Volume 2 No. 36 | Sept. 7, 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.

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Make plans now to join us Nov. 2–4 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City! Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized tribal nations that richly contribute to our state’s unique culture and history. This year’s Annual Meeting will feature a variety of content and speakers who will join us in celebrating our state’s Native American heritage while exploring the various facets of law related to tribes, tribal people and tribal sovereignty. Enjoy great CLE, events and hospitality while networking with friends and colleagues and conducting the important business of our professional association. Registration is open now! Click here to register.

The September issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal is now live online on the OBA website. Just in time for the return of school-aged children to classrooms, this month's edition features content related to the topic of "Education" with these articles:

Banned Books: Censorship and Protecting Students from [CENSORED]
By Anthony T. Childers

Legal Issues Regarding Transgender Students in Oklahoma Schools
By Laura L. Holmes and Laura L. Holmgren-Ganz

Oh Snap!: Tinkering with Student Speech Restrictions in Mahanoy v. B.L.
By Hayley Jones

I.T.K. v. Mounds Public Schools: Interpreting the GTCA Notice Requirement
By Eric D. Wade and Adam T. Heavin

Flip through the interactive digital edition online now! Copies will be arriving in your mailbox later this month.

Oklahoma City lawyer Dwight Birdwell was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Joe Biden on July 5 in a White House ceremony. Mr. Birdwell’s wife, Virginia, and other family and friends were in attendance. He received the award for his service with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military award a servicemember can receive. It is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by valor, gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty, and it is normally presented by the president.

OBA members will have the privilege of hearing from Mr. Birdwell during this year’s Annual Meeting, where he will serve as guest of honor and speaker during our traditional Friday morning Delegates Breakfast.


The OBA Diversity Committee annually presents Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Awards to lawyers, judges, businesses, groups and organizations that have championed diversity, equity and inclusion. The deadline for nominations for this year's awards has been extended to Friday, Sept. 16. Email submissions to diversityawards@okbar.org and include the nominee’s contributions and accomplishments in the area of diversity. Submissions should not exceed five pages in length. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process at www.okbar.org/diversityawards.

Fastcase is your OBA-provided legal research benefit. It covers all federal and state court opinions, statutes, regulations, court rules and constitutions. Even subscribers to other legal research services may find Fastcase useful for jurisdictions not covered in their plan. 

The Fastcase 7 upgrade provided more powerful features and a simpler interface. But to access all of Fastcase’s powerful features, most lawyers will benefit from additional Fastcase training, especially if you haven’t used Fastcase 7 recently. You will learn how to set up bookmarks to speed your searches, use search history, use Fastcase’s authority check, whether to use natural language search or Boolean, interpret the interactive timeline in your results, share a link with a non-subscriber and about the semantic tag cloud that allows you to see words and phrases that occur frequently with your current search. 

Understanding the advanced features of Fastcase 7 can save you time and improve your searching abilities. The OBA will offer “Legal Research Using Fastcase for Oklahoma Lawyers” to its members on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. There will be no registration fee, and one hour of MCLE credit (0 ethics) will be offered.

Click HERE to register!

Featured CLE

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Why does your law firm need documented standard operating procedures?

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview guest Catherine Sanders Reach, director of the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association on the August 2022 edition of The Digital Edge podcast, "Your Law Firm Cookbook: How and Why." Catherine outlines the common problems that arise when operating procedures are lacking and explains how to create a "law firm cookbook"—plus, which tools will help—to cultivate dynamic efficiency in your firm. These “cookbooks” can promote efficiency, reduce errors and expedite training new employees. It is not like you must build the entire “cookbook” all at once. Catherine outlines steps to help get things organized.

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.