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Reciprocity/Alternative Admission

Satisfy your admission on motion CLE requirements with OSB Admission on Motion (Reciprocity): The CLE Set. (Please note: Applicants for reciprocity/alternative admission must complete their CLE requirements within six months before or after filing an application. Download an application form here.

Staying Green with OSB Course Materials

OSB CLE is continuing the bar’s sustainability efforts by designating downloadable electronic course materials as the primary format for live CLE seminars, webcasts, and video replays. Printed seminar materials can be ordered during registration for a nominal fee. Electronic materials will arrive via email prior to the seminar and can be downloaded to your laptop, tablet, or flash drive. Thank you for helping CLE Seminars be OSB green!

Planning with Special Needs Trusts—Audio Seminar (Replay)

1 General CLE credit
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

Special needs trusts (SNTs) are designed to provide for the long-care of individuals who have physical or intellectual impairments and are unable to provide for themselves, whether they are elderly or very young. SNTs are intended to preserve the beneficiary’s eligibility for public benefits—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, and others—while maximizing the private resources of the beneficiary’s family. Crucial aspects of working with these trusts are drafting distribution clauses and selecting the right trustee to make financial and health-care related decisions for the beneficiary. Structuring and drafting SNTs can be a complex process of tradeoffs with the care of a valued family member in the balance. This program provides you with a practical guide to the types of SNTs and the situations in which each is most appropriate, preserving public benefit eligibility, distribution policies, and trustee selection.

Ethics of Multijurisdictional Practice—Audio Seminar (Replay)

1 Ethics credit
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

The prevalence of technology and the sophistication of clients have caused many lawyers to have multi-jurisdictional practices, sometimes without realizing it. In litigation, clients may have actions filed against them in another state, and you might conduct discovery or pre-trial investigations across state lines. In transactional practice, you often must advise clients on the laws of another state, negotiate with clients across state lines, or effectuate a deal in another state. In a real and substantial sense, every attorney with a website and email has a “virtual” presence across state lines and thus, at least potentially, a multi-jurisdictional practice. All of these activities and others give rise to complex ethical issues, including whether multi-jurisdictional practice is permissible and, if so, which rules apply. This program provides you with a real-world guide to how ethics rules apply when attorneys practice across state lines.

Employment Agreements—Audio Seminar (Replay)

1 General CLE credit (each day)
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

Careful drafting of the most important provisions of an employment agreement—scope of duties and changes over time, performance benchmarks and incentive compensation, rights on separation—can lay the foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship and company success. But an agreement that does not address employer and employee expectations, anticipate almost certain changes over time, or address points of potential conflict can be a seedbed of litigation and liability for the employer. This program provides a practical guide to drafting the most highly negotiated components of employment agreements, drafting in flexibility for changes over time, anticipating points of potential conflict, and limiting employer liability.

All Day PowerPlay

3 Ethics credits, 1 Child Abuse Reporting credit, and 3 General CLE or Access to Justice credits

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The Ethics Game Show with Larry Cohen
Child Abuse Reporting
Race: Myths and Realities

Echoes of Inequality: A History of Oregon’s Exclusionary Laws

3.25 General CLE or Access to Justice credits
Cosponsored by the Legal Heritage Committee.

Like many states, Oregon’s history and laws are riddled with inequality and exclusionary practices. This seminar reviews in-depth how some of those laws and practices shaped our state today. Take a look at how Oregon law impacted the education, housing, employment, criminal justice, public accommodations, health, and public opinion of Blacks in Oregon. See how the state’s early constitution and restrictive covenants excluded Asian Americans. Consider the government’s response to the 1887 Hell’s Canyon Massacre involving lawfully working Chinese miners. And finally, examine the history of how LGBT Oregonians were affected by exclusionary laws and practices pertaining to marriage and family, including claims of religious exemptions.

Northwest Administrative Law Institute

Oregon: 9.75 General CLE credits and 1.25 Ethics credits
Washington: Credits pending
Cosponsored by the Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Section and Washington State Bar Association Administrative Law Section.
For the first time, practitioners and professionals from Oregon and Washington will come together to explore administrative law topics and practice issues that span both sides of the Columbia River. Procedural similarities and agency differences will be explored, as well as concerns common to both states. Breakout sessions will focus on the best practices for administrative hearings in the Beaver State and the Evergreen State, and cannabis administrative rulemaking and enforcement in the two states will be compared. Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s Attorney General, will give the lunch presentation “Administrative Law from Both Sides of the Bench.” Administrative law developments by the courts will be noted by the Honorable Mary Fairhurst, Washington Supreme Court, and the Honorable Jack Landau, Oregon Supreme Court, while the future of administrative regulatory law in Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. will be examined by a panel of law professors.

Notario Fraud Conference

3.75 General CLE or Access to Justice credits
Cosponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association Oregon Chapter and in cooperation with the Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section.

This seminar will provide you with an overview of notario fraud in Oregon and what is being done to combat it from a law enforcement and regulatory perspective. You will learn about a new statutory provision of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, which establishes that immigration consultants are per se engaged in an unfair trade practice, and also hear about outreach efforts to educate immigrant communities on notario fraud prevention and reporting.

U.S. Business Immigration Law for Non–Immigration Lawyers

3 General CLE credits

Immigration is a hot topic today, and this seminar will help non–immigration lawyers identify hot-button issues. Learn about I-9 forms and related issues for employers, such as compliance and traps for the unwary. Discover all of the different forms of employment-based temporary work visas. Gain an overview of the employment-based permanent residence concerns, such as quotas, and backlogs, labor market tests, and permanent resident for big-ticket investors.

Elder Law 2014: Emerging Challenges

3.75 General CLE credits, 1 Ethics credit, and 1 Elder Abuse Reporting credit
Cosponsored by the Elder Law Section.

As the number of aging Oregonians increases so does the complexity of the issues that elder law practitioners face. This advanced program analyzes the emerging challenges and provides the up-to-date information that you and your clients need.

Assess the impact of new Medicaid eligibility criteria under the Affordable Care Act on access to long-term care services and special needs trust planning. Learn about special concerns for older couples who marry, including effects on estate planning, taxes, and government benefits. Explore ways that guardians and conservators can get help from courts to protect vulnerable elders and people with disabilities in difficult situations. Tackle legal ethics questions of confidentiality and conflicts in the complicated context of family involvement and fiduciary relationships. Focus on the new Oregon elder abuse reporting requirements for attorneys that go into effect January 1, 2015, and how they relate to confidentiality and attorney-client privilege.

Effective Use of Time and Technology for Lawyers

2 Personal Management credits

Successful lawyers manage their time and use technology effectively to reach their goals. While efficiency is important, effectiveness is the key. Learn essential time management techniques to help you get more done and be a more effective lawyer. Gain valuable tips and strategies to become a high performer, such as creating a plan, developing habits, eliminating unimportant tasks, and learning to say “no.” Discover technology systems to increase your productivity. Find out how to deal with information overload and interruptions. Work smarter, not harder.

Bonus! More than 20 Microsoft Word and Excel documents to help you achieve your time management goals.

ADR 2014: Trends and Hot Topics

4.25 General CLE credits and 1.5 Ethics credit, plus 1 General CLE credit for optional lunch presentation
Cosponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

A solid foundation in alternative dispute resolution principles will contribute to a successful ADR practice. Learn the latest in ADR, including recent cases, probate mediation, new ADR programs for foreclosure avoidance, early discussion and resolution for adverse medical events, and environmental claims mediation. Explore the ethics of mediation, and hear the Honorable Susan Leeson and Richard Spier discuss the advantages and disadvantages of caucuses in mediation. The arbitration-focused breakout sessions will review drafting arbitration clauses and identify the basics needed to effectively litigate your first arbitration. The breakouts on mediation will demonstrate the elements required for success in mediation and how to overcome impasse situations.

Special Topics in Disability Law: Long-Term Disability Appeals and Working While Receiving Benefits

2 General CLE or Access to Justice credits
Cosponsored by the Disability Law Section.

Navigating the ins and outs of disability law requires expert help. This seminar will provide you with the knowledge to avoid going aground in the area of disability benefits.

First, start the morning with a refresher on Social Security benefits, including two federal disability programs and eligibility criteria. Next, take a look at how your client can still work without losing SSI or SSD benefits. Last, gain an understanding of long-term disability benefits under an ERISA plan and the appeals process for a denied claim: the ERISA disability claims process, strategies, and applicable case law.