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

The Tulsa County Bar Association & Tulsa County Bar Foundation

 Law Week 2016

Thursday, Wine Reception (Doors 5:30pm): SkyLoft at First Place Tower, 15 E 5th St, 41st Floor, Tulsa, OK

Friday Luncheon held at Hyatt Regency, Downtown Tulsa; 100 E 2nd St, Tulsa, OK – Promenade Ballroom, Second Floor


Friday Luncheon, Doors open at 11:30 am & Program begins at Noon


Keynote Speaker:

Laura H. Nirider, Esq., Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law,

Brendan Dassey’s Post Conviction Attorney, Featured in Netflix Series “Making a Murderer”

 Hyatt Regency, Downtown Tulsa; 100 E 2nd St, Tulsa, OK – Promenade Ballroom, Second Floor

Reservations due by Friday, April 22nd 

Register On-Line

– or –

Return Registration Form with Check Payable To: Tulsa County Bar Foundation – 1446 South Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK, 74119-3612

$35.00 per Person or
Reserved Table for 10 – $500.00
(Must have names of all persons at reserved table)

*Reservations will not be confirmed until payment is received. Limited Availability – First Come, First Serve.


Questions? Contact Kevin Cousins (918) 584-5243 Ext. 222;

This event has sold out!

Special Discounted OKC Thunder Ticket Offer for TCBA Members: $35 Tickets (Regular Price $57, Section 112). No Phone Orders, Online Purchase Only. Limit: 4 tickets per person. Seats are located in Section 112. TCBA will contact you in September when your purchased tickets are available for pick up.

Tickets on sale beginning April 26, 2016 at 10am.


Continuing the Tulsa County Bar Foundation Community Outreach Committee’s 2016 Eat Out for a Cause campaign, the TCBF-COC has organized a night out at the BLUE ROSE CAFÉ (1924 South Riverside) on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th.  That’s right!  From 4:00 p.m. to close, 20% of all food sales will go toward funding for 750 Easter dinners to be given away by Lawyers Fighting Hunger and Live Local, Give Local.   What’s more, the Community Outreach Committee will MATCH the Blue Rose’s donation (up to $1000) – so really it’s as if 40% of all food sales that evening will go to charity!   

So do yourself a favor, and come on out for a little St. Practice Day meal at the Blue Rose on March 16th, lay a good foundation in food for the days to come, and help feed families in need in our community as well.    If you can’t stay to dine-in, call in a couple orders of their incredible chicken strips with gravy and take ‘em home!

Hope to see you all there.


Ashely R. Webb, Shareholder at Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis and Community Outreach Chair for Tulsa County Bar Foundation


Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma ranks fourth in food hardship and for many Oklahomans this Spring is another day of worry. Lawyers Fighting Hunger is doing their part to spread the Spring cheer. Live Local Give Local is raising funds with a goal to distribute 750 hams and food bags to families and individuals in need in the Tulsa area.

The event will take place on Saturday March 26th to 750 pre-screened families from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. This will mark the fourth year in a row Live Local, Give Local will again distribute food in the Spring. In November, Live Local, Give Local distributed 750 turkeys and food bags.

A combined effort between the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Emergency Infant Services, Iron Gate and Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Live Local, Give Local empowers donors to support local organizations providing help and hope in the fight against hunger in the Tulsa area.

“Iron Gate is a basic needs agency with the single mission of feeding people,” said Connie Cronley, executive director. “Partnering with Live Local, Give Local to distribute turkeys and food boxes allows us the opportunity to be of greater service to our guests, and provides the opportunity for them to prepare a home-cooked meal for Thanksgiving.”

Emergency Infant Services will provide diapers to families with children. “Emergency Infant Services is excited to be a partner in the Live Local, Give Local collaboration,” said Tom Taylor, executive director. “EIS will have our van on site and will be giving diapers to those families in addition to our partners giving hams and food bags.”

Tulsa area attorneys and law firms through Lawyers Fighting Hunger primarily fund the event through donations. The Tulsa County Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Association for Justice has also been a continued supporter of the annual event.   There are many other groups who help make the annual distribution possible, not just attorneys. There are several area churches who have committed to doing food drives, contributed financially, and have committed to providing volunteers. Arnie’s Bar will again be providing hotdogs and hamburgers along with soda, bottled water, and the music. Iron Gate will again help screen the 750 families by partnering with other agencies such as disabled vet groups, Women in Recovery, Lindsay House, Mental Health Association in Tulsa housing, A Way Home for Tulsa, Emergency Infant Services, Youth Services, and many more.

Since the inception of the program, over 20,000 families have received a Thanksgiving or Easter meal as part of the Lawyers Fighting Hunger program statewide. “We are able to do the volume we are in large part due to the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s partnership with our organization. The Food Bank helps secure the lowest possible prices combined with their purchase power and negotiation skills which allows us to feed more families each year” Robert said.

“This will be our largest event to date and plan on again having face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts and much more for the entire family,” said Rachel Gusman, co-chair of the Tulsa event.   The need in Tulsa continues to increase and with the cuts to the SNAP program, many of the working poor are finding it harder to provide the necessities, let alone a turkey and all the things that go with a Thanksgiving meal. This is even truer this year with the cost of turkey skyrocketing across North America.

Live Local, Give Local hopes to continue expanding the amount of families served and the number of times we are able to do this in the community but we can only do so with everyone’s support. We are still accepting tax-deductible donations either online or by check. You can donate online by going to or by mailing a check payable to Live Local, Give Local to 15 W. 6th St., Ste. 2112, Tulsa OK 74119 If your business is interested in sponsoring, we have sponsorships available at various levels and some sponsorship levels will be included on our t-shirt, promotional materials, website, facebook pages, and press releases.   For more information on sponsorships, please contact Hugh Robert at or at 918-592-1144.


btn_donateCC_LGWe appreciate the support of attorneys and organizations to our mission of feeding the hungry. You can either pay online or mail checks made payable to Live Local, Give Local and send to the attention of Hugh Robert at 15 W. 6th St., Ste. 2112, Tulsa, OK 74119. Lawyers Against Hunger, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) organization.

About Lawyers Fighting Hunger

Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Inc. is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger, increasing food security for those in need, and providing support grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations that help fight hunger in Oklahoma. LFH was established in 2011 to raise funds to feed the hungry population in Oklahoma and to provide grants to other nonprofit corporations that help fight hunger in Oklahoma. For more information on Lawyers Fighting Hunger, please call 918-850-0293 or visit


Hugh M. Robert



Dodge the Bullet or Take the Hit: Tax-Sensitive Estate Planning

Registration Limit has been reached.

Topics Include: Tax deferral, income shifting, transfer tax avoidance, and basis step-up through tax-sensitive estate planning.

Presented by Philip R. Feist, Shareholder/Director at Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens

Session Dates: March 2, 9, 23 and 30th

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: March 2, 2016  “The Good: QPRTs, GRATs, IRA Trusts and 529 Trusts”

Session 2: March 9, 2016  “The Beautiful: Marital Deduction Planning and GSTT Planning”

Session 3: March 23, 2016  “The Noble: Charitable Trusts”

Session 4: March 30, 2016  “Tax-Wise Value Transfer Planning”


CLE = 1.0 Hour/Session (4.0 Hours Total)

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

Lunch is Included

$180/Package Pricing Available – Contact Bethany Lyon 918-584-5243 ext. 223

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