On Nov. 13-15 the OBA Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Our theme this year is “Lawyers: Defenders of Liberty.” I encourage all OBA members to attend. The scheduled events are highlighted on this website. They are varied and intended to appeal to all OBA members. Each year you may ask: “Why should I attend the Annual Meeting?” It means more time out of the office and more work when I return. The answer is fairly simple. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for Oklahoma lawyers to gather under common interests and goals, to learn about and to discuss current legal issues and challenges facing us in the practice of law. It’s also a lot of fun. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction with other lawyers.
I’ve noticed that each year I take away something from the experience that I didn’t expect. One year I settled a lawsuit by running into another lawyer, and in doing so we provided a valuable service to our clients. I always learn something new about technology from Jim Calloway. It’s a perfect time to catch up on year-end CLE.
Consistent with this year’s theme, at the annual luncheon I will be presenting Florida lawyer Jose Baez, who successfully defended Casey Anthony, accused of murdering her infant child. His story about representing the most hated woman in America is compelling. Annual luncheon seating is sure to fill up fast, so don’t wait.
I also want to make a plea to all counties to elect and send their representatives to the House of Delegates. In recent years several counties have failed to send a delegate. Representation in bar governance matters is essential. One of the topics this year is a proposal to eliminate the age 65 exemption from mandatory CLE. I expect lively discussion on this particular topic.
Take a moment, send in your registration form, and join me and your fellow Oklahoma lawyers in making this year’s Annual Meeting a meaningful event. I look forward to seeing you there!