Message from the President


With over 525 members and as one of the top ten largest FBA chapters in the country, the Oklahoma City Chapter serves as a forum for federal legal issues in central and western Oklahoma. Our chapter’s inclusive and large board of directors brings together judges and lawyers from a wide variety of legal fields, including civil and criminal practitioners and both government attorneys and private counsel.

The Oklahoma City Chapter presents multiple convenient opportunities throughout the year to obtain reasonably priced continuing legal education credits, including the annual Tenth Circuit Year in Review program each December and the annual sentencing symposium and pro bono workshop each year. Our chapter also hosts regular lunches and continuing education events on current and timely legal topics impacting federal practice and the community.

The Oklahoma City Chapter presents prominent speakers at dinner events such as the annual William J. Holloway, Jr., Lecture, and also facilitates more informal programs, such as monthly lunches with federal judges and members of the local bar. Each spring, the chapter hosts an evening reception to honor all federal judges in the Western District of Oklahoma. Our chapter has seen consistent growth in its law student division, and features a mentoring program, as well as other opportunities, for students to engage with practitioners and judges. Our civic-engagement efforts include a summer high school court camp, a fourth-grade mock trial, and a visit to a local elementary school to celebrate the birthday of the Bill of Rights. This spring, we will renew our focus on attorney wellness by hosting a fitness event in May.

The fair and efficient functioning of our judicial system calls for lawyers to take an active role in solving the problems that federal courts face and contributing to the high quality of federal judicial administration. We encourage all attorneys interested in federal courts to join our chapter, to enjoy the benefits of our constructive programs, and to become an active voice in our on-going discussion of federal practice and the important role of the federal judiciary.

Jodi Dishman
OKC Chapter President, 2018-19