|Oregon State Bar Bulletin OCTOBER 2009|
District Court Updating Volunteer Mediator Panel List
The mediators must be members in good standing of the OSB and have been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for at least five years. Mediators may also be retired or senior judges.
If you are currently on the panel, or you would like to serve as a volunteer mediator, please complete the online application available on the court’s website, http://ord.uscourts.gov.
For more information, contact Laura Brennan, (503) 326-8163, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon eCourt Project Alive and Well
Filings of small claims and FED cases in Yamhill County will now be given a barcode and scanned, allowing them to be placed into an “electronic file room.” In the coming months, the remaining pilot courts — Multnomah, Jackson, Crook and Jefferson Counties — will begin using the system for small claims and FEDs as well. In time, parties in all counties will be allowed to file pleadings electronically, and most case files will be available for inspection over the Internet.
Chief Judge David Brewer has requested feedback on the new system. Several open questions remain, such as the extent to which material over the Internet ought be redacted to balance open access to court information with privacy and security concerns once personal information is available to the public electronically. It is also anticipated that changes to the UTCRs will be necessary to accommodate the new system.
Please visit the OSB Public Affairs Department website at www.osbar.org/pubaffairs to read Chief Judge Brewer’s memo and to learn more about Oregon eCourt.
Blog: The Legal Side of Family-Owned Businesses
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LERA Will Present “Maggies” Nov. 4
The 2009 “Maggies” will be presented on Nov. 4, 2008, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, just before the chapter’s annual meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.
OWLS Invites Nominations for Roberts-Deiz Awards
Send nominations to Angela Franco Lucero, Kranovich & Lucero LLC, 5 Centerpointe Drive, Suite 400, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; fax: (971) 204-0261; e-mail: email@example.com.