Oregon State Bar Bulletin JULY 2014
OMLA Summer Social, Auction Set for July 31
The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association is hosting its 15th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction on Thursday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m., at the World Trade Center in Portland. Admission is $10 for lawyers, judges and professionals, and $5 for law students.
Auction proceeds will go toward the OMLA Bar Grant program, which awards ethnic and racial minority applicants with a grant that covers the costs of sitting for the Oregon bar exam. In 2014, OMLA has been able to award 13 full bar grants, covering the cost of the bar exam fee and a bar exam study course, as well as four partial grants for a bar exam study course. To RSVP for the event, visit http://bit.ly/1mLWQcH.
OWLs 25th Anniversary Celebration Slated Sept. 26
Mark your calendars for the Oregon Women Lawyers annual fall CLE, followed this year by a celebration of OWLs’ 25th anniversary. The CLE portion of the program will take place 1 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 5 until 7 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in downtown Portland.
The program is on “Bridging the Generational Divide.” Are young lawyers entitled? Older lawyers workaholics? And what on earth are Linksters?
This event will feature keynote speakers Linda Williams Favero and Renee G. Heathe, who will share strategies for overcoming challenges presented by different generational perspectives of professional women in the workplace.
For full details, visit www.tinyurl.com/OWLS25th.
PLF Seminar to Be Held July 16
The PLF’s “What Criminal Defense Attorneys Should Know When Representing Immigrants — and Other Malpractice Traps” will be presented live at the OSB Center in Tigard and as a webcast July 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The seminar will feature an overview of malpractice traps and resources with a special focus on malpractice traps affecting criminal defense lawyers representing immigrants. Presenters will be immigration lawyer Teresa A. Statler, who is a member of the PLF board of directors, and Barbara S. Fishleder, PLF director of personal and practice management assistance. Lawyers and law office staff are welcome.
This seminar has been approved for 1 MCLE access to justice and .5 MCLE general or practical skills credits. The fee for the program is $15.
To print a registration form for the live seminar or for more information about webcasts, visit www.osbplf.org/docs/plans/Immigration
Picnic at Judge Leavy’s Farm Set For Aug. 3
The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society invites all to the Annual Picnic Honoring Staff of the United States Courts. The picnic will take place on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Judge Leavy’s family hop farm in Aurora, approximately 25 miles south of Portland.
Provide an RSVP by calling (503) 326-8150 or writing firstname.lastname@example.org by July 25 with the number of adults and children in your party.
Further details and directions to the farm can be found at www.usdchs.org.
Smartphone App for Health Care Advance Directives
The ABA recently released My Health Care Wishes, a mobile advance directive manager. The application lets users store and distribute health care advance directives (such as their living will and health care proxy) via smart phone. It puts a PDF version of your advance directive onto the smart phone of your proxy, for example, rather than leaving it stored away in a safety deposit box or in a file cabinet at home. A patient might carry a wallet card that states whose phone has instant access to the information.
The free “lite” version of the app provides storage for one person’s information, while the advanced “pro” version ($3.99) allows for storage of multiple profiles. More information can be found at www.myhealthcarewishes.org/.
Why Law Firms Fail
Over the past 30 years, the legal landscape has become sprinkled with law firms of varying sizes that failed and closed shop because of poor leadership, out-of-whack compensation or for a myriad of other reasons. A new book from the ABA, The Failing Law Firm: Symptoms and Remedies, presents a detailed and straightforward look at how law firms operate and how they can go off track, leaving a trail of human resource, financial and other problems. The author is Forbes columnist and legal recruiter David J. Parnell.
For more information visit www.tinyurl.com/ABAFailingLawFirm.