As president-elect, Chesnut will become OBA president on Jan. 1, 2019. He is a sole practitioner in Miami focusing on real estate, probate and estate planning.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Miami attorney Charles W. “Chuck” Chesnut took an oath Friday to serve as the 2018 president-elect of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Board of Governors. He was among nine attorneys sworn in to serve on the OBA’s 17-member board during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

As president-elect, Chesnut will become OBA president on Jan. 1, 2019. He is a sole practitioner in Miami focusing on real estate, probate and estate planning. He received his J.D. from the OU College of Law in 1977.

He is a member and past president of the Ottawa County Bar Association. He served as U.S. magistrate judge (part-time) for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma from 1983-1987 and was a temporary panel judge for the Oklahoma Court of Appeals in 1991-1992. He is a past member of the OBA YLD Board of Directors, a sustaining member of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, was a trustee of the OBF from 1993-2000 and served as OBF president in 1999. He also served on the OBA Board of Governors from 2009-2011. He is a member of the Real Property Law, Estate Planning and Probate and Law Office Management and Technology sections and has been a member of a number of OBA committees, currently serving on the Budget Committee.

Chesnut is active in his community having served as a member of the Miami Board of Education for 17 years and as its president for a number of those years. He is a member and past president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteers as a mentor to a fifth-grade elementary school class one afternoon per week during the school year.

Also taking oaths Friday were Kimberly Hays of Tulsa, president; and Richard Stevens of Norman, vice president. To be sworn in at a later date is Bartlesville attorney Linda S. Thomas, who served as OBA president in 2017 and remains on the OBA Board of Governors for one year as immediate past president.

Sworn in to the OBA Board of Governors to represent their respective Supreme Court judicial districts are Brian T. Hermanson, Ponca City; D. Kenyon Williams Jr., Tulsa; and Matthew C. Beese, Muskogee. They will serve three-year terms. Brian K. Morton of Oklahoma City is also serving a three-year term as member-at-large, and Nathan D. Richter of Mustang was sworn in to a one-year term as OBA Young Lawyers Division chairperson.

OBA leadership roles are voluntary positions in which lawyers serve while continuing to practice law. The board meets monthly and governs the association.

The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.