Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2003

Bar News

Board seeks comment for
discipline rules proposal

The Special Legal Ethics Committee on Disciplinary Rules recently presented its report to the OSB Board of Governors recommending replacement of the Oregon Code of Professional Responsibility with new Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct based on the ABA Model Rules. The board seeks input and comment on the recommendation from members and will decide in July whether to put the new rules proposal before the House of Delegates in September.

Submit your written comments to OSB Assistant General Counsel Sylvia E. Stevens at sstevens@osbar.org or by mail at 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Comments must be received by April 30.

The board has scheduled a series of meetings during March and April for members to discuss the rules proposal with members of the Rules Committee, HOD representatives and members of the Board of Governors.

April 16: Pendleton, noon-2 p.m., location to be determined.

April 23: Salem, noon-2 p.m., location to be determined.

April 30: Hillsboro, noon-2 p.m., location to be determined.

Meetings were held before press time in Eugene, Portland and Bend.

Get up-to-date details and read the reports online at www.osbar.org.

‘Fast forward’ to Seaside
Save the date for the 2003 Oregon State Bar Annual Meeting, Sept. 18-20, in Seaside.

It will be a brand new annual meeting, with a condensed schedule to bring you high quality education in a shorter period of time. Enjoy more time for networking and social events, or bring the family along to enjoy the waves and sand at Seaside. Events will take place at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center and Best Western OceanView Resort.

Look for updates in future issues of the Bar News and on the bar’s website at www.osbar.org.

Pro Bono Challenge records over 29,000
hours of free legal services
Each year, Oregon’s New Lawyers Division sponsors a Pro Bono Challenge to inspire lawyers and law students to maximize the number of hours of free legal service given to charities and to the poor.

The just-released results for 2002 reflect a total of more than 20,000 hours of free legal services being reported by lawyers, and 9,000 by law school students. At an hourly rate of $150, the services would be valued at more than $4.3 million. The numbers are limited only to those participating in the challenge and do not capture all pro bono service in Oregon.

' As lawyers, we have a unique responsibility to help those who can’t access legal help,' says Ellen Hawes, pro bono committee chair. 'Lawyers throughout Oregon, and particularly these winners, have provided an invaluable service to both their clients and their community by extending their expertise to those in need.'

The following winners are commended for their pro bono services in 2002.

Large Firms (25-plus attorneys)
Large Firm First Place: Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, with 4346 hours, or 49 hours per attorney. Top pro bono attorney in the firm was Shane Abma with 237 hours.

Large Firm Second Place: Miller Nash LLP, Portland, 3,832 hours, or 40.33 hours per attorney.

Medium Firms (eight to 24 attorneys)
Medium Firm First Place: Garvey Schubert & Barer, Portland, with 698 hours, or 39 hours per attorney. Top attorney in the firm was Christian Hatfield with 131 hours.

Medium Firm Second Place Place: Gleaves Swearingen Potter & Scott, Eugene, with 633 hours, or 29 hours per attorney. Top attorney: Renee Wyser-Pratt with 165 hours.

Small Firms (two to seven attorneys)
Small Firm First Place: Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, Portland, with 199 hours, or 66 hours per attorney. Top attorney in the firm was Eric Todderud with 99 hours.

Small Firm Second Place: Fisher & Phillips, Portland, with 146 hours, or 37 hours per attorney. Top attorney: Corbett Gordon with 115 hours.

Law Schools
Law School First Place: University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, with 4,867 hours.

Law School Student: James McCurdy of University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, with 424 hours.

Individual firm attorney: Charles Hinkle of Stoel Rives, Portland, with 264 hours.

Sole Practitioner: Barbara Anne Jarvis, Ashland, with 200 hours.

Emeritus member: E. Roy Bashaw, Ashland, with 320 hours.

Notices of reinstatement applications
Two persons have filed applications for reinstatement to be active members of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1.

Christopher M. Clayhold of Portland, OSB #91238, transferred to inactive status on Jan. 21, 1997, to pursue a career as a criminal investigator. He subsequently became licensed with the Oregon Board of Investigators and worked with attorneys on criminal defense matters. Upon reinstatement, Clayhold will work with the law firm Rieke & Savage.

Katherine Huffer Cowan of Lake Oswego, OSB #96486, transferred to inactive status on December 22, 1997. She has been active in volunteer community services. Cowan currently is a consultant for a small Oregon business and, upon reinstatement, may handle the company’s legal matters.

Any person with information relevant to this inquiry is asked to contact promptly the OSB Regulatory Services Division, P.O. Box 1689, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; phone: (503) 620-0222 or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 343.

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Spotlight on public members

Why did you join the OSB Board of Governors?: 'I became a member of the Disciplinary Board after serving on the other two branches of government. After 14 years in the legislature I was seduced by the rule of law. How it worked. The cast of characters. The order it brings to society. I served on the Disciplinary board for six years; the SPRB for three. The Board of Governors was a natural progression.'

Advice for prospective public members: 'I would want anyone running for the board to understand it is complicated and worthy. The cast of characters on the Board of Governor’s come from a variety of legal professions. The staff is exceptional! We at times have heated debate and everyone is better for it. The workload is to be taken seriously, and one looks forward to it. It is always fascinating and sometimes difficult. It is always fruitful.'

What can a public member bring to the board?: 'There is a subtle difference between lawyer members and public members. Lawyers occasionally get lost in the details of the legal issues. Public Members help maintain a bigger-picture perspective and bring a fresh voice to policy discussions. Where a lawyer might naturally ask ‘can we do this,’ a non-lawyer would likely ask ‘should we do it or why not?’ '

The value of public members: 'Oregon is fortunate to have public members. We bring different skills to the table. Some bring business experience, some have brought legislative experience, all bring shared interest in ensuring a fair and effective legal process.

Other public members: Jonathan Hill, director of ESD in Southern Oregon; Bette Worcester, upper management for the state of Oregon; and John Enbon, M.D., a recently retired OB/gyn from Corvallis.

CLE to benefit Fanconi group
'How the Trial Lawyer Can Benefit from the Discipline of Appellate Advocacy ' is the title of a CLE seminar to be presented May 9 by Dave Frohnmayer, former Oregon attorney general and current president of the University of Oregon

The two-hour seminar is sponsored by the Marion County Bar Association. It will be held 3 to 5:10 p.m. at Willamette University College of Law. Two general credits are pending.
At least half profits will benefit the Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation, which is battling the disease that claimed two of the Frohnmayer daughters.

The cost to MCBA members is $20 and non-members is $35. Willamette University College of Law students and faculty are free. Send registration to Tom Elden, Oregon Department of Justice, 1162 Court St. N.E., Salem OR 97301.

Applicants for reciprocity, house counsel admission
The following is a list of applicants for reciprocity and house counsel admission to the Oregon State Bar, received by the Bulletin as of March 15. If you have information about the applicants that might influence the Board of Bar Examiners in considering their admission, contact Marlyce Gholston, OSB Bar Examiners, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035:

Kimberly Diane Ellwein Baker, Douglas C Berry, David Mark Byers, Kent Michael Fandel, Michael Anthony Griffin, Kelly Greene McConnell, Paul David McFarlane, Lars Elmer Neste, Gurjit Singh Pandher, Richard Miles Stanislaw, Thanh Huu Tran, Calvin Eric Eib.

Willamette wins title
Karolyn R. Klohe (class of ’03) and S. Aaron Young (’04) led Willamette University College of Law to the championship of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in New York on Feb. 22, defeating Louisiana State University and Drake University in the final round. In a rare accomplishment, Willamette’s team earlier captured the Best Brief award, as well, which was co-authored by Deborah Dunn (’03). Professor Susan S. Smith was the team’s coach.