ONLD Upcoming Events

2015 Series

Mark these dates on your calendar!

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. 

MBA Professionalism for Newer Lawyers

Presented by: Scott Morrill
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208
Registration: Please email Carol Hawkins at

Join the MBA Professionalism Committee for a presentation focused on real life professionalism dilemmas that newer attorneys face. The presentation will address professionalism from a perspective filtered through the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct. All newer attorneys, whether looking for work, opening a practice or practicing in a large firm will benefit by attending this free CLE.

Trial Tips for New Lawyers

Presented by: Russell Barnett
Friday, February 20, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Russell Barnett III practices has a law practice devoted to criminal matters in state and federal courts, with a practice emphasis on murder and capital cases. Russell graduated from U of O School of Law in 1996 and has been a frequent speaker on various criminal law topics over the last 10 years. He also published the manslaughter and use of Demurrers for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

ONLD February Social

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 5:00 p.m.
Raven & Rose,1331 SW Broadway, Portland

Please join the Oregon New Lawyers Division at Raven & Rose for its February social. We will be upstairs in the bar area by the pool table. The ONLD will provide a selection of appetizers. No host bar. No RSVP required. Questions? Email Mae Lee Browning at or call/text at 310-227-7659.

Salem Bingo Social

Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m.
The Ram, 515 12th Street, Salem
This is a great opportunity to have some fun and network with ONLD members, your fellow Marion County attorneys and law students. Play Bingo using the fun facts you learn about your colleagues, and you may even win some prizes! End your work week with B-I-N-G-O!

The ONLD will provide light appetizers. No host bar. No RSVP required.

Workers’ Compensation for New Lawyers

Presented by: Steve Schoenfeld & Larry Schucht
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Steven Schoenfeld grew up in Queens, NY. He obtained his law degree from St. Johns University in New York City, graduating in 1989. During law school Mr. Schoenfeld clerked in several local New York law firms, learning the ropes and learning how to litigate cases. In 1990, Mr. Schoenfeld began specializing in personal injury cases and workers’ compensation cases. In 1995 his practice became more focused on workers’ compensation and employment discrimination cases. At this point, he has tried well over 1000 workers compensation cases, as he has represented hundreds of clients every year for 19 years. Mr. Schoenfeld is active in the Oregon Bar Association. He is a member of the President’s Circle of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the OSB Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee.

Larry Schucht has been a trial attorney with SAIF Corporation since 1989. Prior to working with SAIF, he was in private practice specializing in workers’ compensation. He has contributed to the Oregon State Bar’s Workers’ Compensationpublication in 2000 and 2008 and also been a speaker the Workers’ Compensation Section’s annual meeting at Salishan in 2010 and 2011.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Representing Disabled Clients

Presented by: Emily Teplin Fox
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Emily Fox is a litigator who combines intellectual rigor with pragmatic problem-solving. She frequently works on complex and challenging cases, where her strong writing and analytical skills are particularly helpful to clients. Emily brings a strong background in public service and maintains an active pro bono caseload. She began her legal career with a national Equal Justice Works fellowship at the Minnesota Disability Law Center to protect and enforce the right to effective communication for deaf and hard of hearing people in the criminal justice system. She received the Legal Advocacy award from Communication Services for the Deaf for her efforts.

1 access to justice MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Kellie Johnson
Friday, May 15, 2015, 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

Access to Justice

Presented by: Kasia Rutledge
Friday, May 22, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Kasia Rutledge works in the Major Felony Unit ofthe 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

Commercial Litigation

Presented by: Kristen Tranetzki
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Kristen Tranetzki has significant experience in complex criminal and civil litigation, internal investigations, securities and banking-related litigation, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Tranetzki received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Fordham University, where she was named a Truman Scholar, and her law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law. While at law school, Ms. Tranetzki interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and was the Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Following graduation, she served as judicial clerk to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Prior to joining Angeli Ungar Law Group LLC, Ms. Tranetzki was an associate attorney with Lane Powell PC in Portland and with the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Family Law

Presented by: Bradford Miller
Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Bradford F. Miller began working for Stahancyk, Kent & Hook as a law clerk. While in law school, Brad also worked for a law firm specializing in taxation, estate planning, and business transactions and clerked for the Honorable Dennis Hubel, a federal magistrate judge in Portland. Realizing that his passion lay in family law, Brad returned to Stahancyk, Kent & Hook and continued to work part-time during the school year, through his bar passage. Having learned the value of good planning, Brad was the primary associate for Senior Shareholder Jody Stahancyk, dealing with all matters related to family law and complex asset divorces. In March 2012, Brad was elected as a Shareholder of the firm. Brad travels statewide to accommodate client needs.

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

Consumer Law

Presented by: Simon Whang
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 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 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for

ORS 20.080 Claims

Presented by: Ben Cox
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Ben Cox has a passion for helping good people stuck in unfair circumstances achieve justice. Ben graduated from the University of Oregon before earning his law degree. During law school, he was president of the American Constitution Society, chosen to participate in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, studied comparative law in South Africa, and worked for the NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center in New Orleans, assisting residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ben began his career at a Portland firm that focused exclusively on litigating complex cases on behalf of injured people. In these years, Ben learned how to master cutting-edge science, medicine and trial techniques to bring about great results for clients. He contributes his time to the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA).

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Judge John Acosta
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 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 ethics MCLE credit will be applied for


Presented by: Paul Neese
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 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 MCLE credit will be applied for

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