Vol. 4 No. 10 | March 6, 2024


No published opinions this week.

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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

Resolutions For Proposals Relating To Legislative Program To Be Endorsed In Principle By The BOG


Join us Tuesday, March 26, at the Oklahoma Bar Center, 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Walk-in registration begins at 9:30 a.m. 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.

The March edition of the Oklahoma Bar Journal is now available online. This issue focuses on "Animal Law," with articles highlighting the details of animal law, traveling with service animals, interactions with wildlife and much more. Take a look!


What Is Animal Law?
By Gary Maxey

A Conversation With an Animal Law Practitioner
By Charis L. Ward and Katie Bray Barnett

Wildlife and the Law: A 'Bird's-Eye View' of Various Laws Governing the Interactions Between People and Nature
By Rhonda J. McLean

Oklahoma's Laws and Lawyers Have a Vital Role To Play in Helping Humans and Animals Impacted by Domestic Violence
By Charis L. Ward

Traveling With Your Best Friend
By Morgan Maxey

"In February, members of OBA leadership attended the 2024 Midyear Meeting for the National Conference of Bar Presidents. This event was a great opportunity to learn from peers around the nation and receive updates on hot topics. We engaged in roundtable discussions and presentations on subjects such as engagement between the bench and the bar.

One of the most important programs I was able to attend was titled 'Legal Deserts: Why They Matter and What Bar Associations Can Do.' The speakers were Jerry Kilgore, former Virginia attorney general and chair for the Appalachian School of Law Board of Trustees, and St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean Patricia Roberts. The program description framed the issue that, 'There are 1,300 counties that have less than one attorney per 1,000 residents  and 54 counties with no lawyer at all … The effect on access to justice is profound.'"

Jenks High School Named Mock Trial State Champions

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Congratulations to the 2024 Mock Trial state champions, the Jenks High School Courtroom Crusaders, who claimed their win over the Academy of Classical Christian Studies Team Beauty. The Mock Trial program, now in its 44th year, involves teams of students portraying attorneys and defendants in a courtroom setting, with judges and attorneys coaching them throughout the program and evaluating them on their performance. The final round of the competition was held Tuesday, March 5, in Bell Courtroom at the OU College of Law in Norman.

“The program gives students a unique opportunity to develop public speaking, presentation and critical thinking skills while encouraging an interest in and an appreciation of our judicial system,” said Mock Trial Committee Chair Orion Strand. “We are proud of all the students who participated in the mock trial competition and are excited for Jenks to represent Oklahoma in the national competition in Delaware in May.”

MyCase is an easy-to-use, web-based practice management software that helps you manage cases, track time, automate billing and communicate with your clients. OBA members receive a free trial plus a 10% lifetime discount. Learn more at the “Practice Management Software Benefits” link on your MyOKBar page.

Featured CLE

By OBA Practice Management Advisor Julie Bays

If you’re a lawyer who is using Word and saving files in OneDrive or SharePoint, here is a public service announcement from Barron Henley: Be cautious about the “AutoSave files stored in the Cloud by default in Word” feature. Here’s why:

The Issue: Imagine you’re working on a new document based on an old form or template. You open the old version, make some changes and then click “File > Save As” to give it a new name or location.

The Problem: If AutoSave is turned on, it automatically saves your initial changes on top of the original file. So your template gets overwritten, and you’re left with a wrecked document. It doesn’t wait for you to click “File > Save As.”

The Solution: To avoid this, turn off AutoSave for files you want to save manually. Here’s how:

  • In Word, click the "File" menu.
  • Go to "Options."
  • Select "Save."
  • Uncheck the box that says, “AutoSave OneDrive and SharePoint Online files by default in Word.”
  • Restart Word for the changes to take effect.

Remember, this setting is separate from the "AutoSave" button on the Quick Access Toolbar. Stay in control of your templates!

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