ONLD Upcoming Events

2015 Series

Mark these dates on your calendar!

Events with registration available are indicated with a button linking to online registration. Registration for future events will open soon. All brown bags will be held at the Multnomah County Courthouse, room 208 at noon.

At-the-door registration is available by cash or check only. 

ORS 20.080 Claims

Presented by: Ben Cox
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Ben Cox has a passion for helping good people stuck in unfair circumstances achieve justice. Ben graduated from the University of Oregon before earning his law degree. During law school, he was president of the American Constitution Society, chosen to participate in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, studied comparative law in South Africa, and worked for the NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center in New Orleans, assisting residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ben began his career at a Portland firm that focused exclusively on litigating complex cases on behalf of injured people. In these years, Ben learned how to master cutting-edge science, medicine and trial techniques to bring about great results for clients. He contributes his time to the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA).

1 general or practical skills MCLE credit will be applied for 


Presented by: Judge John Acosta
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Federal Magistrate John Acosta has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon, School of Law since 2001. Judge Acosta has been a member of the bar for over 20 years and currently serves as a member of the OSB Professionalism Commission. After graduating from University of Oregon he worked as an associate and then partner for Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell & Brundin and then Stoel Rives LLP. Following Stoel Rives he provided legal advice on employment and labor issues, among other things, as the Senior Deputy General Counsel of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

1 ethics MCLE credit will be applied for 

ONLD September Social

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
21st Avenue Bar & Grill, 721 NW 21st Ave, Portland

Please join the Oregon New Lawyers Division at 21st Avenue Bar & Grill for its September social.  The ONLD will provide a selection of appetizers.  No host bar.  No RSVP required. Questions? Email Mae Lee Browning at or call/text at 310-227-7659.


Presented by: Paul Neese
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Paul Neese is a lawyer in private practice. Paul represents parents and children in juvenile dependency cases, and youth in juvenile delinquency cases — primarily in Clackamas County. He also handles immigration matters and helps lawyers who are facing legal ethics concerns and/or formal bar complaints. He was previously an Assistant General Counsel at the Oregon State Bar in the Client Assistance Office. He has several years of experience helping members of the bar with legal ethics questions and dilemmas. He has been active in various bar activities over the years, including work in the American Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, and the Oregon New Lawyers Division. He speaks Cambodian (Khmer) and Lao, and a small amount of French.

1 ethics MCLE credit will be applied for 

Elder Abuse Reporting

Presented by: Amber Hollister & Judge Katherine Tennyson
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208

Get a firsthand look at Oregon’s new mandatory elder abuse reporting requirements that went into effect January 1, 2015. Learn the definition of elder abuse, statutory reporting requirements, and how to reconcile the duty of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege. Hypothetical scenarios based on real-life situations are discussed.

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