Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2005

Bar News

Nominations sought for both OSB, ABA houses of delegates
The Oregon State Bar is currently seeking candidates for the OSB and ABA House of Delegates elections. There are two openings for the ABA House of Delegates and several openings in each region for the OSB House of Delegates. The OSB House of Delegates generally holds one meeting during the year, however a special meeting may be called. The ABA terms are for two years and the OSB terms are for three years.

For the OSB house, there are the following openings: Region 1, two; Region 2, three; Region 3, three; Region 4, three; Region 5, 13; Region 6: four; out-of-state, two.

(The number of delegates is subject to change due to admission of new members, status changes and relocation of offices. In accordance with OSB Bylaw 3.2, the final determination will be made on Feb. 1.)

The House of Delegates is a governance forum for the membership through elected and ex officio representatives. The House will debate and decide matters of bar policy as provided in the House of Delegates Rules of Procedure, the bar act, the bylaws and other rules and regulations of the bar. The agenda for the house is developed by the Board of Governors and includes recommendations of sections, committees and the board, together with any resolutions proposed by the membership. Delegates are elected from regions and each region is allocated a number of positions according to the number of active members in the region. Occasionally a vacancy becomes available and the Board of Governors may appoint a member to fill the vacancy.

The deadline for filing nominating petitions and candidate statements is March 17, 2006. The election offers members two ways to vote: members with an e-mail registered with the bar will receive an e-mail with a link to an electronic ballot; and those without an e-mail address will receive a paper ballot.

Nominating petition can found in the forms library at www.osbar.org.

OWLs to present awards March 17
The Oregon Women Lawyers’ 14th annual Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards Dinner will be held at the Governor Hotel, in Portland, on March 17, 2006. The Roberts-Deiz Dinner honors the accomplishments of individuals who have played a significant role in promoting the interests of women and minorities in the legal profession in Oregon.

The dinner is combined annually with a silent auction that raises money for the work of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation.

A popular event in the legal community, the dinner last year attracted a record 550 persons, and the foundation was able to raise more than $12,000 to support its mission to educate the public and the legal community about the needs of women and minorities within the justice system.

The Justice Betty Roberts Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting women in the legal profession and in the community, by influencing women to pursue legal careers, opening doors for women attorneys or advancing opportunities for women within the profession.

The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community by influencing minorities to pursue legal careers, opening doors for minority attorneys or advancing opportunities for minorities within the profession.

Information about the award recipients, chosen in mid-December, and tickets for the dinner can be found at the OWLs website, www.oregonwomenlawyers.com or by calling (503) 595-7826.

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Notice of reinstatement applications

Two attorneys have filed applications for reinstatement as active members of the Oregon State Bar, pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1.

Rachel Game of South Africa, OSB #97057. transferred to inactive status in 1998, because she had relocated to Zimbabwe. During her period of inactive membership status, she has worked as a businesswoman in Zimbabwe, primarily in the tourism industry. She is relocating back to Oregon by the end of the year. She has no specific plans upon reinstatement.

Bruce A. Gunter of Portland, OSB #82057. transferred to inactive status in 1986; in 1995, he was suspended for nonpayment of dues; and subsequently he submitted his Form A resignation in 2001. In 1985, Gunter moved to San Francisco, where he was employed in the investments industry. He has recently moved back to Oregon and resides in Portland. After reinstatement, Gunter hopes to secure a position focusing on worker’s compensation law.

Noelle Y. Wilson of Florence, OSB #97107. stipulated to a one-year disciplinary suspension effective Nov. 23, 2004. In re Wilson, SC S50871, 18 DB Rptr 285 (2004). In 2002, she was suspended for failure to comply with the MCLE requirements and failure to pay dues. While suspended, Wilson was employed as a legal secretary and law clerk in California and Nevada. She returned to Oregon in early 2005, and has been employed as a secretary for a commercial fishing company in Florence.

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 these applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to these applications 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.