Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2004

Bar News

Career fair, trade show among annual meeting attractions
Legalstaff.com has invited some of Oregon’s top leaders and professionals to assist OSB members looking to enhance their careers during "Career Fair 2004" on Oct. 13 at the Oregon Convention Center in conjunction with the OSB Annual Meeting.

The annual meeting begins Thursday, Oct. 14 with various section sponsored CLEs, an exhibitor tradeshow and the President’s Annual Awards Dinner and Dance. Friday will feature two tracks of education designed to give you CLE programs in the areas of ethics, elimination of bias, technology, marketing and more. On Friday evening, watch for "Bar Search," a variety show and party reminiscent of the old OSB Tent Show. Dinner and dancing are included.

The meeting will conclude with the House of Delegates meeting on Saturday. Also that day, the Oregon New Lawyers Division will host its "SuperSaturday" CLE event. Watch for more details in future issues of the Bar News and on the bar’s website.

Volunteer for the county fair
Let the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division take you to a county fair.

The ONLD is sponsoring exhibit booths at both the Jackson County Fair and the Lane County Fair this summer, and volunteers are needed to distribute legal information and give-away items to fair attendees. Volunteers are treated to free admission and parking.

The Jackson County Fair opens on Tuesday, July 20 and runs through Sunday, July 25. The Lane County Fair opens on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 22.

To volunteer, contact Peggy Miller at (800) 452-8260 (toll-free in Oregon), ext. 384 or (503) 431-6384, or by e-mail at pmiller@osbar.org.

Notices of reinstatement applications
Seven persons have filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1.

Jennifer L. Crane of Ashland, OSB #96086, was admitted to the OSB on April 23, 1996. She transferred to inactive status on Feb.3, 1997, because she relocated to Utah where she was admitted to practice in 1998. Crane has recently moved back to Oregon, accepting a position with an Ashland law firm, Davis, Gilstrap, Hearn, Saladoff & Smith.

Gerard Egan of Guam, OSB #86185, was admitted to the OSB on Sept. 19, 1986. He transferred to inactive status in 1996, when he moved to Guam to accept a position as assistant attorney general. In 2003, he returned to the United States, working in Utah and then in Nebraska before returning in February 2004 to his previous position in Guam. Upon reinstatement, Egan plans to relocate to Oregon to practice law.

Alisa Fye of Portland, OSB #91279, was admitted to the OSB on Sept. 27, 1991. In 1996, she changed her status to inactive because she was not practicing law, then subsequently submitted a Form A resignation effective Jan. 17, 2002. Fye plans to seek legal work in the Portland area upon reinstatement.

Cynthia M. Hogan of Salem, OSB #84247, was admitted to the OSB on Sept. 14, 1984. In 1996, she changed her status to inactive, moving to Vancouver, B.C. to study film making. Hogan returned to Oregon in 1997, and has been working as a law clerk and television technician. Upon reinstatement, she hopes to obtain legal work in Marion County.

Steven D. Koch of Bend, OSB #90455, was admitted to the OSB on Oct. 24, 1990. He transferred to inactive status in 1997, to open a restaurant in Bend. Koch now seeks to be reinstated to active practice to open a private practice in Bend emphasizing small business law.

Fred R. Neal of Portland, OSB #76269, was admitted to the OSB on Sept. 24, 1976. He changed his status to inactive in 1991, because he was not practicing law. Since that time, Neal has held various government-related positions, currently in the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office. Upon his reinstatement, Neal will accept an attorney position with the Claims and Litigation Department of City/County Insurance Services of Oregon.

John Picarazzi of Bend, OSB #90463, has filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1. Picarazzi was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on Nov. 2, 1990. He transferred to inactive status in 1997, to open a restaurant in Bend. He now seeks to be reinstated to active practice to open a small private law practice in Bend.

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 contact promptly the Regulatory Services Division at the Oregon State Bar, P.O. Box 1689, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; phone: (503) 620-0222, ext. 343, or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 343.

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Online OSB elections
begin in September
E-mail voting expected to lower printing, mailing costs

ORS 9.040 was amended in 2003 to allow the bar to conduct its elections and polls online. The first OSB online ballot will be prepared for the September general election judicial preference poll (only in selected counties) and again in October for the Board of Governor election in regions 1 and 5.

By reducing or eliminating printing and postage costs, the bar can significantly lower the cost of conducting elections. A mailing to all active members can cost up to $30,000. The electronic voting system has been tested for security and produces accurate, fast reports.

The decision to move to electronic elections was made for numerous reasons including the convenience to members, saving money and increasing member participation. Voting online has been reported to be quick, easy and convenient by other membership organizations.

Online voting is available to members who have listed an e-mail address as part of their permanent bar record. These members will receive an e-mail with a link to the online ballot. Members can then review individual candidate statements prior to making their selections and clicking the "record my vote" button. Controls are in place to allow a member to only vote once.

If you have not listed your e-mail with the bar or have changed your e-mail address, go to addresschanges@osbar.org to insure that you will be included in the next electronic voting. A provision has been made to send a paper ballot to those who do not list an e-mail address with the bar.

For more information contact Jane Gillespie, jgillespie@osbar.org, or (503) 431-6308.