|Oregon State Bar Bulletin DECEMBER 2010|
Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure Amendments
The Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals have adopted permanent amendments to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure effective Jan. 1, 2011. The committee, comprised of judges, court staff and appellate practitioners, reviewed numerous proposals to amend the rules and submitted a number of proposed amendments to the courts. In June 2010, the proposed amendments and a request for comment were published online and in the Oregon Appellate Courts Advance Sheets. The amendments are now final. One of the significant changes: shorter brief length rules. The goal of these amendments is to allow the courts to process cases more efficiently. View them all online at http://tinyurl.com/ORAPpage/. The amendments will also be published in volume 25 of the Oregon Appellate Courts Advance Sheets.
MCLE Compliance Reports Due Jan. 31, 2011
Compliance reports for members whose MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31, 2010, were sent via e-mail in mid-October. All credits must be completed by the end of 2010, and the completed compliance report is due in the MCLE Office no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2011.
If you need a replacement report, go to http://www.osbar.org/secured/login.asp and log in to your account, then use the Check Your MCLE Compliance Report link. If you have any questions, contact the MCLE Department at (503) 620-0222 ext. 368.
Pro Bono Challenge: Time to Report 2010 Hours
Reporting pro bono hours isn’t mandatory for Oregon attorneys, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. By reporting your pro bono hours each year, you provide valuable information for the bar, statistics for legal aid organizations throughout the state and perhaps most importantly, data that the bar can use when requesting legislative funding for legal aid.
New Online Tool Connects Law Students and Attorneys for Pro Bono Matters
The OSB and Oregon’s three law schools announce a new tool to both support lawyers who provide pro bono services to clients and to give law students an additional venue to work with practicing attorneys: ORprobonostudent.net. This website is designed to connect lawyers handling a pro bono matter with law students who can provide pro bono student help. Lawyers from across the state, as well as students Lewis & Clark, University of Oregon and Willamette law schools have access to the website.
On the user-friendly site lawyers can list the help they need by area of law, then answer a series of questions including the level of law student whose help is preferred, special skills needed and how soon the project needs to be completed. Law students can access the site by contacting their career services office for a password.
Janice Morgan, the Farmworker Program director of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, chaired the joint committee that created this website. Questions and tips about the new website can be directed to Catherine Petrecca, Pro Bono Coordinator for the Oregon State Bar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 ONLD Executive Committee Elected
Next year’s Oregon New Lawyers Division officers include: Tamara Gledhill-Kessler, chair; Jason Hirshon, chair-elect; Jessica Cousineau, past chair; Jamie Hazlett, secretary; and David Eder, treasurer. Members for next year’s executive committee are Anne E. Arathoon, Ben Eder, Marc Johnston, Andrea Nagles, Rick Okamura, Patti Powell and Ashlee Sorber.
In conjunction with the annual meeting, the ONLD also held a social with more than 100 members in attendance. Sponsors were: Barran Liebman; Davis Wright Tremaine; Harrang Long Gary Rudnick; Jamie Hazlett; Johnston Law Firm; Keating Jones Hughes; Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf; Perkins Coie; Program in Business Lawyering from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management; Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; Slinde Nelson; Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter; and Thuemmel & Uhle.