Vol. 4 No. 26 | June 26, 2024


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.

Member Transitions


Association business, including elections and consideration of resolutions, will take place Friday, July 12, when the House of Delegates convenes during the Annual Meeting.

The deadline for submitting nominating petitions for 2025 OBA leadership was 5 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2024. A list of candidates 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.

"SB 212 was enacted by the 2023 Oklahoma Legislature and became effective Nov. 1, 2023. Such legislation amended an existing statute (60 O.S. Section 121) and, for the first time, directed all county clerks in the state of Oklahoma to refuse to accept and record any 'deed' conveying 'land' that fails to have an affidavit 'included as an exhibit to the deed' 'attesting' that the grantee is either a citizen of the United States or a noncitizen (an alien) who is or shall become a bona fide resident of Oklahoma."

"The Young Lawyers Division proudly celebrates recent accolades that underscore the YLD’s commitment to service and excellence within the legal profession. Among these honors is the esteemed Outstanding Service to the Public Award, which was bestowed upon the division’s Wills for Heroes program, recognizing its invaluable contribution to the community. Additionally, the recognition of Caroline Shaffer Siex, the immediate past chair of the YLD, with the distinguished Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, highlights the exemplary dedication and leadership demonstrated by individuals on the YLD Board of Directors. These prestigious acknowledgments serve as a testament to the unwavering dedication of the YLD in advancing legal excellence and public service."

Artificial intelligence tools are gaining popularity for use in the legal industry, and AI is here to stay. Don’t get overwhelmed and don’t get left behind – get to know the latest tools and how to use them in your law practice by some of the top experts in AI for legal use. Join us on July 12 for the OBA’s premiere AI conference, Artificial Intelligence: Shaping the Future of Law Practice, held in conjunction with this year’s Annual Meeting in Norman. You won’t want to these informative sessions:  

Integrating AI With Your Practice Management Solution 
Jordan Turk, Smokeball 

Navigating Microsoft Copilot 
Ben Schorr, Microsoft 

AI in Legal: State of the Art, State of Business 
Kenton Brice and Sean Harrington, OU Law Library 

AI and Knowledge Management 
Ben Schorr, Microsoft, and Catherine Sanders Reach, North Carolina Bar Association 

AI Tools for Today's Lawyer 
Julie Bays and Catherine Sanders Reach 

Ethics of Using AI Today 
Jim Calloway and Gina Hendryx 

Read details about the conference in Jim Calloway’s June Oklahoma Bar Journal column.

The conference is only $150 to attend and is worth 6 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics. Lunch is included. Register now for this one-day conference by itself or as an add-on to your Annual Meeting registration.

Bar Center Holiday Hours

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The Oklahoma Bar Center will close Thursday, July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, resuming regular business hours.

The OBA proudly recognizes lawyers who represent the best of the best in our profession, as well as law-related organizations that support our members and the legal profession, with OBA Awards. This year's winners will be recognized during the Annual Meeting at the Annual Luncheon and General Assembly. To learn more about each award, see the list of individuals for whom awards are named.

Attendees at this year's Annual Meeting can make a splash while supporting a very worthwhile cause! At the conclusion of the House of Delegates meeting on Friday, July 12, OBA President Miles Pringle and other special guests will sit perched atop a tank of ice cold water awaiting your best pitch. Donate to dunk! Proceeds will benefit the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Foundation to support OBA members who are struggling with mental health or addiction challenges.

Thank you to the OBA Family Law Section for sponsoring the Annual Luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 11, at the Annual Meeting.

Sections and committees are one of your benefits as an OBA member! Join an OBA section or committee today to get involved with your bar association, make connections with fellow attorneys who have similar passions and develop personally and professionally. Choose from 30 substantive law sections to experience professional growth with attorneys from across the state, with benefits including free or discounted CLE, newsletters and more. Join one of more than 20 active committees for opportunities to serve the public, fellow attorneys or your bar association.

Featured CLE

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway

The Snipping Tool in Windows is a staple in my set of tech tools. It enables me to take screenshots of anything that appears on my screen. For instance, when I need to discuss something displayed on our website, I quickly grab a screenshot and embed it in an email to the Communications Department. If I’m asked for feedback on a document draft and want to comment on a specific section, I capture that section with the Snipping Tool and include it directly in my email response, sparing the recipient from having to open the whole document. I use the Snipping Tool so often that it’s permanently docked on my taskbar.

The Snipping Tool grabs images only, and if I capture an image containing text, there has been no simple way to optical character recognition the snip to reuse that text – until text action was added to the Snipping Tool. Now, you can quickly OCR any text you have captured in a snip. But you must have Windows 11, build 11.2308.33 or greater. Microsoft indicated it will eventually make this available to other Windows users. Text action also allows one to quickly redact phone numbers and email addresses from a snip before sharing it.

To try out the Snipping Tool and text actions, search for it on the Windows taskbar, open it, click New and select a portion of text. Use the text actions icon to OCR and copy the text to your clipboard. Explore other features, including video capture. For more details on those features, refer to Microsoft’s article "Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots." If you’re looking for advanced options, consider subscribing to programs like Techsmith’s Snagit, which offers enhanced features for $39 a year.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal is a publication of the Oklahoma Bar Association. All rights reserved. Copyright© 2024 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.

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