Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2008
Bar News

Recognizing the Best of the Best of Us
The OSB Board of Governors and the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism are seeking nominations for their annual awards. The bar presents the Award of Merit, President’s Awards (Public Service, Membership Service and Affirmative Action) and the Wallace P. Carson, Jr., Award for Judicial Excellence. The professionalism commission presents the Edwin J. Peterson Award. Please help us honor our most outstanding lawyers and judges by nominating your deserving colleagues for these awards.

Nominations must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, by U.S. mail: Oregon State Bar, Attn: Kay Pulju, 16037 S.W. Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard, OR 97224; e-mail: kpulju@osbar.org; or fax: (503) 598-6987. The nomination forms may be downloaded from the website here.

Nominations will not be accepted after this date. For further assistance, contact Kay Pulju at (503) 431-6402 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 402.

OSB Wins International Award
The international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has announced that the Oregon State Bar received one of only 15 annual awards granted to competitors representing more than 300 organizations.

An Award for Outstanding Achievement was given to the Oregon State Bar for the barBooks™ online library in the Best Use of Technology category.

ACLEA members are professionals in the fields of continuing legal education and legal publishing. Its annual awards are highly competitive, and winning projects represent the highest level of achievement for the staff and volunteers involved.

BarBooks™ is an online subscription library of all of the publications published by the bar’s Legal Publications Department. The online library is fully searchable and includes almost 2000 forms that can be downloaded in either Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect format. Subscribers can bookmark favorite sections, chapters, books or search queries for easy access. The online library is accessible through the Internet 24 hours a day.

ACLEA will formally present the award to the OSB at the Annual Meeting of ACLEA in Vancouver, B.C., on Aug. 5, 2008.

9th Annual OMLA Summer Social to Be Held July 31
The Oregon Minority Lawyers’ Association (OMLA) will hold its ninth annual summer social and fundraising event: an auction and raffle — on Thursday, July 31, in the courtyard of the World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon, Portland, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s event continues the tradition of fine items to bid on, delicious refreshments to eat and drink, and good friends (old and new) to visit. Proceeds fund scholarships to Oregon bar exam review courses that will help increase the passage rate of ethnic and racial minorities, and also to help fund the annual Opportunities for Law In Oregon (OLIO) retreat, a nationally recognized program providing incoming minority law students with the opportunity to meet each other, upper division students, judges, bar leaders, and other lawyers who can serve as mentors and role models.

Admission is $10 for lawyers and judges, $5 for law students. RSVP to Anastasia Yu Meisner at aym@guyermeisner.com or (503) 697-1035.

For more information, or if you would like to contribute to the event, please contact Akira Heshiki at Akira@oregonminoritylawyer.org.

What Is FrOLIO?
Several members of the bar have organized a non-profit corporation called Friends of Opportunities for Law in Oregon. FrOLIO’s current purpose is to solicit and raise funds for the annual OLIO Orientation, a part of the Affirmative Action Program ethnic minority law student recruitment and retention program. This summer orientation introduces first year ethnic minority law students to Oregon’s legal community, the Oregon bar exam, law study skills and to other ethnic minority law students in all three Oregon law schools. Upper division law students, lawyers and judges also participate.

FrOLIO is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to FrOLIO are deductible. FrOLIO’s 2008 goal is $10,000. Checks made payable to FrOLIO should be sent to: c/o Richard Brownstein, Esq., Brownstein, Rask, Sweeney LLP, 1200 S.W. Main Street; Portland, OR 97205.

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