ONLD Upcoming Events

2014 Series

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Events with registration available are indicated with a button linking to online registration. Registration for future events will open soon. All brown bags will be held at the Multnomah County Courthouse, room 208 at noon.

At-the-door registration is available by cash or check only. 

Professionalism Panel on Mentoring

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Registration for this program is FREE! Please call or email the MBA office at 503.222.3275 or by Friday, April 18.

Bring your lunch and join the MBA Professionalism Committee and the Oregon New Lawyers Division for a panel presentation focusing on professionalism in mentoring relationships.

This is a great opportunity to socialize with your Mentor/Mentee and others and get free CLE credit.

Panelists: Jeffrey M. Batchelor, Batchelor Mediation & Arbitration; Robert D. Newell, Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Molly K. Honore, Litigation Associate at Tonkon Torp LLP; Judge Youlee You, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Moderator: Jeffrey A. Howes. Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, (Chair of OSB New Lawyer Mentoring Program Committee)

1 ethics MCLE credit will be applied for

Barriers to Justice: Human Trafficking in Oregon

Presented by: Hayley Weedn
Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:30 6:30 p.m.
Ram Restaurant, 515 12th Street, Salem

Hayley Weedn is one of the lead authors on a new report produced by Willamette's Human Rights Clinic, which examines Human Trafficking issues among Native American communities in Oregon. Hayley's presentation will be about barriers to justice for trafficked persons in Oregon, including the unique challenges among Oregon's Native communities. There are several intricacies in historical and cultural barriers, jurisdictional authority, law enforcement, and more. Hayley has previously held a public interest law fellowship with Oregon Crime Victims Law Center and done pro bono work with National Crime Victim Law Institute. She is currently an intern with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) in Portland.

1 access to justice MCLE credit will be applied for

Employment Law

Presented by: Mitra Shahri
Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Mitra Mahoney (Shahri) is the founding partner of the Employment Law Firm of Mitra Law Group. She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1993 from, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she graduated with top honors and was designated a William H. Leary Scholar. Mitra obtained her undergraduate degree with honors from Wichita State University in Kansas. She began her legal practice in Los Angeles at a prestigious defense firm where she received invaluable training and experience in litigation and handling of various cases, including sexual harassment issues. From there she founded a boutique law firm in Los Angeles and moved to Portland in 2002. Mitra has litigated over one thousand cases in Oregon and California, including cases that have received national and even worldwide publicity. She is well known for being a tough and passionate advocate for her clients who have been sexually harassed or wrongfully terminated for reporting their employers’ wrongdoing.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Kellie Johnson
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Before becoming the Assistant Disciplinary Counsel at the Oregon State Bar, Kellie Johnson was already a highly experienced trial lawyer skilled in criminal law with a broad understanding of the substantive law in various practice areas and a special aptitude for evidentiary rules and court procedures. She has over 13 years experience in criminal law and has tried over 150 criminal matters in bench and jury trials. With a background of working with boards of directors, fund-raising committees, legal teams, government agencies, and a diverse public she has ensured that actions reflect organizational values and goals.

1 ethics MCLE credit will be applied for

Cross Examination

Presented by: Ben Eder & David Eder
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Ben Eder is a partner at Thuemmel, Uhle & Eder, a three person firm with over DUII 1,000 completed jury trials.  The firm delivers first class service and trial work.  Ben has been very well reviewed, presented CLE's at many firms, law schools and criminal defense conferences.  He has achieved not guilty verdicts in felony and misdemeanor DUII jury trials.  Ben has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and the Daily Journal of Commerce named him one of the top 25 Lawyers in the State of Oregon under the age of 40 in 2011.

David Eder is an Assistant City Attorney at the City of Beaverton.  He has conducted over 100 jury trials and handles criminal and civil litigation for the City of Beaverton.  He primarily prosecutes D.U.I.I. cases and trains police officers on criminal investigations and civil liability concerns.  Recently, David was asked to be an instructor at the National Advocacy Center on jury selection. He was also awarded the Daily Journal of Commerce award for Up and Coming Lawyers in 2010 and 2011 as one of the top 25 lawyers in the State of Oregon under the age of 40.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Everything You Need to Know About Family Law as a Young Lawyer

Friday, May 30 Saturday, May 31, 2014
Oregon State Bar, 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Tigard

The Oregon New Lawyers Division is proud to present a two day CLE on family law featuring prominent members of our community. The speakers will cover the nuts and bolts on family law, and provide the attendees with practical tips on each topic. It is an opportunity that no young lawyer should miss!

Speakers include: Sean Stephens, Dan Margolin, Bradley Lechman-Su, Mark Harwood, David Bean, Michael Fearl, Alex Sutton, Amy Velazquez, Collin McKean, Pamela Haan, Tate Justesen, Kaori Tanabe, & Honorable Keith Raines.

12 general or practical skills MCLE credits will be applied for

Access to Justice

Presented by: Kasia Rutledge
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from March 13)
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Kasia Rutledge works in the Major Felony Unit of the Metro Public Defender's Office. Kasia was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in July 2008 after she received her undergraduate degree from University of Missouri, Kansas City and graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2007. Kasia has a passion for indigent criminal defense and civil rights, and has appeared on KBOO's Prison Pipeline radio show to discuss the Portland Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.  Kasia also knows American Sign Language.

1 access to justice MCLE credit will be applied for

Business Litigation

Presented by: James Bruce & Jason Hirshon
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

James Bruce focuses his practice on advising small businesses and estate planning. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and makes his home in Tigard. He is a 2006 graduate of the University Of Oregon School Of Law, where he also received his undergraduate degree in 2001. James has served on the Ambassador Board of New Avenues for Youth since its inception in 2007. In 2011 James was among the “Up and Coming Lawyers” honored by Daily Journal of Commerce.

Jason Hirshon’s practice focuses on general litigation including construction defect, consumer law and other commercial matters. Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked for the law firm of Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie P.C. and clerked at the Office of General Counsel for the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. Jason is a native of Portland, Maine who moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005 after receiving his degrees in Colorado and California. Jason is active in both local and national bar activities, holding leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and Oregon New Lawyers Division as well as being named the Oregon New Lawyers Division’s volunteer of the year in 2008.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Family Law

Presented by: Alex Sutton
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Alex Sutton’s favorite thing about helping clients is seeing them gain strength through a difficult process. Working with clients during tough times, he leads them through the many details and decisions that families must face during a divorce. Acting as guide and protector, Alex helps clients take each step with confidence. He is a firm believer in mediation and resolving cases short of a trial but retains the doggedness to go to trial for his clients. He is both empathetic and tenacious, providing results-based representation for tough family disputes.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Simon Whang
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

In college, Simon Whang was president of the Johns Hopkins University debate team and a nationally-ranked debater, a source of both pride and embarrassment. Simon started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. He moved back to Oregon in 2003, prosecuting property and financial crimes at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Simon continued prosecuting securities and investment fraud for the State Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, until he joined Department of Justice in 2008. He enjoys working at the Financial Fraud and Consumer Protection Section, where he specializes in mortgage and foreclosure fraud cases.

1 ethics skills MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Judge John Acosta
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Federal Magistrate John Acosta has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon, School of Law since 2001. Judge Acosta has been a member of the bar for over 20 years and currently serves as a member of the OSB Professionalism Commission.  After graduating from University of Oregon he worked as an associate and then partner for Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell & Brundin and then Stoel Rives LLP.  Following Stoel Rives he provided legal advice on employment and labor issues, among other things, as the Senior Deputy General Counsel of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Christmas Day Bombing, Article 3 Courts

Presented by: Ethan Knight
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Ethan Knight is an accomplished Assistant United States Attorney, known for being a smart, even keeled, and great trial lawyer.  Ethan was the lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Mohamud, where he successfully persuaded a jury to convict the defendant of attempting to bomb the Christmas tree lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Ethan has also prosecuted other high profile cases including U.S. v. Harold Nicholson, et al., a case of a former CIA agent convicted of espionage who used his son to contact the Russian government.  Ethan will talk specifically about the Mohamud and Nicholson cases, and will address the challenges of prosecuting national security and terrorism cases in criminal court, including the issues of classified evidence, foreign governments, and complex statutory schemes.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Paul Neese
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Paul Neese is a lawyer in private practice. Paul represents parents and children in juvenile dependency cases, and youth in juvenile delinquency cases — primarily in Clackamas County. He also handles immigration matters and helps lawyers who are facing legal ethics concerns and/or formal bar complaints. He was previously an Assistant General Counsel at the Oregon State Bar in the Client Assistance Office. He has several years of experience helping members of the bar with legal ethics questions and dilemmas. He has been active in various bar activities over the years, including work in the American Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, and the Oregon New Lawyers Division. He speaks Cambodian (Khmer) and Lao, and a small amount of French.

1 ethics skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Estate Planning

Presented by: Steve Kantor
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Stephen E. Kantor is an accomplished business, estate, and trust attorney and educator with over 30 years of experience in the planning and administration of complex issues. Taking an in-depth, creative approach to problem solving, Steve establishes strong relationships with all of his clients, from young families with children to corporate business executives. As a specialist in the field of estate planning, he has been interviewed on matters regarding tax laws, charitable planning, trusts, business succession, and estate administration for Money, The Oregonian, The Daily Journal of Commerce, The Business Journal and a local television station.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Child Abuse Reporting

Presented by: Amber Hollister
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

As provided in ORS 9.114, Oregon lawyers are required to complete one hour of training every three years on their duties as mandatory child abuse reporters. Satisfy your MCLE requirement with Amber Hollister’s interactive session. Using hypotheticals, learn what your duty to report is, when it applies and what exceptions exist to your reporting duty. Also learn what “abuse” is, how to report it and the consequences of failing to report.

1 child abuse reporting MCLE credit will be applied for

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