Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2004

Bar News

2004 OSB Annual Meeting to include career fair
Legalstaff.com has invited some of Oregon’s top leaders and professionals to assist OSB members looking to enhance their careers during "Career Fair 2004" on Oct. 13 at the Oregon Convention Center in conjunction with the OSB Annual Meeting.

The annual meeting begins Thursday, Oct. 14 with various section-sponsored CLEs, an exhibitor tradeshow and the President’s Annual Awards Dinner and Dance. Friday will feature two tracks of education designed to give you CLE programs in the areas of ethics, elimination of bias, technology, marketing and more. On Friday evening, watch for "Bar Search," a variety show and party reminiscent of the old OSB Tent Show. Dinner and dancing are included.

The meeting will conclude with the House of Delegates meeting on Saturday. In addition, the Oregon New Lawyers Division will host its "SuperSaturday" CLE event on Saturday.

Elections held for ABA, OSB positions
Here are the results of the OSB elections, which closed on April 16.

ABA House of Delegates
William A. Barton and Adrienne Nelson ran uncontested and were elected to the ABA’s House of Delegates.

OSB House of Delegates
Elected were:

Region 1: Phil Anderson, Dennis C. Karnopp and Eva Temple.

Region 2: Valeri L. Love and Thomas M. Orr.

Region 3: No election.

Region 4: Susan Hohbach, Susan Isaacs and Pamela E. Yee.

Region 5: Ruth A. Beyer, David A. Bledsoe, Brian B. Doherty, Susan K. Eggum, Charles F. Hinkle, Hong N. Huynh, Christopher H. Kent, Kenneth Lerner, Angel Lopez, Katherine A. McDowell, Jeffrey S. Mutnick, Robert J. Neuberger, Robert D. Newell, Liani JeanHeh Reeves, Thomas M. Tongue, Heather J. VanMeter, Charles R. Williamson and Theresa L. Wright.

Region 6: Steven M. Briggs, Claudia M. Burton, Wendy J. Johnson, Robert LeChavallier, Peter D. Shepherd and Angelica R. Vega.

Out of State: Ann S. Christian, Russell B. Hale and Janine Sarti.

Volunteer for the county fair
Let the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division take you to a county fair.

The ONLD is sponsoring exhibit booths at both the Jackson County Fair and the Lane County Fair this summer, and volunteers are needed to distribute legal information and giveaway items to fair attendees. Volunteers are treated to free admission and parking.

Bring a friend and volunteer at the exhibit booth so members of the public can see lawyers outside of the traditional legal setting – in a law office or courtroom – and allow them to see what lawyers do, as people and members of the community. You can help provide an invaluable public service by helping to distribute legal information to local citizens.

The Jackson County Fair opens on Tuesday, July 20 and runs through Sunday, July 25. The Lane County Fair opens on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 22.

To volunteer, contact Peggy Miller at (800) 452-8260 (toll-free in Oregon), ext. 384 or (503) 431-6384, or by e-mail at pmiller@osbar.org.

Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger elects new board, plans 2004 drive
Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger announces that Megge Van Valkenburg of Bullivant Houser Bailey has been re-elected OLAH’s president and Natalie L. Hocken of PacifiCorp has been re-elected secretary/treasurer.

OLAH will conduct its eighth annual fundraiser later this year, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 8. If you are interested in learning more about OLAH or getting involved, contact Van Valkenburg at (503) 228-6351.

For more information about the Oregon Food Bank, see the website at www.oregonfoodbank.org.

UTCR changes announced
Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr., has adopted new amendments to the Uniform Trial Court Rules (UTCR) that become effective on Aug. 1. Changes of particular interest address:

— Fax numbers and e-mail addresses
(UTCR 2.010, 3.140, and 9.030).
— Jury instructions
(UTCR 6.060 and 6.070).
— Mediation (UTCR Chapter 12).

In the future, official notice of UTCR changes will be posted on the Oregon Judicial Department website at www.ojd.state.or.us. (UTCR 1.020). The Oregon Appellate Courts Advance Sheets will continue to publish UTCR changes, as well.

Practitioners should keep in mind that several UTCRs were adopted out-of-cycle to address legislation passed during the 2003 legislative session:

— UTCR 2.100
(protected personal information).
— UTCR 8.080
(statutory restraining order on assets).
— UTCR 8.090
(disclosure of child support matters).
— UTCR 8.100
(waiver of marriage fee).

You can review these changes in Oregon Appellate Courts Advance Sheets No. 12, June 7, 2004, or online at http://www.ojd. state.or.us/programs/utcr/utcrrules.htm, which also has additional information on the UTCR and the committee.

Please e-mail your questions or comments to utcr@ojd.state.or.us, or call Bruce C. Miller, (503) 986-5515, or Bradd A. Swank, (503) 986-5519, at the Office of the State Court Administrator.


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How to be appointed to an OSB volunteer position

By Ron Bryant
OSB Appointments Committee Chair

Oregon State Bar members will soon be e-mailed the OSB 2005 Volunteer Opportunity form. Member volunteers are vital to the ability of the bar to provide both member and public services, and to keep the organization responsive to the needs of its membership. What’s more, the individual benefits we receive as volunteers in bar activities are many and varied.

I am honored to have chaired the Appointments Committee for the past two years and want to take this opportunity to explain how bar appointments are made, and to provide you with information to help you get appointed.

The board makes appointments to committees, councils, regulatory boards and affiliated commissions. Terms are usually for three years. The Appointments Committee attempts to make recommendations for appointment from those members who have stated their preference for each committee. The committee is provided recommendations by committee officers, board and bar liaisons. We attempt to provide balance in as many areas as possible, such as geographical, racial and gender diversity, years of practice, type of practice and size of practice. Some committees request specific types of balance, such as plaintiff/defendant.

Some tips on how to be appointed: Although not required, attach a resume and a letter of interest on why you are interested in serving, along with the Volunteer Opportunity form; introduce yourself to the committee members; choose a committee that is not as sought after as others; and if you are not appointed, continue to express your interest to the committee throughout the year.

Major gift helps endow legal clinic at Willamette
Willamette University College of Law recently accepted a gift of $1 million and a matching pledge of up to $1 million from an anonymous donor to endow the Clinical Law Program. It is the third year in a row that the College of Law has received a gift of $2 million or more for the endowment of the Law School. The Clinical Law Program, in its current form, has been operated by the College of Law since 1991. Under the direction of full-time clinical supervising attorneys, the program provides legal assistance to needy Oregonians while giving Willamette law students practical experience.

The endowment agreement calls for a $1 million outright gift for the endowment of the Clinical Law Program plus up to $1 million to match funds raised for the Clinical Law Program from other alumni and friends. The additional funds must be received by Dec. 31, 2005 to qualify for the matching gift. When fully realized, endowment for the Program would total $3 million, giving the Clinical Law Program the largest endowed program at the College of Law.

"Almost a decade ago, the Willamette Legal Clinic was in jeopardy of closing because of limited financial resources," said Law Dean Symeon Symeonides. "With the help of special financial assistance provided by alumni and friends, the clinic survived and its program grew stronger. Now, with this generous gift, the Clinical Law Program’s valuable role in preparing our students for their legal careers and providing services to needy Salem-area citizens is assured for generations to come. To make such a generous gift without expecting – and, in fact, expressly preventing – any public recognition is nothing short of admirable."

Dean Symeonides is hopeful that alumni and friends will step up to ensure the program qualifies for the $1 million match. "Our immediate challenge now is to go about raising $1 million in endowment gifts for the Clinical Law Program to fully maximize the matching gift from our anonymous donor," he said.

If you’d like to help the Clinical Law Program reach its $1 million matching challenge, send your check to Clinical Law Program Matching Endowment, Dean’s Office, Willamette University College of Law, 245 Winter St. SE, Salem, OR 97301.