The Journal Record Legal Briefs: January 16, 2013

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OBA officers take oathOKLAHOMA CITY - Ten attorneys have been sworn to the Oklahoma Bar Association board of governors during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Shawnee attorney Jim Stuart was sworn in as president. Tulsa attorney Renee DeMoss serves as president- elect and Lawton lawyer Dietmar Caudle took the oath of office as vice president.Stuart is a Shawnee native who practices with the firm of Stuart, Clover, Duran, Thomas and Vorndran. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law and a 1975 of graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma.DeMoss will become OBA president on Jan. 1. She is a shareholder in the Tulsa law firm of GableGotwals. Caudle has practiced law as a sole practitioner in Lawton since 1980.Other OBA board of governors members who were sworn in for three-year terms were Sandee Coogan, Norman; Robert D. Gifford II, Oklahoma City; Douglas L. Jackson, Enid; and Richard Stevens, Norman. Robert S. Farris will fill the unexpired term of board member-at-large DeMoss. The term expires Dec. 31. Young Lawyers Division Chairperson Joe Vorndran of Shawnee took the oath of office to serve on the board for one year.

Phillips Murrah names new shareholdersOKLAHOMA CITY - Phillips Murrah has named Catherine L. Campbell, Jason A. Dunn, G. Calvin Sharpe and Kathryn D. Terry as shareholders.Campbell specializes in appellate practice in both state and federal courts of appeal.Dunn's practice is primarily focused on defending clients in commercial litigation.Sharpe is a trial attorney who specializes in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury defense.Terry's primary areas of practice are insurance coverage, labor and employment and civil rights defense.

AG announces staff appointmentsOKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has named prosecutor Charles Rogers as his senior assistant attorney general.Pruitt also appointed Julie Bays as chief of the Public Protection Unit and Megan Tilly as chief of the Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.Rogers joined the attorney general's office in 1978 before leaving briefly to serve as a deputy appellate public defender for Oklahoma in 1980. Rogers most recently served as chief of the attorney general's Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.Bays was assistant attorney general in the Public Protection Unit. She replaces Tom Bates, who was named first assistant attorney general in October. Bays, 50, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. …