Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2003



The average salary for law department administrators nationwide was $83,589 in 2002, according to Altman Weil’s 2003 Law Department Legal Administrator Compensation Survey, just released. The new survey reports salary and bonus information for full-time managers responsible for the business functions of an in-house law department.

Regional variations were significant, with administrators in the Northeast region topping the salary list at $103,739 on average, 24.1 percent above the national mark. Administrators in the Midwest ranked last, falling 16.2 percent below the national average.

The average cash bonus for performance was $10,961 nationwide. An even more pronounced difference was reported regionally, with administrators in the Northeast averaging 54.1 percent higher bonuses at $16,887, while those in the Midwest lagged behind the national average by 35.1 percent at $7,111.

For more information about the survey, contact Altman Weil at (888) 782-7297 or https:// store.altmanweil.com.


Skip Elliott Bowman, critically acclaimed composer and jazz musician, will bring his globe-trotting talent back to 'A Class Act,' the 9th annual classical music and 'dessert revue' to benefit the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation.

The event will be Friday, April 25, at Portland’s historic Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain time is 8 p.m. Bowman has toured Europe, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

The reception following his concert will feature the pastries of some of Portland’s finest sweeteries. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Contact Susie Shepherd, 6615 N.E. 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97211-5354. For further information, call (503) 286-1752.

The beneficiaries of the funds raised are third- and fourth-year law students who pledge to donate part of their legal expertise to fighting bigotry and discrimination against sexual minorities


In an industry where word-of-mouth referrals drive new business, possessing exceptional 'people skills' may be critical to an attorney’s professional success. Seventy-three percent of participants in a recent nationwide poll indicated they would rely on a referral from a relative, friend or colleague to locate a qualified attorney. When asked to rate the interpersonal skills of attorneys they had hired, 78 percent of survey respondents said their attorneys had 'very good' or 'good' people skills.

The survey was developed by The Affiliates, a staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other legal professionals.

Survey participants were asked, 'If you had to hire an attorney, which one of the following would you most likely use to locate a qualified attorney?' Their responses: A referral from a relative, friend or colleague, 73 percent; Yellow Pages, 13 percent; online search, 7 percent; local advertising for a law firm, 4 percent; none of the above/don’t know, 3 percent.

In a separate question, participants were asked, 'How would you rate your attorney’s people skills?' Their responses: very good, 38 percent; good, 40 percent; neither good nor poor, 11 percent; poor, 6 percent; very poor, 4 percent; don’t know, 1 percent.


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The serious job of administrating justice in the courtroom does have a funny part to it.

So argues OSB member William F. White, who for more than 15 years has championed what he describes as the 'world’s funniest law book.'

A Trial Lawyer’s Delight (previously known as The Lighter Side of Practice) was recently republished in attractive softcover edition by Washington House publishers, a division of Trident Media. As before, it contains 150 anecdotes from courts in all 50 states, as well as Australia, Egypt and England. The book may be ordered at Washington House, 801 N. Pitt St., Suite 123, Alexandria, VA 22314 (include $19 check or money order).

The compiler, 92-year-old White of Lake Oswego, considers it a labor of love. He is a 50-year member of the OSB (67 years in the California bar), having retired 17 years ago after 50 years of civil law practice, 15 in San Francisco and 35 in Portland. He has high hopes for the new imprint. Says White: 'Who knows, but it might make someone’s best-seller list!'