Volume 2 No. 29 | July 20, 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. Results of the election will be announced at the YLD meeting at the OBA Annual Meeting Nov. 2 - 4 in Oklahoma City.

The OBA Diversity Committee annually presents Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards to lawyers, judges, businesses, groups and organizations that have championed diversity, equity and inclusion. Nominations for this year's awards are due Monday, Aug. 1. Email submissions to diversityawards@okbar.org and include the nominee’s contributions and accomplishments in the area of diversity. Submissions should not exceed five pages in length. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process at www.okbar.org/diversityawards.

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.

Calling All Writers and Artists!

Do you express your creativity through writing or art? Submit articles related to the practice of law, something humorous, transforming or intriguing for the Oklahoma Bar Journal “Back Page." Poetry, photography and artwork are also welcomed! Email your submission to barbriefs@okbar.org.

Submissions should be about 500 words and/or high-resolution images.

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

Gmail and Google Docs Releasing New Features

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Many lawyers use Gmail and Google Docs. I always suggest that if lawyers are going to use Gmail for client matters, they upgrade to the paid business version of the service for account controls and improved security. That business class service is Google Workplace (formerly GSuite, Google for Business, et al.) But there is more to the upgrade than just more secure Gmail. There’s value and a more professional appearance if your emails are from your law firm domain instead of Gmail. Workplace users also get access to other communication tools, including (at the starter level) hosting video conferences of up to 100. See Google Workplace pricing.

Workplace users, and eventually all Gmail users, will soon see some changes, including a new toolbar. Catherine Reach, director of the North Carolina Bar Association Center for Practice Management, gives us a brief overview of what is ahead in her post What’s New with Google’s Gmail and Docs?