Vol. 3 No. 27 | July 5, 2023


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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Copy Of Annual Meeting Save The Date


The deadline for OBA Awards nominations has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, July 14. It is a longstanding tradition for the OBA to honor lawyers and law-related organizations that show exemplary service and leadership with these prestigious awards. Don't forget to submit your award nomination!

Nomination Rules and Tips

  • Nominations can be as short as a one-page letter to the Awards Committee; however, the entire nomination cannot exceed five single-sided, 8 ½ x 11-inch pages (including exhibits and support letters).
  • A nomination form is not required, but it is available.
  • Be sure to include the name of the person being nominated and the person (or organization) making the nomination.
  • If you think someone qualifies for awards in several categories, pick one award and only do one nomination. The OBA Awards Committee may consider the nominee for an award in a category other than the one in which you nominate that person.
  • You can email, mail or fax your nomination or fill out the online nomination form (pick one):

Email: awards@okbar.org (you will receive a confirmation reply)
Mail: OBA Awards Committee, P.O. Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Fax: 405-416-7089

Your smartphone notifies you that you have transferred money via PayPal. Since you have transferred no money recently, that merits a reaction. So you click on the link in the message to straighten things out, right? No! Stop!

A rule of using the internet is anytime you get an email or text message prompting you to do something urgently, the first thing you should do is stop and take a deep breath. Scams by text messages are increasing. Whether it is money being taken from you or an email from “OBA” notifying you a client has filed a grievance and you should click to learn the client’s name, the more urgently you want to react, the more likely you should pause first. And, no, the OBA does not notify lawyers of grievances that way.

When was the last time you had a problem because you delayed responding to an unexpected email from a stranger? Never, right?

And if you are worried about your PayPal account or any other account, log in the way you normally would check your records. Do not click on a link in the message you have received, even if it purports to be from PayPal or your bank. For more information on this text message scam, see "Watch Out for This PayPal Text Message Scam" from Tech.co.

The Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct impose on each member of the bar the duty to aid in guarding against the admission of candidates unfit or unqualified because of deficiency in either moral character or education. To aid in that duty, the following is a list of applicants for the bar examination to be given July 25-26.

The Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the board’s attention in a signed letter any information that might influence the board in considering the moral character and fitness to practice of any applicant for admission. Send correspondence to Cary Pirrong, Administrative Director, Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners, P.O. Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.

We want to feature your work in the Oklahoma Bar Journal. "The Back Page" is a space for attorneys to share their creative work. Submit advice or articles related to the legal field, share something transforming or intriguing, or show off your photography skills. Email your submissions of roughly 500 words or high-resolution photos to OBA Communications Director Lori Rasmussen.

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

The heat of summer and sites of jammed airports are already upon us. As many lawyers prepare for a relaxing summer vacation or family gathering, one thought is in many of their heads – “How many times will I have my vacation interrupted by work?”

There are many techniques to limit vacation interruptions – from warning clients before your absence so they will be prepared and making sure they know whom to contact for emergencies to “working ahead” to avoid last-minute issues.

But one, sometimes overlooked, technique to avoid vacation interruptions is to pay special attention to your out-of-office messages, both on your voicemail and your email. You cannot guarantee that everyone will listen to or read your out-of-office messages, but it’s still worth your effort.

So what goes into the perfect out-of-office?

For voice messages, it needs to be your voice. You may be an important and busy lawyer, but a voice message with, for example, a generic voice saying, “Mr. Jones is out today,” isn’t as instantly recognizable as your voice; and while it may be fine for a one-day absence, it’s not best for a week-long vacation.

Best practices for your out-of-office, whether voicemail or email replies, should answer these important questions:

  • What date you plan to return to the office
  • How quickly a reply may be expected (those of us who routinely check email while away may reply more quickly)
  • Whom to contact in your absence if immediate help is needed

It’s become a cliché to say that you’re out of the office with limited access to email. But it is still important to note that when it is the case. And when you really won’t be checking email, for whatever reason, it is very important to specify whom they should contact in your absence. I also believe you should only list your returning date and not say, "I’ll be out of the office from July 7 to July 17." Giving them only one date helps them recall it, and if you’ve been gone for a week before they notice your absence, there is no advantage in letting them know how long you have been out.

Our OBA Communications Department came up with some simple examples to use:

"I am out of the office but will be checking email periodically."


"I am out of the office and will have limited or no access to email. I will return to the office at [insert applicable time] on [insert applicable date]. Email responses may be delayed. For immediate assistance, please contact: [insert namephone number and email address of delegate.]


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