Seeking Comment on Rules for Licensure (09/22/2023 – updated 11/07/2023) The OSB Board of Governors is considering creation of a new body of rules – the Rules for Licensure - to bring together the rules required for attorneys to maintain their licensure in good standing. Currently, the rules are spread over disparate rule sets, complicating review and compliance. Comments are sought by November 10, 2023, and will be submitted to the BOG for consideration on November 17, 2023. Comments can be shared at email@example.com.
Volunteer with the Oregon State Bar The Board of Governors is now accepting applications for lawyer and non-lawyer volunteers interested in serving on a number of bar boards, committees, and councils. A description of each opportunity accompanies the application on the links below. Non-lawyer volunteers are asked to submit their interest form by July 14 and lawyers should apply by October 2.
Licensed Paralegal Program Becomes Law On Monday, May 8, Governor Tina Kotek signed Senate Bill 306, clearing the final hurdle for the bar to create a new type of legal licensure for paralegals. Similar to a Nurse Practitioner, these new professionals will be licensed to perform limited legal work on some family law and landlord/tenant matters. This will be one more tool to combat the crisis in access to help in civil legal services. The OSB extends thanks to the members of the Paraprofessional Licensing Implementation Committee for their years of dedicated work to create this program.