Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2003

Bar News

Election of delegates is soon
The OSB House of Delegates election will be held on April 21 (the third Monday of the month). The duties of the house are to debate and decide matters of policy relating to the membership or the administration of justice, as provided in the bar act.

Nomination is by petition. The deadline for receipt by the bar of nominating petitions is 5 p.m., Friday, March 21. In-state delegate petitions must be signed by at least 10 active members who maintain their principal office within the appropriate region. There are currently 28 positions open within the six in-state regions. (There are no out-of-state openings.)

Elected delegates must be active members of the bar, and cannot be a section chair, local bar president or member of the Board of Governors. Delegates elected in April 2003 will have three-year terms. Delegates serve without compensation or reimbursement of expenses.

The OSB House of Delegates election schedule is:

March 21:
Nominating petitions and candidate statements due at the bar center by 5 p.m.

April 1: Ballots mailed.

April 18: Ballots due at the bar center by 5 p.m.

April 21: Ballots counted.

The number of delegates is subject to change due to admission of new members, status changes and relocation of offices. In accordance with OSB Bylaw 8.11, the final determination will be made on Feb. 1, 2003. Current delegates per region are:

Delegates Seats

Region
Members
Delegates Allowed
Needed for 2002

Region 1

704

7

1

Region 2

856

9

4

Region 3

902

9

2

Region 4

983

10

3

Region 5

4,858

49

14

Region 6

2,048

20

4

Out of state

1,604

16

2

If you are an active member of the OSB and would like to receive information, nominating petitions and candidate statements for the OSB House of Delegates election, please contact Jane Gillespie by e-mail: jgillespie@osbar.org; or phone: 503- 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 308. The information is also available on the OSB web page: www.osbar.org, which includes candid interviews with current HOD members — everything you always wanted to know about the HOD but were afraid to ask, perhaps.

Immigration lawyers meet in February
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will hold its Northwest Regional Immigration Seminar on Feb. 20 and 21 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Portland.

The two-day seminar consists of presentations and roundtables on cutting-edge immigration law issues. Some of the topics include family immigration, citizenship, labor certification, border security, ethics and immigration court. Norton Tooby, a nationally recognized speaker practicing in San Francisco, will present Immigration Law and Crimes. Many other experts in the immigration arena will give presentations and moderate roundtable discussions.

For more information and registration guidelines, please visit the website, www.ailaoregon.com or contact Philip Hornik, (503) 243-2733 or phornik@ teleport.com.

OMLA announces new scholarship
The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) announces the Angel Lopez Scholarship Fund.

Lopez, immediate past president of the Oregon State Bar, received a $600 award from the OSB for his outstanding service and dedication to the bar. In turn, he donated the award to OMLA as seed money for a scholarship dedicated to supporting Oregon ethnic minority law students with financial need. The 2003 OSB president, Charles R. Williamson III, also contributed to the fund and called for additional contributions from the Board of Governors. At this writing, members Ronald L. Bryant, William G. Carter, Nena Cook, Gerry Gaydos and Lisa M. LeSage have made generous donations.

Bar members interested in supporting the fund can contact Anastasia Yu Meisner at aym@guyermeisner.com or (503) 697-1035. OMLA’s mailing address is 16325 Boones Ferry Road, Suite 205; Lake Oswego, OR 97035. OMLA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Western bar leaders to meet in in Hawaii
The 55th annual Western States Bar Conference is scheduled for March 19-22 at the Sheraton Kauai at Poipu Beach on the island of Kauai. The WSBC includes bar associations from 17 western states.

The conference provides an opportunity for bar leaders to discuss and learn about issues facing the legal profession and the organized bar as well as a chance to meet and socialize with their peers from surrounding states.

This year’s conference agenda includes: a session on negotiation techniques, how to deal with impasse; an update on alternative dispute resolution and panels on multi-jurisdictional practice; issues facing new lawyers, such as debt load and billable hour expectations; and access to justice.

For registration information contact Diane Minnich at (208)334-4500 or dminnich@isb.state.id.us.

Public-interest law students set auction
In the interest of justice, someone will have to go to the Oregon Symphony. Someone else will take a vacation. These are some of the auction items available at the upcoming 13th annual Public Interest Law Project (PILP) Auction at Lewis & Clark Law School. The silent auction, titled 'Bridging the Gap,' takes place Feb. 21. It will raise funds to help support public interest work by law students during the summer.

PILP, a student organization, hosts the annual fundraising auction to finance its summer stipend program. The program funds enable students to take summer jobs with public interest organizations that do not traditionally have the resources to hire summer clerks. Through the summer program, students gain valuable experience while providing public interest organizations with desperately needed legal assistance. After the stipends are awarded, remaining funds are allocated to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), to help public interest lawyers repay law school loans after graduation.

Last year’s auction raised more than $50,000 and funded 12 stipends. Students were able to work with organizations such as Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Catholic Charities Immigration Services and the Juvenile Rights Project.

Past auction items have included a vacation stay at a house in Cabo San Lucas, an Outward Bound Mountaineering course and tickets to Blazers games.

The auction will be held Friday, Feb. 21 in the law school’s student lounge at 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and includes snacks, beer and wine. The live auction begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.

PILP is currently accepting auction item donations and donations directly to the summer stipend program or loan repayment assistance program. For more information, call the PILP office at (503) 768-6782 or visit the PILP website, www.lclark.edu/~pilp.


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