Board seeks comment for
discipline rules proposal
The Special Legal Ethics Committee on Disciplinary Rules
recently presented its report to the OSB Board of Governors
recommending replacement of the Oregon Code of Professional
Responsibility with new Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct
based on the ABA Model Rules. The board seeks input and comment
on the recommendation from members and will decide in July
whether to put the new rules proposal before the House of
Delegates in September.
Submit your written comments to OSB
Assistant General Counsel Sylvia E. Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.
Comments must be received by April 30.
The board has scheduled
a series of meetings during March and April for members to
discuss the rules proposal with members of the Rules Committee,
HOD representatives and members of the Board of Governors.
16: Pendleton, noon-2 p.m., location to be determined.
23: Salem, noon-2 p.m., location to be determined.
Hillsboro, noon-2 p.m., location to be determined.
were held before press time in Eugene, Portland and Bend.
up-to-date details and read the reports online at www.osbar.org.
‘Fast forward’ to Seaside
Save the date for the 2003 Oregon State Bar Annual
Meeting, Sept. 18-20, in Seaside.
It will be a brand new
annual meeting, with a condensed schedule to bring you
education in a shorter period of time. Enjoy more time
for networking and social events, or bring the family
along to enjoy the waves and sand at Seaside. Events
will take place at the Seaside Civic & Convention
Center and Best Western OceanView Resort.
Look for updates
in future issues of the Bar News and on the bar’s website
Pro Bono Challenge records over 29,000
hours of free legal services
Each year, Oregon’s New Lawyers Division sponsors
a Pro Bono Challenge to inspire lawyers and law students
to maximize the number of hours of free legal service
given to charities and to the poor.
results for 2002 reflect a total of more than 20,000
hours of free legal services
being reported by lawyers, and 9,000 by law school
students. At an hourly rate of $150, the services would
be valued at more than $4.3 million. The numbers are
limited only to those participating in the challenge
and do not capture all pro bono service in Oregon.
' As lawyers, we
have a unique responsibility to help those who can’t
access legal help,' says
Ellen Hawes, pro bono committee chair. 'Lawyers
throughout Oregon, and particularly these winners,
have provided an invaluable service to both their clients
and their community by extending their expertise to
those in need.'
The following winners are commended
for their pro bono services in 2002.
Large Firms (25-plus
Large Firm First Place: Davis Wright
Tremaine, Portland, with 4346 hours, or 49 hours per
attorney. Top pro bono attorney in the firm was Shane
Abma with 237 hours.
Large Firm Second Place: Miller
Nash LLP, Portland, 3,832 hours, or 40.33 hours per
Medium Firms (eight to 24 attorneys)
Medium Firm First
Place: Garvey Schubert & Barer,
Portland, with 698 hours, or 39 hours per attorney.
Top attorney in the firm was Christian Hatfield with
Medium Firm Second Place Place: Gleaves
Swearingen Potter & Scott, Eugene, with 633 hours,
or 29 hours per attorney. Top attorney: Renee Wyser-Pratt
with 165 hours.
Small Firms (two to seven attorneys)
Small Firm First
Place: Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, Portland,
with 199 hours, or 66 hours per attorney. Top attorney
in the firm was
Eric Todderud with 99 hours.
Small Firm Second Place:
Fisher & Phillips,
Portland, with 146 hours, or 37 hours per attorney.
Top attorney: Corbett Gordon with 115 hours.
Law School First Place: University
of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, with 4,867 hours.
School Student: James McCurdy of University of Oregon
School of Law, Eugene, with 424
Individual firm attorney:
Charles Hinkle of Stoel Rives, Portland, with 264 hours.
Practitioner: Barbara Anne Jarvis, Ashland, with
Emeritus member: E. Roy Bashaw, Ashland,
with 320 hours.
Notices of reinstatement applications
Two persons have filed applications for reinstatement
to be active members of the Oregon State Bar pursuant
to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1.
Christopher M. Clayhold of Portland,
OSB #91238, transferred to inactive status on Jan.
21, 1997, to pursue a career as a criminal investigator.
He subsequently became licensed with the Oregon Board
of Investigators and worked with attorneys on criminal
defense matters. Upon reinstatement, Clayhold will
work with the law firm Rieke & Savage.
Katherine Huffer Cowan of Lake Oswego,
OSB #96486, transferred to inactive status on December
22, 1997. She has been active in volunteer community
services. Cowan currently is a consultant for a small
Oregon business and, upon reinstatement, may handle
the company’s legal matters.
Any person with information relevant
to this inquiry is asked to contact promptly the OSB
Regulatory Services Division, P.O. Box 1689, Lake Oswego,
OR 97035; phone: (503) 620-0222 or toll-free in Oregon
at (800) 452-8260, ext. 343.
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Spotlight on public members
Why did you join the OSB Board of Governors?: 'I became a member of the Disciplinary Board after serving on the other two branches of government. After 14 years in the legislature I was seduced by the rule of law. How it worked. The cast of characters. The order it brings to society. I served on the Disciplinary board for six years; the SPRB for three. The Board of Governors was a natural progression.'
Advice for prospective public members: 'I would want anyone running for the board to understand it is complicated and worthy. The cast of characters on the Board of Governor’s come from a variety of legal professions. The staff is exceptional! We at times have heated debate and everyone is better for it. The workload is to be taken seriously, and one looks forward to it. It is always fascinating and sometimes difficult. It is always fruitful.'
What can a public member bring to the board?: 'There is a subtle difference between lawyer members and public members. Lawyers occasionally get lost in the details of the legal issues. Public Members help maintain a bigger-picture perspective and bring a fresh voice to policy discussions. Where a lawyer might naturally ask ‘can we do this,’ a non-lawyer would likely ask ‘should we do it or why not?’ '
The value of public members: 'Oregon is fortunate to have public members. We bring different skills to the table. Some bring business experience, some have brought legislative experience, all bring shared interest in ensuring a fair and effective legal process.
Other public members: Jonathan Hill, director of ESD in Southern Oregon; Bette Worcester, upper management for the state of Oregon; and John Enbon, M.D., a recently retired OB/gyn from Corvallis.
CLE to benefit Fanconi group
'How the Trial Lawyer Can Benefit from the Discipline of Appellate
Advocacy ' is the title of a CLE seminar to be presented May 9 by Dave Frohnmayer,
former Oregon attorney general and current president of the University of Oregon
two-hour seminar is sponsored by the Marion County Bar Association. It will be
held 3 to 5:10 p.m. at Willamette University College of Law. Two
general credits are pending.
At least half profits will benefit the Fanconi
Anemia Research Foundation, which is battling the disease that claimed two of
The cost to MCBA members is $20 and non-members is $35. Willamette
University College of Law students and faculty are free. Send registration
to Tom Elden, Oregon Department of Justice, 1162 Court St. N.E., Salem OR 97301.
Applicants for reciprocity, house counsel admission
is a list of applicants for reciprocity and house counsel admission to the
Oregon State Bar, received by the Bulletin as
of March 15. If you have information about the applicants that might influence
the Board of Bar Examiners in considering their admission, contact Marlyce
Gholston, OSB Bar Examiners, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035:
Diane Ellwein Baker, Douglas C Berry, David Mark Byers, Kent Michael Fandel,
Michael Anthony Griffin, Kelly Greene McConnell, Paul
David McFarlane, Lars Elmer Neste, Gurjit Singh Pandher, Richard Miles Stanislaw,
Thanh Huu Tran, Calvin Eric Eib.
Willamette wins title
Karolyn R. Klohe (class of ’03) and S. Aaron Young (’04) led
Willamette University College of Law to the championship of the National Environmental
Law Moot Court Competition in New York on Feb. 22, defeating Louisiana State
University and Drake University in the final round. In a rare accomplishment,
Willamette’s team earlier captured the Best Brief award, as well, which was
co-authored by Deborah Dunn (’03). Professor Susan S. Smith was the team’s