|Oregon State Bar Bulletin DECEMBER 2007|
U.S. District Court Vacancy
Those wishing to be considered as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon must send a letter of interest, a resume and any supporting material to: Federal Judiciary Screening Committee, c/o Office of Sen. Gordon Smith, 121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 1250, Portland, OR 97204.
Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, 2007. Questions about the process can be directed to Kerry Tymchuk, state director for Sen. Gordon Smith, at (503) 326-3386.
Upcoming Affirmative Action Program Events
BOWLIO. The 5th Annual BOWLIO will be held directly after the employment retreat, at Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Jan. 26, 6-9 p.m. Judges, lawyers and law students will team up to network and win prizes. The cost is $50 for nonstudents, $20 for students. Donations for prizes are welcome, tax-deductible donations over the registration fee are available. Proceeds go to fund Opportunity for Law in Oregon, (OLIO), a recruiting and retention strategy for Oregon’s ethnic minority law students. For further information about either event, please contact Donna Gigoux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Interactive Tool for Creating Pro Bono Policy
House Counsel Rule Change Pending
Intel’s national pro bono coordinator Jeff Hyman said: "At a time of growing unmet need for pro bono services in this country, we should be doing all we can to enable qualified and motivated attorneys to serve low-income clients. Facilitating house counsel to represent pro bono clients in the state would clearly be to the public’s benefit."
OWLS Presents 2nd Annual Workplace Leader Award
The award recognizes legal employers who are taking innovative measures to maximize opportunities for women and minorities to succeed in the workplace and advance to positions of influence and leadership.
Both law firms are characterized by a progressive culture that favors professional fulfillment over maximizing the bottom line: moderate billable hour expectations; openness to flexible hours and part-time work; and transparent management practices that give women a meaningful voice. Over time, both firms have managed to retain a proportionately high number of women who are raising children, and these women have become leaders in their respective firms.
For more information visit www.oregonwomenlawyers.com.
New Bar Center Nears Completion
Council on Court Procedures
By statute the council is composed of lawyers, judges and at least one public member. The lawyers are further subdivided into two equally-numbered groups: one from the ranks of the plaintiffs’ bar, and one drawn from the defense bar. The judges are drawn from the trial courts, the Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court. All members of the council are volunteers who serve without compensation.
The council meets once each month during the years between legislative sessions, on Saturdays, usually at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and held at various locations around the state. The next meeting is Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at the OSB center. The following meeting will be Jan. 8, 2008 (location not yet determined).
The council is continually addressing whether the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure are serving to fairly and efficiently resolve civil disputes for the benefit of parties and their attorneys. It welcomes reports of instances where a rule is not, or is no longer, meeting the "fair and efficient" standard. Questions? Contact Executive Director Mark Peterson at email@example.com or (503) 768-6500.