Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2008

2008 OGALLA Spring Social
The Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association will host a spring social for members and guests May 15, 2008. The social will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hobo’s, 120 N.W. Third Ave., Portland. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Justice Betty Roberts Autobiography Release and Reception
On Friday, June 13, Oregon Women Lawyers will celebrate the life and career of former Justice Betty Roberts at a CLE and reception to mark the release of her autobiography With Grit and By Grace: Breaking Trails in Politics and Law.

The event will be held at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, and will feature a CLE and panel presentation from 3 to 5 p.m., with the reception and book signing to follow. Light appetizers will be provided, along with a no-host bar. Registration brochures will be mailed in early May.

OWLS Seeks Award Nominations
Oregon Women Lawyers is accepting applications through July 15, 2008, for its Workplace Leader Award. This award recognizes a legal employer making innovative and effective efforts to promote one or more of the following values: a healthy balance between work and life; acquiring and maintaining a diverse workforce; maximizing opportunities for women and minorities to succeed in the workplace.

In 2007, the award was shared by Farleigh Witt and Bodyfelt Mount Stroup & Chamberlain for implementing policies that favor professional fulfillment over maximizing profits. The 2008 award recipient will be honored at OWLS’ Fall CLE, to be held in conjunction with the National Association of Women Judges conference in October.

Nominations should include information that will help the award committee evaluate the specific program, policy or project of the employer, the markers of success of that program, policy or project, and names of people who can be contacted for further information. Nominations should be sent to Leslie O’Leary, Oregon Women Lawyers, c/o Williams Love O’Leary & Powers P.C., 9755 S.W. Barnes Rd., Suite 450, Portland, OR 97225; loleary@wdolaw.com.

Oregon AG’s 2008 Public Contract Manuals
The 2008 edition of the Oregon Attorney General’s Public Contracts Manual, containing revised model public contract rules and updated commentary, case law and other information on public contracting, is now available at a cost of $65. A copy of the table of contents can be found at

To order the 2008 Public Contracts Manual, print the Publications Order Form at
http://www.doj.state.or.us/oregonians/pubs.shtml, complete the necessary information and mail along with payment to Publications Section, Oregon Dept. of Justice,1162 Court St., NE, Salem, OR 9730l-4096.

Direct questions about orders to Nicholas Hill: (503) 378-2992 ext. 2 or Nicholas.A.Hill@doj.state.or.us.

Try Casemaker’s Exclusion Function
Did you know that Casemaker allows users to exclude search terms in order to narrow searches?

The exclusion function can be used to prohibit undesired cases from being offered to the user. By placing a hyphen (-) immediately before (no spaces allowed between the hyphen and the word to be excluded) the term to be eliminated from the search, Casemaker will display only those cases which have desired search terms.

Think of it as a minus sign. For example, property -commercial would most likely yield strictly private property cases. Users are able to insert multiple combinations. Entering the words gross sexual imposition -rape would eliminate all rape cases. Drown -swimming -pool would yield cases in which the word drown would appear, but swimming and pool would not.

Seminar on Kids in the Middle of Divorce
Child Centered Solutions, in partnership with the Henry L. Hillman Jr. Foundation, presents "Handling High Conflict Parents While Helping Their Children," featuring Bill Eddy, author of High Conflict People in Legal Disputes and Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing a Borderline or Narcissist. This seminar is designed to help professionals work more effectively with parents or guardians suffering from personality disorders and to learn ways to mitigate the impact of high conflict on children. 6 CLE credits (pending).

The seminar will be held Friday, June 13, from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 N.W. 19th Ave., Portland, OR 97209. For information, contact info@childcenteredsolutions.org or (503) 546.6383 or visit their website, www.childcenteredsolutions.org.

Lawyer Development Institute June 19-20
The National Association of Legal Professionals and the ALI-ABA are pleased to announce the 2008 Lawyer Development Institute. This year’s conference will address, in depth, best practices in lawyer career development and career counseling, both of which are emerging as cutting-edge approaches to manage the acquisition and retention of legal talent.

As the competition for recruiting and keeping talented lawyers continues to grow, many law firms are augmenting their efforts by introducing lawyer career development and career counseling programs. Drawing from best practices in other industries, leading law firms have begun to approach talent management with professionally staffed career development teams that provide career counseling, planning and coaching. Whether lawyers ultimately stay with the firm, or move on, the career development model provides a mutually productive framework for managing the natural progression of lawyers’ professional careers.

This conference will be held June 19 and 20 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20001. For more information or to register, e-mail events@nalp.org.

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