Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2003

Bar News

New OSB officers selected
The Oregon State Bar Board of Governors will gain new members and officers next month.

In a recent election, Portland lawyers Albert A. Menashe and Linda K. Eyerman were selected as the newly elected representatives to the Board of Governors from Region 5, succeeding outgoing members David Hytowitz and 2003 OSB President Charlie Williamson. Marva Fabien, a law professor at Willamette University School of Law, is the newly elected board representative from Region 6; she succeeds James Brown of Salem.

Earlier, in October, the board selected Phyllis J. Edmundson, dean and professor at the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, as the new public member on the board.

The terms of the board members are for four years each.

Also, the board, meeting at its annual planning retreat in November, selected Portland lawyer and current board member Nena Cook as the 2004 OSB president-

The 2003 president-elect, Bill Carter of Medford, becomes OSB president for 2004.

All of these terms begin in January 2004.

Auction will benefit law project
It’s almost time for the Public Interest Law Project’s annual live auction at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. Now in its 14th year, the auction is titled 'Realizing the Ideal' and will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004. The auction helps PILP raise money for the Summer Stipend Program and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Under the stipend program, students receive funds to work for public interest organizations that do not otherwise have the funds to hire summer law clerks. This program provides students with valuable legal experience and aids public interest organizations in desperate need of legal assistance. After the stipends are awarded, the remaining funds go to LRAP, which aids public interest lawyers in paying back their law school loans after graduation.

Last year’s auction raised more than $50,000 and funded 11 law student stipends. Past auction items have included a house in Cabo San Lucas and Blazers tickets. The students who received stipends worked for organizations this summer that included the Legal Aid Services of Multnomah County, Advocates of the West, Gifford Pinchot, Humane Society of the United States, Texas Civil Rights Project and Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, among other organizations.

The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. in the law school’s student lounge at 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd, with snacks, beer and wine. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $15. PILP is currently accepting auction item donations and contributions directly to the summer stipend program or loan repayment assistance program. For more information, please call the PILP office at (503) 768-6782.

For more information, contact either of the auction co-coordinators, Andrea Poole and Parna Mehrbani, at Lewis & Clark Law School, (503) 768-6782; parna@lclark.edu; or apoole@lclark.edu.

Notice of reinstatement applications
Steven Jon Leask of Tennessee, OSB #95332, has filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1. Leask was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on Sept. 22, 1995. Effective Jan 17, 1996, he transferred to inactive status, and was subsequently suspended for failure to pay inactive dues on July 5, 2000. He seeks reinstatement at this time to qualify for an in-house counsel position with his present company in Tennessee.

Allan H. Coons of Eugene, OSB #68032, has filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1. Coons was admitted to the bar on Jan.12, 1968. On Jan. 29, 1996, he transferred to inactive status with the intent to retire. Upon his reinstatement, he plans to open a private law practice in Eugene.

The Rules of Procedure require the Board of Governors to conduct an investigation of BR 8.1 reinstatement applications to determine whether applicants possess the good moral character and general fitness to practice law and that the resumption of the practice of law in this state by applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to this inquiry is asked to promptly contact the Regulatory Services Division at the Oregon State Bar, P.O. Box 1689, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; (503) 620-0222 or (800)-452-8260, ext. 343.

Law school news –
Willamette University College of Law has announced the winners of the 2003 National Undergraduate Student Writing Competition on the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Commonly referred to as the 'states’ rights amendment,' the 10th Amendment is important, says David Kenagy, associate dean and interim director of the school’s clinical law program, because 'it reserves to the states and to the people all rights not specifically given to the federal government.'

The Peterson Prize, offered by the law school’s Center for Law and Government, is an annual national competition open to all full-time upper division students enrolled in an undergraduate institution and awards $5,000 for the first place winner, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third.

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has entered into the struggle for power between the federal government and the states. According to Steve Green, director for the Center for Law and Government, 'In the last eight years, the Court has begun to cut back on federal authority. This shift toward using the 10th Amendment as a bar to federal authority has made the 10th Amendment one of the most important issues in contemporary constitutional law.'

The Peterson Prize Competition, says Green, 'acts as a catalyst and forum for exploring issues surrounding federalism and federal-state relationships.' This year, Valerie David and Adina Preda from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada both shared the first place award. Second place went to Katherine P. Roberts of Princeton, N.J., and third place was awarded to Patrick Hardy of Mission Viejo, Calif. Original papers were evaluated on scholarship, originality, depth and rigor of analysis and quality and clarity of writing.

Terrance O’Reilly has joined the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore., this fall as an assistant professor of law. O’Reilly received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as symposium editor of the Yale Law Journal. He also holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College, where he majored in economics and mathematics.

Prof. O’Reilly practiced law for five years with the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. He clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Louis F. Oberdofer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He taught at New York University School of Law prior to moving to Oregon. O’Reilly has published articles on taxation and economics in the Virginia Law Review, Journal of Public Economics and American Economic Review.

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Paralegals elect officers
The Oregon Paralegal Association has elected new officers for 2003-04.

Elected were: Barbara A. Baughman, president; Michele M. Davis, vice president; Tina Dent, secretary and Sandra Entler, treasurer. Elected as board members were: Kary Bahr, Heather Munday and Mary McCourt. Deanne Snedeker and Kristen Kotka-Abram were elected primary and secondary representatives, respectively, to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Ingrid Steinkoenig was elected associate representative.

First out-of-state Shepherd scholar named
The Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation announced its scholarship recipients for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Recipients are: Tiffany A. Dickson of the University of Oregon School of Law; Victoria L. Larson of Northwestern School of Law and Frances A. Crockett of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Each will receive $4,000 from the Shepherd Fund.

Shepherd Scholars are law students in their last year of study, dedicated to passing the bar exam in whatever state they intend to practice, and donating part of their legal expertise to oppose bigotry and discrimination against sexual minorities. The scholarships were presented May 21 at 'A Class Act,' the annual spring concert benefiting the Shepherd Fund, which featured classical music and a dessert bar.