STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Unauthorized Practice of Law – Oklahoma. Sen. Michael Brooks (D) has pre-filed SB 514 for a first reading scheduled for February 4, 2019. The bill defines the term "unauthorized practice of law", creates a misdemeanor criminal offense, establishes punishment, and provides for an effective date of November 1, 2019, if signed into law. Read more.STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Abandoned Mineral Interests – West Virginia. On January 14, Del. Pat McGeehan (R) introduced HB 2373. The bill creates a procedure to streamline the process to claim abandoned mineral interests and details the notice requirements as well as the procedures for perfecting a claim to those mineral interests. Read more.