Learn How OBF Decisions Are Made

All of Oklahoma’s 77 counties and many of its citizens have benefitted from OBF grants.  Your OBF has awarded more than eleven million dollars to charitable grant programs that fall within the law-related mission of the OBF.  Both the OBF and the OBA select lawyer candidates from across the state to serve on the 26 member board. Here is How … Read More

Top 5 Reasons YOU should Become an OBF Fellow

by Dietmar K. Caudle Reason Number 1 – It’s Easy! You are already a member of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation when you become licensed by the Oklahoma Bar Association.  You are not a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation until you subscribe to be a Fellow, a Sustaining member, a Benefactor member or one of the new Community Fellows. You can … Read More

Hurdles Your Oklahoma Bar Foundation Faces in 2014 and Beyond

by OBF President Dietmar K. Caudle The Oklahoma Bar Foundation (OBF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 1946 by lawyer members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. The OBF mission is to provide annual support for the the promotion of justice, funding of critical legal services and to provide advancement and better understanding of the law for all Oklahomans. The OBF … Read More

OBF Honors Two January Community Fellows

Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees honored two more groups with the prestigious new Community Fellow award at the January 24, 2014 Board of Trustee Meeting in Oklahoma City.   The OBF Community Fellows Program is a new benevolent charitable program uniting individual lawyers with county bar associations, law firms, sections of the OBA, banks, corporations and other organizations to … Read More

Oklahoma Bar Foundation Honors Two

OBF honors the OBA Family Law Section and The Garrett Law Center of Tulsa as the first OBF Community Fellows. The new benevolent program unites county bar associations, law firms, sections of the OBA, banks, corporations and other organizations with individual attorneys in support of a common cause.

2013 End Year President’s Message – Susan B. Shields

Dear Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellows, Community Fellows and Friends: The holiday season is a time of celebration, reflection and appreciation of our many gifts of family, friends, clients, colleagues and for our legal profession.  As I reflect on my year as president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, one word comes to mind:  gratitude.  I am grateful for my year as … Read More

2013 Oklahoma Bar Foundation Grants

By OBF President Susan B. Shields On August 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending an all-day meeting of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation’s Grants and Awards Committee.  At this meeting, the Committee, under the able leadership of Judge Millie Otey, interviewed applicants for 2013 OBF grants.  This annual meeting always proves to be one of the most gratifying experiences as … Read More

Oklahoma Bar Foundation Awards Grants to District Courts

The Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation recently approved grant awards to 13 district courts across Oklahoma totaling $89,375.  The grants range in size from $13,530 to $2,755 for technology equipment that will help to improve access to Oklahoma’s judicial system.  The Oklahoma Bar Foundation program is unique in that it provides funding for technology projects to the … Read More

Now Is The Time To Leave A Legacy

President Susan Shields states an increasingly important funding mechanism to maintain the grant-making endowment of the OBF is through charitable planned giving. Charitable planned giving, during lifetime or at death, can take many forms and the “planning” involved typically involves a donor making a charitable gift that will occur at a future date as a way to help support the … Read More

The OBF, Our Grantees Are What We Are About

We are well into 2013 and have all (hopefully) fully recovered from the end of 2012, including our holiday and year end festivities and the dangers of the fiscal cliff, with the looming debt crisis still to be addressed.  Another “crisis” said to be facing our country is the enormous need for pro bono service from lawyers.  It is estimated that more than 80% of the legal needs of persons in the U.S. with limited income are currently unmet.  That is a crisis that the OBF, and each person who supports the OBF, directly helps to improve.