Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2008
Bar News

Legislative Tips Workshop Jan. 8
The OSB Public Affairs department is preparing for the 2009 legislative session, which begins Jan. 12. As part of the preparations, the department is offering a Legislative Tips Workshop in combination with the Conference of Bar Leaders on Jan. 8.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including lunch at 12:30 p.m. with a presentation on Senate Bill 10 and new ethics laws affecting lobbyists. This portion of the program will offer 3.75 CLE credits. There is no fee.

2009 ONLD Executive Committee Elected
The Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD) has elected its executive committee for 2009.

Next year’s officers include: Ross M. Williamson, chair; Jessica L. Cousineau, chair-elect, Willard H. Chi, past chair; Spencer W. Leese, secretary; and Frederick M. Okamura, treasurer. Members for next year’s executive committee are Anne E. Arathoon, Ben Eder, David Eder, Tamara L. Gledhill, Jason Hirshon, Cecilia K. Nguyen and Kristen G. Williams.

At its recent annual meeting, the ONLD held a social with almost 100 members in attendance. The social was generously sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, Davis Wright Tremaine, Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, Markowitz Herbold et al., Perkins Coie, Prange Law Group and Stoll Berne.

House of Delegates Adopts Resolutions
The House of Delegates met on Nov. 7 at the OSB Center in Tigard. Several resolutions were considered and voted on by the members.

Items passed included: a resolution to urge the Oregon Supreme Court to adopt a rule for provision of legal services following a major disaster; a resolution to allow section or local bar association to designate alternate delegates to the House of Delegates; a resolution to ask Oregon Supreme Court to amend Oregon RPC 1.6(b)(7) to create an additional exception to the duty of confidentiality in order to comply with the terms of a diversion agreement, probation, conditional reinstatement or conditional admission; a resolution to encourage sustainability through funding for optional use of video conferencing technology for routine court appearances and expanding optional telephonic appearances by counsel; a resolution to support fair compensation for public defense lawyers; and a resolution to support adequate funding for legal services to low-income Oregonians.

The next meeting of the House of Delegates will be Nov. 6, 2009 at the bar center.

Affirmative Action Employment Retreat Jan. 24
The 11th annual Affirmative Action Program Employment Retreat will be held Jan. 24 at Lewis & Clark Law School, Wood Hall. The retreat is open to minority law students and law graduates. Highlights include: veteran clerks about their summer experiences; "job hunting dress, protocol and land mines"; mock interviews (bring your resume); and an employer forum where students can meet and "check out" Oregon law firms.

For further information and questions, contact Frank Garcia Jr., OSB diversity administrator, at (503) 431-6337 or e-mail fgarcia@osbar.org.

Join In on 2008 Pro Bono Roll Call
Help spread the word on the good works lawyers do by reporting your pro bono hours in the 2008 Pro Bono Roll Call. Through this voluntary effort, the bar collects the number of pro bono hours performed by Oregon lawyers, which helps to evaluate Oregon’s progress in addressing unmet legal needs.

When you report your hours, you are automatically entered into the OSB New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge, which acknowledges lawyers in several categories who provide the most hours of volunteer representation.

The Pro Bono Roll Call period covers activities from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. The deadline for reporting is Jan. 31, 2009. The reporting form can be found at www.osbar.org/probono.

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