Volume 2 No. 27| July 6, 2022


No published opinions this week.

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.

WIL Conference (2)
AM Save The Date C&M


Service to the community is true professionalism, and it's the overarching goal of the OBA Young Lawyers Division. All OBA members in good standing who were admitted to the practice of law 10 years ago or less are members of the OBA YLD and are encouraged to apply for the YLD Board of Directors. Click here to learn more about this year's election season.

Article 5 of the division bylaws requires that any eligible member wishing to run for office must submit a nominating petition to the Nominating Committee. The petition must be signed by at least 10 members of the OBA YLD and must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. A separate petition must be filed for each opening, except a petition for a directorship shall be valid for one-year and two-year terms and at-large positions. A person must be eligible for division membership for the entire term for which elected.

Nominating petitions, accompanied by a photo and bio of 350 words or less for publication in the Oklahoma Bar Journal, must be sent to april@moaninglaw.com no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Results of the election will be announced at the YLD meeting at the OBA Annual Meeting Nov. 2 - 4 in Oklahoma City.

Each year at the Annual Meeting, the OBA proudly recognizes those who are making a difference in our profession and community. These awards are bestowed upon worthy lawyers, law-related organizations and other individuals for their hard work in public service, leadership and professionalismThis is where you come in! Look among your peers, search your legal associations and contact local bar members to seek out those who should be recognized for their efforts.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m. Visit www.okbar.org/awards for more information.

County bars, take note! It's time to submit your local delegates to this year's House of Delegates during the Annual Meeting set for Nov. 2 - 4 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. Click here for more information.

In accordance with OBA Bylaws, the House of Delegates shall be composed of at least one delegate or alternate from each county of the state, who shall be an active or senior member of the bar of such county. A PDF document is available online with the count of members per county and the corresponding number of delegates and alternates allowed for each county.

Contact Alisha Davidson for more information: alishad@okbar.org

Board of Governors Vacancies

The deadline for submitting nominating petitions is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. A narrative bio in Word (not to exceed 350 words) and photograph with a resolution of 200 dpi or more is due by Sept. 2 to Alisha Davidson at alishad@okbar.org. More information about Board of Governors vacancies is available online.

The Board of Governors is comprised of 17 active members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. One representative is elected for each of the nine Supreme Court judicial districts,  as such districts existed prior to January 1, 2020 [Order No. SCBD 4483 (2020 OK 17)], by lawyers in those respective districts plus three statewide at-large members and the Young Lawyers Division chairperson. Officers are the president, vice president, president-elect and secretary/treasurer.

For information on current board members and officers, visit the Board of Governors page.

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Google is a technology powerhouse. But it all began with Google Search.

It is a widely held view among technology experts that Google Search is not what it used to be – unless you are measuring corporate profitability. But that has become more apparent to many ordinary and occasional users.  Even though Google officials deny it, it seems that today you must scroll down past more ads and sponsored content to get to actual search results.

The Open Secret of Google Search by Charlie Warzel was featured by the Atlantic in its “One Story to Read Today” newsletter and I concur. In fact, if you have exhausted your free articles for the month in The Atlantic, I’d strongly encourage you to calendar a date next month to read the article – or use another computer or phone.

Google Search was amazing in its early years when the internet was more challenging to navigate. Warzel notes:

“One can’t really overstate the way that Google Search, when it rolled out in 1997, changed how people used the internet. Before Google came out with its goal to crawl the entire web and organize the world’s information, search engines were moderately useful at best. And yet, in the early days, there was much more search competition than there is now; Yahoo, Altavista, and Lycos were popular online destinations. But Google’s “PageRank” ranking algorithm helped crack the problem. The algorithm counted and indexed the number and quality of links that pointed to a given website. Rather than use a simple keyword match, PageRank figured that the best results would be websites that were linked to by many other high-quality websites. The algorithm worked, and the Google of the late 1990s seemed almost magical: You typed in what you were looking for, and what you got back felt not just relevant but intuitive.”

But today he says:

“Most people don’t need a history lesson to know that Google has changed; they feel it. Try searching for a product on your smartphone and you’ll see that what was once a small teal bar featuring one ‘sponsored link’ is now a hard-to-decipher, multi-scroll slog, filled with paid-product carousels; multiple paid-link ads; the dreaded, algorithmically generated ‘People also ask’ box; another paid carousel; a sponsored ‘buying guide’; and a Maps widget showing stores selling products near your location. Once you’ve scrolled through that, multiple screen lengths below, you’ll find the unpaid search results. Like much of the internet in 2022, it feels monetized to death, soulless, and exhausting.”

I encourage you to read the entire article. I already try to use Duck Duck Go for shopping-related searches and many lawyers use it for sensitive client-related searches because the search is not tracked. I haven’t used the Reddit technique mentioned in the article, but I do tend to add Amazon to shopping searches, so I get the Amazon product page first and can see all features and Amazon’s price.