Vol. 4 No. 12 | March 20, 2024


No published opinions this week.

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

2024 WIL Conference STD Med Rec


Join us Tuesday, March 26, at the Oklahoma Bar Center, 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Walk-in registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; however, pre-registration is encouraged. During the event, OBA members will learn about legislation that impacts various practice areas. Attendees will also hear from judges and bar leaders. Lunch will be served at the bar center before attendees head to the Capitol to meet with legislators. MCLE Credit: 3 Gen. - 0 Ethics.

"Most of us go through our day-to-day lives without a second thought to the laws impacting the wildlife around us. Whether we find an injured animal on the road, take an annual hunting trip or fish at the local pond, various state and federal laws come into play. This article is not, in any way, a comprehensive guide to all those laws. It is merely a vehicle to help the reader consider which items they may not know that they do not know. 'Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our county has been blessed.'"

"In Oklahoma in 2023, almost 50% of women and about 40% of men either had experienced or were currently experiencing domestic abuse; this makes Oklahoma the No. 1 state for the occurrence of domestic violence. Furthermore, 89% of domestic violence victims with pets reported that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family animals.

Domestic violence perpetrators and child abusers manipulate, intimidate and silence their victims by routinely abusing the family’s animals or forcing the victim to do the abuse. The need in Oklahoma for good laws and lawyer participation in this area is vast. This article provides an overview of the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty and several opportunities for Oklahoma’s lawyers, judges and lawmakers to help all domestic violence victims and improve our state’s ranking and reputation."

On Wednesday, May 1, celebrate Law Day with the Oklahoma Bar Association! Attorney volunteers are needed to answer legal questions at no charge from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more than 60 years, the Oklahoma Bar Association has celebrated Law Day with activities and events taking place over several weeks and in dozens of counties across our state.

This year, Oklahomans will have the opportunity to ask questions via phone or email. To volunteer in Oklahoma City, contact Connie Simmons at connie@okcbar.org or 405-236-8421. To volunteer in the Tulsa area, contact Dan Crawford at lawdaytulsa@okbar.org or 918-240-7331. For all other counties, contact your local county Law Day chair.

"For solo and small firm lawyers, practice management software systems may be the best way for them to organize their information. As I’ve noted before, OBA Practice Management Advisor Julie Bays will assist you by answering questions or providing brief demonstrations to help in making your practice management software subscribing decision. Some larger law firms may opt for more powerful full-featured document management systems, which can be set up to track different versions of a document."

"Pursuant to the provisions of Rule 14.1, Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings (RGDP), 5 O.S. 2021, ch. 1, app. 1-A, the following is the Annual Report of grievances and complaints received and processed for 2023 by the Professional Responsibility Commission and the Office of the General Counsel of the Oklahoma Bar Association."

Annual Meeting gives you the opportunity to connect with members of the state’s judiciary, establish relationships and strengthen connections with colleagues, recognize our outstanding fellow lawyers with annual OBA Awards and attend dynamic CLE programs – with full-day tracks that will appeal to solo, small-firm and large-firm attorneys alike. Plus, participate in section and committee meetings and more. You can also have a voice in bar business and electing future state bar leaders. Save the date for the 2024 OBA Annual Meeting, July 9-12.

Featured CLE

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway


Microsoft Edge, the successor of the infamous Internet Explorer, has been steadily increasing its market share. According to StatCounter, Edge surpassed Firefox in March 2020 and became the second most popular browser after Chrome. Statcounter notes that for January 2024, Chrome has a 64.84% market share, but Edge is in second, with a 12.96% share for desktop browsers.


One of the reasons Edge is attracting more users is its security features. Edge is based on the same Chromium engine as Chrome, but its features can enhance the privacy and protection of its users. For example, Edge has a built-in tracking prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers from collecting your browsing data. You can choose from three levels of tracking prevention: basic, balanced or strict.


Another security feature that Edge offers is the ability to disable saving payment methods. This means that Edge will not store your credit card information in the browser, which can prevent hackers from stealing it in case of a breach. To disable this feature, go to Settings > Profiles > Payment Info and toggle off the option to save and fill payment info. This way, you can avoid the risk of saving this information in a browser, which is not recommended by security experts. Password managers are a good way to securely save both your passwords and your payment methods.

There are other important security settings to adjust in Edge. See the ZDNET post, "5 Microsoft Edge settings to change for more secure browsing than Chrome offers."

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