Oregon State Bar Bulletin — AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009

2009 Legislation Highlights Update: Save the Date
Staying current with major new laws that affect your practice, your clients and the courts can be challenging. The 2009 Legislation Highlights Update, scheduled for Nov. 6, will touch on important new legislation in subject areas, including: business and consumer law; labor and employment; landlord/tenant, real estate and land use law; family law; health law; and criminal and juvenile law.

The event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the bar center in Tigard. Credits for this event are pending. The legislation highlights publication will be available at the event. Check the bar’s website at www.osbar.org for registration information later this summer, or contact the OSB Public Affairs Department for more information at (800) 452-8260, ext. 358.

Celebrate Pro Bono Oct. 27 With Two CLEs and Pro Bono Fair
Every year the bar celebrates the work attorneys do with a Pro Bono Fair and Awards Ceremony. The event holds special significance this year as it will be a part of the ABA’s National Pro Bono Celebration.

Two CLE programs are scheduled: “An Integrated Approach to Representing Domestic Violence Survivors: The Nuts and Bolts of Restraining Orders and Other Criminal and Civil Remedies” and “Responding to the Unemployment Crisis in Oregon: A Primer for Representing Clients in Unemployment Compensation Hearings and Appeals.” Both will deal with issues linked to pro bono opportunities.

More information on the events will be available soon. Watch for notices by e-mail or check www.osbar.org. For more information about the ABA pro bono program, see www.probono.net/celebrate probono.

Save the Date for ‘A Supreme Sesquicentennial’
A special conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Supreme Court is scheduled for this fall.

“A Supreme Sesquicentennial: The Oregon Supreme Court at 150 Years and Beyond” will be held Friday, Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Willamette University College of Law in Salem.

The event is sponsored by the Willamette University Center for Law and Government, in conjunction with the University of Oregon School of Law Kenneth O’Connell Conference and the OSB Appellate Practice Section.

Questions can be directed to the center’s director, Norman Williams, at normanw@willamette.edu.

Federal Bar Association Lunch Series Resumes
The Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association resumes its monthly lunch Sept. 17 at the University Club in Portland. The 2009-10 year series begins with “Lunch with the Judges.”

For information about the luncheon, see the chapter’s newly established website, http://oregonfba.org. Events, membership information, federal court postings are posted there.

Also, the chapter is co-sponsoring two half-day programs on federal court practice on Friday, Nov. 13: “Federal Practice 101” for new federal lawyers and “Federal Practice 201” for more experienced federal practitioners. The events will take at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. For more information, contact oli@lclark.edu.

Mediators’ Fall Conference: Save the Date
“Beyond Heroes & Villains: The Power of Collaboration” is the title for the 23rd Annual Oregon Mediation Association’s annual fall conference to be held Nov. 6 and 7 at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene. The University of Oregon School of Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center is co-sponsor.

Plans include a keynote address from professor Larry Susskind, as well as more than 25 workshops to build skills and understanding. The conference is appropriate for mediation practitioners, attorneys and others interested in mediation or other forms of conflict resolution. MCLE credits pending. One- and two-day registration options will be available.

For more information, visit the conference website at www.omediate.org/pg1010.cfm or send an e-mail to oma@omediate.org.

OWLs to Observe 20th Anniversary
Oregon Women Lawyers will celebrate its 20th anniversary Sept. 25 with a presentation and CLE seminar featuring women’s rights advocate Sarah Weddington.

Weddington, who successfully argued Roe v. Wade at age 26 before the U.S. Supreme Court, will discuss her experiences in a keynote address beginning at 3 p.m. From 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., OWLs’ first president, Katherine O’Neil, will moderate a panel discussion featuring: Holly Fujie, president of the State Bar of California; Janis L. Harwell, senior vice president, general counsel, Intermec Technologies Corp.; Hon. Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals; and Kristine Olson, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

A reception will follow with a special anniversary cake and refreshments.

The event will be held at the Portland Waterfront Marriott. The cost is $50 for OWLs members, $65 for nonmembers and $20 for students. All are welcome.

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