Oregon State Bar Bulletin APRIL 2014
Legal Citizen Dinner Set for April 23
The Classroom Law Project’s Legal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner will be held April 23 at the Governor Hotel in Portland, honoring Jacob Tanzer, former Oregon Supreme Court justice, and Civics Teacher of the Year Drew Moneke of Salem.
The annual Legal Citizen Dinner is Classroom Law Project’s largest fundraiser of the year. It is a great time to connect with friends and colleagues, learn what is going on at Classroom Law Project, and be inspired by two extraordinary honorees.
A cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $175 per person ($125 tax-deductible) or $1,500 per table of 10 ($1,000 tax-deductible with recognition in program).
Questions? Contact Martha Doyle, CLP office manager at (503) 224-4424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Notice for Appointment of U.S. Magistrate
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time U.S. magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon to fill the vacancy created by the planned retirement of Judge Dennis J. Hubel. The official location of the position will be Portland. The term of office is eight years.
A full public notice for this U.S. magistrate judge position with qualification requirements and application instructions is posted at www.uscourts.gov and is posted in the Office of the Clerk at 1000 S.W. Third Ave., Suite 740, Portland, OR 97204. The closing date for this position is April 15.
Video Documentation a Evidence Seminar April 24
How can video documentation of injustices, such as cell phone videos, be used as evidence in court and other forums for human rights advocacy? Learn from examples in Syria and other locations across the globe where video has been used to secure prosecutions of the guilty or exonerations of the innocent.
“Virtual Justice: Democratized Video as Evidence” will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in 110 Knight Law Center at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature Kelly Matheson, who is serving as a distinguished speaker in the U.O. Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics’ 2013-15 Theme of Inquiry: “Media and Democracy.”
Matheson is senior attorney and program manager for Witness, an international human rights organization that specializes in using video to support change in human rights practice, policy and law. He is also a filmmaker and human rights activist.
Rate of Part-time Work Among Lawyers Drops for Third Year in 2013
According to the National Association of Legal Professionals’ analysis of its Directory of Legal Employers, although nearly all large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced lawyers, the percentage of lawyers working part-time continues to remain in single digits. In 2013, just 6.1 percent of lawyers were working part-time compared to 6.2 percent in 2012. Most of these part-time lawyers, almost 70 percent, were women.
The presence of part-time partners varies from city to city. For example, part-time partners are most common in Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland, with 8 percent of partners in those cities working part-time. Part-time women partners are most common in Seattle as well, along with Cincinnati and San Francisco.
But in nine cities, fewer than 2 percent of partners are working part-time, and in two of these cities no male partners at all were reported as working part-time.
For the full report, including specific statistics for Portland, visit www.nalp.org/part_time_pressrel_march2014.
Law Firms at Top of 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon
The 21st annual “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” list was announced recently at an awards dinner at the Oregon Convention Center, including honors for two Portland firms.
There were 248 companies participating in this year’s survey, which analyzes Oregon companies’ efforts toward creating great places to work. More than 11,000 Oregon employees completed the survey.
The winners and their rankings were published in the March 2014 issue of Oregon Business. Among the law firms at the very top of the list were Perkins Coie, rated as the best large company to work for, and Barran Liebman, rated as the second best small company to work for.