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    Staff Directory

    Staff and Department Directory

    Bar Center Phone Number: 405-416-7000

    Bar Center Physical Address:?1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, 73105

    Bar Center Mailing Address:?PO Box 53036,?Oklahoma City, OK 73152

    Office of the Executive Director

    OBA Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4:

    (a) The Executive Director shall keep the?roster of the members of the Association?and of the House of Delegates entitled to?vote therein. He or she shall record and?be the custodian of the minutes, journal?and records of the Association and of the?House of Delegates and of the Board of?Governors.

    (b) The Executive Director shall act as?Treasurer, and be the custodian of the?funds of the Association. No funds shall be?withdrawn except in the manner approved?by the Board of Governors.

    (1) The expenditures of the Association?shall be in accordance with the?provisions of the Rules Creating?and Controlling the Oklahoma Bar?Association as promulgated by the?Oklahoma Supreme Court.

    (2) The Executive Director shall maintain?at all times a fidelity bond executed?by a surety company as surety, the?amount thereof and the surety to be?approved by the Board of Governors.

    (c) He shall supervise the office of the Association and its personnel and shall?see that the work of the Association is?properly performed. He or she shall also?perform such other duties as the House of?Delegates, the Board of Governors or the?President of the Association may direct.

    Rules Creating and Controlling the OBA, Article VI, Section 4:

    The Executive Director shall perform such?duties and services as may be required?by these Rules or the Bylaws and as may?be directed by the Board of Governors or?the President of the Association. He shall?also keep a complete and accurate list of?the members of the Association; notify?delinquent members and certify the names?of delinquent members to the Supreme?Court as required by these Rules; certify?to the Supreme Court records and other?matters as provided by these rules.

    Executive Director:?John Morris Williams

    Executive Assistant:?Debbie Brink

    Administration and Membership Departments

    The responsibilities of the Administration and?Membership departments are multifaceted,?including:

    • Maintaining and updating the member roster
    • Invoicing for senior and nonmember Oklahoma?Bar Journal subscriptions
    • Processing requests for certificates of good?standing
    • Assisting committees and sections with?member communications
    • Maintaining reports for all committees and?sections
    • Scheduling meetings, both at the bar center?and via BlueJeans
    • Planning and coordination of the Annual?Meeting
    • Managing the Legal Intern Program
    • Finances and human resources
    • Maintaining bar center facilities

    Director of Administration:?Craig D. Combs

    Membership Records Coordinator:?Tracy Sanders

    Bookkeeper:?Roberta Yarbrough

    Bar Center Receptionist:?Suzi Hendrix

    Administrative Assistant?/ Legal Intern Coordinator:?Debra Jenkins

    Building Engineer:?Durrel (Doc) Lattimore

    Out-of-state Compliance Coordinator (part of General Counsel):?Benjamin (Ben) Douglas

    Communications Department

    The Communications Department has?responsibility for member communications and?public relations, including:

    • Publishing the Oklahoma Bar Journal, including?working with the Board of Editors, editing and?proofreading articles approved for publishing,?managing all advertisements with design?support for sections and committees, as well as copywriting and editing information for news?stories and the FYI and Bench & Bar Briefs?sections
    • Managing and monitoring social media
    • Issuing news releases and expediting?information requests from the news media
    • Contributing design work, photos, videos,?stories and information for www.tiaz4.com
    • Designing and compiling the Annual Meeting?program and House of Delegates book, as well?as providing marketing and design support for?the website and all marketing materials
    • Publishing the semimonthly eNews member newsletters, as well as special email messaging?for projects and events
    • Working with sections to publish short law?articles related to the section’s focus
    • Working with the Law Day Committee to?conduct statewide contests for Oklahoma?students, support county Law Day?chairpersons, coordinate and promote the?statewide Ask A Lawyer day of free legal?advice, produce the Ask A Lawyer TV program with OETA (Oklahoma’s PBS affiliate) and?implement marketing strategies to ensure the?public can take full advantage of the Law Day?activities and resources
    • Assisting the Communications Committee?in its projects, including the publication of?15 legal-topic brochures distributed free as a?community service to individuals, libraries?and nonprofits
    • Assisting additional committees, including?Awards, Disaster Response and Relief,?Diversity, Lawyers Helping Lawyers?Assistance Program and Law-Related?Education, and the?Young Lawyers Division

    Director of Communications:?Carol Manning

    Advertising Manager/Communication Specialist:?Mackenzie Scheer

    Communication Specialist:?Laura Stone

    Communication Specialist:?Laura Wolf

    Continuing?Legal Education Department

    Department Phone Number: 405-416-7029 |?View all CLE programs

    The CLE Department is the state’s leading?continuing legal education provider. The staff?works to provide relevant programs to meet?members’ needs. To suggest programs, contact?Director of Educational Programs Susan Damron?at 405-416-7028. Department services include:

    • Developing and producing in-person seminars?and live webcasts and offering on-demand webcasts, encores and audio seminars
    • Offering recent seminar publications in?print or electronic format and creating?electronic forms to assist members in various?practice areas
    • Developing and producing CLE at the Annual?Meeting and Solo & Small Firm Conference
    • Assisting the Women in Law, Diversity and Professionalism committees with conferences,?as well as coordinating with sections in the?planning of section co-sponsored seminars
    • Planning and coordination of the Leadership Academy
    • Producing MYOBACLE print and digital?catalog of programs
    • Providing online CLE registration and access to materials through MyOKBar, and timely?application of attendance MCLE credit for?OBA/CLE programs

    Director of Educational Programs:?Susan Damron

    Professional Assistant: Melody Claridge

    Online Manager:?Mark Schneidewent

    Registrar:?Renee Montgomery

    Production Specialist:?Gary Berger

    Office of the Ethics Counsel

    Department Phone Number: 405-416-7055 | View Ethics Counsel opinions and information

    • Answering ethics questions from members
    • Researching and writing ethics materials for the website, seminars and the Oklahoma?Bar Journal, as well as presenting OBA/CLE programs on the topics of ethics and?professionalism
    • Acting as a liaison to the Bench and Bar, Professionalism and Lawyers Helping?Lawyers Assistance Program committees and?the Legal Ethics Advisory Panel
    • Monitoring the Diversion Program and teaching related classes

    Ethics Counsel:?Richard Stevens

    Office of the General Counsel

    Department Phone Number: 405-416-7007 | View General Counsel information

    The Office of the General Counsel is charged with?the responsibility of:

    • Reviewing and investigating allegations of?lawyer misconduct or incapacity
    • Reviewing and investigating allegations of the?unauthorized practice of law
    • Prosecuting violations of the Oklahoma Rules?of Professional Conduct
    • Administering the Clients’ Security Fund
    • Reviewing and investigating petitions for reinstatement

    In addition to these enumerated duties, the Office?of the General Counsel:

    • Serves as liaison to the Board of Governors?advising the governing group on legal matters
    • Processes and approves the registration for?attorneys from other jurisdictions
    • Administers the trust account overdraft?notification program
    • Processes requests for certificates of good?standing

    General Counsel:?Gina L. Hendryx

    First Assistant General Counsel:?Loraine Dillinder Farabow

    Assistant General Counsel:?Tracy Pierce Nester

    Assistant General Counsel:?Peter Haddock

    Assistant General Counsel:?Katie Ogden

    Assistant General Counsel:?Stephen Sullins

    Certified Paralegal:?Dieadra Florence

    Legal Assistant:?Melody Claridge

    Intake Coordinator:?Whitney Mosby

    Investigator:?William Thames

    Investigator:?Jamie Lane

    Investigator:?Krystal Willis

    Investigator:?Rhonda Langley

    Investigator:?Les Arnold

    Out-of-state Compliance Coordinator:?Benjamin (Ben) Douglas
    Processes out-of-state attorney registration applications.

    Information Technology Department

    The Information Technology Department’s?functions are mostly of an internal nature;?however, services directly benefiting members?include:

    • Web application development and?maintenance
    • Providing technology, computer and audio/visual support to staff and for events,?including CLE programming, Annual Meeting?and Solo & Small Firm Conference
    • Supporting and troubleshooting CLE and?event registration solutions
    • Updating and maintaining website information
    • Development of association management?system and database
    • Network security and management of internal and externally accessible servers
    • Monitoring of evolving technologies for both member services and staff departments
    • Upkeep and maintenance of MyOKBar member services and directory website
    • Maintaining the Oklahoma Find A Lawyer website referral service

    IT Director:?Robbin Watson

    Technology Specialist:?Matt Gayle

    Business Analyst / Developer:?Cheryl L. Corey

    Management Assistance Program (MAP)

    Department Phone Number: 405-416-7008 | View MAP information and articles

    The Management Assistance Program helps?members with the business side of practice.?Department duties include:

    • Providing free over-the-phone information?about management and technology issues,?free 45-minute consultations at the bar center?for those setting up a new practice or who have?an issue not comfortably handled over the?telephone and onsite law office “Health Checks”
    • Maintaining the lending library, making law?practice management and technology books?available to borrow
    • Updating the Practice Management Advice MyOKBar Community
    • Writing Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog?and “Law?Practice Tips” Oklahoma Bar Journal column?featuring regular tips and advice
    • Presenting OBA/CLE and assisting with Diversion Program presentations, and making?presentations to local bars or other organized?lawyer groups
    • Providing office “health check” consultations in?the lawyer’s office addressing a wide range of?management issues
    • Maintaining the “Starting a Law Practice Web Directory” and producing the Opening Your Law Practice?program, a free one-day program to assist?attorneys setting up new practices
    • Working with the Solo & Small Firm Planning Committee to coordinate the Solo & Small Firm?Conference

    MAP Director:?Jim Calloway

    Practice Management Advisor: Julie Bays

    MAP Assistant: Nickie Day

    Mandatory?Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Department

    Department Phone Number: 405-416-7009 | View MCLE records and information

    Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, a program?adopted by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1986,?establishes minimum requirements for continuing?legal education for Oklahoma lawyers. The program?is administered by the Mandatory Continuing Legal?Education Commission that has general supervisory?authority over the rules and may adopt regulations?consistent with the rules.?The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education?Department is the regulatory office concerned with?the accreditation of all continuing legal education?programs and the compliance by all members with?the MCLE requirement. Often confused with the?CLE Department, the MCLE Department does not?present CLE seminars. Member services include:

    • Reviewing more than 10,000 seminars for?accreditation
    • Maintaining a record of the Oklahoma-approved?seminars attended by members
    • Processing annual reports of compliance
    • Responding to requests for clarification of the Rules of the Oklahoma Supreme Court for?Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

    MCLE Administrator:?Beverly Petry Lewis

    MCLE Assistant Administrator:?Johnny Floyd

    MCLE Operations Associate:?Laura Willis

    Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes Program

    Department Phone Number: 405-416-7086 | Visit program website

    Heroes Program Coordinator: Ed Maguire

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