OBF News

OBF Seeks Resource Development & Communications Director

January 23, 2015

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation, a statewide nonprofit foundation and IOLTA program, is seeking a highly-skilled development officer to lead our development program.  The position will be responsible for overall program development and administration, donor relationship-building, project evaluation, individual and major donor solicitation, and basic database management. Required Qualifications: Demonstrated experience in resource development. Excellent communication skills. [...]


January 5, 2015

As I begin my tenure as OBF president, “a new beginning” is a tempting theme - and for the first issue of the New Year its lure, despite the cliché, is hard to resist for this column. We all start each new year with hopes for growth and renewal, along with curiosity at what the new year [...]

Newest Fellow Program Members

December 31, 2014

Thank you to the following honored members of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellow Umbrella Giving Program. FOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS Newest Community Fellows at the Highest Patron Level: Bass Law, Oklahoma City and El Reno – 2014 The Chickasaw Nation Foundation, Statewide – 2014 Echols & Associates, Oklahoma City – 2014 The Garrett Law Center, [...]

Help Put OBF Over the Top

December 8, 2014

OBF has given $457,681 for law-related services and only $50,000 is needed to meet crucial grantee needs by the close of 2014 .  Please take a few moments to remember the work of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and give a gift that will help the Foundation continue to advance justice and opportunity for Oklahomans in [...]

2014: A Year of Challenges Sucessfully Acomplished

December 3, 2014

When I began my year as your OBF President, certain immediate challenges quickly surfaced.  The critical IOLTA income was jeopardized by banks reporting their interest rate paid on lawyer’s trust accounts would be drastically reduced from 2013, even though Federal Fund rates had not changed.  The OBF Executive Committee went into action and meetings with [...]

Susan Shields to Receive 2014 Roger Scott Memorial Award

October 13, 2014

Susan B. Shields selected to receive the Roger Scott Memorial Award during the 2014 OBA Annual Meeting:  The award is presented each year by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation to the individual or organization who best exemplifies Roger Scott’s dedication to the OBF and honors those who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate their voluntary [...]

2014 OBF GRANT AWARDS: Achieving Our Mission

October 8, 2014

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce 2014 Grant Awards approved at the September 25 Trustee Meeting in Oklahoma City.  The year to date total for the regular OBF Grant Awards, Court Grant Awards, and law student scholarships is $460,681.  By years end, this total is expected to increase to one-half [...]

Echols & Associates and Chickasaw Foundation Honored

August 15, 2014

The Chickasaw Foundation and the Echols & Associates law firm were recently honored with the prestigious new OBF Community Fellow award.  Echols & Associates law firm founder David W. Echols and M. Eileen Echols accepted the award at the July 18 Board of Trustee Meeting.  The Chickasaw Foundation was honored by the OBF on August [...]

OBF COURT GRANT PROGRAM – Unique to the Core

July 21, 2014

During our July OBF Court Grant Award Committee Meeting, I was again privileged to participate in a process to determine the funding of meritorious court applications that fall within our guidelines.  Having been a member of this state-wide Trustee committee since inception of the court grant program, it is easy to be a cheerleader for [...]

Deadline for 2014 OBF Grant Application Submissions Was July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

Oklahoma Bar Foundation  ”2014 OBF Grant Applications” was Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Through its Grants Program, the OBF funds programs and projects that further its mission to champion access to the justice system, fund critical legal services and advance public awareness and better understanding of the law.  OBF has served as the philanthropic center for Oklahoma’s legal [...]