Don’t let your work go unrecognized
The 2002 Pro Bono Challenge results reflected a total of more than 20,000 hours of free legal services being reported by lawyers. 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. Congratulations to the 2002 challenge winners:
Davis Wright Tremaine (large firm): 4,346
total hours, or 49 hours per attorney;
Hunger drive surpasses goal
OLAH is a non-profit organization comprised of legal professionals in Oregon. Every dollar donation enables OFB to collect and distribute almost $10 worth of food for hungry people in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
This year, more than 50 law firms and hundreds of individual attorneys in the tri-county area and throughout the state participated. For seven consecutive years, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky has won the Silver Barrel Award, which is awarded to the team with the largest overall contribution. This year, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky and Bullivant Houser Bailey each raised more than $21,000, which allowed both firms to share the Silver Barrel Award. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe received the Golden Can Award, which is awarded to the firm with the largest average per capita contribution, by raising $272.80 per person.
'OLAH’s tremendous success is really a double-edged sword,' said OLAH board president Megge Van Valkenburg. 'The record-breaking results of this year’s drive are testimony to the generosity of our legal community and to its commitment to helping those in need. At the same time, our need to achieve such results demonstrates that the problem of hunger in Oregon continues to get worse.'
Since its inception in 1997, OLAH’s fund-raising efforts have raised $500,353, which has resulted in 5,503,883 pounds of food for hungry persons served by the food bank.
For more information, contact Van Valkenburg at (503) 499-4471.
Notice of reinstatement applications
Steven Jon Leask of Tennessee, Bar No. 95332,
has filed an application for reinstatement as an active member
of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR)
8.1. Mr. Leask was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September
22, 1995. Effective January 17, 1996, he transferred to inactive
status, and was subsequently suspended for failure to pay
inactive dues on July 5, 2000. He seeks reinstatement at
this time to qualify for an in-house counsel position with
his present company in Tennessee.
Reciprocity applicant list posted
Gary D. Babbitt (Gross), Douglas C. Berry, Michael George Brady, Brian David Buckley, David Mark Byers, Philip Joseph Carstens, Jr., Loren Dee Combs, Deborah Ann Crabbe, Robin Dale, Kent Michael Fandel, Michael D. Gaffney, Mark Brian Hanson, Stephen W. Horenstein, William Frank Joyce, Dan Roland Larsson, Irene M. McDaniel (Van Belkom), Joseph Perrine Mentor, Jr., Lars Elmer Neste, Gurjit Singh Pandher, Erik DuPen Price, Alan Wade Schulkin, James Michael Shaker, Gabriel Thomas Sheridan, James Harvey Simon, J. (James) Walter Sinclair, Richard Miles Stanislaw, Louis Harold Treiger, James Carl Webber, William Stephen Weinstein, Anthony Isham West, Deborah Susan Winter, James Keith Woods.
Author to speak at OCDLA event
Margolin has been in private practice since 1972, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. He has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. He has represented approximately 30 people charged with homicide, including several who have faced the death penalty. Margolin was also the first Oregon attorney to use the Battered Woman’s Syndrome to defend a battered woman accused of murdering her spouse.
All eight of his novels have been New York Times best-sellers, including the most recent, Ties That Bind.
On December 5, Margolin will also be honored with a special President’s Award by the president of OCDLA, Philip Studenberg of Klamath Falls, for his generous contributions supporting the OCDLA scholarship fund. Scholarship assistance is given to those attorneys and investigators for tuition to attend CLE programs.
David W. Hittle:
By Donna Richardson
If you look up 'volunteer' in Webster’s, you will find:
Vol-un-teer: 1. One who serves or acts of his or her own free will. 2. One who gives help, does a service or takes an obligation voluntarily. 3. Law. One who holds property under a deed made without valuable consideration. 4. A cultivated plant growing from self-sown or accidentally dropped seed. (Select the definition that you think applies).
Dave Hittle is the only member to have the distinction of serving twice on the Board of Governors. He was elected in 1986, and again in 1997 when he was approached by the Board of Governors and asked to serve to replace a Region 6 board member who had resigned. That in and of itself is impressive, but add to that, the following bar service: Current chair of the Appellate Practice Section; current member of the Judicial Administration Committee; Client Security Fund Committee; Civil Rights Section (chair); Indigent Defense Task Force; Oregon Law Foundation (president); Oregon Law Institute; Future of the Courts Committee; Workers Compensation Section (chair); Oregon Trial Lawyers Association board; Marion County Bar (president); author of a dozen chapters for OSB CLE publications.
When asked why he continues to volunteer for bar activities, Hittle said, 'I get as much back as I have given. It facilitates the feeling of being a professional person. Some lawyers just practice law and become ‘sour.’ Volunteering makes you feel refreshed and involved. You meet fascinating people from the entire state. There’s not a city of the state that I can go where I don’t know someone that I have served on a committee or board with.'
Court council to meet
Future meeting dates may be accessed at the council’s website,
Suggestions or questions should be forwarded to Maury Holland, executive director, at 1221 University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR 97403; fax: (541) 346-1564; or phone: (541) 346-3834.
Law school auction date set
PILP hosts an annual fund-raising auction to finance its summer stipend program, enabling students to take jobs with public interest organizations that do not traditionally have the resources to hire summer clerks.
This year’s auction is titled 'Realizing the Ideal.' Contact Andrea Poole (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Parna Mehrbani (email@example.com) for more info.
Business Law to give award
The luncheon speaker will be Peter J. Bragdon, chief of staff to Gov. Ted. Kulongoski.
During the annual meeting, the section will present the 2003 James B. Castles Leadership Award, which was established in 1998 by OSB Business Law Section to recognize an Oregon business lawyer for excellence in the practice of business law, professionalism among fellow business lawyers and outstanding community leadership.
To order lunch at the annual meeting, contact the Order Desk at the Oregon State Bar: (503)684-7413, or (800) 452-8260, ext. 413.
The Oregon Paralegal Association has elected new officers for
First out-of-state Shepherd scholar named
Tiffany A. Dickson of the University of Oregon School of Law, Victoria L. Larson of Northwestern School of Law, and Frances A. Crockett of the University of New Mexico School of Law are the recipients. Each will receive $4,000 from the Shepherd Fund.
Shepherd Scholars are law students in their last year of study, dedicated to passing the bar exam in whatever state they intend to practice, and donating part of their legal expertise to oppose bigotry and discrimination against sexual minorities. The scholarships were presented May 21 at 'A Class Act,' an annual spring concert benefiting the Shepherd Fund, which featured classical music and a dessert bar.
WUCL announces essay winners
Willamette adds professor
O’Reilly taught at New York University School of Law prior to moving to Oregon. Professor O’Reilly teaches Federal Income Tax, Corporate Finance, and other related courses. O’Reilly has published articles on taxation and economics in the Virginia Law Review, Journal of Public Economics, and American Economic Review.