Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2008

9th Circuit Appellate Advocacy
The Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to join several Ninth Circuit judges for an exciting afternoon that will include a demonstration oral argument with two of Oregon’s outstanding oral advocates: University of Oregon President David Frohnmayer and Oregon Department of Justice Attorney Janet Metcalf.

This program will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Historic Pioneer Courthouse in Portland. For more information, contact Kelly Zusman at kelly.zusman@usdoj.gov.

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Why is this remarkable? Other websites actually charge their customers for this service. The Cincinnati Bar Association Report recently did a comparison of a few of the legal research providers. They reported that as of January 2007, one of our competitors began charging $4.00 per hit in their "Documents in Sequence" feature (A.K.A. "browse").

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CourtCare Campaign Raises $104,000
The Multnomah Bar Association CourtCare Campaign, "A Jungle Gym in the Jungle," brought in more than $104,000 during its fundraising drive April 21 through May 9. The campaign raised money for the free drop-in childcare facility at the Multnomah County Courthouse.

Each year, the MBA gives awards to firms that bring in the most funds, as well as those who raise the most on a per-capita basis. This year the firm with the highest total at the end of the campaign was Bullivant Houser Bailey, with $7,646, which earns the firm the coveted Proudest Pride Award. Williams, Love, O’Leary & Powers, for the fifth year in a row, received the Loftiest Leap Award after raising $280 per employee.

In addition, Davis Wright Tremaine and the Multnomah County judges each donated more than $7,000 for the cause. Other contributions came from the MBA ($5,000), an MBA Young Lawyers Section raffle ($1,300) and the MBA WinterSmash bowling event ($16,000).

Located in a converted jury room, the Multnomah CourtCare program is the only full-time childcare center of its kind in Oregon. Provided at no cost to families, it is a project of the Multnomah Bar Association and is operated by Volunteers of America Oregon. The children receive individual attention from state-certified childcare providers.

For more information about CourtCare, visit www.mbabar.org/MBA_courtcare.htm.

LRAP Recipients Announced
The Oregon State Bar Loan Repayment Assistance Program Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that seven well-deserving attorneys have been selected to receive forgivable loans to help them pay off the debt they incurred attending law school.

Those attorneys are: Jennifer Amiott, who works for the Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon in Portland; Laura Baldwin, Multnomah Defenders; David Beal, an immigration attorney in Medford who works for the Center for NonProfit Legal Services; Rachel Diamond, a family lawyer at St. Andrew Legal Clinic in Oregon City; Stacey Reding, Multnomah Defenders; Mary Ross, who works at the Oregon Law Center in Ontario; and Nicholas Wood, who handles juvenile dependency and delinquency matters in Salem.

Each attorney is eligible for a forgivable $5,000 loan for each of three years, provided he or she remains in the same or similar work for each year.

The LRAP, funded through member dues, is designed to aid attorneys in public service, whose salaries are often much lower than attorneys in private practice. Attorneys who may apply for the loans include deputy district attorneys, public defenders and attorneys working for legal services agencies. This year’s recipients had an average student debt of $129,857, with an average salary of $37,538.

Child Centered Solutions Receives Challenge Grants
Child Centered Solutions has announced a total of $75,000 in challenge grants from three Portland-area family foundations. The B.P., Lester and Regina John Foundation, the Regina M. John Trust and the Hedinger Family Foundation have pledged to match contributions to CCS dollar for dollar up to $75,000 by July 31.

Donations to CCS from bar members will help maximize the effect of these challenge grants. To donate online, go to www.childcenteredsolutions.org, or send contributions to Child Centered Solutions, P.O. Box 397, Portland, OR 97207.

The mission of CCS is to protect the rights of children by helping parents and professionals identify and appropriately address the needs of children caught in intense family conflicts, and by providing pro bono legal representation to children in high conflict domestic relations cases.

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