Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2006

Bar News

Public Member Sought for Board of Governors
The Oregon State Bar is seeking a public, non-lawyer, member for the 2007 Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors public member is appointed to a four-year term. Currently four public members serve on the 16-member Board of Governors, Dr. John Enbom, retired physician; Jon Hill, ESD superintendent; Bette Worcester, retired commission deputy director; and Robert Vieira, a vice provost of academic affairs. Public members have the same voting rights and duties as the 12 lawyer members. They may not, however, serve as officers of the bar.

The board is charged with the executive functions of the state bar. It has the authority to adopt new bylaws containing provisions for the regulation and management of the affairs of the state bar. Board members are assigned as contact to three to six OSB groups such as committees, sections and boards.

The Board of Governors has five regular meetings a year, on a Friday and the following Saturday morning. Nearly half of the meetings are held in the Portland area and the remaining are held at locations around the state. Committee meetings are held three to four weeks prior to board meetings. Special board meetings and other committee meetings are scheduled as needed. The time commitment for a board member can be considerable. It is estimated that board members spend 25 hours per month in board meetings and special events. Reimbursement is provided for travel expenses for the Board of Governors Public Member position.

Those appointed to public positions on the Board of Governors must meet criteria set forth by Oregon statute: They shall be Oregon residents and shall not be active or inactive members of the Oregon State Bar. No person charged with official duties under the executive and legislative departments of state government, including but not limited to elected officers of state government, may serve on the board of governors. Any person in the executive or legislative department of state government who is otherwise qualified may serve.

Application forms are due June 23 and can be obtained from the bar office. Download an application as well as a description of other public member positions that are open here, or contact Jane Gillespie at jgillespie@osbar.org, or call (503) 620-0222, ext. 308, or (800) 452-8260, ext. 308.

50-year members honored
The careers and achievements of the 2006's 50-year OSB members were honored at a special luncheon held at the Tualatin Country Club on Friday, April 7.

About two dozen members of the class were on hand to reminisce and get reacquainted with other members of the Class of 1956. OSB President-elect Albert Menashe entertained the audience of colleagues, families and class members with anecdotes and historical footnotes from 1956.

The Class of 1956 includes: Alvin L. Andrews, H. William Barlow, E. Kendall Clarke, Kenneth W. Cole, Thomas E. Cooney, Harold M. Daron, Harry F. Elliott, Hon. James R. Ellis, Donald J. Ford, John T. Foss, Robert N. Funk, Steve D. Gann, Robert H. Grant, Harold C. Hart, George E. Juba, William J. Juza, Robert E. Knapp, Joseph A. Labadie, Richard D. Lee, Hon. Winfrid K.F. Liepe, Robert J. McCrea, Robert H. Norris, Richard E. Paul, John E. Richard, Stanley M. Samuels, William M. Sloan, Bruce W. Towsley, Hon. George A. Van Hoomissen, John W. Whitty, Thomas E. Withycombe, Gordon K. Wylie and James W. Young.

Discussion with the
consul general of Mexico

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association invites you to a discussion with the Consul General of Mexico, Fernando Sánchez Ugarte, to learn about the Mexican Consulate’s role in Oregon and the requirement of consular notification by law enforcement agencies.

The event will be Wednesday, May 24, 5 to 7 p.m., at the offices of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Pacwest Center, Suite 1900, 1211 S.W. Fifth Ave., Portland. The event is free.

Please RSVP to Judy Parker by Friday, May 19, at japarker@willamette.edu or (503) 572-5879.
Light snacks and beverages provided.

Notice of reinstatement application
The following attorney has filed an applications for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar, pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1.

William M. Parker of Tigard, OSB #74250, is seeking reinstatement following a four-year disciplinary suspension effective Oct. 16, 2000. In re Parker, 330 Or 541, 9 P3d 107 (2000). Since 2002, he has been performing contract legal research and writing for Washington attorneys. Prior to that, Parker was an insurance agent and principal in internet service provider start-up companies. Upon reinstatement, he plans to return to the private practice of law.

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

Hundreds gear up to fund legal
services for low-income families

On Saturday, June 24, 2006, St. Andrew Legal Clinic will hold its 6th Annual Race for Justice in Northeast Portland. A popular outdoor event for members of the legal community and their families, the race begins at 10 a.m., starting at McMenamins Kennedy School, located at 5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue in Portland. Both walkers and runners will have the choice between a 6K course and a 10K course. A post-event party will immediately follow in the Kennedy School gymnasium and courtyard, where participants will enjoy free pizza, beverages, live music, a raffle and awards.

The 2006 Race for Justice is sponsored by 15 local law firms and companies and underwritten by Adidas, Ater Wynne LLP, Bullivant Houser Bailey, Kent & Johnson, Perkins Coie, Stoel Rives and Standard Insurance. The event goal is to raise $100,000, which will all go directly toward helping the clinic provide more low-income families with the legal assistance they so desperately need. About 300 walkers and runners are expected to register this year.

To participate in the 6th Annual ‘Race for Justice’ there is a registration fee of $35, but the fee is waived for those who raise $100 or more in pledges. Though pre-registration is encouraged, on-site registration also will be available for $40. For more information about this year’s event, or to register, call (503) 281-1500, ext. 24, or go to www.salcgroup.org before Wednesday, June 21.

St. Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC) is a nonprofit organization that has been providing individuals and families with legal representation since 1979. St. Andrew Legal Clinic’s main office is at 807 N.E. Alberta St. in Northeast Portland, with branch offices located in Washington and Clackamas counties.

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Results from
April elections posted

Election results for various bar leadership positions and an advisory ballot on the elimination of bias credit were announced April 17. Among the highlights:
Elimination of bias: More than 3,700 bar members cast ballots in the advisory ballot. There were 2,512 yes votes, and 1,236 no votes. The matter now goes to the Board of Governors and then the Oregon Supreme Court.
ABA House of Delegates: Adrienne Nelson and George L. Derr were elected to the two positions.
OSB House of Delegates:
Region 1 (uncontested): John Hummel, Lung Hung, Nathan J. Ratliff.
Region 2: Hubert G. Duvall Jr., Ross M. Shepard, Andrea M. Davis.
Region 3: Christopher L. Cauble, Eugene J. Karandy II, Timothy L. Jackle.
Region 4: Craig O. West, Sharnel Korala Mesirow, Rebecca Pihl Mehringer.
Region 5 (uncontested): Phillip M. Bender, Thomas. M. Christ, Thomas D’Amore, Nicholas L. Dazer, C. Marie Eckert, Janet Lee Hoffman, Christopher Larsen, Justin Leonard, Julie E. Markley, John Casey Mills, Peter J. Mozena, Christopher R. Piekarski, Monica A. Smith. (A vacant seat will be filled by the Board of Governors.)
Region 6: Diane L. Gruber, Marc Abrams, Tom Kranovich, Liani Jean Heh Reeves.
Out of State: John Bachofner, Jeffrey T. Lindberg, Christopher G. Varallo.
Complete results of these contests and the judicial preference poll can be found online at www.osbar.org
Oregon Women Lawyers creates new award to find the innovative employers

Oregon Women Lawyers is looking for a legal employer that has truly shattered the glass ceiling by creating a healthy work environment that enables women and minorities to advance in their careers and achieve a healthy work-life balance. The professional association is seeking nominations for its new Workplace Leader Award.

“We’re taking the carrot rather than the stick approach by establishing this award,” said attorney Mary Bruington, co-chair of the committee that created the award. Bruington noted that both men and women would benefit from changes in the legal profession that would allow attorneys to be involved parents and spouses, reduce job-related stress, and have meaningful lives outside of work.

The Workplace Leader Award will recognize a legal employer who is making innovative and effective efforts to promote any of the following values:

  • a healthy balance between work and life
  • acquiring and maintaining a diverse workforce
  • maximizing opportunities for women and minorities to succeed in the workplace and advance to positions of influence and leadership

Women and minorities in the law face numerous barriers and difficulties that may prevent them from advancing in their careers or lead them to stop practicing law altogether: long hours, unpredictable schedules, partnership tracks that don’t allow for part-time work, inability to find mentors who can help them succeed, and difficulty in conforming to images of success that discount or miss what they have to contribute.

“Many law firms and legal employers are still structured for the typical lawyer of 30 years ago – a married man who works long hours and has a full-time stay-at-home wife,” said Bruington. “The legal profession is behind much of corporate America in recognizing that it helps the bottom line to create an environment that allows women – and men – to have a healthy balance between their work and home lives.”

Nominations for the Workplace Leader Award will be taken through June 1, 2006 and should be sent to Leslie O'Leary at Williams Love O'Leary Craine & Powers P.C., (loleary@wdolaw.com). The recipient of the award will be announced at the Oregon Women Lawyers fall continuing legal education event.

Oregon Women Lawyers is a professional association dedicated to advancing women and minorities in the law in Oregon. More than 950 attorneys statewide are members.

For information about the award or about Oregon Women Lawyers, call 503-595-7826 or visit www.oregonwomenlawyers.com.