Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2005

Bar News

Handbook sponsors thanked
The Oregon State Bar would like to recognize and thank the Estate Planning & Administration Section, the Family Law Section and the Health Law Section for sponsoring the printing costs of the bar’s recently revised Legal Issues for Older Adults book.

The bar is seeking sponsorships in order to provide complimentary books to organizations and establishments that serve older adults. The books that the Estate Planning & Administration Section sponsored went to senior centers statewide in May. The books sponsored by the Family Law and Health Law Sections will soon be sent to legal aid offices statewide.

If your section would like to sponsor Legal Issues for Older Adults, contact Jennifer Maldonado at (503) 431-6377 or e-mail jmaldonado@osbar.org. If you wish to learn more about this valuable resource, you can view the entire publication here.

Nominations being sought for awards
The OSB Board of Governors is seeking nominations for the 2005 Award of Merit and President’s Awards. This call for nominations is made to all members of the Oregon State Bar. Please take this opportunity to honor a member of the bar who deserves special recognition.

The Award of Merit is the highest honor the Oregon State Bar bestows. To be eligible for consideration, a nominee may be an Oregon lawyer or a non-lawyer who has made outstanding contributions to the bench, bar and community at large, and who exhibits the highest standards of professionalism.

The President’s Awards are for current or former Oregon attorneys in the areas of affirmative action, membership services and public service. Criteria for each award is found in Section 4.4 of the OSB bylaws.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Aug. 30, 2005. The awards will be presented at the OSB Awards Dinner to be held Dec. 1, 2005, in conjunction with the OSB Conference of Bar Leaders.

The awards nomination form is available here. For questions or additional information, contact Teresa Wenzel by e-mail at twenzel@osbar.org, by phone at (503) 431-6386, by fax at (503) 598-6986, toll-free at (800) 452-8260, ext. 386, or by mail at the Oregon State Bar, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

PLF board recruiting for new member
The board of directors of the Professional Liability Fund is looking for a lawyer member to serve a five-year term on the PLF Board of Directors beginning January 2006.

Directors attend approximately six two-day board meetings a year, as well as various committee meetings, and are also required to spend a considerable amount of time reading board materials between meetings and participating in telephone conference calls. PLF policies prohibit directors and their firms from prosecuting or defending claims against lawyers.

Interested persons should send a brief resume by Aug. 1 to: Ira R. Zarov, Professional Liability Fund, P.O. Box 1600, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

‘History makers’ picnic set for Aug. 14
Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 14, 1-4 p.m. as the date and time for the annual picnic of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, held as always at the Leavy hop farm near Champoeg Park.

This year’s picnic plans are well under way. Invitations have been sent to the Oregon State Bar members who are veterans of World War II, the Mississippi volunteers for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, OSB presidents, Oregon governors, U.S. senators, Oregon Supreme Court justices, U.S. Congressional representatives, U.S. attorneys, Oregon attorneys general and other Oregon history makers.

If you are interested in attending this free event, please RSVP to Linda Sherry at (503) 326-8151 or linda_sherry@ ord.uscourts.gov.

The Federal Bar Association, the Attorney Admission Fund, Williams, Kastner & Gibbs and the American Board of Trial Advocates are co-sponsors.

Consider being an oral historian
Have you read and enjoyed the wonderful life stories of people like Judge Owen Panner, Judge Edward Leavy or Justice Wally Carson? You have an oral historian to thank!

U.S. District Court Historical Society will be holding an oral history volunteer training workshop on Thursday, July 21, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse in Portland. Oral historian Donna Sinclair will conduct the workshop.

Volunteers are being sought for the oral history project, and all persons are invited to join the U.S. District Court Historical Society in collecting the many important histories of attorneys, judges and others in the Oregon legal community by documenting stories of the past for future preservation.

CLE credit is being sought for participating in the project. If interested, contact Steve Brischetto, 520 S.W. Yamhill, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503) 223-5814.

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

Ning Fu of Portland, OSB #93273. Fu transferred to inactive status in 2000 to attend an engineering program at Portland State University. Upon reinstatement, she will work as a patent attorney with the Vancouver firm Fields, IP, PS.

James L. Olmsted of Eugene, OSB #90158. In 2000, Olmsted transferred to inactive status because he was practicing law in California and Nevada. He is also a member of the Washington bar. After reinstatement, Olmsted plans to open a solo practice in Eugene focusing on land trusts and conservation easements.

Vicki Sieber-Benson of Westlake, OR, OSB #81373. Sieber-Benson transferred to inactive status in 1985 because she was employed as a county attorney in Fairlake, California. She has recently accepted a position with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and will continue in that position upon reinstatement.

Lynn Deffebach of Portland, OSB #94287. Suspended in 1996 for failure to pay bar dues, Deffebach has been employed since 1995 as a paralegal with the Federal Public Defender’s Office. Upon reinstatement, she hopes to obtain an attorney position with the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

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.



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Opportunities for 2006 OSB leadership

OSB members will soon be e-mailed a "2006 Leadership Opportunities" brochure and application form. Members involved in boards, committees, commissions and various groups are vital to the ability of the bar to provide both member and public services, and to keep the organization responsive to the needs of its membership.

"What’s more, the individual benefits we receive in bar activities are many and varied," Ron Bryant, Redmond, past chair of the appointments committee.

The appointments committee makes recommendations for appointments from those members who have stated their preference for each committee. Terms are usually for three years. The Board of Governors then makes appointments to committees, councils, regulatory boards, and affiliated commissions. Some committees request specific types of balance, such as plaintiff/defendant.

In making committee appointments, the Board of Governors exercises reasonable care to ensure that committees reflect the diversity of the membership as to geography, gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Some committees request specific types of balance, such as plaintiff/defendant.

One of Nena Cook’s goals as OSB president is to encourage more women attorneys and lawyers of color to participate in bar leadership activities. The contribution of women and minority attorneys is essential to reflect the membership of the organization, and "the idea of all this is that if women and lawyers of color participate, it enhances their networking opportunities, it increases their profile within the profession and it helps them with business opportunities," says Cook.

Tips on how to be appointed: Although not required, attach a resume and a letter of interest on why you are interested in serving, along with the Leadership Opportunity form; introduce yourself to the committee members; and if you are not appointed, continue to express your interest to the committee throughout the year.

For more information and to download an application form, go to www.osbar.org, or contact Jane Gillespie at (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 308.

Lincoln County students participate in local Law Day
By Diane Henkels
President, Lincoln County Bar Association

Several Lincoln County lawyers and a circuit court judge lead dialogues with rural students for Law Day 2005. They visited fourth and fifth grade, middle school and high school classes in Newport, Toledo, Waldport and Taft. For additional coverage, as part of her live weekly radio show, the district attorney hosted a conversation between the teen court coordinator and a student advocate.

Issues that were raised throughout the day included: the Constitution and separation of powers, with a mock floor debate on whether to prohibit the use of cell phones while driving a car; the filibuster and compromise; capital punishment defense; the availability of legal services for the poor; jury service; careers in law and law school; international law, sovereignty, civil and common law; same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, the USA PATRIOT Act, 10 Commandments on public buildings and initiative constitutional amendments in Oregon.

Also in May in Lincoln County, a mock trial on date rape was held at Taft High School with another circuit court judge, deputy district attorney and local defense attorney volunteering their time.

Those who participated in these activities included Lincoln County Judges Robert Huckleberry and Charles Littlehales, District Attorney Bernice Barnett, Teen Court Coordinator Mindy Baxter, and lawyers Scott Beckstead, Rob Bovett, Rob Connell, Gregory Ernst, Brian Raymer, Scott Reed, Ken Hadley and Diane Henkels.