Creation of Oklahoma Bar Examination Advisory Committee, 091619 OKSC, 2019 OK 57

Docket Nº:2019 OK 57
Party Name:CREATION OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR EXAMINATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS
Judge Panel:Gurich, C.J., Darby, V.C.J., Kauger, Winchester, Edmondson, Colbert and Combs, JJ., concur.
Case Date:September 16, 2019
Court:Supreme Court of Oklahoma
 
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2019 OK 57

CREATION OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR EXAMINATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS

No. 2019 OK 57

Supreme Court of Oklahoma

September 16, 2019

UNPUBLISHED OPINION

ORDER

¶1 The Supreme Court of Oklahoma, pursuant to its general administrative authority, Okla. Const. Art. 7 §6, and pursuant to its sole authority to regulate the admission to the practice of law in the state of Oklahoma, hereby creates the Oklahoma Bar Examination Advisory Committee. This committee shall consist of nine (9) members as follows:

Chair

¶2 The Honorable Jequita H. Napoli, Special Judge in Cleveland County to act as Chair.

Voting members:

Three members of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners to be designated by the Board

The Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law

The Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law

The Dean of Oklahoma City University School of Law

Three members to be selected by the President of the Oklahoma Bar Association, with at least one member from the Young Lawyers Division

Non-voting members:

The Honorable James Winchester, Justice of the Supreme Court

Brant Elmore, attorney Supreme Court

Cullen Sweeney, attorney, Supreme Court

Cheryl Beatty, OBBE

¶3 The purpose of the Committee shall be as follows:

1. To consider modifications to the Oklahoma Bar Examination.

2. This study shall also include whether Oklahoma should adopt the Uniform Bar Examination and if so, under what circumstances.

3. Would the adoption of the UBE in Oklahoma negatively impact the pass rate of people of color?

4. Can the UBE be offered as a voluntary option or in addition to the current Oklahoma Bar Exam?

5. If Oklahoma adopts the UBE, should there also be an Oklahoma component? If so, what subject or subjects should be included? How would that component be administered?

6. If the UBE is adopted, how would the transition best be handled and when would the test first be given? Include in the study a recommendation for...

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