Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2002


The ABA Law Practice Management Section has published the second edition of the ABA's best seller, Making Partner: A Guide for Law Firm Associates. The book looks at the many factors that come into play for aspiring associates and provides detailed advice on how to create a personal strategic plan for success. The pertinent factors include everything from entertaining clients to choice of outside activities and publications read - to how associates relate to superiors, other associates and staff.

To order, call (800) 285-2221 and request product code 511-0482. The price for the 96-page paperback is $49.95; it is $10 less for section members and $24.95 for ABA Law Student Division members.


If you are a public interest lawyer, bookmark this. Trial Lawyers for Public Justice has just launched a newly redesigned website at www.tlpj.org, providing access to key legal briefs and information on TLPJ and its activities. In addition, the site boasts the only free, searchable online database of public interest lawyers' associations, law schools and legal research tools, sorted by dozens of focus areas.
Users can search for and obtain lists of groups in the entire U.S. (or any particular state or states) in up to 24 substantive categories, such as children and youth, civil liberties, civil rights, environmental protection, and whistleblower protection.
Currently it is the only website with contact information for all 395 legal aid, legal services and poverty law offices in the nation - along with 180 accredited law schools, their career centers, public interest centers and law libraries.

The Legal Assistant Management Association 2002 Annual Compensation Survey has just been released. Data was collected on salary, overtime, bonus, total cash compensation, benefits, billable hours and billing rates - and is reported by position and stratified by type of organization, size, location, years in the profession and practice area where applicable.
Nationally, the average 2002 salary for legal assistant managers was $81,151, while legal assistants/- paralegals earned an average $44,416, and legal assistant clerks earned $30,345. For all seven legal assistant positions, both average salary and total cash compensation in law firms were uniformly highest in the Pacific region (California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska). Billable hours averaged 1,130-1,481 per year, with managers billing fewer hours than those they manage. For additional information visit www.altmanweil.com or call (888) 782-7297.

Last October, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts program (IOLTA) is unconstitutional. The foundation filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the case of Washington Legal Foundation v. Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, and that petition was denied on May 31.
The foundation is now seeking review in the Supreme Court. In June, the Court in private conference considered taking a similar case from the 9th Circuit, Washington Legal Foundation v. Legal Foundation of Washington, for the 2002-03 term.
These are not the only cases involving IOLTA to have been decided at the appeals level: In 1993, the 1st Circuit rejected a similar challenge to the Massachussetts program.
Court-watchers are betting that the Court will take these conflicting cases and settle the matter once and for all in the next term. Stay tuned.

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The Legal Heritage Committee is looking for reminiscences of the creation of OSB in 1935. Were you a member back then? (Or a legal worker, or perhaps a family member of a lawyer at or near that time?) If you have any recollections to contribute, please contact Katherine O'Neil at kon@teleport.com or (503) 222-4545. You may also send information to Paul Nickell at pnickell@ osbar.org. Your information may be used in the history book, Serving Justice. And it may be used for a Bulletin article about the book.
As an aside, the committee is now half way to its goal of raising $30,000 to publish the book. The first chapter can be viewed online at http://www.osbar.org/
. Donations are tax-deductible. Checks payable to the Oregon Law Foundation should be mailed to OLF, Attention: History Book, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.