Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) was formally
incorporated April 8, 1966 by W.J. Otjen, Jr., Enid, John R. Couch,
Oklahoma City, Byrne A. Bowman, Oklahoma City, Burton J. Johnson,
Oklahoma City, and Elliott Fenton, Oklahoma City. Mr. Johnson,
who was then Southwest Regional Vice President for the Defense
Research Institute (DRI) was the guiding force in promoting OADC
as part of the DRI effort to organize local defense association
in every state. The organizational meeting for OADC was held February
5, 1966 at the Downtown Holiday Inn in Oklahoma City. While the
list of attendees is missing, it is believed that the initial
members of OADC included Mr. Otjen, Mr. Couch, Mr. Bowman, Mr.
Johnson, Mr. Fenton, Ben Burdick, Dan Rogers, Jim Poe, Ed Hieronymus,
Brian Tabor, Ben Owen, C.D. Northcutt, Chester Armstrong, James
W. Shepard, James H. Ross, Alfred B. Knight, E.L. Grigg, Richard
D. Gibbon, M. Marcus Holcomb, Ben T. Owen and Carl Robinson.
The organization was structured to preserve a
balance among the two major metropolitan areas (Oklahoma City
and Tulsa) and the rest of the state. Consistent with that objective,
the OADC Board of Directors is comprised of three (3) Directors
from Oklahoma City, three (3) Directors from Tulsa and three (3)
from the state at large, with staggered three year terms to each
group. The office of President rotates among Oklahoma City, Tulsa
and the state at large and there is a separate Vice President
position for each area.
The purpose of the OADC, as stated in Article
II of its Bylaws, is to bring defense lawyers together through
communication and organization, to provide for the exchange of
ideas, information, techniques of procedure and court rulings
related to defense litigation, to enhance the knowledge and improve
the skills of defense lawyers, to elevate the standards of trial
practice and work for the improvement of the adversary system
of jurisprudence, as well as to promote improvements in the administration
of justice and increase the
and quality of the service and contribution which the legal profession
renders to the community, state and nation. The OADC has continued
to fulfill its mission statement, serving as an active source
of education for lawyers and judges and for the exchange of information
and promotion of ideas helpful to the defense of civil lawsuits.
The OADC is now comprised of over three hundred attorneys who
specialize in defense litigation work. The members serve on OADC
committees, including Amicus, CLE, Legislative Strategic Alliance
and others. OADC offers its members excellent opportunities to
fulfill continuing legal education requirements and share experience
and information at CLE programs and at OADC's annual winter, summer
and fall meetings. While the winter and fall meetings are held
in Oklahoma, the summer meeting is held in a location outside
of Oklahoma that provides OADC members the opportunity to secure
CLE credits in a relaxing and entertaining atmosphere. Past locations
include Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Colinas, Texas and Vail, Colorado.
OADC members are active in the committees of the Oklahoma Bar
Association and the State Capitol, informing members about the
nature and status of pending and proposed legislation affecting
the defense practice and assisting state legislators. OADC employs
an Executive Director and the Defense Political Action Committee
(D-PAC) retains a professional lobbyist to monitor legislation
and impact the legislative process. Membership in OADC also provides
lawyers with the opportunity to join the DRI, at a reduced price.
OADC stays involved in issues of central importance to the defense
bar and often supports its members with amicus briefs in the courts.
OADC members can remain informed about issues and events through
the OADC Newsletter and the website - www.oadc.org.
OADC is an active and growing organization. If you are a lawyer
who spends a substantial amount of time in defense litigation,
you cannot afford not to be a member of the OADC.