Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013



Bar News


You Can Fill a Vacant Seat on the House of Delegates

Vacancies open up on the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates each year from members whose terms have expired. Continuously refreshing the group’s membership gives more members a chance to participate in policy and decision making. If you’d like to run in the election to fill a vacant seat, you must submit a candidate statement and photograph by March 15. Seats are currently open in all regions.

The OSB also has two seats on the ABA House of Delegates up for election in 2013. To qualify for a seat on the ABA HOD, candidates must be active members in good standing with the OSB and the ABA and have their principal office in Oregon. For more information and relevant forms, visit www.osbar.org/leadership/hod/ or contact Danielle Edwards at dedwards@osbar.orgor (503) 431-6426.

 

LRAP Applications for 2013 Due April 15

Many attorneys in public service face crushing debt, coupled with meager salaries. The Oregon State Bar Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides forgivable loans to help lawyers working in public service pay their student debt. Lawyers who have benefitted from the program include public defenders, district attorneys and attorneys working for civil legal services providers. The program offers loans in any amount up to $5,000. Participants selected will receive the forgivable loans for three years, as long as they stay in qualifying employment.

For more information visit www. osbar.org/lrap or contact LRAP Coordinator Catherine Petrecca at cpetrecca@osbar.org or at (503) 431-6355.

 

Request for Demographic Information

An OSB priority is to continue a meaningful dialogue about diversity and inclusion in our profession. Diversity and inclusion, in this context, means acknowledging, embracing and valuing the unique contributions our individual backgrounds make to strengthen our legal community, increase access to justice, and promote laws and creative solutions that better serve clients and communities. The bar is missing valuable demographic membership details, however, and needs your help to see if we are on the right track. Please take a moment to update our demographic information by logging onto the bar website and selecting “Manage your Profile” then “Demographics.” With your help, we can determine where we are in terms of meeting the bar’s mission to increase the diversity of the Oregon bench and bar to reflect the diversity of the people of Oregon.

 

Fastcase Tip: Copying Citations

Don’t let the tedious process of copying down case citations sidetrack your Fastcase research. Instead, use the Copy Citation function within Fastcase to automatically copy and paste the citation of the case you are quoting into the document you are working on. Please note that at present, this feature is only compatible with Internet Explorer.

Here’s how it works: 1) Access the case that you want to cite. Make sure that you are in the full case text view and not on the results screen. 2) Select “Copy Citation” from the Document menu. 3) Open the document (or email) that you want to paste the citation into. Put your cursor in the appropriate spot in the document and press Ctrl + V.

It’s that easy.

 

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