The role of lawyers and judges is to help people in our legal system simultaneously exercise their rights and to reach the common good under a rule of law. Professionalism is vital to serving our clients and striving toward the public good.
Professionalism is not only the right thing to do it is the most effective tool available to a lawyer in representing a client. Professionalism is a source of credibility in working with the client, opposing counsel, court and jury.
The Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism ("Professionalism Commission") was established in 1995 by Order No. 94-094 of the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. The currently applicable Order is No. 21-036. The Professionalism Commission is engaged in numerous activities to advance the professionalism, equality and efficiency of Oregon's judicial branch of government.
If you are interested in having a Commission Member speak at a CLE or other event on the topic of professionalism, please contact Kellie Baumann at the Oregon State Bar.
Full commission meetings are held on the third Friday of every other month (except for August) at 12:30 PM at the bar center in Tigard.
The August meeting is held in conjunction with Oregon Law School Orientation week and rotates between the three Oregon schools.
Commission committees meet in the off months.
The Commission is still confirming meeting dates, following is the anticipated schedule.