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 85 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 2017 officers of the PCBA are: Jimmy Oliver - President
  Travis Cagle - Vice President
  Lucas Stephens - Treasurer

Payne County Bar Association 2017 Law Day Activities 

Bowling Tournament 

PCBA will host its annual bowling tournament on May 3, 2017. Funds raised will be donated the Stillwater High School Mock Trial Team. 

Lawyers in the Library
A pro bono legal advice clinic organized by the PCBA will be held at the Stillwater Public Library on May 5, 2017 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. 

Ask a Lawyer 
PCBA will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program in conjunction with the statewide campaign to answer legal questions by phone. This will occur on April 27, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Community members with questions can call (405) 624-8383 during that time. 

Courthouse Staff Lunch
An appreciation lunch will be hosted by the PCBA on May 10, 2017 for the many people who work in the courthouse. Local attorney, James Murray, will prepare a barbeque lunch on the courthouse lawn. Legal Aid Services will provide drinks. 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. 

Honor Docket 
PCBA will hold an Honor Docket on May 4, 2017. 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. This year Gavin Isaacs will present a certificate to Payne County jurors as part of the statewide Juror Appreciation Project.Law Day Banquet

Law Day Banquet
PCBA will hold its annual Law Day Banquet on May, 9 2017. The keynote speaker for the event will be The Oklahoma Innocence Project who will give an update about the recent developments in its mission to identify and remedy cases of wrongful convictions in Oklahoma.

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 4, 2017.  The contest rules may be found here.

2017 Winners of the Law Day Art, Essay and YouTube Contest!

YouTube Video Contest

Dylan Nicholson- Ripley

KZ Creations- Covenant Christian Academy


Essay Contest

1st place

 Bailey Lawson- Stillwater

2nd place

Mariah K. Van Jura- Covenant Christian Academy

3rd Place

Madee Kuehl- Covenant Christian Academy

Coloring Contest

Makenna- Cushing

Elyoina Palido- Cushing

Jakeb Evans- Ripley

Riley Myers- Ripley

Art Contest

Kallie Bolton- Ripley

Chloe Big Bear- Ripley