Vol. 3 No. 12 | March 22, 2023


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.


"Jury trials are the pinnacle of the practice of law – a time-honored tradition with present-day relevance. A forum for presenting differing points of view. A check against government overreach. A stage for storytelling. A constitutional touchstone.

In the criminal defense context, a jury trial is also the lens for evaluating every case that comes through the door of a law office. Every witness, statement and shred of evidence must be viewed in light of how it could be used – or defended against – at a jury trial. For some clients, the jury trial is a moment of vindication. For others, it is their last moment of freedom."

OBA Welcomes New Director of Educational Programs

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The Oklahoma Bar Association welcomes Gigi McCormick as the new director of educational programs. In this position, Ms. McCormick will be in charge of the Continuing Legal Education Department.

Ms. McCormick is a native of Yukon and currently resides in Oklahoma City. After starting college in New York City to pursue an acting career, she attended the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and women and gender studies. After undergrad, she worked at various public service jobs, including an after-school program through AmeriCorps. Ms. McCormick received her J.D. from the OU College of Law.

For the past year, she served as the director of licensing at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Service Oklahoma. Prior to that she served as an attorney for the Child Support Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, where she handled various family law matters at the district and appellate level.

Ms. McCormick is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL class XVI and the OBA 2018 Leadership Academy. She has volunteered for Food for Kids, served on deadCenter’s 2023 GlitterBall planning committee and taught family law classes for Family Expectations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her goldendoodle, Gatsby.

In 1953, the first color television sets went on sale. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. In 1973, the Sydney Opera House was formally opened. Those same years, 50, 60 and 70 years ago, many of our members were starting out their law practices. Congratulations to OBA members who have reached significant milestones this year! Check out the list of members who are celebrating 50-, 60- and 70-year anniversaries in their legal careers.

On Tuesday, March 21, winners of the Law Day art and writing contest, alongside families and teachers, gathered at the State Capitol Ceremonial Courtroom for the Law Day Contest awards ceremony. This year, 1,405 students from more than 80 schools and homeschool groups entered the Law Day contest.

The 2023 contest theme, “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration,” prompted students to explore how civic engagement and collaboration strengthen our democracy. The OBA Law Day Committee had the difficult task of choosing winners from many exceptional art pieces and essays. Thank you to all students, parents and teachers who participated in this year's contest, and congratulations to this year's winners!

"Even as we endure the chilly winds of March, it is time to look forward to this summer’s Solo & Small Firm Conference, held June 22-24 at the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa.


From the conference kickoff with the ever-popular '60 Tips in 60 Minutes' to the closing session of 'What’s Hot and What’s Not in Law Office Management & Technology,' the Solo & Small Firm Conference combines fun social events with 12 hours of MCLE credit, including two hours of ethics. This means attendees can satisfy all the year’s MCLE requirements at this event. Also, look forward to a poolside cookout Thursday evening, and make sure to join us Friday night for the primary social event. Did I mention there will be door prizes too?"

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Marketing was the theme of the March/April 2023 American Bar Association Law Practice magazine. While there are many articles of interest in that issue, let me direct you to "Marketing Tips For Young And Not So Young Lawyers" by Stephen Embrey, chair of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. This is a short piece with 10 important tips about marketing for lawyers. Yes, marketing for lawyers is different, and not just because of our ethics rules.

If you are an ABA member, you can log in to see a more attractive HTML version of this information. Additionally, if you are an ABA member, you can sign up to receive the digital versions of every issue of Law Practice magazine going forward. As someone who has served on the editorial board for Law Practice Magazine for several years, I encourage you to sign up for this great content. If you aren’t an ABA member, after you read Mr. Embrey’s article, take note of the black navigation arrows on the right and left sides of the pages. Those will allow you to navigate to all of the other marketing articles in this issue.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal is a publication of the Oklahoma Bar Association. All rights reserved. Copyright© 2023 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.