President's Message

Jim Stuart



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!

Fees do not include hotel accommodations. For reservations call Sheraton Hotel at 405-235-2780.

Hotel and Convention Center Map

Public parking is available at the Century Center and the Cox Convention CenterIn the event those lots are full, the next nearest parking facility is the Santa Fe garage. Valet parking at the Sheraton Hotel is available for $25 per day. Additional information about parking options in Downtown Oklahoma  City can be found at

The deadline for reserving Sheraton OKC Hotel rooms at the special OBA rate has passed. If you missed the deadline, Craig Combs is holding a small block of room reservations for you. Please contact him at or call 405.416.7040 to book a room reservation.

Registration fee includes:

President's Legal Superhero Reception
Wednesday hospitality
OBA Sections Present An Evening With Oklahoma's Best: Art, Music, Food & Wine
Thursday hospitality
Convention gift
Vendor's Expo


Continental Breakfast
President's Legal Superhero Reception


Annual Luncheon
OBA Sections Present An Evening WIth Oklahoma's Best:
Art, Music, Food & Wine


President's Breakfast
General Assembly
House of Delegates

Contact Us
  • 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
  • PO Box 53036
  • Oklahoma City, OK 73152
  • Phone: 405-416-7000