Volume 2 No. 9 | March 2, 2022
On Monday, March 28, 2022, the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) will conduct interviews for the position of Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, District 4, Office 2. The following individuals have applied for this position:
- Scott F. Brockman, Norman
- Timothy J. Downing, Purcell
- Donald B. Lynn, Oklahoma City
- Stacy R. Morey, Norman
- Laura M. Palk, Norman
- Bevan G. Stockdell, Purcell
COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS ANNOUNCED The Court of Civil Appeals judicial assignments have been announced. John F. Fischer of Tulsa will serve as the chief judge, and E. Bay Mitchell III of Oklahoma City will serve as vice chief judge. The following have been selected to serve as presiding judge for their respective divisions: Robert D. Bell, Oklahoma City, Division I; Jane P. Wiseman, Tulsa, Division II; Thomas Prince, Oklahoma City, Division III; and Deborah B. Barnes, Tulsa, Division IV. These positions are one-year terms that began Jan. 1.
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.
It’s back and better than ever! Mark your calendars for June 23 – 25 when the OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference returns to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant. Get all your MCLE (including 2 hours of ethics) for the year during this three-day event in a fun, relaxed and informal setting.
This year’s CLE offerings will include more sessions than ever before – all relevant to the solo and small firm practitioner.
PLUS: Celebrate the summer! Bring the family to this world-class resort offering many opportunities for your spouse or other family members. Leisure activities include a spa, two swimming pools, first-run movies, bowling and arcade games.
Registration is now open! Visit the conference website for the schedule, plus online conference and hotel registration.
From the Oklahoma Bar Journal, an article on the theme of Labor & Employment by Mary Rahimi-Ahrabi:
Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, impacts more than 10 million women and men every year.1 It can cause physical, mental and financial damage to its victims. Victims are often subjected to abuse that follows them after they leave their homes and go to their workplaces. Abusers may come to the victim’s job to harass them or may even be a coworker of the victim.2 Many employees attempt to hide the abuse they have been facing in fear they will lose their employment or disrupt the workplace. In fact, 21 to 60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to issues relating to the abuse.3 Many of these victims struggle with unsympathetic employers who prefer to avoid discussing the situation by firing the abused employee.
Women in Law Section Meeting March 9
The Women in Law Section will hold its business meeting and social events on Wednesday, March 9, beginning at 4 p.m.
In Oklahoma City, both the business meeting and the social event will take place at Camp Trivera - the Girl Scouts camp located at 2508 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.
In Tulsa, the section is again meeting at the office of Sherwood McCormick and Robert, located at 15 W. 6th St., Ste. 2800, Tulsa, OK 74119. Following the business meeting, they will move over to Hodges Bend, 823 3rd St., for their social event.
As always, the business meeting will be available online. Click here for the BlueJeans link.
By Julie Bays
Practice Management Advisor
In 2019, I wrote in an OBA article that:
Frequently, lawyers go into private practice thinking more about their representation of clients rather than the business side of the practice. As a matter of fact, it’s quite common to hear lawyers joke that they went to law school because they couldn’t do math. When it comes to trust accounts, the math is no joking matter.
It’s been a few years, so I decided to revisit this topic. Luckily besides my older article, two of our member benefits providers recently teamed up to write a helpful guide! Trustbooks, a cloud-based trust accounting service for lawyers and LawPay, an OBA endorsed payment processor, wrote "A Complete Guide To Managing Your Trust Account" for the blog Above the Law. Yes, you will have to provide them with your email address but frankly, their emails are usually quite helpful. Anyway, check it out, and download it for a good reference guide.