Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2005


All-In-One Court Resource from NALS
The hunt for different courts’ filing fee schedules and contact information has become considerably easier, thanks to a subscription service available from NALS of Oregon.

The association for legal professionals has created an all-in-one desk reference book with more than 500 pages of court information, including the actual fee schedules from: every circuit court and county clerk’s office in the state of Oregon; U.S. Bankruptcy Court; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court and many of the Oregon tribal courts. The subscription service provides contact as well as website information and offers notations for each county regarding payment information in a handy notebook with dividers for easy searching.

The NALS subscription service is available by contacting Gayle L. Allen at (503) 620-4540, or e-mailing her at gla@scott-hookland. com.

L&C program ranks first in nation
Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental law program is ranked first in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey of graduate programs, released in April. The 35-year old program is the oldest of its kind in the nation. Program director Janice Weis credits the program’s success to a combination of factors, including: a diverse and engaging environmental faculty; one of the most extensive environmental law curricula in the country; the first environmental law journal in the country; and clinics that serve public interest clients worldwide.

More Oregon Legal Blogs
Lewis & Clark Law School’s Boley Law Library runs two of its own web logs (or "blogs") and includes links to the blogs of faculty, students and law school alumni. "BoleyBlogs!" can be found at http://lawlib. lclark.edu/boleyblogs.

According to assistant director of electronic information services Rob Turman, "Law in the News doesn’t look much like a typical blog, but ’tis, providing daily links to legal news of interest to the law school community." See http://lawlib.lclark.edu/law_news. The right-side column of BoleyBlogs! provides links to blogs of faculty (i.e., Jack Bogdanski’s popular blog, "Jack Bog’s Blog" at http://bojack.org), and to blogs published by students and alumni. (Some are anonymous, and not all are law-related.)

If you know of other Oregon-based law blogs, the Bulletin would be happy to pass the information along. Send links to editor@osbar.org.

See also, "What are Blogs Anyway?" http://blogs.Law.harvard.edu/What MakesAWeblogAWeblog.

WebAwards Calls for Entries by June 1
The Web Marketing Association has announced a call for entries for its 9th Annual International WebAward Competition.

In 2002, the award- winning site belonged to Lane Powell Spears Lubersky at www. lanepowell.com. The complete list of past winners and the entry information for firms wishing to compete this year can be found at legal.webaward.org. Deadline for entries is June 1, 2005. Winners will be announced in September. For more information, see www.2005webaward.org.

Court Centennial to be Observed
The 100th anniversary of the Multnomah County Juvenile Court will be marked with an event on June 10.

Judges, public officials, juvenile court counselors and other members of the community will celebrate the ongoing importance of the Juvenile Court at a lively affair followed by a reception. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. at the Juvenile Justice Complex at 1401 N.E. 68th Ave., Portland. For more information, contact Lori Arnett at (503) 988-3578.

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Grant High team takes second in constitution law contest

Students from Grant High School in Portland have taken second place in the national "We the People" constitutional law competition held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

The 28-student team fielded questions on the Bill of Rights, U.S. history and Supreme Court rulings. In one session, simulating a congressional hearing, the team fielded questions from legal experts.

The contestants were prepared to address some pretty tough questions, such as, "What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system?" and "How did the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shape American institutions and practices?"

To win the Oregon title and compete in the national contest, Grant earlier defeated Lincoln High School Portland, itself a three-time national champion.