Vol. 3 No. 44 | Nov. 1, 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.

Member Transitions


The November edition of the Oklahoma Bar Journal is online now! This issue focuses on the theme of Family Law and highlights legal technology for practitioners, the OBA Leadership Academy and more! Take a look!


Watch Where You Step: Military Retirements and the Survivor Benefit Plan
By Evan Taylor

Reunification Therapy: A Mechanism for Managing the Chaos
By J. Parker Kempf and Britane D. Outlaw

A Quick Summary of Brackeen: An Update on the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act
By Austin R. Vance

Advocating for Noncitizen Children in Oklahoma State Courts: Special Considerations for Family Law Practitioners
By Elissa Stiles

Addressing Custody With Gender-Expansive Children
By Kensey Wright

The OBA Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity for networking, learning and fun, but more importantly, it is also a time for us to come together as colleagues and professionals. Online registration for this year's meeting has closed, but walk-in registrants are welcome. Check out the online schedule to view events, activities and OBA CLE opportunities. Registration kicked off at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. We hope to see you there!

Member Dues Are Due

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Member dues statements are available online. In an effort to save money and cut down on the cost of printing and postage, the OBA Membership Department has posted member dues statements online in MyOKBar. As a follow-up, a paper statement will be mailed around the first of December to members who have not yet paid. Please help the OBA in this effort by paying your dues today! Members can pay their dues by credit card online at MyOKBar or by mailing a check to the OBA Dues Lockbox, P.O. Box 960101, Oklahoma City, OK 73196. Dues are due Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

Deadline to Obtain MCLE is Quickly Approaching

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Dec. 31 is the deadline to earn any remaining MCLE credit for 2023 without having to pay a late fee. The deadline to report your 2023 credit is Feb. 15, 2024. As a reminder, the annual ethics requirement is now two credits per year. The 12 total annual credit requirement did not change. Not sure how much credit you still need? You can view your MCLE transcript online at www.okmcle.org. Still need credit? Check out great CLE offerings at ok.webcredenza.com. If you have questions about your credit, email mcle@okbar.org.

The OBA offers up to six hours of free counseling for all bar members. For confidential help with stress, burnout, depression or addiction, members can call the Lawyers Helping Lawyers hotline at 800-364-7866. Lawyers Helping Lawyers also offers monthly discussion groups in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, including the new women's group. See program details and group discussion topics at www.okbar.org/lhl.

Submissions are now being accepted for numerous themed topics for the 2024 issues of the Oklahoma Bar Journal. Editors are recruiting authors to write articles in the areas of Indian law, natural resources law and real property. Submission information is available online, and the editorial calendar will connect you with the specific editor for each topic. Contact OBA Communications Director Lori Rasmussen with questions.

Featured CLE

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway

A meeting that should have been an email.Among those who prefer to work from home, missing time-wasting meetings is often cited as a positive. Back at the office, many mid-level managers view meetings as the way they supervise the work, so that is in conflict.

Best practices for better meetings include:

  • Always circulate an agenda in advance that includes the decisions that need to be made. (“In advance” does not mean 15 minutes before the meeting.)
  • Designating the time the meeting will conclude is critical, as is starting the meeting no more than two minutes after the scheduled time. This occasionally may be challenging in a law office environment., but chronic tardiness demonstrates a disregard for the schedule of others.
  • The person running the meeting should encourage everyone to be heard.
  • Everyone should be reminded that getting through the agenda may get the meeting over sooner.
  • Hybrid meetings, where some are attending by videoconference, are a particular challenge. The chair may need to acknowledge remote attendees, encourage them to speak up if they cannot hear and ensure they have an opportunity to speak.

Even though it’s likely most lawyers have never tried it, Outlook does provide a tool to let you avoid meetings when simple decisions need to be made. "Use voting buttons in messages" is a step-by-step guide from Microsoft on how to use email to poll others. You can set up the poll with "Yes/No" or "Yes/No/Maybe." When there are only a few decisions to be made, this may be a great method to turn a meeting into an email. And if someone believes it needs further discussion, they should know how to "Reply all."

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.