|Oregon State Bar Bulletin AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010|
Twilight of Impunity by Judith Armatta
Oregon bar member, journalist and human rights advocate Judith Armatta monitored the trial of Slobodan Milosevic on behalf of the Coalition for International Justice. Her dispatches from The Hague appeared in numerous publications, from the International Herald Tribune to the Chicago Tribune (to the OSB Bulletin on occasion as well). Her eyewitness account of the first major international war-crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg trials, Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic, is now available in hardcover from Duke University Press.
The book is being described as a gripping guide to the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The historic trial of the “Butcher of the Balkans” began in 2002 and ended abruptly with Milosevic’s death in 2006. After spending three years in the former Yugoslavia during Milosevic’s reign, Armatta took a front-row seat at the trial and proceeded to bring the dramatic proceedings to life in her writings. The book assesses the trial’s implications for victims of the conflicts in the Balkans and for international justice more broadly, chronicling an important step toward ending impunity for leaders who perpetrate egregious crimes against humanity. For more information, visit http://www.juditharmatta.com/
OLAH’s Two-week Drive Starts Sept. 27
The Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger annual food and fund drive to benefit the Oregon Food Bank starts Sept 27. The Oregon Food Bank is the hub of a network of 935 hunger relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. It is no surprise that this year the need OFB seeks to meet is greater than ever.
OLAH sponsors two competitions during the drive for law firms. The Silver Barrel Award is awarded to the law firm team with the largest overall contribution, and the Golden Can Award is awarded to the law firm team with the largest average per capita contribution.
OLAH’s drive lasts two weeks, and the goal for 2010 is to raise $120,000 and match the contributions our legal community made last year. Donations can be made through OLAH or directly at the Oregon Food Bank’s website, www.oregonfoodbank.org, and designated on the site for the “OLAH 2010 campaign.”
Join the Classroom Law Project’s Annual Golf Tournament
The Classroom Law Project wants to invite you to its 9th Annual golf tournament on Sept. 27 at its new location: the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn. The tournament will have a 144-player scramble along with long drive, long putt, straight drive and hole-in-one events for participants to show off particular skills.
Registration is $200 per player, and all players will receive a great day of golf including tee prizes, range balls, golf cart, box lunch, banquet dinner, silent auction and more. Register online at www.classroomlaw.org/homepage/golf-tournament-registration/.
New Federal Practice Handbook
The Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association announces the publication of an online edition of its Federal Practice Handbook on its website, www.oregonfba.org.
The online edition of the handbook must be purchased through the website. Cost is $115 for chapter members, $150 for nonmembers and $75 for nonprofit or public-sector attorneys. Purchase of a license entitles the user to updates. Questions can be directed to the handbook’s new editor, Todd Hanchett of Barran Liebman, email@example.com.
Oregon Immigrant Achievement Awards to Honor Advocate
OSB member Teresa Statler will be honored Oct. 15 by the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association at the organization’s Oregon Immigrant Achievement Awards event. French immigrant and former Portland Hilton general manager Serge D’Rovencourt will also be honored.
For details, see www.ailaoregon.com. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Oregon immigration-related nonprofit agencies.
Get Ready for the Great Oregon Wine and Chocolate Smackdown
Do you have good taste? Do thoughts of fine chocolate and fine wine get you excited? What if you could enjoy chocolate and wine and help out a worthy cause at the same time? If that sounds like your idea of a good time, then prepare yourself for the Great Oregon Wine and Chocolate Smackdown, a benefit for the Juvenile Rights Project.
The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Nines Hotel in Portland. Tickets include wine tasting, silent and live auctions and dinner; cost is $125. Drew Carney of KGW NewsChannel 8 will be emcee. To order tickets, or for more information, contact Janeeno@jrplaw.org at (503) 232-2540, ext. 231.