Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2009
Bar News

2009 OSB and ABA House of Delegates Openings
Oregon has one open seat on the ABA House of Delegates and several openings in all regions for the OSB House of Delegates. The ABA term is for two years, and OSB terms are for three years.

The deadline for filing nominating petitions and candidate statements is March 23, 2009.

For more information and to print a copy of the Candidates Statement and Nominating Petition go to www.osbar.org and select House of Delegates, or contact Danielle Edwards at (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 426.

Two Recent Amendments to MCLE Rules
The Oregon Supreme Court recently approved the following MCLE Rule amendments, effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Previously MCLE Rule 5.7(c) allowed credit for screening accredited programs, provided the original program date was less than five years prior to the screening date. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the original program date cannot be more than three years prior the screening date.

MCLE Rule 5.7(d) allowed credit for repeat live, video or audio presentations if the member has claimed credit for the activity in another reporting period. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, CLE credit may not be claimed for any program for which you have already claimed credit in any reporting period.

The full text of the MCLE rules is available online at www.osbar.org/_docs/rulesregs/mclerules.pdf. To navigate to this page online, go to www.osbar.org, click on "MCLE" on the left side of the page and then choose "rules."


UTCR Changes Proposed, Comments Requested
The Uniform Trial Court Rules committee met Oct. 10, 2008, to review proposals to amend the UTCR and to make preliminary recommendations to the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. A description of the proposals and action taken by the committee is posted at: http://www.ojd.state.or.us/programs/utcr/utcrrules.htm and published in Oregon Appellate Courts Advance Sheets No. 2, Jan. 12, 2009.

Proposals of special note include a new rule and forms for protecting personal information in family law cases and revision of the uniform support affidavit.

The committee encourages all interested parties to submit comments on these proposals. Comments can be posted at the web address mentioned above or sent to the UTCR reporter at the Office of the State Court Administrator, Supreme Court Building, 1163 State Street, Salem, OR 97301-2563 or utcr@ojd.state.or.us.

The committee will make final recommendations on these proposals at the next UTCR meeting on March 6, 9 a.m., Office of the State Court Administrator in Salem. Those proposals approved by the chief justice will become effective Aug.1, 2009.


Hispanic Bar Association Dinner
The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association is proud to announce that at its annual award dinner, Feb. 20, 2009, at the Hilton Hotel, Danny Santos will be honored with the Paul De Muniz Professionalism Award. The award is given each year in recognition of the following: professionalism, outstanding service to the bench and the state bar, dedication to advancing legal education in Oregon, commitment to the OHBA, outstanding efforts to provide equal access to the legal system to all Oregonians, and consistent community involvement.

Through his work and extracurricular activities, Santos has influenced the lives of countless minorities over the years. In addition to providing clerkships and internships in the courts and governor’s office for women and minorities, he serves as a founding member of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos, a program that connects Hispanic youth in need of financial assistance for college with local businesses. This program alone has changed the lives of numerous Hispanic youths in Oregon, helping them gain greater access to higher education.

For more information, please visit www.oregonhispanicbar.org or email Judy Parker at japarker@schwabe.com.

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