Volume 2 No. 28 | July 13, 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.

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This summer, don’t forget to take advantage of the services the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Assistance Program offers. All OBA members are entitled to six free hours of problem-focused or crisis counseling with a mental health professional. For help with stress, depression or addiction, call the Lawyers Helping Lawyers hotline at 800-364-7886 to be referred to a counselor in your area. All calls are 100% confidential, and identifying participant information is not made available to the OBA.

If you have a question or request that is not urgent, another option is to email oklalhl@gmail.com. Responses to email will take place during regular Monday-Friday business hours.

The FBI is warning about a new scam targeting attorney trust accounts. The scam promises high-dollar commissions on medical equipment purchases. The scam has resulted in approximately $2 million in losses to date. Click here to learn more.

The OBA Management Assistance Program regularly tracks scams aimed at lawyers to help keep you safe from financial predators. Visit www.okbar.org/map/scams to learn more.

Oklahoma City lawyer Dwight W. Birdwell received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal for valor in combat, on July 5. President Biden presented the medal to Mr. Birdwell for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on Jan. 31, 1968.

That day, a large enemy element initiated an assault on the Tan Son Nhut Airbase near Saigon. They disabled or destroyed many of the unit’s vehicles and incapacitated Specialist Five Birdwell’s tank commander. Under heavy enemy small-arms fire, Specialist Five Birdwell moved the tank commander to safety and fired the tank’s weapons at the enemy force. Afterward, he dismounted and continued fighting until receiving enemy fire to his face and torso. He refused evacuation and led a small group of defenders to disrupt the enemy assault until reinforcements arrived. He then aided in evacuating the wounded until he was ordered to seek attention for his own wounds. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 29, 1968.

More information about Mr. Birdwell's selection is available on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal has been presented with one of eight ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts. The May 2021 issue of the journal, focusing on Black Legal History in Oklahoma, was recognized as the winner of the magazines category for 2022. The award recognizes outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, and it is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose. The full list of this year's winners and more information is available on the ABA website.

Board of Editors Chair Melissa DeLacerda and guest editor Justice John G. Browning jointly accepted the award on behalf of the OBA during the awards presentation ceremony in Washington, D.C., on July 12.

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

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

One of the more important tasks for lawyers is proofreading. It also can be among the most tedious. We endeavor to produce perfect legal documents. Reading a complex document for the third or fourth time can be tiring.

We have all also learned that when proofreading a document you authored, there are times you can read what you meant to write instead of what you wrote. That is why many of us have a policy of always having “two sets of eyes” review a document before it is finalized.

Using Microsoft’s Read Aloud feature can be a great way to final proof a document you have created. An error your eyes might skip past will likely be caught by your ear. An awkwardly worded sentence may be exposed as well. Read Aloud is only available for Microsoft 365, Office 2019 and Office 2021.

You can locate Read Aloud under the Review Tab in Microsoft Word. To change the reading speed or pause, use these commands. (You will likely have to tap the arrow key several times while holding down Alt key to notice the difference.)

Alt + Left Arrow: Decrease reading speed

Alt + Right Arrow: Increase reading speed

CTRL + Space: Play or pause Read Aloud

As the graphic shows, I have installed Read Aloud on my Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) to make it quickly available without having to use the Review tab. If you haven’t customized your QAT or don’t know how to do this, my prior column Time-Saving Microsoft Word Customizations and Tools should help.

Needless to say, Read Aloud can be very useful for those with certain visual disabilities. The feature is also included in Microsoft’s Edge browser.

To launch it, click the little “A” icon on the right-hand side of the address bar. Alternatively, right-click anywhere and select “Read aloud.” Read aloud will then begin to read the web page. Audio controls at the top of the page allow you to pause and change the voice and reading speed.

Microsoft’s Listen to Your Word Documents resource page has additional information on this and similar features.