Founded in 1953, the Payne County Bar Association is a voluntary association of attorneys governed by elected officers.  Its purposes are:

  1. the cultivation of the science of jurisprudence;
  2. the promotion of reform of the law;
  3. the facilitation of the administration of justice;
  4. the preservation of high standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; and
  5. the cultivation of a spirit of brotherhood and good fellowship among the members.

The Payne County Bar Association is comprised of active members of the Oklahoma Bar Association residing in Payne County.   From an initial membership of approximately 30 lawyers, the PCBA has grown to include more than 75 members.  The membership of the PCBA is diverse in practice areas, background and legal experience.  Among PCBA’s members are four past presidents of the Oklahoma Bar Association: Winfrey Houston, William Baker, Melissa DeLacerda and Gary Clark.

The PCBA’s activities include monthly meetings of its members, as well as active participation in the Oklahoma Bar Association’s annual Law Day events.  Law Day provides a variety of public service events taking place around May 1 each year, giving lawyers the opportunity to give back to the community.  PCBA also sponsors an annual college scholarship to an outstanding local high school senior.

The Membership Directory includes all active members of the Payne County Bar Association. 

The 2015 officers of the PCBA are: Brandee Hancock - President
  Kim Kramer - Vice President
  Michelle Nabors - Treasurer
  Jimmy Oliver - Law Day/Social Chair

2015 Law Day Activities

Courthouse Tours


 A class of 7th Graders at the Stillwater Middle School will receive tours of the Payne County Jail and Courthouse on May 12, 2015. These tours will include presentations by a judge, assistant district attorney and the court clerk. The students will also watch a drug dog demonstration by the Payne County Sheriff.


Bowling Tournament


PCBA will host a bowling tournament on May 6, 2015 to benefit Legal Aid Services in their drive to raise funds for an additional staff attorney for the Stillwater branch.


Lawyers in the Library


A pro bono legal advice clinic organized by the PCBA will be held at the Stillwater Public Library on April 29, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This clinic will be staffed by members of the PCBA who will give consultations to community members on a walk-in basis. Additionally, PCBA will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program in conjunction with the statewide campaign to answer legal questions by phone.


Courthouse Staff Lunch


An appreciation lunch will be hosted by the PCBA on May 1, 2015 for the many people who work in the courthouse. Local attorney, James Murray, will prepare a barbeque lunch on the courthouse lawn. This event is open to everyone who works in the courthouse including judges, bailiffs, district attorney, court clerk, sheriff’s department and all related staff members.


School Presentations


Local attorneys will speak to high school seniors about the legal consequences of turning eighteen. Lawyers will pass out the “You’re 18 Now!” booklets prepared by the YLD and answer questions from the students. These events will take place not only at Stillwater High School but also at the other rural County schools.


Honor Docket


PCBA will hold an Honor Docket on May 7, 2015. This docket will allow local attorneys to present awards and prizes to the winners of the youth Art and Essay Contests. The Hert Scholarship will be presented to an outstanding high school senior to assist with college and the Liberty Bell Award will be given to a member of the community for outstanding civic leadership.


Art, Essay and YouTube Contests


PCBA is hosting a coloring contest for the County’s first and second graders, a free form art contest for the County’s third through fifth graders and essay & YouTube video contest for high school students. Winners will receive cash prizes and be presented their awards at the Law Day Honor Docket on May 7, 2015.