Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009
Briefs

17th Annual Roberts-Deiz Dinner
Scheduled for March 13

Oregon Women Lawyers has announced the recipients of the 2009 Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards. The Hon. Patricia Sullivan, former OWLs board member and U.S. magistrate for Oregon, has been selected to receive the Justice Betty Roberts Award for the promotion of women in the law. The Hon. Richard C. Baldwin, Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, will receive the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities in the law.

For 25 years, Sullivan has served as a leader and mentor for women in the legal and general community of Pendleton. She spearheaded the Rebecca J. Bloom chapter of OWLs and founded the Pioneer Relief Nursery to prevent child abuse and neglect. Baldwin has long been an active and outspoken champion of diversity issues in Oregon and has dedicated his career to educating others on the dynamics of racism in the legal culture.

The awards dinner will be Friday, March 13, at the Governor Hotel in Portland. To reserve a table and pay by credit card, contact the OWLs office at (503) 595-7826.

ACLU Dinner is March 14
The ACLU Foundation of Oregon invites OSB members to participate in its 2009 dinner, Saturday, March 14, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. The general reception and hosted reception start at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 7 p.m.

The event will feature keynote speaker Jim Hightower, former Texas agriculture commissioner, political commentator, radio personality, nationally syndicated columnist and New York Times best-selling author. The ACLU will be honoring lawyers and staff who have made extraordinary commitments to represent individuals detained by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Register by calling (503) 552-2109 or visiting www.aclu-or.org. Tickets are $125 each for the general reception and dinner, or $200 each for the hosted reception (with Jim Hightower and the awardees) and dinner.

New Resource Guide for Divorce Lawyer
The Clackamas County Family Law Group has published the seventh edition of "Resource Guide for Divorce Lawyers." The 209 page, loose-leaf bound volume includes information about 192 professionals (detailed resumes for 136 of the participants), subdivided into 15 categories, and includes a variety of appraisers, evaluators, mediators and other resources for family law attorneys.

To obtain a copy, mail a check for $35 payable to CCFLG, c/o Jack Lundeen, P.O. Box 1146, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Oregon Court of Appeals eFiling Now Available
Voluntary electronic filing (or "eFiling") of all documents is now available in the Oregon Court of Appeals. All attorneys authorized to practice law in Oregon, in good standing with the OSB, are eligible to electronically file documents in Oregon’s appellate courts. Prior to using the appellate eFiling services, attorneys must register and complete training. See ORAP 16.10.

Electronic filing allows users to file documents from their own computer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for regularly scheduled maintenance hours. Users are relieved of the burden of submitting to the court paper copies of electronically filed documents and are able to pay filings fees, document recovery charges and eFiling transaction charges using an electronic payment system. Document recovery charges vary between the Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court, based on the type of document filed.

Attorneys who want to use the eFiling system must have a valid email address on file with the OSB, obtain a user name from the Oregon Judicial Department and complete training using an online tutorial. To register and complete the online tutorial, go to the online services page of the OJD’s website, www.ojd.state.or.us/onlineservices/eFile, and follow the eFiling prompts. Completion of the online tutorial satisfies the training requirement and allows attorneys to complete the registration process.

In addition to completing the tutorial, eFiling users should familiarize themselves with Chapter 16 of the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure, available at www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/Rules.ht. Additionally, users should familiarize themselves with the material in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, also found by following the eFiling link. Among other information, the FAQs include instructions on eFiling amended or corrected documents.

If you have general eFiling questions, e-mail them to appellateORecourt@ojd.state.or.us.

Casemaker’s Proximity Search
By using Casemaker’s proximity function, users can choose how closely multiple search terms appear within a document The ability to search for words that are within a defined "distance" to another word can provide valuable assistance.

By going to the drop-down menu at the bottom of the search page, users can readily select how close in proximity they would like the search terms to be. It allows users to rapidly narrow their searches.


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