Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2007
CLE Seminars

Summer Series:
DNA Testing — From Fatherhood to Forensics
Thursday, June 14, 9-11 a.m.
2 general credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Lake Oswego

Paternity testing. "DNA sample." "CODIS." From Anna Nicole Smith to television and popular fiction, DNA testing is as much a part of our lives as bottled water. No longer limited to the laboratories of scientists and researchers, DNA testing is frequently used to establish family relationships and as evidence in court. This half-day seminar will teach the basics of DNA testing — what is DNA, how the test is performed and how to interpret test results. The differences between family relationship and forensic DNA testing will be explained, as will sources of DNA samples. Learn about the collection process, preserving biological evidence and how chain-of-custody documentation affects the legal admissibility of test results.

As technology makes testing more readily available, DNA tests are being used more frequently. In addition to paternity/maternity and criminal cases, DNA results have application to other areas of law, such as adoption and surrogacy, immigration, probate, personal injury, Social Security surviving child benefits and fraud investigations. No video replay.


Summer Series:
Bicycle Law and Injury Prevention for Advocates and Riders
Thursday, June 14, 1-4 p.m.
3 general CLE credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Lake Oswego

Get a handle on the rules of the road for bicycles and bicyclists. Lawyers who pursue or defend injury claims, or those who simply would like to understand more about bicycle law, will benefit from the knowledge of two experienced litigators and problem-solvers, who are also dedicated bicycle commuters and recreational cyclists who have ridden tens of thousands of miles.

Learn about handling cases involving collisions with motor vehicles, roadway defects and product failures. Other topics include PIP and other insurance issues, rules of the road and bicycle-specific sources of comparative fault. Strategies to prevent cycling injuries will also be discussed. No video replay.


Hot Topics in Estate Planning
Friday, June 15, 8:30 a.m.-noon
3.5 general CLE credits
Double Tree Hotel Lloyd Center, Portland

This half-day seminar will explore a range of issues vital to Oregon’s estate planning practitioners: planning for estates between $2 and $5 million; creditors’ rights and spendthrift clauses under the Oregon Uniform Trust Code; trust selection; tax aspects of trust administration; and a legislative summary. This is a great opportunity to hear the most up-to-date information on topics that are key to your estate planning practice.

Ast (7/20) CB (7/13) Eug (7/20) GP (7/12) HR (7/13) Klam (7/13) LG (7/13) LO (7/18) Med (7/20) New (7/20) Pend (7/20) Red (7/20) Rose (7/12) Salem (7/13) Vale (7/13)

Ethics in 18 Holes
Friday, June 22, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
3 ethics credits
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Wash.

Get some fresh air and a fresh perspective on legal ethics with this unique outdoor CLE format. The "classroom" is the great outdoors — an 18-hole, par-70 course tucked in the beauty of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Eighteen ethics scenarios and a set of multiple-choice answers are the course materials. Discuss each scenario and possible answers as you play or ride to each hole. After you finish, head to the "19th Hole" for a panel discussion of the scenarios and answers. Conclude the day with an awards presentation, featuring winners of KP, the longest drive, the shortest drive and other categories, including the popular "most lost balls."

Non-golfers are welcome and may participate by riding the course and discussing the questions at each hole. Because of this unique format, participation is limited to 64 attorneys. Make sure you or your team signs up now to guarantee a spot! No video replay.

Trial Evidence:
The Rules You Need to Present the Winning Story featuring Jim McElhaney
Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits
Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Not in court enough to stay current on all of the rules? Then this seminar is for you! Spend a fast-paced day with one of the profession’s best CLE presenters at a practical course designed to show real lawyers how to use the rules to their advantage. Jim McElhaney is the most widely read author on trial techniques in the United States. A gifted author, teacher and speaker, he has presented more than 800 seminars, speeches and workshops on evidence, procedure and trial practice in the U.S. and Canada.

Ast (7/27) CB (7/20) Eug (7/27) GP (7/19) HR (7/20) Klam (7/20) LG (7/20) LO (7/25) Med (7/27) New (7/27) Pend (7/27) Red (7/27) Rose (7/19) Salem (7/20) Vale (7/20)

Summer Series:
New Tricks Taught to Old Dogs:
The Latest Developments in Animal Law
Thursday, July 12, 9 a.m.-noon
3 general CLE credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Lake Oswego

According to a 2006 survey, 63 percent of U.S. households (71.1 million homes) have at lest one pet, compared to 56 percent of households in 1988. Currently, the total number of household pets is more than 382 million, with cats and dogs numbering 88.3 and 74.8 million, respectively. As the number of pets continues to increase, so has the level of regulation and legislation affecting these animals. This "bird’s eye view" of the latest in animal law will look at local regulations and private control, breed-specific litigation and legislation, and how animals are more frequently treated as "children" when couples split up. No video replay.

Summer Series:
Anatomy of a Products Liability Case-Biting
the Hand that Wrongly Feeds Your Pet
Thursday, July 12, 1-4:30 p.m.
3.5 general CLE credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Lake Oswego

A fact scenario based upon the recent recall of contaminated pet foods will provide a "roots-to-leaf" examination of the structure and issues involved in conducting each step of a civil suit — from the intake interview all the way to verdict. No video replay.


CLE Publications

Damages 2007 (Cumulative Supplement)
From a simple breach-of-contract action to a complicated products liability claim, Damages covers a wide variety of legal actions giving rise to damages. From compensatory damages to punitive damages to nonmonetary remedies, the award of damages is what brings your client to the civil courtroom. Damages is your essential resource to determine the types of damage awards that may be available to your client. The 2007 cumulative supplement updates the 1998 revision and is now available for purchase.

Check here for additional CLE Publications information

Coming Up

June 22: Ethics in 18 Holes
June 28: Trial Evidence: The Rules You Need to Present the Winning Story
July 12: Summer Series: New Tricks Taught to Old Dogs
July 12: Summer Series: Anatomy of a Products Liability Case
Aug 1: Summer Series: CSI Oregon
Aug 2: Summer Series: Meth Epidemic Solutions
Aug 13-17: Summer Video Week
Aug 17-24: CLE at Sea


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