Vol. 4 No. 22 | May 29, 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.

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The OBA Awards celebrate excellence – annually recognizing those who have made lasting impacts on the legal profession and the community. This year's award winners recognize lawyers and organizations who have upheld our association's highest ideals: ethics, service to others and professionalism. Click to see this year's winners.

The 2024 OBA Awards will be presented at various events in conjunction with this year's Annual Meeting, held July 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in Norman. Register now to congratulate this year's outstanding group of OBA Award winners in person this July!

The May issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal focuses on the topic of natural resources law. Check out this week's featured articles.

Here Comes the Sun: Oklahoma's Bright Solar Future
By Lindsey Pever

Navigating Mineral Interest Valuation Pathways for Medicaid Long-Term Care Applications
By Shannon D. Smith

The Role of the General Counsel in Managing Risk
By Charlene Wright

Don't wait! Register on or before June 7 for the 2024 Annual Meeting to redeem the early registration discount. This pricing includes free registration for members sworn in within the past two years. After June 7, registration will be $300 for members and $150 for members sworn in within the past two years.

This year’s meeting, July 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, will give OBA members a chance to gather and learn in a relaxed and informal setting.

"In conjunction with this year’s OBA Annual Meeting, the YLD Board of Directors will also host a meeting where your new YLD officers and directors will be announced. As a YLD member, you are invited and encouraged to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to greet your new YLD board, get to know your fellow YLD members and hear what goes on in the YLD board meetings if you are unfamiliar."

A resolution will be submitted to the House of Delegates at the 120th Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center in Norman. The resolution pertains to a proposed amendment to the Rules Creating and Controlling the Oklahoma Bar Association. The resolution pertains to a change in the amount of dues to be paid by active members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. The full text is available for viewing on the OBA website. (See "Items for Consideration" included under Bar Business.")

The Oklahoma Bar Association welcomes Smokeball as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2024 Annual Meeting to be held July 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.

Smokeball is a cloud-based case management software that offers robust automation and document management features, including automatic time tracking and invoicing. It has an extensive library of more than 20,000 standard legal forms and documents and will work with customers to add state-specific forms to their software.

The OBA is excited for you to join us for the 2024 OBA Annual Meeting! Connect with attorneys from across the state by becoming a sponsor or vendor. This is a great way to network and share your product or service. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 7. Please note that space is limited.

Featured CLE

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway


Traditional thank you cards are a simple and effective way to show your appreciation and build rapport with the people who help your law practice grow. Emailing an expression of gratitude is, frankly, just another email in the inbox. Receiving a hand-addressed and handwritten thank you card can make you stand out from others and create a positive impression with your referral sources and other supporters. Even though you may have a postage meter in the law office, stamps give a more personal and classic touch to hand-addressed cards and there is a great likelihood the card will be opened and read by the intended recipient.

Send thank you cards as soon as possible after receiving a referral, a testimonial, a positive review, a gift, or any other gesture of support. You certainly do not want to wait months, or even weeks, to do this.

You can order blank cards and use them to acknowledge significant milestones, such as a case win, a new client, a promotion, or an anniversary. One can also send cards to express sympathy, condolences, or support in times of clients’ difficulty or loss.

Use a high-quality card that matches your firm’s style. Handwrite your short and simple gratitude message with a personal touch and a sincere tone. Sign your name. You should be specific and note the reason for your gratitude and the impact it had on your practice.

Because of client confidentiality, we suggest you only mention the individual referred by first name. As noted in the headline, this practice may increase or maintain your referrals. But it is also an opportunity to enjoy doing something nice for those who did something for you. If appropriate, include a call to action, such as inviting them to stay in touch, asking for feedback, offering your assistance or to noting you should set up a lunch.

If your handwriting is completely illegible or if a disability makes handwriting difficult, Handwrytten is an online AI handwritten notes service.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal is a publication of the Oklahoma Bar Association. All rights reserved. Copyright© 2024 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.

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