Vol. 3 No. 1 | Jan. 4, 2023


No published opinions this week.

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"Throughout his career, Mr. Hermanson has made service a priority. Influenced by his childhood Sunday school teacher, Mr. Hermanson brings patience, benevolence and empathy into his work and beyond.

“I respected him a lot,” Mr. Hermanson said. “I was struck with his patience and caring nature. I’ve also been inspired by the lawyers I first worked with fresh out of law school, who were so helpful. Everyone cared for each other – that greatly affected how I looked at and practiced law.”

For more than 40 years, Mr. Hermanson has set aside time to volunteer in various capacities for the Oklahoma Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Foundation, starting in 1980 on the Law Day Committee. In 1993, he served as OBF president; he served on the OBA Board of Editors from 1994 to 1999; and he has served 13 (going on 15) years on the OBA Board of Governors. He has spoken at numerous seminars and has also won various awards, including his most recent Kline-Brown Award for Outstanding Service to the Oklahoma Bar Foundation in November 2022.

This year, Mr. Hermanson is excited to give back to the bar in his role as president."

The January Oklahoma Bar Journal focuses on the topic of "Transactional Law." The print version will arrive in your mailboxes soon. Check out the interactive digital version online now, featuring the following articles related to the Transactional Law theme:

Virtual Currencies Explainer
By Miles Pringle 

Remedies for the Freeze-Out: Employment Rights of Minority Shareholders of Close Corporations
By D. Benham Kirk & Alexandra J. Gage 

You Shall Not Pass … Or Shall You?
By Rhonda J. McLean 

Financial Institutions and Commercial Law Committee Report on the 2022 Amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code
By Alvin C. Harrell 

"With the beginning of a new year, many things are changing across Oklahoma. With the wind of change comes changes to the Oklahoma Bar Association. We begin the year with a new OBA executive director. Janet Johnson, who has been serving as the OBA’s educational programs director, is now our association’s executive director. This is a change that marks the end of John Morris Williams’ nearly 20-year tenure in that role. John has honorably and skillfully led the OBA through many years of change and challenges. Thank you, John, for all you did for us. You will be missed in so many ways.

Janet is the first woman to hold the executive director role. She is uniquely qualified to provide strong leadership as we head into the future. We expect great things from her, and I look forward to working with her. Please take the time to meet her.

This is also a time for new beginnings for me. While I have been active in the OBA for more than 40 years, this opportunity to serve as your president is one that takes my breath away. The responsibility of leading an organization that is made up of more than 18,000 attorneys is quite the challenge. I feel I have been preparing for this moment for a long time, but now that it is here, I am cautiously optimistic about the path before me."

Know an Oklahoma student who loves to write or draw? The annual OBA Law Day Art and Writing Contest is designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of the law among young Oklahomans. Categories include art and writing for grades pre-K through 12th, with cash prizes up to $500 and plaques for winners, plus participation certificates to honor every student's hard work. This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration.” The contest closes Jan. 13.

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

ABA TECHSHOW 2023 will be held March 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The OBA Member Discount Code is EP2306.

TECHSHOW is always a great event for those working in small- to medium-sized law firms to attend and receive a lot of information. There is a lot to see and do at TECHSHOW. Attend a CLE session about an innovative use of technology and then go to the Expo Hall and talk with the vendors providing the tools. Maybe you have a demo there, or maybe you schedule a remote demo later so others from your office may attend.

Pay attention to the Early Bird Registration Deadline. After Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, registration fees increase. Make sure and reserve your room soon after you register. There is a greater Oklahoma influence with two Oklahomans serving on the 12-member planning board: Darla Jackson, Director of Mabee Legal Information Center, the TU College of Law; and Kenton Brice, Interim Director of the Law Library at the OU College of Law.

Note that if you are an ABA member, the OBA discount of $100 may not give you a lower registration than your ABA member discount. If you have a traveling companion who is interested but doesn’t want to attend the CLE sessions, you can register them for a free Expo Hall pass. Registration and more conference information is available at www.techshow.com.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal is a publication of the Oklahoma Bar Association. All rights reserved. Copyright© 2023 Oklahoma Bar Association. Statements or opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Oklahoma Bar Association, its officers, Board of Governors, Board of Editors or staff. Although advertising copy is reviewed, no endorsement of any product or service offered by any advertisement is intended or implied by publication. Advertisers are solely responsible for the content of their ads, and the OBA reserves the right to edit or reject any advertising copy for any reason. Legal articles carried in The Oklahoma Bar Journal are selected by the Board of Editors. Information about submissions can be found at www.okbar.org.