Reciprocity Now Includes Alaska
Dec. 12, 2007, the Oregon Supreme Court signed an amendment to the Rule
for Admission of Attorneys 5.05, relating to reciprocity admissions.
The new amendment allows active members of the Alaska State Bar to join
the Oregon State Bar using the current reciprocity rules. Alaska joins
Idaho, Utah and Washington on Oregon’s list
of reciprocal states.
Invitation for Public Comment
current term of the Hon. Frank Alley, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District
of Oregon, expires in January 2009. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit is considering the reappointment of the judge to a new
term Of 14 years. The court invites comments from the bar and public
about Alley’s performance as a bankruptcy judge.
The duties of a bankruptcy judge are specified by statute,
and include conducting hearings and trials, making final determinations
and entering orders and judgments.
Comments should be submitted no later than Monday, March
17 to the following address: Office of the Circuit Executive, P.O. Box
193939, San Francisco, CA 94119-3939, Attn: Reappointment of U.S. Bankruptcy
Affirmative Action Program Seeks
The bar’s Affirmative Action Program
offers two types of public service fellowships. One is through the
AAP program, which pays two awardees from each law school $4800 for
full time work in public interest during the summer. The other fellowship
is through a partial grant from the ABA Section of Environment, Energy,
and Resources (ABA SEER), which pays a fellow $5000 to work in the
public interest with environmental issues.
If you, your firm or someone you know wants to have a public
fellow, please contact Cheryl Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to be
listed in an upcoming catalog of employers provided to students
for job searches. More information is available online at www.osbar.org/aap.
BOG Special Election Results
9 concluded the special election to fill Robert Newell’s region
5 board seat. Kellie F. Johnson was elected to the Board of Governors.
Her term began Jan. 10, and it expires Dec. 31, 2010.
2008 OSB and ABA House of Delegates
The Oregon State Bar is currently seeking candidates for
the OSB and ABA House of Delegates elections. There are two open seats
for the ABA House of Delegates and several openings in all regions for
the OSB House of Delegates. The ABA terms are for two years, and the
OSB terms are for three years.
OSB House of Delegates 2008 seat vacancies are as follows:
Region 1 (2); Region 2 (4); Region 3 (6); Region 4 (5); Region
5 (16); Region 6 (10); out-of-state (11).
The deadline for filing nominating petitions and candidate
statements is March 24, 2008. For more information and to print a copy
of the Candidates Statement and Nominating Petition go to www.osbar.org/leadership/hod, or contact
Danielle Edwards at (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260, ext.
Court Releases Annual Report
Oregon Court of Appeals has issued the court’s
2007 Annual Report. The Hon. David Brewer, chief judge, explains: "The
court’s annual report reflects the court’s commitment to
being as transparent as possible about how we perform our
work so that we can better serve the public."
The report reviews changes at the Court of Appeals in 2007,
including a welcome to the court’s newest judge, Timothy Sercombe.
With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of land use and local
government law, Sercombe brings vital expertise to several areas of the
court’s case load.
The report also includes updates concerning a number of
projects that the court has undertaken. Judge Jack Landau presents the
recently updated Oregon Court of Appeals Internal Practices Guidelines,
which describes the internal workings of the court from case initiation
to appellate judgment.
The complete report is available online at www.publications.ojd.state.or.us.
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