While the Oklahoma Bar Association's 83rd annual meeting is now
resigned to the history books, there's still a little news to report
regarding the House of Delegates' votes on the legislative
Of the nine total resolutions proposed to the membership, six
were approved while three failed.
Those resolutions approved by the membership were the first six
as contained in the OBA's program. Specifically, they were:
- The revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act.
- The Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act.
- The amended Uniform Commercial Code regarding Article
- The amendments to the Civil Procedure Code, 12 O.S. Supp.
1986, Sections 2004 and 2013.
- The resolution encouraging the Oklahoma Legislature to adopt
a statewide public defender program.
- The resolution urging support for increased judicial
salaries and an increase in the support staff for the judiciary.
The resolutions that failed included:
- The resolution calling for specialization in the law which
would have called for certifications in certain areas of law.
- The resolution calling for the abolishment of the Oklahoma
Court of Criminal Appeals, which would have, if approved, removed
all distinctions presently existing between civil and criminal
- The resolution calling for mandatory participation in the
Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts Program. . .
- Also in the news from the convention were several awards
handed out to attorneys across the state. Those awards and the
Chickasha attorney Ronald Beal and Lawton attorney Robert
Shulte, who tied for the Courageous Advocacy Award for the lawyer
who represents possibly an unpopular case in a manner befitting the
highest ideals of the profession.
Winning the award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service was Oklahoma
City attorney Gary L. Betow and winning the Outstanding Young Lawyer
Award for meritorius service to the profession was Sapulpa attorney
Richard Woolery. . .
- Charles Ferrell, the administrative director of the courts
for Oklahoma, announced his resignation this past week to Oklahoma
Supreme Court Chief Justice John B. Boolin.
Ferrell has accepted a position with the UNISYS Corp. as a
marketing representative for the state and local government sector
He has been the director of the courts for three years, assuming
the position after having served as deputy director for two years.
He was instrumental in the development and implementation of data
processing and word processing technology in the trial and appellate
courts of the state. …