Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2009

Come Picnic with Clackamas Women Lawyers
Join Clackamas Women Lawyers for its second annual family friendly picnic social in West Linn Sunday, July 26, 2 to 5 p.m. Burgers and hot dogs will be on the grill at 2:30. Feel free to bring something to share: last names A-M bring a side dish; N-Z bring dessert. Sodas will be provided, but bring your own alcoholic beverage. You are also encouraged to bring CDs or iPods to contribute to music for the event.

The picnic will be held at Sunset Park, which is located at 4665 Bittner St., in West Linn. An initial headcount is appreciated for food planning, but no RSVP is required. All are welcome. Sunset Park features play equipment and a wading pool. For more information or to RSVP, contact Bonnie Carter at bcarter_esq@yahoo.com or by phone at (971) 344-3003.

New from the ABA: The Lawyer’s Guide to Practice Management Software Systems
The newest edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to Practice Management Software Systems, from the ABA Section of Law Practice Management, is a complete, how-to guide to understanding, evaluating, choosing and implementing a practice management system to be used in the law firm.

Written by legal technology expert Andrew Adkins, this updated guide covers the entire gamut of the latest practice management software systems, helping lawyers gain a solid understanding of the individual capabilities and special features. It provides guidance on how to: obtain the software at the best price; set up the workflow in an office; obtain necessary training for staff and much more. Written for both novice and experienced process management software users, this book helps lawyers get their systems up and running quickly — leaving them more time to work on their cases, not track them.

The book comes with a CD-ROM that contains the appendices from the book, including sample checklists, questionnaires, RFPs and a case management system implementation and training plan. To order, visit www.ababooks.org.

An Evening at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden
The Juvenile Rights Project invites you to enjoy an evening at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden on Saturday, Sept. 19. The night’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a concert by Michael Allen Harrison, dinner by Food in Bloom, a Lion Dance by the Lee Association, lucky fortunes, custom calligraphy and more.

Tickets for the evening are $100, and sponsorships are currently available. For more information, contact Janeen Olsen at (503) 232.2540, ext. 231 or janeeno@jrplaw.org.

OWLS Fall CLE and 20th Anniversary Celebration
Oregon Women Lawyers will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a CLE and celebratory reception on Friday, Sept. 25. The event’s theme will be “How Far We Have Come, How Far We Have to Go.”

The CLE will feature Sarah Weddington and a panel including Holly Fujie, president, California State Bar, Kris Olson, former U.S. Attorney and Hon. Darleen Ortega, of the Oregon Court of Appeals. The panel will be moderated by Katherine O’Neil. Immediately following the CLE will be the 20th anniversary celebration and reception, and the presentation of the Workplace Leader Award. For more information, visit the OWLS website at www.oregonwomenlawyers.org.

Women Lawyers of Color Guide to Successful Careers
A group of accomplished women lawyers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and practice settings are reaching out to the next generation with roadmaps for success in the legal profession. The resulting “atlas” is Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters — Strategies for Success from Multicultural Women Attorneys, a compilation of inspirational and instructional letters from 44 experienced women lawyers of color.

The book is a joint project of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. The authors are litigators and transactional lawyers, judges and law professors, who penned words of inspiration to guide readers on their career path.

Four of the 44 contributors are featured in a podcast, which can be accessed at: http://abavideonews.org/audiovideo.php?id=349.

The essays are organized by practice settings, including large and midsize firms; solo and small firm practices; public service; and academia. They address issues of marginalization, sexism, racism as well as work-life balance and the significance of mentors. The paperback is available from http://www.abanet.org/abastore.

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