|Oregon State Bar Bulletin AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009|
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Information on 2009 MCLE
Members with an MCLE reporting period ending Dec. 31, 2009, will be receiving an MCLE compliance report from the Oregon State Bar by Nov. 1. For this purpose, it is important that the OSB have on file the current addresses of all members.
If this is your reporting year and you do not receive and submit the compliance report by the due date, you could be suspended for failure to comply with MCLE rules. To check your address and MCLE reporting period information, go to www.osbar.org/secured/login.asp.
Here are some frequently asked questions about MCLE compliance:
Do I have to complete access to justice credits? If you are in a three-year reporting period that ends Dec. 31, 2009, you are not required to complete any access to justice (formerly called elimination of bias) credits. If you are a new admittee whose first MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31, 2009, you must complete one access to justice credit.
If your question has not been answered, call the MCLE Department at (503) 620-0222 ext. 368, or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 368. If you prefer, you can e-mail your question to Denise Cline, MCLE administrator, at email@example.com.
Race For Justice a Success
Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook registered 77 participants, earning the “Largest Team” Award. Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf and Davis Wright Tremaine came in a close second and third. “Prevailing Parties” (led by Chris Rounds of Liberty Mutual and Chris Kent of Kent & Johnson) took home the “Best Fundraising Team” trophy for collecting $9,910 in donations. Chris Rounds single-handedly raised $9,200 and was awarded “Best Individual Fundraiser,” followed by Brad Miller of Ball Janik with $7,000, Greg Mowe of Stoel Rives with $6,200, and Jack Lundeen of Clackamas County Family Law Group with $3,865.
For more information and event photos, go to www.salcgroup.org/events.
Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association Celebrates Formation
Witnessing the occasion were all three Portland-area Asian Pacific American judges, the Hon. Jim Fun of Washington County, and the Hon. Michael Loy and the Hon. Youlee You of Multnomah County; Secretary of State Kate Brown; representatives from the offices of Rep. David Wu and Sen. Ron Wyden; and other judges and dignitaries.
Inspired by attending the 20th anniversary conference of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in November 2008, about 15 Portland Asian Pacific American attorneys worked over the months to form this organization and plan the launch event.
Mami Fujii, one of the founders, described why she believed it was time for Oregon for such an organization: “Having grown up in Japan as a majority, I know that being a minority still means something in this country. I wanted to see a community where being an Asian was not an issue — if anything, only a reason to celebrate.”
OAPABA is an affiliate of NAPABA, which represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 58 local Asian Pacific American bar associations.
LRAP Announces Recipients
LRAP is designed to assist selected public service attorneys in the repayment of their student loans. Selected attorneys selected receive up to $5,000 per year for each of three years. The loans are forgiven annually upon the recipient’s completion of a full year of public service work. The 2009 applicants had an average debt of $105,293, with an average salary of $42,985.
For more information about the program, contact Catherine Petrecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (503) 431-6355.
Lawyers, Food Banks and OLAH
In San Francisco, the local bar association and food bank have teamed up for the “Food From the Bar” drive each spring for the last 15 years. The Los Angeles Bar Association followed suit this year with a competition among attorneys, stationed along a conveyer belt, to see which team could prepare the most care packages of food in a 10-minute shift; a retired Superior Court Judge presided. In Virginia, 181 law firms competed in their first state-wide competition for the “Attorney General’s Cup” this year as part of the annual “Legal Food Frenzy” to support local food banks; it inspired attorneys general in Indiana, North Carolina, Nebraska and Florida to start similar statewide competitions in 2009.
Oregon’s version of the “legal food frenzy” has been in action for 13 years. It started in 1997 after the Oregon Food Bank put an ad in the Bulletin asking for volunteers from the legal community to help the Oregon Food Bank raise food and funds. Attorney Jeff Matthews thought about it for a month and volunteered. He started Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger (OLAH), a nonprofit group of attorneys dedicated to supporting the Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger. Ever since, OLAH and our legal community have stepped up to raise support for the Oregon Food Bank. In 2008, OLAH surpassed its goal of raising more than $1 million for the Oregon Food Bank since its inception. OLAH is now seeking to involve attorneys statewide and is launching a new website at www.oregonlawyersagainsthunger.com.
OLAH’s food and fundraising drive occurs at the end of each September and into early October; this year it starts Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 9. OLAH president Bethany Bacci reports that this year the need is greater than ever: “Demand for emergency food boxes is up statewide over 20 percent from last year. OLAH gives us a way to connect with something bigger and provide needed assistance for our community.”
Law firms will compete for the Silver Barrel Award, awarded to the team with the largest overall contribution, and the Golden Can Award, which goes to the firm with the largest average per capita contribution.
To participate, team captains get designated by each firm to rally the collection of donations of funds and food and then report the successes. OLAH board members support the captains during and after the drive. Donations can also be made directly to www.oregonfoodbank.org with “OLAH” designated as the program to receive credit for the donation.
“The competition is big fun,” says Tim Calderbank. “OLAH gives lawyers an occasion to be seen in a positive light. I am impressed by the legal community’s teamwork — through a little friendly competition — in raising money to support the Oregon Food Bank.” All that is involved is donating food and/or funds, and soliciting those from others (and keeping track of total dollars and pounds of food donated).
Contact Bethany Bacci at (503) 294-9837 or email@example.com for more information.