Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2005


The OSB Affirmative Action Program (AAP), administers two clerkship opportunities for law school students who can help advance the bar’s affirmative action mission.

Past employers have been sole practitioners, small and medium law firms and public agencies. The Clerkship Stipend program currently contributes $5.00 per hour with a maximum of $2,400 per summer; the participating employer agrees to at least match that amount when a clerk is hired with the clerk earning at least $10 per hour, or $4800 for the summer. (This salary is based on 40 hours work per week for 12 weeks.)

The Public Honors Fellowship is funded entirely by the AAP and gives the student $4800 for full time summer employment in the public sector. Past employers have included the Oregon Supreme Court, district attorney’s offices and the Department of Justice.

The AAP compiles a catalog to assist potential clerks in securing employment with each program. If you decide to be included in the catalog, students may contact you for consideration.

Both programs have been very successful; many have developed into job offers after graduation. Please contact Donna Gigouix directly if your firm is interested in being listed in the catalog at dgigoux@osbar.org or call her at (503) 431-6338.

Come and recognize the achievements of the 2005 50-year members of the Oregon State Bar at a special luncheon to be held at the Tualatin Country Club from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

Tickets for the lunch cost $25 per person. If you would like to RSVP, or would like additional information about this event, contact Shannon Bushlach at (800) 452-8260, ext. 367 or (503) 620-0222, ext. 352; e-mail: sbushlach@ osbar.org. Please RSVP by April 22.

The class of 1955 includes: Richard D. Barber Sr., Clarence Barrett, Hon. William A. Beckett, Frank E. Bocci, Bonnie J. Mentzer, Charles H. Clarke Jr., George R. Duncan Jr., Leon Gabinet, Rockne Gill, Robert L. Gilliland, James C. Goode, Dale M. Harlan, David G. Hayhurst, Robert M. Heil, Preston C. Hiefield Jr., Thomas P. Joseph Jr., Harold J. Lance, William D. McDonald, John D. McLeod, William P. Merriam Jr., James R. Moore, Hon. Hollie Pihl, Hon. James A. Redden, Campbell Richardson, Frank D. Riebe, Noreen K. (Saltveit) McGraw, Bernard L. Shain, Garth F. Steltenpohl, Roscoe E. Watts, Marvin J. Weiser, John F. Weisser Jr., George J. Woodrich and Nicholas D. Zafiratos.

Over the past few years, the use of blogs to communicate with clients, prospects and the public has become a growing trend for attorneys and law firms. This trend in "blogging" is due in part to the convenience and efficiency of the technology. Blogs allow information to be uploaded immediately to the Web, side-stepping the internal lag time typical with a traditional website.

Now a Seattle office of Preston Gates & Ellis has joined this technology phenomenon with the launch of Electronic Discovery Law (www.ediscoverylaw.com), a weblog devoted entirely to e-discovery issues. Visitors to the site can access a proprietary database of case listings and summaries, monitor the latest news and trends in e-discovery and learn about upcoming events and resources. Check it out at www. ediscoverylaw.com.

"The blog allows us to share the depth of our knowledge on electronic discovery," said Martha Dawson, partner at Preston Gates and head of the firm's Document Analysis Technology Group.

The Bulletin is interested in this trend. If you know of an Oregon-based, law-related weblog. Please send us a link, to editor@osbar.org.

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Attorneys Sought for SSI, Social Security Referral List

The statewide Public Benefits Hotline, a joint project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center, is putting together an attorney referral list for SSI and Social Security cases. In order to be on this referral list, you must be an active member of the Oregon State Bar and willing to take cases from clients living anywhere in Oregon. To be included on this referral list for fee-generating cases, you must also agree to handle at least one pro bono case per year for OLC or LASO.

If you are interested in handling these cases, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Berkowitz, Oregon Law Center, 921 SW Washington St, Suite 516, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 473-8321; or e-mail: KABerko@yahoo.com. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number and email address.