Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008

Learn About All Things Oregon
How did early traders communicate with tribes on the lower Columbia River? Which Oregon woman ghost-wrote early histories of Oregon? When was the last public execution held in Oregon? Which Oregon singer did Tony Bennett call the "father of rock and roll"?

You can find answers to these questions and more in The Oregon Encyclopedia, an authoritative compendium of information on Oregon people, places, events and institutions. Over the next several months, culminating in 2009 as part of Oregon’s State Sesquicentennial, the encyclopedia will grow to contain thousands of entries on Oregon history and culture written by knowledgeable authors, reviewed by experts, and meticulously checked to ensure accuracy.

The Oregon Encyclopedia is a collaborative project of Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society, with generous support from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Council for the Humanities. To view the encyclopedia or submit an entry, visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org.

Casemaker’s Suffix Expansion Feature
Did you know that you can perform a more inclusive search by using the suffix expansion feature?

Casemaker usually finds only the exact search terms entered into the Full Document search query box. However, users may find all word forms of a single word by attaching an asterisk (*) to the end of the word (no spaces allowed). By doing so, users activate the suffix expansion feature. If the term stalk* is typed into the search box, present tense (stalk), plurals (stalks), past tense (stalked), nouns (stalker) and progressive tense verbs (stalking) can all be found in a single search.


New Changes to ORCP
New changes to the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect Jan. 1, 2008. The 2006 Promulgated Amendments containing these changes to the ORCP can be found on the Council on Court Procedures’ website:
www.counciloncourtprocedures.org. Click on ‘Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure,’ then ‘2006 Promulgated Amendments.’


2008 InnovAction Award Nominees Sought
The College of Law Practice Management is calling for entries for its 2008 InnovAction Awards. This is a worldwide search for lawyers, law firms and other deliverers of legal services who have invented and successfully applied totally new business practices to the delivery of legal services. The goal of the InnovAction Awards is to demonstrate to the legal community what can be created when passionate professionals with big ideas and strong convictions are determined to make a difference.

The awards will be presented in September and will be judged on four criteria: absence of precedent; evidence of action; effectiveness of innovation; and freshness (action within the past three years). For more information and for entry forms, visit www.innovactionaward.com.



16th Annual Roberts-Deiz Winners Announced
Oregon Women Lawyers has announced the recipients of the 2008 Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards: Trudy Allen, former board member and current historian of the Queen’s Bench chapter of OWLS, has been selected for the Justice Betty Roberts Award for the promotion of women in the law. David F. Bartz, Jr., president and shareholder of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, will receive the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities
in the law.

The award recipients will be honored at the 16th Annual Awards Dinner on March 14 at the Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. For more information visit the OWLS website at www.oregonwomenlawyers.com or call (503) 595-7826.

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