Housing Eviction Legal Program

OBF Grantee, the Housing Eviction Legal Assistance Program (HELP) at Oklahoma City University School of Law provides legal assistance to tenants facing eviction. Dick Klinge, Director of HELP, says calls have doubled during the COVID-19 emergency as many Oklahomans face eviction due to unemployment. The program was recently highlighted on CBS This Morning for the work they are doing to … Read More

Impact Update – The Care Center: Alexis the Brave

The Care Center, an OBF Grantee, is a Child Advocacy Center proving a comprehensive and safe place for children to tell their stories of abuse. Here is the story of Alexis the Brave. Alexis, age 7, was taken to the hospital because her biological family thought she had the flu. After running tests, it was determined she had something much … Read More

Impact Update – Olivia

Olivia from CCFI

When Olivia was 3 years old, her family received help from the Center for Children & Families (CCFI) Divorce & Co-Parenting program. This program provides services to reduce childhood stress and strengthen parent-child relationships during high conflict divorce, separation, paternity and guardianship issues. Now, Olivia is a Junior at Norman High School and spends several hours per week volunteering at … Read More

Meet 2020 Board President Patrick O’Hara

Law School:  University of Oklahoma Graduation Year:  1995 Current Employer:  Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC Where do you live:  Edmond, Oklahoma Why did you decide to be a lawyer? Growing up on a cotton farm in western Oklahoma during oil & gas “boom and bust” years, I recognized firsthand the value of sound legal advice. The ability to earn a client’s … Read More

Mayes County Receives OBF Court Grant

In Photo: Representatives from the Mayes County Court Clerk’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and Mayes County Defense Bar join Judges Taylor, Gore, and Stout and their staff in thanking OBF for its generous grant for the new courtroom technology at the Mayes County Courthouse.  By Judge Jacqueline Stout of the District Court of Mayes County In 2019, the Oklahoma Bar … Read More

2020 Grantee Announcement

We believe justice should be possible for all.

The OBF is excited to announce that it will provide $643,444 in grants to 27 non-profit programs across the State for 2020 legal services funding. These programs are projected to help over 55,000 Oklahomans in the following categories: children & families, general legal aid, domestic violence, immigrants & refugees, juveniles and legal education. (Service categories are color coded).  OBF 2020 … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Grace Williams

OBF Fellows Scholarship Recipient Name: S. Grace Williams  Hometown: Bethany, Oklahoma  Law School: Oklahoma City University  Grad Year: May 2019 What field of law are you studying: It’s more about connecting with clients than a specific area of law.   Where did you attend undergrad: Southern Nazarene University What was your Major/Minor: Sociology with minor in Spanish  What year did you Graduate: … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Lashandra Peoples-Johnson

OBF Chapman-Rogers Scholarship Recipient Name: Lashandra Peoples-Johnson Hometown: Dallas, Texas Law School: University of Tulsa College of Law Grad Year: May 2019 What field of law are you studying: My goal is to gain exposure in as many fields of law as possible while in law school. I am particularly interested in litigation and criminal law. Where did you attend … Read More

Scholarship Highlights – Samantha Oard

OBF Chapman-Rogers Scholarship Recipient Name: Samantha Oard Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma Law School: Oklahoma City University School of Law Grad Year: May 2019 What field of law are you studying: Homeland/National Security Law & American Indian Law Where did you attend undergrad: Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) What was your Major/Minor: Major in Sports Media/Strategic Communications with a Minor in Political … Read More

2019 Court Grant Recipients

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation (OBF) announces 2019 Court Grants totaling $187,306.59. These Grants provide modern updates and solutions to technology that improve the administration of justice in 14 County Courts. 2019 Court Grant Recipients: Adair County – $3,309.90 for enhanced capabilities to Smart Boards purchased with 2017 OBF Court Grant funds Atoka County – $8,145.64 for upgrades to audio system … Read More