Following are some ideas and opportunities to help bar members succeed in a challenging economic environment. Check here for resources and tips on maintaining your practice, finding work, saving money on services you need, and more.
OSB CLE: How to Survive the Crash
Crucial Skills and Techniques for Weathering the Downturn
5.25 General CLE or Practical Skills credits
Just $49 for OSB members
Across the country, hundreds of firms and thousands of sole practitioners have “crashed” since the economy began its downward spiral. What can you and your firm do to avoid crashing, too? This seminar, held live in April 2009, is available at multiple video replay sites across the state and also for rental on DVD.
|Register for a video replay|
The Professional Liability Fund (PLF) offers free and confidential assistance with office systems through its Practice Management Advisor (PMA) Program. Practice management assistance is available to all Oregon lawyers for a wide range of needs including: Setting Up a Law Practice, Financial Management, Office Systems, Client Relations, Technology and Closing a Law Practice.
|Practice Management Advisor (PMA) Program|
For help getting new clients, consider signing up for the bar’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), which begins a new program year on July 1, 2009. LRS connects potential clients statewide with lawyers practicing all types of law. Program information sheets and registration forms are available online. Also consider signing up to help lower-income Oregonians at reduced rates through the Modest Means Program.
|LRS Registration Forms|
|Modest Means Program Information|
Need Advice? The bar’s Lawyer to Lawyer program connects Oregon attorneys working in an unfamiliar practice area with experienced attorneys willing to offer informal advice at no charge. The experienced attorneys, called Resource Lawyers, offer advice through brief telephone consultations. Resource Lawyers are listed according to areas of expertise and geographic location. Any Oregon attorney can call Lawyer to Lawyer and receive the names and telephone numbers of three Resource Lawyers. Areas of law and registration info is available here. To access the program, call (503) 620-0222 extension 408, or toll-free in Oregon: (800) 452-8260 extension 408.
|Lawyer To Lawyer Program Information|
The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) offers confidential personal assistance with stress management, depression, anxiety, life balance, addiction, time management, career transition, and other issues that affect a lawyer's ability to function.
|Oregon Attorney Assistance Program Website|
The OSB’s online career center has both local and national job listings, along with resources to help job seekers. Also check the classifieds in the bar Bulletin for job opportunities.
|OSB Career Center Information|
Oregon Women Lawyers offers a service connecting contract lawyers and contract employers. The group’s list serve also provides a forum for members to communicate with other contract lawyers about issues that arise in the area of contract lawyering. Find out more at the OWLs website.
|Oregon Women Lawyers Website|
The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program’s Lawyers in Transition service is a networking, educational, and support group for lawyers making job or career transitions. A guest speaker is featured the first Thursday of each month at noon in the OAAP office at 520 SW Yamhill, Suite 1050, Portland. For more information visit the OAAP website or download the Lawyers in Transition calendar.
|Oregon Attorney Assistance Program Website|
|Lawyers in Transition calendar|
While you’re looking for work, consider gaining valuable experience and networking opportunities through volunteer work. The state and local bars have many committees and other groups that need volunteers, or you can build your legal skills through pro bono legal services.
|Pro Bono Resources|
MBA Group Insurance Options
Why would a lawyer from Klamath Falls want to join the Multnomah Bar Association? Because MBA membership has benefits, including access to group health, life and disability insurance plans. The MBA has partnered with a number of business service providers in order to provide members with discounts on services and access to legal resources. For details on all available benefits visit http://www.mbabar.org/discounts.htm or check out the insurance plans.
|MBA Group Discounts Information|
|MBA Group Insurance Options|