Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2012

Bar News

MCLE Compliance Reports Due Jan. 31

Compliance reports for members whose MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31 were sent via email on Oct. 15. All credits must be completed by the end of 2012 and the completed compliance report is due in the MCLE Office no later than 5 p.m., on Jan. 31, 2013.

If you need a replacement report, go to www.osbar.org/secured/login.asp and log in to your account. If you have any questions, contact the MCLE department at (503) 620-0222, ext. 368.

Be Sure to Add notices@osbar.org to Your ‘Approved Senders’ List

Beginning in December, the bar will send all regulatory notices — information on MCLE credits, IOLTA reporting, membership fees and other regulatory requirements — from one consistent email address: notices@osbar.org . This will include a new regulatory compliance notice that was sent via email Dec. 3 with information to help members prepare for upcoming regulatory deadlines.

To ensure that you receive these important emails, make sure you add notices@osbar.org to your “approved senders” list, or ask your IT department to greenlight this address in your spam-blocking software. You can also set a rule in your email program to have emails from this address automatically copied to your assistant or secretary if that would be helpful.

BarBooks Now Upgraded With Links to Fastcase

Have you ever seen a citation on BarBooks and wished there was a way to read the referenced material? Your only option was to open a new browser window, log in to Fastcase, copy and paste the citation and then search for the cited information. Needless to say, it was a hassle.

Thanks to a recent upgrade to Bar­Books, reading a citation now is as easy as clicking a link. With direct links to Fastcase, you are no longer stuck in the copy/paste/search cycle. You can click the link, read the case, and then return to where you were by using your browser’s Back button. Or if you prefer, you can click on the link with the scroll wheel of your mouse to open the citation in a separate tab of your web browser.

To try it for yourself, visit www.osbar.org and log in as a member.

International Law Section Seeks Interest in Travel Opportunities

The OSB International Law Section is seeking expressions of interest in three travel opportunities in 2013. The section is planning a three-day law conference in Khabarovsk, Russia, in May 2013. Conference topics will be determined by participating attorneys and individual meeting itineraries will be arranged by our partners the Portland-Khabarovsk Sister City Association and the City of Khabarovsk Office of International Protocol. For more information about the Russian conference, contact Thomas Benke at trbenke@env-compliance.com.

The section is also contemplating study programs to either Turkey (approximately 14 days) or Cuba (approximately seven days) in October or early November of 2013. The tour to Turkey would visit the courts, jurists and leading attorneys in both Istanbul and Izmir. It would also include visits to the law schools at the University of Istanbul and the University of Bahcesehir. Two days of sightseeing are planned with one day focusing on the famous sights in Istanbul and an optional day excursion to Ephesus. The projected number of participants would be 12 to 30.

The proposed week-long trip to Cuba would include meetings with members of the board of directors of the Cuban Society of Mercantile and Commercial Law, meeting with various specialists and an analysis of foreign investment law, leading attorney members of the Cuban Society of Constitutional Law, a meeting with members of the board of the Cuban Society of Economic and Financial Law, attending a session at the Union of Cuban Jurists. It would also include a bus tour of cultural and social sights in the Havana area and/or a walking tour of old Havana. The section anticipates an optional three-day extension to some other area of Cuba that might have particular legal perspectives of interest to the participants. The projected number of attendees for the Cuba trip would be from 12 to 28.

If you are interested in learning more about the Turkey or Cuba trips, contact Jim Lane at jll@pbl.net.

New Members Elected to Board of Governors, President-Elect Chosen

Four OSB members were elected in October to the Board of Governors.

Representing Region 1 will be Timothy L. Williams of Bend. Caitlin J. Mitchel-Markley of Hillsboro was elected to represent Region 4, and Joshua L. Ross of Portland was elected from Region 5. R. Ray Heysell of Medford was elected in an uncontested race to represent Region 3. All will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1.

Also, at its Nov. 9 meeting the Board of Governors elected Lake Oswego lawyer Tom Kranovich to be the 2013 OSB president-elect. He will serve as OSB president in 2014.


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