Oregon State Bar Bulletin OCTOBER 2012
CLEs Announced for Celebrate
Pro Bono Week Oct. 22-26
Oregon’s 2012 Annual Pro Bono Fair and Social will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. Three free CLEs will run concurrently from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by the fair, awards and social from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The three CLEs are: ABCs of Victims’ Rights: What Every Practitioner Should Know; What You Wish You Learned in Law School: Practical Case Management and Civil Litigation Skills; and Effective Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors. General and practical skills credits will be applied for. To register for the CLEs or for more information, contact Michelle Lane at (503) 431-6384 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, a pro bono-themed CLE will be held in Room 241 at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. In Eugene, topics will include: Access to Justice; Public Benefits and Disability; Garnishments and Consumer Issues; and Long Term Care and Medicaid. To register for this free four-hour CLE, visit http://law.uoregon.edu/psi/free-cle-2012/
New Jobs Task Force
Plans Summit on Oct. 30
In June, the Board of Governors established a Legal Job Opportunities Task Force. The purpose of the task force is twofold. Its first charge is to organize a summit conference scheduled for Oct. 30 that examines the impacts on the profession of the substantial gap between the number of law graduates and the available jobs as well as possible solutions. Second, the task force is to develop a proposed plan of action for consideration by the Board of Governors for implementation in 2013.
The task force includes representation from each of Oregon’s three law schools, firms of all sizes and the judiciary. The summit will be an afternoon session scheduled for the conference facility at the University of Oregon’s White Stag Building.
Prior to the summit, the task force will issue to attendees a proposed list of possible pieces of the solution to the legal jobs problem in Oregon.
More details will be available via email in the near future.
U.S. District Court Historical
Society Annual Dinner Oct. 25
The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society invites you to attend its annual meeting and dinner on Oct. 25 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. This year’s event features a keynote address by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum: “The Office of Oregon Attorney General — My First 100 Days; The Past 100 Years.” The society will also present its Lifetime Service Award to Arlene Schnitzer. A social hour will begin at 5:30, to be followed by dinner at 6:30. For more information, visit www.usdchs.org.
OWLs Fall Conference Oct. 26
Join Oregon Women Lawyers on Friday, Oct. 26, 1-5 p.m., at the Benson Hotel in Portland for a CLE regarding the relationship between freedom and marriage: “The Curious Relationship between Marriage and Freedom.”
Speakers include: Columbia Law School Prof. Katherine Franke, who directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and who is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of feminism, sexuality and race; and Pamela S. Karlan, who is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. Karlan co-directs Stanford’s Supreme Court litigation clinic and is co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law. Registration details can be found at www.oregonwomenlawyers.org/.
21st Annual OGALLA Dinner Oct. 27
Oregon attorneys are all invited to the 21st Annual OGALLA Dinner & Silent Auction Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Vintage Plaza Hotel in Portland. The evening will begin with a silent auction at 5:30, followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be former Governor Barbara Roberts.
Tickets are $95. The Oregon Gay and Lesbian Lawyer Association will direct all proceeds from the auction to the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.ogalla.org.
Hate Speech Forum Nov. 1
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures program, the American Bar Association selected nine sites for public forums on “Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy — A National Dialogue.” On Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Classroom Law Project will sponsor a public forum titled “Should Hate Speech be Protected?” at the Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland. The evening will be kicked off by Judge Michael Simon.
The evening is free but space is limited, so register online at www.classroomlaw.org/programs/hate-speech-event/.
New Graphic Novel Explains
Criminal Law in Comic Form
Have you ever tried to explain the basics of criminal law to a nonattorney? How do you portray the differences between a civil suit and a criminal one? How do you mark the defining lines of different burdens of proof?
These questions — and a lot more — are answered in The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law, a graphic novel created by New York criminal defense attorney Nathaniel Burney. The guide uses drawings and text to explain complex legal ideas in an easy-to-digest manner for the general public. Samples of Burney’s work and links to purchase the book are available online at tinyurl.com/Illustrated CriminalLaw.