Volume 2 No. 42 | Oct. 19, 2022


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.


Oklahomans may face uncertainty about the judicial retention ballot they will encounter when they enter the voting booth Nov. 8. Voters wanting to know more about the nine judges on the statewide judicial retention ballot can find background information for all the judges on one website, www.CourtFacts.org. Created by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the website offers biographies and photos of the judges, plus an explanation of how the merit retention system works.

OBA members are encouraged to share this resource within your own networks to ensure all Oklahomans have access to this important information.

The OBA Diversity Committee will host the 2022 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards Dinner in conjunction with this year’s OBA Annual Meeting. During the ceremony, this year’s OBA Diversity Award recipients will be recognized. Click to see this year's winners.

The dinner and awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Register now to congratulate this year's outstanding group of Diversity Award winners in person this November!

The October Oklahoma Bar Journal features several articles reflecting the Gaming theme. Flip through the pages online in the interactive digital edition.

Jennifer N. Lamirand, Mike McBride III and Greg Buzzard authored the article "Each Roll of the Dice and Spin of the Wheel: The Future of Oklahoma Tribal-State Gaming Compacts."

"Oklahoma tribal nations that had gaming compacts based on the Model Compact in place as of the end of the initial 15-year term on Dec. 31, 2019, have now entered the next 15-year term of their compacts and can continue to offer the games approved by those compacts. In exchange for the ability to have substantial exclusivity over Oklahoma gaming, as offered through the Model Compact, tribes will also continue to pay exclusivity fees to the tune of over $100 million per year to the state. Eighty-eight percent of the exclusivity fees received go to the state’s Education Reform Revolving Fund. This status quo for compacts based on the Model Compact will continue until a termination event or some renegotiation of terms occurs. For example, as mentioned, the Model Compact allows for either party to request to renegotiate parts of the exclusivity provision in the Model Compact 'within one hundred eighty (180) days of the expiration of this Compact or any renewal thereof …' That renegotiation period comes up again in 2034."

"Under 12 O.S. §2004(I), a plaintiff has 180 days from the filing of their petition to serve their defendant. Failing to do so can result in a dismissal. On its face, this appears to be a straightforward and easy-to-follow rule. But despite its seemingly simple nature, there are over a dozen published opinions on the issue. There has been at least one major appellate case on Section 2004(I) every year since 2019. How has such a clear-cut rule spawned so much litigation?"


Key business of the association will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 when the General Assembly and House of Delegates convene during the Annual Meeting at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The program includes OBA award presentations, updates from judicial and OBA leaders, elections and consideration of resolutions. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society will present the colors. Click here to view the agenda.

Congratulations to the 2023 OBA leadership and candidates. The Nominating Petition deadline was 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, and Pursuant to Rule 3 Section 3 of the OBA Bylaws, the nominees for uncontested positions have been deemed elected due to no other person filing for the position. Terms of the present OBA officers and governors will terminate Dec. 31, 2022.

Information regarding leadership and candidates was published in the October 2022 Oklahoma Bar Journal. Click here to view.

Featured CLE

Dictation Made Easy

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

As you likely know, Microsoft 365 provides great speech recognition built right into Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote. You just click on the microphone icon labeled "Dictate" and begin your dictation. But to dictate into other applications on your computer, there are other built-in options.

It’s simple on a PC, just use the Windows key + H to open the dictation window. (If it hasn’t been enabled, you may receive a link to first enable the feature.) Place your cursor in any text entry box and dictate away. You can also dictate appropriate punctuation. I suggest memorizing this keystroke combo so you can quickly use it when needed. Use this to dictate into Microsoft Excel or a web search engine for example.

Mac user? Long-time technology tipster Kim Komando shared how to do it in a recent feature:

“On a Mac, it requires a bit more setup.
• Click the Apple logo, then System Preferences.
• Choose Keyboard > Dictation. Make sure this is set to On. You can set up a shortcut to start dictation here, like hitting the Control key twice.
• Now, open a document, tap the cursor, then tap your shortcut. You can also select Edit > Start Dictation.
• A microphone will appear. Hit Done when you’re finished.”

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.