New OSB Executive Director Chosen
On August 15, the Board of Governors interviewed the four
finalists for the open executive director position, met in executive
session to deliberate, and in public session voted to extend an offer
of employment to Teresa Schmid. She accepted the offer subject to finalizing
her employment contract. Teresa Schmid is the current executive director
of the State Bar of Arizona.
OLIO Thanks Generous Donors
7 marked the kickoff of the 11th annual Opportunities for Law in Oregon
(OLIO). The OLIO 2008 orientation was held at Mt. Bachelor Village in
Bend, bringing together 44 minority law students entering Oregon’s law schools, 21 upper division law students, 34 attorneys,
9 judges, and representatives from each of Oregon’s law schools
and some of the state’s larger law firms.The program’s mission
is to encourage minority law students to remain in Oregon
and diversify our bar membership.
The Diversity/Affirmative Action Program would like to
thank the Oregon Law Foundation for their generous grant and also our
sponsors for an unprecedented additional $30,000 in donations, underwriting
and helping to secure the success of OLIO 2008: Brownstein Rask Sweeney;
Bullivant Houser Bailey; Davis Wright Tremaine; Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop;
Jordan Schrader Ramis; K&L Gates; Karnopp Peterson; Landye Bennett & Blumstein;
Lane Powell; Lewis & Clark Law School; Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhalf;
McEwan Gisvold; Miller Nash; Multnomah Bar Association; Oden-Orr Law;
OSB Diversity Section; OSB Worker’s Compensation Section; Oregon
Minority Lawyers Association; Schwabe Williamson Wyatt; Stoel Rives;
Tonkon Torp; University of Oregon School of Law; Willamette University
College of Law ; and numerous individuals who made personal donations.
House of Delegates Meets Sept. 13
Matters on the House of Delegates Sept. 13 meeting agenda
include such topics as: a new court rule for provision of legal services
following a major disaster; proposal for alternate HOD delegates; adoption
of ORPC 1.6(b)(7), an additional exception to the duty of confidentiality;
promotion of sustainability by encouraging telephonic and video court
appearances; consideration of OSB paralegal certification; support for
fiscal impact statements on sentencing; creation of House of Delegates
executive committee; amending the HOD quorum requirement; fair compensation
for public defense lawyers; and adequate funding of legal services (two
resolutions). Watch for more details online at www.osbar.org after
It’s MCLE Reporting Time Again
By Denise Cline
Members with an MCLE reporting period ending Dec. 31, 2008,
will be receiving an MCLE compliance report by Nov. 1. Does the bar have
your current address? If you do not receive the compliance report and
do not report, you could be suspended for failure to comply with the
MCLE rules. To check your address and MCLE reporting period information
on our website, go to www.osbar.org/
Here are answers to some frequently asked
questions about MCLE compliance:
Do I still have to complete elimination of bias
Elimination of bias credits are now referred to as access
to justice credits. The requirement for members whose reporting
period ends on Dec. 31, 2008, will remain the same. Members
in a three-year reporting period must complete three access to justice
credits; members in a shorter reporting period must complete one access
to justice credit.
Beginning with the reporting period ending Dec. 31, 2009, members
in a three-year reporting period will need to earn three access
to justice credits only in every other reporting period. Members whose
three-year reporting periods end Dec. 31, 2009, Dec. 31, 2010, and Dec.
31,2011, are not required to complete access to justice credits during
those reporting periods.
Are the professional responsibility
credits (legal ethics, child abuse reporting and access
to justice) part of— or in addition to—the minimum requirement?
professional responsibility credits are included in your minimum requirement.
If your three-year reporting period ends in 2008, your minimum requirement
is 45 credits, including five legal ethics, one child abuse reporting and
three access to justice. If your shorter reporting period ends in 2008,
your minimum requirement is 15 credits, including one legal ethics, one
child abuse reporting and one access to justice. If you are reporting to
Oregon for the first time, 10 of the 15 credits must be practical skills.
Can I include programs on my report
that have not been accredited in Oregon?
No. If a program you attended has not been accredited,
you need to apply for accreditation by completing MCLE Form 2 and sending
it to our office along with the requested enclosures. The form is online
at www.osbar.org. Submit this form now so we’ll have time
to process it and notify you of the credit information before
the end of the year.
How do I know if a program has been
accredited in Oregon?
Use the searchable program database available on our website
to find out if a program you attended has been accredited. From the OSB
home page, click on MCLE, and then click on the Program Database link
at the top.
Can I count extra access to justice
credits as ethics credits?
No. Extra access to justice credits cannot count as ethics
credits, and extra ethics credits cannot count as access to justice credits.
You can, however, count extra access to justice and ethics credits as
Will my extra access to justice credits carry over into
the next reporting period? Access to justice credits in excess of the
requirement can be carried forward into the next reporting period, but
will count only toward the general credit requirement.
Why are some of the activities I
completed not posted to my transcript?
Attendance information is posted on a regular basis. It
is possible that we have not received the attendance information from
the sponsor. If an accredited activity has not been posted to your transcript,
you can simply add it yourself to page two (the itemization page) of
your compliance report.
If my principal office is in Washington
(or Idaho or Utah), do I have to submit a completed compliance report?
your principal office is in Washington, Idaho or Utah, you can comply
with Oregon’s MCLE requirements by completing the
child abuse reporting credit and submitting a current certificate
of compliance from the MCLE office in your principal state of practice.
Attach the certificate to page one of your Oregon MCLE compliance
report. On page two of the report, indicate when and how you completed
the child abuse reporting credit. Then sign the report and return it
to our office by the deadline.
If I am an out-of-state member but
not in Washington, Idaho or Utah, do I have to submit a completed compliance
Yes. You must meet the Oregon MCLE requirements, including
the child abuse reporting and access to justice credits.
If the activities you attended have not been accredited in Oregon,
you must provide information about them from which it can be determined
whether the programs substantially meet Oregon’s MCLE standards
and from which we can calculate the number of 60-minute credits for
which the program qualifies. This can include certificates of attendance,
brochures describing the program content and schedules, and evidence
of accreditation in the jurisdiction in which you practice.
What is the deadline to complete
my credits and submit my report?
All credits must be completed by midnight on Dec. 31, 2008.
The completed compliance report is due in our office no later than 5
p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Reports may be delivered by fax or electronic
If I am not practicing law, do I
need to comply with the MCLE rules?
If you are an active member of the Oregon State Bar, you
are required to comply with the MCLE rules.
How do I view my compliance report
Go to www.osbar.org/secured/login.asp and log
into your account. Then use the "Check Your MCLE Compliance Report" link
under "Annual Reporting."
If your question has not been answered, please call
the MCLE Department at (503) 620-0222, ext. 368 or toll-free in Oregon
(800) 452-8260, ext. 368. If you prefer, you can e-mail your question
to Denise Cline, MCLE administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Law Foundation Thanks Oregon
Banks for Their Support
The Oregon Law Foundation’s first
annual recognition event was held in May 29, 2008, at the Heathman
Hotel in Portland. The focus of the event was to recognize and thank
Oregon banks for their support of access to justice through the IOLTA
program. The OLF would like to thank speakers: Linda Navarro, chief
executive officer of the Oregon Bankers Association; Emi Donis, president
of the Oregon Law Foundation Board and Kerry Tymchuck, chief of staff
for Sen. Gordon Smith. They would also like to thank Supreme Court
Justice Balmer for his work as Master of Ceremony. VIPs in attendance
included Congressman David Wu and Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice
De Muniz, among others.
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