Volume 2 No. 20| May 18, 2022


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.

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House Conferees to meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18; State Capitol Room 206. Click here to see meeting notices.

As previously reported, SJR 43 had Senate conferees appointed last week. Click here to see previous information on the measure. Senate conferees have substituted new language for SJR 43 and have sent it to the House Conference Committee. Click here to see the new language.

Conferees have now been appointed by the House of Representatives. The House Conference Committee on Banking, Financial Services and Pensions was selected to be the House conferees. Legislative leaders have announced it is their goal to adjourn this Friday, May 20. If the House and Senate conferees agree upon language, the measure will go before a vote of the House and Senate this week. A majority of each Conference Committee must first agree upon the language then sign off on the report and have it placed on the calendar of each chamber for an up or down vote, without any further chance for amendment.

Click here to review SJR 43 bill information.

The May Oklahoma Bar Journal features several articles reflecting the Energy Law theme. Flip through the pages online in the interactive digital edition.

Chaille G. Walraven authored the article "Out With the Old, In With the New: Is it Time to Modernize the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Royalty Clause?":

"In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned, 'Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.' This certainly rings true in the context of royalty litigation. History has shown us that royalty clauses based on subjective standards are prone to litigation. Yet rather than abandon subjective standards altogether, the general industry approach is to add new language to the old standard. The theory, it would seem, is that adding new language will resolve old issues. In the words of Professor Merrill, the result of this approach is, 'The crazy old structure remains, like a house which has been built onto, time and again.' Given the history of Oklahoma royalty litigation over the last two decades alone, it may be time to consider laying a new foundation."

'I'll See You In Durant!' An Invitation From OBA President Jim Hicks


Have you registered for the OBA 2022 Solo & Small Firm Conference? It’s back and better than ever! Mark your calendars now for June 23 – 25 when the conference returns to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant. Watch this video to hear from OBA President Jim Hicks on why attending this year's event is a must for every solo and small firm practitioner!

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Darby recently administered the Oath of Attorney to more than 50 new admittees during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Judicial Center. Congratulations to the state’s newest lawyers! A photo gallery of the event is now online!


Featured CLE: Mental Health

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Our smartphones today have so many features that it seems impossible to learn them all.

Some of the less-than-obvious features can be very useful. One such feature is silencing unknown callers. So when someone calls you and the phone rings, you know it is someone in your Contacts. But if the phone is just vibrating, you know it is an unknown caller without having to pull the phone out of your pocket or purse.

For how to do this and many other iPhone functions, read 10 little-known iPhone features that will blow your mind from Macworld.