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Susan Shields takes the helm as president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation at a time when the OBF is working hard to maintain grant funding for important law-related charitable programs that serve Oklahomans in need and school children throughout the State. 2012 proved to be a very different year for your Bar Foundation, with a dramatic decline in income of near fifty percent compared to 2011. Going forward, grants will need to be reduced further without additional financial support and help from the Oklahoma legal community.
To be a Fellow means that you are a player — not just a fan. Fellows are stakeholders in the mission and purpose of OBF. Mixed metaphors aside, I present you with my top ten reasons why you should be proud to be a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.
The OBF supports causes important to lawyers and law firms. In these challenging economic times when other sources of funding for OBF grantees have been drastically cut or have completely gone away, contributions from people like you will help the OBF be able to continue our mission of supporting law-related charities. Law-related charitable services are not an area other organizations or groups willingly support and it is important that we, as attorneys, help.
by President Shon T. Erwin It is my privilege to announce the 2012 Oklahoma Bar Foundation Grant Awards in the total amount of $356,000. The grants are down this year as a direct result of the continued instability of the economy, and particularly the ongoing low interest rate environment. Banks have dramatically reduced the rates they pay on IOLTA accounts. … Read More
I hate fundraising, but what I hate more is that every day equal justice under the law is being denied Oklahomans. Equal justice under the law means nothing without equal access to justice…This is a cause to which we as lawyers, are all called. Learn more about FUN…
- Frank has always provided for his family until he was injured on the job leaving his with a brain injury and in a medically induced coma.
- In the 18 years Kevin has been on this earth, he had endured more loss than most people do in their entire lives.
- Within months of her diagnosis, Rose received news that her cancer had spread, taking her strength and her mind.
- David and Jordan are brothers living very different lives than when they first came into DHS custody 3 years ago.
When you pay your OBA dues, you are paying annual rent for your license to practice law in Oklahoma, and you are paying for the many valuable services your bar association provides to the legal profession and to the citizens of our state. However, when you pay your OBA dues you are not making a payment of any kind to the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Read More of the Story
OBF Grant Funds Are In Crisis
What will the dramatic income decline mean for organizations funded by OBF? The 2012 OBF grant cycle is currently underway with 21 organizations making requests totaling $675,000. Given the loss of income, your OBF must dramatically cut grant award amounts and possibly eliminate some organizations completely from the grant process. This means that many Oklahomans will go without vitally needed legal services – law-related education programs in schools will go unfunded – children and vulnerable adults in Oklahoma will suffer. Learn More
The OBF’s mission of improving access to justice for those less fortunate makes it an ideal match for class action cy pres awards, since an underlying premise for all class actions is to make access to justice a reality for people who otherwise would not be able to obtain the protections of the court system. Through diverse of options available through OBF, something can be tailored to each case. Read More of the Story…