Vol. 3 No. 47 | Nov. 22, 2023


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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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Oklahoma Bar Center Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Oklahoma Bar Center will be closed this Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The call for 2024 Law Day student contest entries is now open! If you know an Oklahoma student who loves to write, draw or create, encourage them to enter their work! Have a teacher in your life? Feel free to forward the information to them to share with their students. This year, the theme is "Voices of Democracy." The deadline to submit entries is Friday, Jan. 19.

The annual OBA Law Day Art and Writing Contest is designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of the law among young Oklahomans. Categories include art and writing for grades pre-K through 12th, with cash prizes up to $500 and plaques for winners, plus participation certificates to honor every student's hard work.

In addition to the annual Law Day student contest, the OBA Law Day Committee will celebrate Law Day by producing educational videos that can be viewed on the OBA's social media. In the spring, hundreds of Oklahoma lawyers will also donate tens of thousands of dollars in legal services by giving free legal advice to the public for Ask A Lawyer. The date for the 2024 celebration of Law Day will be announced soon!

"Elena is a 7-year-old girl from Mexico who was sent to the United States alone with a visitor visa at the age of 6. Her father abandoned the family when she was just 3 months old, and her mother still lives in Mexico. Her mother made the excruciating decision to send Elena to the United States due to the crippling poverty and expanding violence in their hometown. Elena’s grandparents, who are U.S. citizens, have taken her into their home in Oklahoma City and are her only family and caretakers here in the United States. Elena has no legal guardians or parents in this country, and at this point, her visitor visa has expired. Of course, Elena doesn’t understand any of this, but her grandparents constantly worry about her future. What’s a first grader to do in a foreign country with no parent by her side and no safe place to return?"

"Courts dealing with custody disputes, family breakups, divorce and legal separations know the damage caused by these highly stressful situations, particularly the damage caused to children. While attorneys advocate for their clients and judges make difficult decisions, there is room for family therapy to improve outcomes for families and children. When done correctly and with willing parties, family therapy can be initiated in the interim to provide coping skills to survive the current challenges while also providing navigation toward a brighter future with healthy bonds and less animosity. The primary goals of family therapy during family transitions, such as court proceedings, are to mitigate long-term emotional and behavioral challenges for all parties, improve future and family relationships and improve coping with the changing family dynamics. Having a neutral third party to partner with and advocate for all parties in the situation will lessen overall stress and fear while improving the likelihood of success."

"I have memories of my childhood teachers during Thanksgiving asking, 'What are you thankful for?' As a kid, that was a pretty simple response. I was thankful for the pie at Thanksgiving, days off school and a fountain of gravy on my mashed potatoes.

Would any of us today say, 'I am thankful to be a lawyer'? Let’s be honest, many of us would not. Before you throw this article down, let’s ask, why aren’t we? There’s more to being a lawyer than hitting our billable hours and objecting to form in a deposition. I know that for me, part of being a lawyer is my experience on the OBA YLD Board of Directors. Without being a lawyer, I would not have met a group of amazing friends who practice across the state. These are now friends with whom I have traveled, texted when I have had a bad day and created some great memories. The way I have been able to give back to our membership would also not have been possible without the board."

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By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway

This warning is legitimate – unlike other “urgent” warnings we see on social media platforms. It applies to those who have not used their Google accounts for two years. Google has been sending warnings both to the Gmail account and the recovery email if one was provided.

Avoiding the deletion is simple if you can access your account. Just use the account before Dec. 1. Send yourself an email. Even performing a Google search while logged in to Google or reading an email in your Gmail inbox will suffice. For much more information, see “Gmail and Photos Content Deletions Will Start December 1, Google Says” on Forbes.

I’m not as concerned about an old Gmail account that you haven’t used for many years. If you haven’t accessed it for that long and it doesn’t contain any client information, it is probably best the data is deleted. But photos could be irreplaceable, and in the past, you may have stored photos with Google Photos or stored information on Google Drive or Google Docs. Google explained that these inactive accounts are a “compromise waiting to happen.”

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