Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2006

Bar News

Call goes out for county fair volunteers
The Oregon New Lawyers Division needs your help at two upcoming events.

First, the division is sponsoring an exhibit booth at the 2006 Washington County Fair. Be among the 32 volunteers to represent your legal community in a positive way by helping provide this important public service. All vintages of lawyers are welcome.

The booth will display a variety of legal information pamphlets and give-away items. It will be located in the Main Exhibit Hall (#39), out of the glaring sun or pouring rain.

The fair is open from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The division is also sponsoring an exhibit booth at the 2006 Lane County Fair. Some 48 volunteers are needed at that event.

The Lane County Fair runs from Tuesday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 20. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At both fairs volunteers are needed to staff the booth for three-hour shifts. Admission and parking are free for volunteers.

To volunteer time for either of these events, contact Peggy Miller at (503) 431-6384 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 384; e-mail: pmiller@osbar.org.

Lawyers thanked for contributions
to 2005 food bank fund drive
Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger (OLAH) thanks members of the Oregon legal community who contributed to its 2005 fundraising drive to benefit Oregon Food Bank. Last year’s annual fundraising effort raised more than $115,000 for Oregon Food Bank.

OLAH particularly wishes to thank those contributors who are members of Oregon Food Bank’s "One Thousand Pound Club" and "One Ton Club."

OLAH’s 10th annual fundraiser will take place Sept. 25 to Oct. 6, 2006.

The complete list of donors is available here.

Reciprocity applicants listed
The OSB Code of Professional Responsibility imposes on each member of the bar the duty to aid in the guarding against the admission of candidates unfit or unqualified because of deficiency in either moral character or education.

The following have applied for admission either via reciprocity, as house counsel or law teacher. The Board of Bar Examiners requests that members examine this list and bring to the board’s attention in a signed letter any information that might influence the board in considering the moral character of any applicant for admission. Send correspondence to Marlyce Gholston, Executive Director, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

The applicants are:
Mark Baum, Geoffrey Bedell, David Bricklin, Cameron Orion Carter, Jennifer Castleton, Elizabeth Ann Cooper, Randall Todd Fulks, Frances Hamrick, Wendy Harmon Hanson, Molly Malouf, Kenneth Miller, James Paul Murphy, Dean Pody, Anthony Rafel, John Ridge, Robert Sproule, Kenneth Walter Strauss, Laurie Mae Thornton, Josephine Townsend, Mark Tuvim, Mistee Verhulp, Michael Alan Nesteroff, John William Ogan, Donald James Verfurth and Elizabeth Diane Wright.

Notice of reinstatement applications
The following attorneys have filed applications for reinstatement as active members of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1.

Barbara L. Creel of Portland, OSB #94063, transferred to inactive status in 1996 because she had accepted a position with the University of New Mexico’s School of Law. In 1999, she returned to Oregon, where she has been employed as an assistant federal public defender, a position not requiring active membership status. She plans to seek a position in the legal field after her reinstatement.

Mark L. Cushing of Portland, OSB #82232, is seeking reinstatement after transferring to inactive status in 1994, when he relocated to Georgia, where he was employed in a position not requiring active bar membership. From 2001 until very recently, Cushing practiced law in Washington, D.C. (He is a member of the D.C. and Texas bars.) Upon reinstatement, he plans to return to the private practice of law with a Portland firm.

Duke R. Wolf of Lake Oswego, OSB #94159, has been an inactive bar member since 1998. Since that time, he has been employed as an accountant for the state of Oregon, and most recently with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, positions not requiring active bar membership. He has no specific plans after reinstatement.

The Rules of Procedure require the Board of Governors to conduct an investigation of BR 8.1 reinstatement applications to determine whether applicants possess the good moral character and general fitness to practice law, and that the resumption of the practice of law in this state by these applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to these applications 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, (800) 452-8260, ext. 343.


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OSB leadership
has its benefits

Recruitment will begin in July to fill 2007 committee vacancies

Members involved in boards, committees, commissions and various groups 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 received as a volunteer in bar activities are many and varied.

Committee membership offers members many benefits. For example, members have an opportunity to use their expertise and leadership skills while serving on a committee and receiving satisfaction from making a difference in the profession and the justice system.

In making committee appointments, the Board of Governors is committed to ensuring that committees reflect the diversity of the membership. Some committees have specific requests such as a balance in membership, e.g.,plaintiff/defendant. Appointees must be members in good standing of the OSB to serve on a committee, and most appointments are for three years. Appointments are made by the Board of Governors at their November meeting and are effective January 1.

Tips on how to be appointed: Although not required, it is a good idea to attach a resume and a letter of interest on why you are interested in serving, along with the volunteer form; introduce yourself to the committee members; and if you are not appointed, continue to express your interest to the committee throughout the year. To be considered for the 2007 committee recruitment campaign, please submit a Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities form by Sept. 8, 2006. (Forms returned after this date will be considered for future vacancies.)

For more information and to download an application form, go to www. osbar.org, click on Volunteer Opportunities, or contact Jane Gillespie at (503) 620-0222, or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 308.

Reminder: Electronic filing in Oregon federal courts becomes mandatory Sept. 1
Local Rules of Civil Practice for the U.S. District Court of Oregon have been amended and become effective June 1. LR 100.1(b) requires that all attorneys electronically file pleadings, documents and other papers in any pending civil or criminal case as of Sept. 1, 2006.

The court is offering training sessions on electronic document filing for both civil and criminal cases to attorneys and staff. Sessions include an overview of the project, demonstration and hands-on experience with events and their functions, a review of online reports and queries as well as instruction on maintaining user accounts. As a prerequisite to attending any class, participants must complete the online tutorial available on the court’s website at ecf.ord.uscourts.gov and study the online user manual. Participants should also be familiar with their firm’s web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader/Writer software.

Level 1 sessions: This is an introductory class designed to assist brand new users. System logins and passwords, viewing documents and case information via e-mail and over the Internet, and practical uses of the application will be covered. Students will also learn how to create a PDF file from a text file and will post a motion to a test case.

Level 2 sessions: The second session builds upon a user’s knowledge of the CM/ECF system and explores event selection, best practice tips and trouble shooting.

Classes are scheduled in Portland at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at noon.

Level 1 sessions will be held June 14 and June 27. Level 2 sessions are June 13, June 15, June 28.

A second round of classes will be scheduled throughout the district during August, September and October. Additional information can be obtained on the court’s website at www.ord.uscourts.gov or by contacting Laura_Brennan@ord.uscourts.gov or Camile_Hickman@ord.uscourts.gov. Application has been made to the Oregon State Bar for MCLE credit for these session.