Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2007

St. Andrew Legal Clinic Schedules Race for Justice
On Saturday, June 30, St. Andrew Legal Clinic will hold its 7th Annual "Race for Justice" in Northeast Portland. The popular outdoor event for members of the legal community and their families begins at 10:15 a.m., starting at the Madeleine Parish, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave., Portland. Both walkers and runners will participate in a 5K course. A Kids’ Fun Run also will be held for children ages 3 to 10. A post-event party will immediately follow the race in parish hall, where participants will enjoy free pizza, beverages, live music and awards.

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

The race is underwritten by Kent & Johnson and Safeco Insurance. Additional sponsoring law firms and companies include: Adidas; Ater Wynne; Bullivant Houser Bailey; Clackamas County Family Law Group; Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe; Gilroy Law Firm; Perkins Coie; Schmitt & Lehmann; and Stoel Rives. The goal is to raise $100,000, all of which will go directly toward providing legal assistance to low-income families. About 350 walkers and runners are expected to register this year.

To participate, see www.salcgroup.org. or call (503) 281-1500, ext. 24.

Noted Judge to Speak in Portland
The Hon. Thelton Henderson, U.S. District Court senior judge, Northern District of California, will be in Portland Aug. 6 to speak and answer questions following the playing of his documentary film, "Soul of Justice." The film is free and will be shown during lunch in the jury assembly room of the Mark. O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, 1000 S.W. Third Ave., Portland.

The film, produced and directed by Abby Ginzberg, a lawyer and award winning producer of documentary films, captures the highlights of Judge Henderson’s life, from his humble beginnings in Watts to his still active career on the bench.

Henderson is a graduate of Boalt Hall. He was the first black justice department lawyer in the South in the early 1960s; and he has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, academic and judge. In the late 1960s, after directing a legal services office in East Palo Alto, Calif., Henderson moved to Stanford Law School, where he created Stanford’s minority admissions program. Henderson spent several years in private practice as a civil rights lawyer before he was appointed to the federal district court bench by President Carter in 1979.

PLF Board Seeking Members
The Professional Liability Fund is looking for one lawyer member and one public member to serve a five-year term on the PLF Board of Directors, beginning January 2008.

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 July 13 to Ira R. Zarov, Professional Liability Fund, P.O. Box 1600, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Reaction to Recent Associate Salary Increases: "Outrageous"
In a newly released Altman Weil Flash Survey, 58 percent of top general counsel characterized the recent increases in law firm associate starting salaries to $160,000 as "outrageous."

Some respondents (16 percent) were more philosophical, indicating that the latest round of increases were merely "the cost of doing business." An additional 5 percent said the increases were "not even on my radar screen." The remainder of participants made a variety of comments on how they will proactively limit the effect of the increases through budgets, fee caps, fixed fees and less frequent use of high-end law firm services.

When asked if any of their panel firms had contacted them to discuss associate salary increases and their impact, 100 percent of general counsel reported that they had not been contacted. In a follow-up question, 84 percent indicated that they thought their law firms should have done so.

"This is significant omission on the part of law firms in managing their client relationships," comments Altman Weil principal Dan DiLucchio. "These salary increases have gotten lots of press coverage and have touched a nerve in many law departments. General counsel are under serious pressure to manage legal costs in a highly competitive environment and they expect a dialogue with their outside counsel about pricing issues."

The survey reports that 13 percent of the top 200 U.S. corporate law departments have changed their policies on use of first and second year associates in light of recent round of salaries increases. Over half of those said they make decisions on associate use on a case-by-case basis, while 20 percent restrict first and second years from all of their matters.

The survey was conducted in April 2007. It included responses from general counsel in 38 of the 200 largest U.S. law departments. The full report, along with individual comments from the participants, appears on the Altman Weil website at www.altmanweil.com/AssociateSalaries.

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