In observance of Independence Day, the Tulsa County Bar Center will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016. We would like to wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!

(Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, July 5, 2016.)


The dedication of Courtroom 605 as the Judge Carlos J. Chappelle Ceremonial Courtroom will be held on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 9am.

Date: Friday, July 8, 2016

Time: 9:00am

Location: Tulsa County Courthouse, 6th Floor, Courtroom 605


$540/Package Price – Contact Bethany Lyon 918-584-5243 ext. 223

“Estate Planning Practice Management CLE Series”
Lunch Served at 11:30am
Session from 12:00-12:50pm


This Estate Planning Series includes twelve (12) CLE sessions.  The series is designed for lawyers who have been in the Estate Planning practice area less than 2 years, and will enable participants to practice in the Estate Planning area profitability and with confidence.  The seminar is limited to twenty (20) participants, in order to encourage discussion.  Lunch will be provided.

Course presented by Philip R. Feist, Shareholder and Director at Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens

DATES: Classes held Wednesday’s, Noon-12:50pm from June 29, 2016 – September 14, 2016.

Feist Philip Reed

Philip R. Feist is a practiced Estate Planning attorney with over twenty years of legal experience. Feist helps clients determine the best plan for transferring wealth based on the unique circumstances of the family. Feist also has a Master of Theology. He is also licensed to practice law in California, Florida, Kansas, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Session 1: June 29, 2016 “Estate Planning Practice Management”

Session 2: July 6, 2016 “Basic Plan Documents: Issues and Elements”

Session 3: July 13, 2016 “Trusts, Part I: Essential Elements”

Session 4: July 20, 2016 “Trusts, Part II: Drafting for Trustee and Administration Issues”

Session 5: July 27, 2016 “Trusts, Part III: Drafting for Beneficiary Issues”

Session 6: August 3, 2016 “Trusts, Part IV: Drafting for Asset Issues”

Session 7: August 10, 2016 “Trusts: Part V: Drafting for Tax Issues”

Session 8: August 17, 2016 “Lifetime Wealth Transfers”

Session 9: August 24, 2016 “Asset Protection Planning”

Session 10: August 31, 2016 “Post-Mortem Planning”

Session 11: September 7, 2016 “Probate Administration Issues”

Session 12: September 14, 2016 “Probate Litigation”


CLE = 1.0 Hour/Session (12.0 Hours CLE Total)

Program begins at Noon. Registration opens at 11:30am.

Lunch is Included

$540/Package Price – Contact Bethany Lyon 918-584-5243 ext. 223

Tulsa County Bar Foundation Law School Scholarship

Law Students entering their first-year of school are encouraged to apply for the TCBF Law School Scholarship. Part-time students who are entering their first year are also eligible.

The Tulsa County Bar Foundation is authorized to fund law school scholarships of up to $2,500 per individual per year. The scholarships are intended for the benefit of law students in or from Tulsa County who are accepted to an ABA-accredited law school. The scholarships are offered and administered without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender or disability.

While the scholarships are intended for the benefit of law students from Tulsa County, the Foundation recognizes that a student from Tulsa County may attend a law school outside Tulsa County and that students from other locations may attend law school in Tulsa County. The test for eligibility for consideration for a Foundation scholarship is therefore whether the student has “a significant connection” to Tulsa County in the judgment of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

An award made to a first year student may be renewed in each of the following years in law school. The total funding offered to any student shall not exceed three times the amount of his or her first scholarship, and the distribution of such funding shall be over a time period not exceeding four years. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship each year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory academic performance has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

In selecting scholarship recipients, the Foundation will consider the applicant’s connection with Tulsa County; financial need; academic record; extra-curricular record and record of leadership and initiative; commitment to the study and practice or teaching of law; character; and work and life experience. Financial information for the applicant’s household and that of the applicant’s parents is necessary to evaluate financial need. Recipients will be selected by members of the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation. The decisions of the Committee are final.

Requirements for Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a Foundation scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must be an entering first-year law student in the 2016 academic year. Students who have completed one or more semesters of law school are not eligible. Applicants who are part-time law students also must be starting law school in the 2016 academic year to be eligible.
  1. At the time of submission of the application, the applicant must have achieved undergraduate grades in the top 50% of the applicant’s college undergraduate class and have LSAT scores in the top 50% of the LSAT testing pool.
  1. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States and have a significant connection to Tulsa County. In determining this factor the Scholarship Committee will weigh past or current residency in Tulsa County, attendance at Tulsa County schools, intention to attend law school in Tulsa County, significant business or family connections in Tulsa County, or some combination of the above.
  1. Immediate family members of any member of the Board of the Foundation (including executive director) or of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible to receive a scholarship.

Before receiving scholarship funds, recipients will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll in an ABA-accredited law school. Students who leave law school after accepting scholarship funds will be required to return all or a proportional amount of scholarship funds received during that academic year.


View/Download the 2016 TCBF Law Student Scholarship Application

A Completed Application Includes

  1. A completed application form, signed and dated by the applicant.
  2. Copies of federal income tax forms for applicant and parents.
  3. A personal statement.
  4. At least two letters of recommendation.
  5. A copy of the applicant’s undergraduate transcript.

Applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2016, and should be submitted to:

Tulsa County Bar Foundation
Scholarship Committee
1446 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119

If you have any questions about the application,
Please contact Barbara J. Eden, Scholarship Committee Chair, at (918) 699-4082

Welcome Home Project (header graphic)

“Welcome Home Project”


f/k/a the Household Item Drive Benefiting the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless

What: TCBF Community Outreach Committee is sponsoring this drive to collect household items to be donated to Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless’ clients.

Why: The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless helps find safe, affordable housing for the homeless in our community. This is an opportunity to provide assistance and support to families and individuals making the transition from the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless to their own homes or apartments. You can help provide each new household with basic items for their new home. Your donation of any or all items listed below will help someone truly starting over feel welcomed into their new home and new life.

When: This year’s drive will be held June 13, 2016 – June 24, 2016.

Where: Items can be collected at your place of business and then delivered to the Tulsa Bar Center no later than Friday, June 24, 2016. Please collect the items listed below in bags, boxes, or any other container that will be easy to transport.

Goal: To prepare fifty (50) “welcome home kits.” A welcome home kit is made up by the items listed below. Duplicates of any of the items listed below are always welcomed.

Cash: Many individuals and firms will prefer to make cash donations. We have estimated the cost per “welcome home kit” to be approximately $125.00. Such donations should be made payable to the Tulsa County Bar Foundation and mailed to the Tulsa County Bar Center. The memo line should read: Community Outreach, Welcome Home Project. We will provide these cash donations, along with the collected household items to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, so it can purchase additional household items after it determines the areas of greatest need. All donations are tax deductible, and tax receipts will be provided.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact: Ashley R. Webb (918) 587-3161,; Christina M. Vaughn (918) 592-9830,

Items to be Collected

  • Skillet                                                                                   
  • Pot Holder
  • Sauce Pan
  • Shower Curtain Liner & Rings
  • 2 Sets of Dishes (plates, bowls, and cups/mugs)                              
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • 2 Drinking Glasses (plastic or glass)                                      
  • Ajax/Comet                           
  • 2 Kitchen Towels/Dish Cloths                                                           
  • Twin/Full Blanket
  • 2 Sets of Flatware (knife, fork, and spoon)                           
  • 2 Sets of Bath Towels & Washcloths
  • Cooking Utensils (1 spatula, 2 ladles, and 1 large spoon)                  
  • Set of Twin Sheets
  • Can Opener (hand-operated)                                                 
  • Bed Pillows
  • Paring Knife                                                                          
  • 2 Cleaning Cloths
  • 2 Sponges                                                                              
  • Alarm Clock (with batteries, if needed)
  • Dish-washing Liquid (for hand washing dishes)
  • Current year’s Calendar

* These items do not have to be matching sets and may be gently used. Please be sure they are clean and in very good condition. Additional items appreciated include, brooms, mops, and land-line telephones.

The Tulsa County Bar Association will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 for normal business hours.

2016-2017 TCBA Officers

Matt Farris, President

Christina Vaughn, President Elect

E. Zach Smith, Past President

Ann Keele, Vice President

Kara Greuel, Treasurer

Rick White, Secretary

Kara Pratt, Director at Large

Eric Clark, Director at Large

Julie Evans, Library Trustee

Molly Aspan, ABA Delegate

2016-2017 OBA Delegates (Elected to a 2 year term)

Jane Wiseman

Jim Hicks

Matt Farris

Charles Hogshead

Paul Brunton

Larry Leonard

Molly Aspan

Julie Evans

Ken Brune

Christina Vaughn

Kim Hays

Jack Brown

Gerald Hilsher

Paul Naylor

Bruce McKenna

2016-2017 Alternate Delegates (Elected to a 2 year term)

Kara Greuel

Jim Milton

Tony Haynie

Kara Pratt

Maren Lively

Richard White Jr.

Kathleen Pence

Scott Morgan

Eric Clark

T. Luke Barteaux

Deborah Reed

Michael Esmond

Hans Lehr

2015-2016 OBA Delegates (1 year remaining from a 2 year term)

William Kellough

Martha Rupp Carter

Millie Otey

Jim Gotwals

Faith Orlowski

Robert Sartin

E. Zach Smith

Ken Williams

Steve Balman

Ron Main

Julie Evans

Mike Ashworth

Justin Munn

Tamera Childers

Kimberly Moore-Waite

2015-2016 Alternate Delegates (1 year remaining from a 2 year term)

Trisha Archer

Sabah Khalaf

Ruth Addison

Amber Peckio Garrett

Chris Davis

Georgenia Van Tuyl

Richard White, Jr.

Shannon Taylor

Cara Wells

Grant Lloyd

Valery O. Giebel

David “Mike” Thornton

Scott Morgan

Jeremy Ward

James Colvin

Discount ticket offer for Tulsa County Bar Members!

DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2016

TIME: Doors at 7:00 PM, Show 7:15 – 10:30 PM

COST: $8 person ($18 regular)

LOCATION: Tulsa Spotlight Theatre, 1381 Riverside Drive, Tulsa, OK


“It began on Nov. 14, 1953 and has never stopped! That’s how The Drunkard became America’s longest-running play. More than 3,000 Tulsans have participated on or offstage. More than a quarter-million have seen the show, making it a laughter-filled Tulsa tradition in which temperance triumphs and evildoers receive their merited fates. There are even tomatoes to throw at the villain!

The director is Tony-nominated writer-actor Joe Sears of Greater Tuna fame! “Today the play is performed in historical form as it was in the early days but with added salt and pepper fun for modern audiences to enjoy,” Mr. Sears says.

Doors open at 7 p.m. A singalong of old-time popular songs begins at 7:15. The show starts at 7:30 with the Olio: dancers, musicians, jugglers, magicians, or comedians. The play begins at 8 p.m. and concludes around 10 p.m. with the audience and cast singing God Bless America.

The auditorium is set up like a beer garden. Audience members are seated at private tables, which is why reservations are so important. During intermissions our serving crew will bring your order of made-to-order sandwiches, chips, beer, wine, coffee, and soft drinks.” – Tulsa Spotlight Theatre

Tulsa County Bar Foundation



Monday, May 16th, 2016

LaFortune Park Golf Course

5501 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135


Voting for candidates begins on Tuesday, May 9, 2016 and will conclude at 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Voting will take place electronically and eligible TCBA members will be sent further voter information via email. Paper ballots are available upon request, contact the TCBA for details. If you are a TCBA member in good standing you are eligible to vote.

The TCBA Nominations and Awards Committee thanks each of these dedicated election candidates for their commitment, time, and energy on behalf of the legal community.

View the 2016-2017 TCBA Election – Candidate Profiles Here

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