Volume 2 No. 48 | Nov. 30, 2022


No published opinions this week.

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.

Notice Of Judicial Vacancy


Dec. 31 is the deadline to earn any remaining MCLE credit for 2022 without having to pay a late fee. The deadline to report your 2022 credit is Feb. 15, 2023. As a reminder, the annual ethics requirement is now two credits per year. The 12-hour 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. Email questions to mcle@okbar.org.

Still need credit? This year’s OBA Annual Meeting CLE content featured a variety of great topics and speakers. If you missed any of these fantastic and informational sessions, OBA CLE has you covered! All videos are now available to purchase in the online catalog. Visit ok.webcredenza.com to access all available OBA CLE programs. Simply type "2022 ANNUAL MEETING" in the search function located at the top right of the webpage. Contact Renee Montgomery for assistance.

Annual dues statements have been posted online at MyOKBar. Paper statements will be mailed soon to members who have not yet paid. Please help the OBA reduce printing and postage costs 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 Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.  

The November Oklahoma Bar Journal focuses on the topic of "Municipal Law." OBA member Nick Atwood contributed the article "The Essential Eminent Domain Concepts" to this month's journal:

"Eminent domain cases are a clash of two bedrock principles of our legal tradition: the sacrosanct right of property owners to own and exercise control over their property and the sovereign state’s power to take private property from an individual for the benefit of the public. The origins of eminent domain date back to the Old Testament of the Bible. King David offered and paid Araunah compensation for his threshing floor to ultimately build an altar to the Lord to stop the plague. In the United States, the concept of eminent domain is recognized by the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Takings Clause states that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation."

"Businesses exist to make a profit. Lawyers often go into practice with the goal of helping their clients with their legal needs. Profits often aren’t the first thing a lawyer thinks about daily, but it should be a primary goal every day.

Practicing law can be stressful, and lawyers have enormous responsibilities. As a business owner, a small firm lawyer wears many hats acting as CEO, CIO, director of marketing, quality control and labor. Some lawyers do not have practical training in business planning, accounting, bookkeeping or finance. If a lawyer wants to be successful and the goal is to make a profit, they need to have a basic understanding of their financial condition. Technology can enhance a law firm's ability to develop, understand and maintain financial security.

Planning is the key to a successful practice. Law firms should start with a broad outline and fill in the details as they figure out what processes they will use going forward. A broad outline could start with attracting potential clients, retaining the client, managing the client file and closing the file."

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

The  holiday shopping season is upon us, and that means it is also time for our annual Tech Toys for the Holidays Digital Edge podcast. Sharon Nelson and I highlight an eclectic assortment of holiday gifts with a technology focus. We have some budget shopping items like an AirTag lock for $15.90 or a UBeesize 67” tripod at $13.49 for steadier cell phone pictures, and some that are budget busters like a Nemo personal submarine.

Links to all the featured tech toys are in the show notes. Happy shopping and happy holidays.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal is a publication of the Oklahoma Bar Association. All rights reserved. Copyright© 2022 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.