feels 'icky' rises to a level of litigious uncertainty that prevents the grantee's title from being marketable."

Free Movie Night is back, and seats are quickly filling up! Be sure to register for the event, held Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6-9 p.m., at the Oklahoma Judicial Center. The evening will kick off with a showing of Goodbye, My Fancy, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice M. John Kane. Speaking on the panel are Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond, 2023 OBA President and 8th District Attorney Brian Hermanson and former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Seating is limited to 175, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. 3 general MCLE credits will be offered. Register now so you don't miss out!

"The great journey of life can be unpredictable, and we have certainly felt some unpredictability together. In recent years, the pandemic certainly proved a barrier to in-person events. I have followed several YLD leaders who handled some of the hardest times to be in charge of a board. I am incredibly grateful to follow in their footsteps. As the late David Bowie once said, 'I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise I won’t bore you.'"

"First, the rustling. That noise. The noise that sounds, to me, like the omen of death. It's a noise I'd become slightly accustomed to, although I'll never be completely comfortable with it. Then the eyes. Small and beady. A look one way into soulless void, down a long instrument of destruction.

I began repeating to myself, 'Breathe in. Breathe out. Relax your fingers. Relax your hands. Relax your neck and shoulders.' I think of the platitude, 'He's more afraid of you than you are of him.' I realize whoever said that wasn't an ornithophobic who had 40 more minutes in a car with a loose Mississippi kite."

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Communication tasks are a lot of what lawyers do daily. It is certainly a challenge to stay current with all client communications while keeping up with all of the other work in a law office. But what is the purpose of this communication? In most cases we want a response.

Productivity expert Paul H. Brunton outlines best practices for Communicating Better in a Post-Pandemic World. This is an extremely well-written article. Many lawyers today find that an increasing amount of communication today is done digitally. These simple tips will help you realize the goal of obtaining a quick and meaningful response.

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