Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2013



Bar News

OSB Membership Fees for 2014

On Nov. 1, the OSB House of Delegates approved an increase in the Diversity & Inclusion assessment by $15 for active members of two years or more, raising the active over-two years 2014 membership fee to $537. For members under two years, the 2014 membership fee is $453 (which includes a $10 increase for the D&I assessment).

The fees in all other membership categories do not change.

The member fee statements will be available the week of Dec. 2. An email will be sent to members indicating when they can pay online at the bar’s website, or how to print their statement and make payment by mail.

Membership fees are due Jan. 31, 2014.

Because of changes in the law, members will be administratively suspended sooner than in previous years if they fail to pay the membership fees when due. House Bill 2565 (2013) shortened the time between the due date for membership fees and administrative suspension to 90 days. Previously it was 150 days.

Here is the schedule of due dates and 2014 membership fees in the Oregon State Bar:

Jan. 31: Membership fees are due.

Feb. 1: Fee increases by $50 for members who have not paid.

March 3: Due date for payment without incurring another fee increase.

March 4: Member is in default if membership fee not paid; bar issues 60-day notice of delinquency; and fee increases by $100 for members who have not paid.

May 2: Due date for payment of membership fee without suspension.

May 3: At 12:01 a.m., member is suspended due to nonpayment of membership fee.

On all due dates, if a member pays by check the payment must physically be received by the bar by 5 p.m. Online payments with payment by credit card must be made by 12 a.m. (midnight) on the day it is due.

 

Be Sure to Use notices@osbar.org and the Member Dashboard

The Oregon State Bar sends all regulatory notices — information on MCLE credits, IOLTA reporting, membership fees and other regulatory requirements — from one email address: notices@osbar.org.

This year’s regulatory compliance notice is scheduled to be distributed on or around Dec. 3. To ensure that you receive these important emails, make sure you add notices@osbar.org to your “approved senders” list, or ask your I.T. department to greenlight this address in your spam-blocking software.

Although the regulatory compliance email will help remind you of annual deadlines, you can check the status of these requirements at any time by visiting the Member Dashboard of the bar’s website. Log in to www.osbar.org to find up-to-date information, including news about important notifications, CLE details, a calendar of upcoming events, MCLE reporting info and more. Your dashboard is updated daily to keep information current.

 

MCLE Compliance Reports Have Been Sent for 2013

Compliance reports for members whose MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31, 2013 were sent by email on Oct. 15. All credits must be completed by the end of 2013, and the completed compliance report is due in the MCLE Office no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2014.

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, or toll-free in Oregon (800) 452-8260, ext. 368.

 

Remember to Report Your 2013 Pro Bono Hours

The OSB asks that all members report the hours of pro bono work done this past year. Having data on pro bono hours allows the bar to be aware of and acknowledge the good work done by lawyers. It also provides details often asked for by the general public or the legislature, and it ensures that the bar and the non-profit pro bono providers are aware of the services provided and the services lacking for low-income Oregonians.

In addition, reporting hours makes lawyers and firms eligible for the 2013 ONLD Pro Bono Challenge Awards, in which individuals and firms that report the highest number of pro bono hours are honored.

To report hours for 2013, visit www.osbar.org/probono/reporting.html and click on the “Login and report your hours online” link in the box in the middle of the page.

 

 

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