Civil Rights Section Website

The Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association & the Civil Rights Section
of the Oregon State Bar invite you to attend our civil rights CLE.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Hatfield Federal Courthouse | Portland, Oregon
1000 SW Third Avenue

Please bring a photo ID and arrive a few minutes early to get through security at the courthouse.


8:30: Registration and coffee service

9:00: Section 1983 Litigation in the State Courts - The Honorable Stephen K. Bushong, Multnomah County Circuit Court

9:30: Civil Rights Year in Review - David Angeli

10:15: Break

10:30: Name Clearing Hearings -Cynthia B. Danforth, Attorney at Law, Eugene, Oregon and Stephen E. Dingle, Lane County Office of Legal Counsel

11:00: Ethics in 1983 CLE Cases - Peter Jarvis and Calon Russel, Holland & Knight LLP

12:00: Lunch with address by The Honorable Michael W. Mosman, United States District Court, District of Oregon.

CLE Credits pending: 2.5 General and 1.0 Ethics

Cost: $45 for those whose salaries are less than $75,000 and $75 for those who make $75, 000 and above. Registration includes lunch.


Questions? Contact Marc Abrams at

Squeezed Out
The Experience of Diversity, Gentrification, and Growth in Portland

The Civil Rights Section of the Oregon State Bar hosted a free public forum showing two poignant short films about the paradox of development in N/NE Portland. New and old residents of N/NE Portland learned about the history of their neighborhood and the different meanings of the term “gentrification.” A panel discussion, moderated by OSB member Nkenge Harmon Johnson, followed. Panelists included Llondyn Elliott, a student film maker, Karl Dinkelspiel of the City of Portland Housing Bureau and Rukaiyah Adams from Future: Portland. The event was held May 27, 2015, at the McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland.

Squeezed Out - The Experience of Diversity, Gentrification and Growth in Portland from Oregon State Bar.

Squeezed Out - The Experience of Diversity, Gentrification and Growth in Portland (with ASL interpreter) .

Future: Portland.

What Happened? from know your city.

Civil Rights Section Website Table of Contents

Civil Rights Section

How to Join

Executive Committee



Legal Resource Links

Other Interesting Links

Contact Us


Civil Rights Section

The Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section provides bar members interested in civil rights issues with opportunities to develop and improve their skills and with a forum to communicate and take action on matters of mutual interest. The section publishes an eight-page newsletter four times a year, hosts a full-day CLE seminar each year and usually a shorter CLE as well, contributes to the Campaign for Equal Justice, and monitors legislation that affects civil rights.

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How to Join

To join the section, send your name, street address, e-mail address, and $27 to Sarah Hackbart, Member Services Department, Oregon State Bar, PO Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935. If you have questions about how to join, please contact Ms. Hackbart at

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Executive Committee

The sections executive committee meets once a month. Following are the executive committee officers and members:

Olsen, Julia S    Chairperson
Abrams, Marc     Chair-Elect
Osoinach, Ellen C    Past Chair
Dugan, Marianne G    Treasurer
Ellis, Matthew Caruso    Secretary
Aldworth, Scott J    Member
Curphey, Shauna M    Member
Danforth, Cynthia Botsios    Member
Kotori, Blerina     Member
Merrithew, Jesse Alan    Member
Munsinger, Damien T    Member
Rutledge, Kasia E    Member
Witt, Maria     Member
von Ter Stegge, Katharine     BOG Contact
Nickell, Paul     Bar Liaison

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The section publishes the Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter three or four times a year. Articles are written by section members and, on occasion, by other OSB members. Have you recently written a memo or an opinion letter that could easily be revised into an article? Have you been looking for an excuse to do a little research on a topic that would also be of interest to our readers? If you have an idea for an article or you would be interested in writing an article, please contact the newsletter editor, Megan Lemire, at

Here is a sampling of our newsletters:

October 2007 (pdf: 8pg/215KB)

February 2008 (pdf: 8pg/227KB)

June 2008 (pdf: 8pg/188KB)

July 2008 (pdf: 12pg/238KB)

December 2008 (pdf: 10pg/214KB)

March 2009 (pdf: 10pg/260KB)

August 2009 (pdf: 10pg/174KB)

December 2009 (pdf: 10pg/175KB)

March 2010 (pdf: 8pg/167KB)

April 2010 (pdf: 8pg/165KB)

May 2010 (pdf: 8pg/167KB)

August 2010 (pdf: 8pg/180KB)

March 2011 (pdf: 8pg/180KB)

August 2011 (pdf: 8pg/180KB)

December 2011 (pdf: 12pg/293KB)

March 2012 (pdf: 8pg/290KB)

June 2012 (pdf: 8pg/303KB)

To receive each newsletter as soon as it is published, please join the section.

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The Civil Rights Section sponsors and cosponsors CLEs. Some recent ones are listed below. To rent or purchase a recording of a CLE (available in several different formats), please contact the Oregon State Bar at 503/431-6413 or 800/452-8260 or visit the OSB CLE seminars section of the bar's website. You can also access some CLEs online via the bar's website.

Past CLE Seminars:

Consumer Rights in Tough Times:
Foreclosures, Garnishment, Debt Collection, Credit, & Consumer Protection
Saturday, May 8, 2010
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

An Eye on Civil Rights: A State and Federal Update on Discrimination
Thursday, November 12, 2009
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

Know Your Rights: Immigration, Employment & Related Issues
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church
1221 SW Taylor Street
Portland, Oregon

Civil Rights and the First Amendment
Friday, October 10, 2008
5 hours, 46 minutes
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Trial Evidence in Employment and Civil Rights Cases
Friday, May 11, 2007
5 hours, 27 minutes

Employment Discrimination:
Civil Rights Actions under Title VII and the ADA

Friday, May 12, 2006
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

CLE Seminar: The Right to Die? Oregon's Death with Dignity Act
Thursday, September 15, 2005
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

CLE Seminar on Section 1983 Cases
Friday, April 1, 2005
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

CLE Seminar on Civil Liberties after 9/11 and the Patriot Act
Thursday, April 15, 2004
7 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Download a streaming video of this free CLE here.

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Legal Resource Links

Internet Resources for Oregon Lawyers
This list, maintained by the Oregon State Bar, includes links to Oregon statutes, administrative rules, and court opinions; the Oregon courts; Oregon legislative materials; federal statutes, regulations, and court opinions; Oregon and federal agencies; libraries; maps; and many other sources of news and information.

This site offers links to state and federal statutes and court opinions and to many other materials.

Willamette Law Online
At this site, you can sign up to receive regular summaries by e-mail of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, and Oregon Court of Appeals. The summaries are offered at no charge.

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon Judicial Department
     The site is updated weekly with the opinions of the Oregon
     Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, and Oregon Tax Court.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Labor

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Other Interesting Links

The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University

The National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama

The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama

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Contact Us

If you have questions about the section or would like to help with our work, please contact the section chair, or anyone else on the executive committee. Or you can contact the sections OSB liaison, Paul Nickell, at 503/620-0222, ext. 340, or If you have questions about the newsletter or are interested in writing an article for the newsletter, please send an email message to Elise Gautier, the newsletter editor, at

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Disclaimer of Liability

The Civil Rights Section maintains this website as a service to our members. Nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice, and we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or the other sites to which we link.

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