Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2011
Bar News

UTCR Changes Effective Aug. 1
The UTCR committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct.14 (and 15, if necessary), 2011. The committee welcomes proposals for changes to the UTCR. Please submit your proposals by Sept. 1 to utcr@ojd.state.or.us or UTCR Reporter, Supreme Court Building, 1163 State St., Salem, OR 97301-2563.

OSB Annual Awards Nominations Due July 15
The deadline is fast approaching for nominations to honor Oregon’s most outstanding lawyers, judges and citizens. The OSB is currently accepting nominations for the following annual awards: OSB Award of Merit; Wallace P. Carson, Jr. Award for Judicial Excellence; President’s Affirmative Action Award; President’s Membership Service Award; President’s Public Service Award; President’s Public Leadership Award; OSB Sustainability Award.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, July 15. This year’s awards luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at The Governor Hotel in Portland. Nomination criteria, forms and other information can be found at http://www.osbar.org. For additional information, please contact Kay Pulju, OSB Communications Department, at 503-620-0222 ext. 402, (800) 452-8260, ext. 402, or email khoutary@osbar.org.

Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities: Apply by July 22
The OSB is currently looking for bar members to serve on more than 35 boards, committees and councils. Member in-volvement on boards, committees and other bar groups keeps the bar responsive to the needs of its membership and is vital to the ability of the bar to provide services to its members and the public.

Most appointments are for terms of three years; however, if you are unable to make this lengthy a commitment, the bar also offers episodic volunteering. Serving on an episodic group allows you to

Candidates must be active bar members and in good standing to be considered for appointment. For more information and to apply, go to www.osbar.org, or contact Danielle Edwards, at (503) 431-6246, or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 426 or email dedwards@osbar.org. The application deadline is July 22.

Oregon Law Foundation Seeks Board Members
The Oregon Law Foundation is look-ing for lawyer members to serve on the OLF board. Directors attend approxi-mately four board meetings a year, as well as various committee meetings. The OLF was created by the Oregon State Bar to be the charitable arm of the bar, primarily to raise funds for organizations that help the poor obtain access to legal services. The OLF is also responsible for the bar's IOLTA program.

Interested persons should send a brief resume by August 15 to Judith Baker, Oregon Law Foundation, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935. For more information on the Oregon Law Foundation, visit www.oregonlawfoundation.org.

OSB Legal Publications Department Receives ACLEA Award
The Oregon State Bar Legal Publica-tions Department has been awarded the ACLEA’s Best Award of Outstanding Achievement for its publication Rights of Foreign Nationals. This publication is available in print and on BarBooks online. The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) is an international organization of administrators, trainers, managers, educators, publishers, programmers and meeting professionals all dedicated to the education of the legal profession. A plaque commemorating this award will be presented to Linda Kruschke, Director of Legal Publications, at the ACLEA Annual Meeting in Boston this summer.

LRAP Program Announces Forgivable Loan Recipients
The advisory committee to the OSB Loan Repayment Assistance Program announces that eight lawyers will receive forgivable loans for up to three years, beginning in 2011, to assist in repaying their student debt. The forgivable loans are given, upon application, to lawyers working in public service who have shown a dedication to public service, and who have significant student debt. Applicants must work as legal services attorneys, public defenders or as deputy district attorneys, must have at least $50,000 in student debt, and make no more than $50,000

This year’s applicants had an average of $103,467 in student debt, while making an average salary of $43,300. This year’s new recipients are: Beth Berenbach, Eugene; Jeremy Dietrich, Canyon City; Ryan Hughes, North Bend; Danielle Lordi, Bend; Connie Lukes, Portland; Shannon Penner, Portland; Thalia Sady, Portland; and Jessica Saydack, Eugene. Each will receive an amount from $1,000 to $5,000 annually, for up to three years.

Currently, 14 other attorneys receive the forgivable loans. Further information about the OSB LRAP can be found at www.osbar.org/lrap or by contacting LRAP Coordinator Catherine Petrecca at cpetrecca@osbar.org.

Annual Pro Bono Fair and Three Free CLEs Oct. 25
The Celebrate Pro Bono Committee wants to encourage you to save Tuesday, October 25 for the Annual Pro Bono Fair and Reception. This year’s event will feature three free CLEs that relate to pro bono work and consumer issues. It will be held at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. More information will be available from the bar as the event gets closer.

Live Webcasting of Oral Arguments Has Begun in the Oregon Supreme Court
As a reminder, it’s worth noting that the Oregon Supreme Court in May began webcasting oral arguments conducted before the court in the Supreme Court Courtroom in Salem.

The court is able to provide live-streaming broadcasts of arguments as they occur in real time. An online archive of the arguments previously webcast can be viewed at any time. Both the live-streaming broadcasts of arguments and the archived arguments can be viewed from the same online location: http://courts.oregon.gov/Supreme/webcasting.page.

This project is still in its infancy, and the court intends to add features and improve broadcast capability as technical operations allow. The hope is that this new service will increase access to the court and provide greater information and education about the work of the court to members of the public and to members of the bar. 

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