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 2014 officers of the PCBA are: Robyn Baker - President
  William Baker - Vice President
  Brandee Hancock - Treasurer
  Jimmy Oliver - Law Day/Social Chair

Payne County Bar Association Law Day 2014 Activities

Courthouse Tours

A class of 7th Graders at the Stillwater Middle School received tours of the Payne County Jail and Courthouse on May 6, 2014. These tours included presentations by a judge, assistant district attorney and the court clerk. The students also watched a drug dog demonstration by the Payne County Sheriff. 

Bowling Tournament

PCBA hosted a bowling tournament on April 30, 2014 to benefit The Saville Center for Child Advocacy. The Saville Center is a local organization that works with law enforcement and the legal system to provide trauma services for children who have reported abuse.

Lawyers in the Library

A pro bono legal advice clinic organized by the PCBA was held at the Stillwater Public Library on May 8, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This clinic was staffed by members of the PCBA who gave consultations to community members on a walk-in basis.

Ask A Lawyer OETA Event

PCBA participated in the Ask A Lawyer program in conjunction with the statewide campaign to answer legal questions by phone.

Courthouse Staff Lunch

An appreciation lunch was hosted by the PCBA on May 2, 2014 for the many people who work in the courthouse. Local attorney, James Murray, prepared a barbeque lunch on the courthouse lawn. This event was 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 spoke to high school seniors about the legal consequences of turning eighteen. Lawyers passed out the “You’re 18 Now!” booklets prepared by the YLD and answered questions from the students. These events took place not only at Stillwater High School but also at the other rural Payne County schools.

Honor Docket

PCBA held an Honor Docket on May 1, 2014. This docket allowed local attorneys to present awards and prizes to the winners of the youth Art and Essay Contests. The Hert Scholarship and Liberty Bell Award were also presented.

Art, Essay and YouTube Contests

PCBA hosted 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 an essay & YouTube video contest for high school seniors. Winners  received cash prizes and were presented their awards at the Law Day Honor Docket on May 1, 2014.