Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2013



Bar News


Free OSB Fee Arbitration & Mediation CLE Set for Oct. 10

The Oregon State Bar will host a free CLE training event for volunteer panelists with the OSB’s Fee Arbitration and Mediation Program on Oct. 10.

Experienced arbitrators and mediators will discuss theory and provide practical advice to panelists, and the program will include ethics and access to justice components. This CLE event is free to all OSB Fee Arbitration and Mediation Program volunteers. It will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the OSB Center in Tigard.

To sign up for the event or volunteer to become a panelist, email Cassandra Stich at cstich@osbar.org.

 

OSB House of Delegates Meeting: New Time and Location on Nov. 1

The site of the annual OSB House of Delegates meeting will change locations this year and will be held at the Holiday Inn Portland South in Wilsonville.

If you need lodging for the night, use code “Oregon State Bar” at this Holiday Inn for a special $99 rate. Call (503) 682-2211 or visit www.hiportlandsouth.com for more information on the hotel and to book a room.

Participants are encouraged to make reservations early to ensure a room. Note that the House of Delegates meeting begins earlier this year, with a start time of 9 a.m.

 

Free CLE on Buying and Selling a Law Practice Set for Nov. 1

Introducing our new Law Practice Transitions series, this two-hour program will give an overview of buy/sell options and components of effective transition plans.Pre-registration required at tinyurl. com/osbregistration.

 

2013 OSB Award Winners Will Be Honored Dec. 5 in Portland

The Oregon State Bar invites everyone to the 2013 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. Awards are given out each year to recognize outstanding work in the legal profession in Oregon.

This year’s award recipients are:

Award of Merit: David Thornburgh.

Wallace P. Carson Jr. Award for Judicial Excellence: Hon. Paul J. De Muniz.

President’s Membership Service Award: David Heynderickx and Gina Johnnie.

President’s Public Service Award: Gene Grant.

President’s Affirmative Action Award: Hon. Angel Lopez.

President’s Sustainability Award: Max Miller.

Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award: Hon David V. Brewer.

The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Individual tickets are $28, and reserved tables for 10 are $280. To purchase tickets, fill out the registration form at www.osbar.org/osbevents or email events@osbar.org.

 

MCLE Compliance Reports Will Be Emailed This Month

Members whose MCLE reporting periods end Dec. 31, 2013, will receive their com pliance reports via email in late October.

Visit the MCLE page of the bar’s website at www.osbar.org/mcle for answers to frequently asked questions and updates on MCLE rule amendments. You can also view or download your compliance report from the bar’s website at www.osbar.org/secured/login.asp.

Contact the MCLE Department at (503) 620-0222, ext. 368, with any questions.

 

OJD Circuit Court Fee Schedule Has Been Updated

The Oregon Legislature recently enacted legislation temporarily increasing a number of filing fees (2013 Enrolled House Bill 2562). As a result of these changes, the Oregon Judicial Department updated the circuit court fee schedule, effective Oct. 1.

For more information on circuit court fees, visit courts.oregon.gov/OJD/courts/circuit/index.page.

Remember to Report All Unclaimed or Abandoned Client Funds by Oct. 31

It is time to take a look at your lawyer trust account and forward any unclaimed or abandoned client funds to the Oregon State Bar.

Funds are deemed unclaimed or abandoned if the owner has not accepted payment of the funds, corresponded in writing about the funds or otherwise indicated interest in the funds within two years after the funds are payable or distributable to the owner. Unclaimed or abandoned funds held in lawyer trust accounts must be reported to the Oregon Department of State Lands but paid to the Oregon State Bar with a copy of the DSL report. Funds deemed unclaimed or abandoned as of June 30 of each year are to be reported during the month of October of that same year.

Unclaimed or abandoned client funds are appropriated to the OSB Legal Services Program to allocate funds to organizations providing civil legal services to low-income Oregonians. This helps fund critical high-priority civil needs, such as food, shelter, medical care, income maintenance and physical safety.

Questions about forwarding abandoned funds can be addressed to Judith Baker at (503) 431-6323 or jbaker@osbar.org

 

New Attorneys: Practical Skills Opportunities and Helping Those in Need

The Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD) is coordinating the fourth round of the Practical Skills through Public Service (PSPS) program, with new lawyer recruitment expected to begin Oct. 10.

The PSPS Program connects unemployed or underemployed lawyers with public service organizations to provide services to those in need. Attorneys receive training, provide legal services (with their work supervised by experienced practitioners) and develop essential professional skills.

The next round of placements will be made in November, but new lawyers interested in participating should update their resume and contact the Oregon New Lawyers Division at ONLD@osbar.org before Oct. 31. While most positions are in the Portland metropolitan area, there are opportunities in Lane, Linn, and Marion counties, as well.

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