Pending OSB Member Reinstatements

The following attorneys have filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1:

  • Lael A. Curtis of Portland, OR; #922545

    Lael A. Curtis of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 18, 1992, after graduating from Northwestern School of Law. On January 24, 2007, Ms. Lael transferred to inactive status to pursue a career in the field of social services. She was employed by Hospice Care of the Northwest, as a medical social worker. In March 2007, she was hired as Director of Social Services at William Temple House, where she is still employed. Ms. Curtis has also worked as a medical social worker at Kindred Home Health Agency since 2009. Upon her reinstatement to active status, Ms. Curtis wants to practice in the area of elder and family law.

  • Ross R. Runkel of Portland, OR; #681422

    Ross R. Runkel of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 20, 1968, after graduating from University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Runkel remained an active member, in good standing, until his suspension on April 20, 1999, for failure to pay his Professional Liability Fund assessment. Later in 1999, Mr. Runkel was also suspended for failure to comply with MCLE rules and failure to pay yearly membership fees. Since the time of his suspension, Mr. Runkel has been self-employed as an arbitrator and mediator of cases arising under collective bargaining agreements. In April 1999, Mr. Runkel started LawMemo Inc., where he was sole shareholder, president, writer, editor, and publisher of employment law information online. He sold the corporation in July 2013. He has also been employed as a law professor at Willamette University College of Law, both part-time in 1999, and again from August 2005, to August 2010. Mr. Runkel has no immediate plans to practice law in Oregon and will continue his arbitration and mediation work.

  • Carol L. Schrader of Portland, OR; #954046

    Carol L. Schrader of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 22, 1995, after graduating from Northeastern University School of Law. Ms. Schrader transferred to inactive status on January 10, 2011, to provide health care to a family member. She returned to work as US Postal Service mail carrier in 2014. She left her position in early 2015, to work for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, as an administrative director. In September 2015, she accepted a position with Multnomah County, as a strategic planning manager for a six-month project. When the project was complete, Ms. Schrader returned to Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, as a Program Manager, until August 2016. She recently accepted a position with Victim Rights Law Center, in Portland, Oregon. She is currently working as the national privacy project staff, but will be assigned as a staff attorney following her reinstatement to active status.

The Rules of Procedure require the Board of Governors to conduct an investigation of BR 8.1 reinstatement applications to determine whether applicants possess the good moral character and general fitness to practice law and whether the resumption of the practice of law in this state by the applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to these applications is asked to contact promptly the OSB Regulatory Services Division, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281; phone: (503) 620-0222, or toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260), ext. 343.