|Oregon State Bar Bulletin JULY 2007|
Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities Announced
Rick Yugler, the incoming OSB president for 2008, is encouraging member participation in bar groups. Member involvement on boards, committees, and other bar groups keeps the bar responsive to the needs of its membership and is vital to the ability of the bar to provide services to its members and the public.
Most appointments are for terms of three years; however, if you are unable to make this lengthy commitment, you can consider volunteering on an episodic group. Serving on an episodic group allows you to determine the number of hours you give while continuing to enjoy the benefits of volunteering.
When submitting applications it is recommended that you attach a resume and a letter of interest describing why you are interested in serving. The Board of Governors is committed to ensuring that bar groups reflect the diversity of the membership and they make every attempt to place each applicant in a volunteer position.
Candidates must be active bar members and in good standing to be considered for appointment. More information and an application form can be found here, or contact Danielle Edwards, at (503) 431-6246, or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 426, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klamath Falls Legal Aid Office Celebrates Reopening
Funding to reopen the office comes from a special grant made by the Oregon Law Foundation (OLF). The OLF distributes money collected from interest on lawyer trust accounts to legal aid and other programs. At the request and urging of the OLF, many Oregon banks have significantly increased their interest rates on lawyer trust accounts resulting in increased revenues and this special grant opportunity.
Chief Justice Paul De Muniz, Attorney General Hardy Myers, Klamath County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Cameron Wogan, Oregon Law Foundation President Lisa LeSage, OSB President-elect Rick Yugler and other leaders were on hand to call attention to the importance of equal access to justice for all Oregonians. As noted by Hardy Myers, "Studies show that the presence of a legal aid office in the community reduces the incidence of domestic violence." Tom Matsuda, executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oregon thanked the local community, the OLF and the local judiciary for their support in reopening the office.
Including Klamath Falls, Oregon’s legal services programs have offices in 16 communities statewide, with three additional satellite offices. There are over 600,000 low-income Oregonians who qualify for legal aid. These programs provide direct services to 20,000 clients each year and assist many more through self-help classes, telephone advice hot lines, pro bono assistance programs, and the legal aid website. However, under current funding levels, legal aid is able to serve only 20 percent of the legal needs of Oregon’s poor.The Campaign for Equal Justice, which takes a leadership role in increasing access to justice with state and federal funding initiatives, education and outreach, and an annual fundraising campaign from private lawyers, will continue to work to obtain additional funding for legal aid throughout the state of Oregon.
By Nancy B. Patton,
Campaign for Equal Justice.Foundation Seeks Lawyers
Directors attend approximately four board meetings a year, as well as various committee meetings.
Interested person should send a brief resume by Sept. 1 to Judith Baker, Oregon Law Foundation, P.O. Box 1689, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.
Volunteers Needed For Clackamas, Lane County Fairs
Bring a friend and volunteer at either of the exhibit booths 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 the citizens of Clackamas and Lane counties.
Both fairs open on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and run through Sunday,
Aug. 19. To
Volunteer Defense Counsel Sought
Volunteer defense counsel members are not screened, but
they are expected to be familiar with the disciplinary rules and the
disciplinary process. The bar does not require the volunteer defense
counsel to provide any particular level of service. It is anticipated
that most of the volunteer services will be of a consultative nature
in the early stages of an investigation
Volunteers serving as defense counsel in disciplinary proceedings are eligible to earn up to two MCLE ethics credits for each 12 months of service. Serving as voluntary defense counsel also meets the OSB pro bono aspirational standard. OSB Bylaw 13.1 details a category of pro bono work designed for those bar members who contribute valuable volunteer time to improve the law, the legal system and the legal profession.
If you are interested in participating on the Volunteer Defense Counsel contact Danielle Edwards, member services administrator, at (503) 431-6426, or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 426, or e-mail email@example.com