Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2009
CLE Seminars

MBA Concepts for Lawyers with Edward Adams
Thursday, March 19, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
6.5 general CLE credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

MBA Concepts for Lawyers provides a one-day crash course in understanding the legal impact of business operations on individual and corporate clients, providing important insights into their health, value and future stability. Adams provides practical techniques for reading balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flow, helping spot vital financial and legal issues. The principles are constant and apply to family businesses as well as huge multinationals. Adams discusses the risk and return model, explains how stocks and bonds are priced and advises on the effective and ethical use of financial leverage. He also explores the accompanying legal doctrines in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and securities.

Ast (4/17) Bend (4/10) CB (4/10) Eug (4/17) GP (4/9) HR (4/10) Klam (4/10) LG (4/10) Med (4/17) New (4/17) Pend (4/17) Red (4/17) Rose (4/9) Salem (4/10) Tig (4/22) Vale (4/10)

22nd Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute
Friday, April 10, 8:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.–noon
9.5 general CLE credits and
1.25 ethics credits
Washington credits 9 general CLE credits and 1.25 ethics credits
British Columbia: credits pending
Vancouver Hilton, Vancouver

In these troubled economic times, the real estate collapse affects a multitude of practice areas, with bankruptcy being in the forefront. This year’s Bankruptcy Institute addresses a range of real estate related topics, from relief for small businesses and consumers to dealing with subprime service providers. A panel featuring Douglas D. Duncan, Vice President and Chief Economist for Fannie Mae, Professor Tim Duy, University of Oregon, and Professor Katherine Porter, University of Iowa College of Law, will address "Mortgage Mysteries and Mishaps." Traditional topics will be covered, too: ethics with the Hon. Cecilia G. Morris, Southern District of New York; and a lunch presentation by the Hon. Dennis Montali, Northern District of California, Ninth Circuit BAP Appeals. Co-sponsored by the OSB Debtor-Creditor Section and the Creditor-Debtor Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

No video replay.

How to Survive the Crash — Crucial Skills and Techniques for Weathering the Downturn

Friday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
5.25 general CLE or practical skills credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

Bailouts, buyouts and bankruptcies. Every day brings grim news about the worst economic crash since the Great Depression. As the legal profession begins to feel the effects, lawyers and law firms need to take action to survive. Whether to stabilize to your practice, reduce costs or increase revenue, this full-day seminar will address managing change in a drastically changing environment.

Learn what to absolutely avoid in a downturn, how to retain clients (and how to bring them back) and steps for building effective prospect conversations. Focus on identifying true practice area profitability and potential, strategies for pricing legal services, combating competition and price resistance and developing pricing and payment techniques that attract more clients. Within your firm, gain techniques for controlling overhead and increasing efficiency, including restructuring employees for cost-savings, utilizing technology to innovate how work is done and creating collaborations for back-office support and production.

For more than two decades, master practice advisor Dustin Cole has worked with hundreds of firms and thousands of lawyers to help them build more successful and satisfying practices. This is your opportunity to get expert advice on how to best cope with unprecedented changes in the profession — and survive and thrive in a down economy.

Ast (5/15) Bend (5/8) CB (5/8) Eug (5/15) GP (5/7) HR (5/8) Klam (5/8) LG (5/8) Med (5/15) New (5/15) Pend (5/15) Red (5/15) Rose (5/7) Salem (5/8) Tig (5/20) Vale (5/8)

Start Off Strong: Legal Writing with Ross Guberman
Wednesday, April 29, 9 a.m.-noon
3 general or practical skills credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

Whether you are a new attorney or someone who is looking to brush up on writing skills, this interactive legal writing session will teach the advanced writing skills that distinguish the best lawyers’ work product. Participants will critique, edit, and revise excerpts from recent famous cases, deals and disputes.

No video replay

Writing to Clients About the Law with Ross Guberman
Wednesday, April 29, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
2 general credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

In this interactive workshop, learn how to write to clients about the law in a way that captivates readers. Participants will also critique sample work product while applying the techniques to client alerts, memos and other documents.

No video replay


CLE Publications

2008 Oregon Legislation Highlights
Find out which new laws will affect your practice and clients. The legislature’s 2008 Supplemental Session resulted in the passage of more than 70 bills. The new 2008 Oregon Legislation Highlights publication describes over 40 of those bills enacted in numerous practice areas. Effective dates of each described bill are also provided. For more information call the OSB Service Desk at (503) 431- 6413 or, toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260, ext. 413.

Oregon Uniform Civil Jury Instructions
The 2008 supplement will include a new user’s guide, a new introductory instruction and revised precautionary instruction, revised punitive damages instructions, four new domestic animal liability instructions, a new trespass to land instruction and more.

Workers’ Compensation
The definitive guide to Oregon Workers’ Compensation law will be completely revised. As usual, it will be organized for easy access to applicable statutes, administrative rules, and legal decisions. For more information about these and other titles, call the OSB Service Desk at (503) 431-6413 or, toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260, ext. 413.

For more information call the OSB Service Desk at (503) 431-6413 or, toll-free in Oregon,
(800) 452-8260, ext. 413


April 10-11
22nd Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute

May 1
Negotiation Best Practices in a Tough Economy with Marty Latz

June 4-5
Tax Institute

June 19
Estate Planning and Family Law

June 26
Ethics in 18 Holes

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