Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2009
CLE Seminars

ADA Amendments Act: 2008 Legal Overview and Practical Impacts for Employers
Wednesday, July 8, 9 a.m.-noon
3 general CLE or access to justice credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

Complying with the ADA can be challenging. Since 1990, a number of Supreme Court cases have changed the definition of “disability,” and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 brings more changes to the definition. This practice-oriented seminar will examine these changes and the impact the ADAAA has on the reasonable accommodation process. Hear expert advice on what the legislative changes mean to your clients and how they can effectively implement the changes. From understanding the definition of disability and how disability is defined in other environments, such as workers’ compensation and FMLA, to discovering legal defenses for not providing reasonable accommodations, this valuable information will allow you to provide clients the help they need to meet the challenges of the amended ADA.

Live webcast available - no video replay.

Working With and Serving
Individuals with Disabilities:
Practical Tips for Accommodations and Etiquette

Wednesday, July 8, 1-4:30 p.m.
3.5 general CLE or access to justice credits
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

More than 54 million people in this country are affected by a disability. Developing relationships with people with disabilities is no longer a rare event. This seminar will provide practical information and useful tools for working and communicating with disabled individuals, including the use of accurate language and appropriate questions. View trends that project the legal needs for people with disabilities for the next five to 10 years, and learn how lawyers can benefit by increasing their accessibility to the largest underrepresented group in the nation.

Become familiar with community resources to help businesses meet state and federal disability laws and assist individuals in the workplace. Understand how simple changes, such as using a larger font size on documents for a client with limited vision, and assistive technology can enhance your communication skills. Also view a video presentation, The Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities.

Disability does not discriminate as to ethnicity, education, gender, age or socio-economic class. It touches nearly one out of every two adult Americans. This is a key opportunity to learn what it means to be a person with a disability in our society and how to professionally cultivate an environment of inclusion and integration.

Live webcast available - no video replay.

The Law Library, featuring Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror —
A Public Defender’s Inside Account

by Steven T. Wax
Wednesday, July 15, 9 a.m.-noon
Credits pending
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

The concept of “civil liberties” took on new meaning after 9/11. Kakfa Comes to America is a sobering account of how the government’s broad counterterrorism measures affected a public defender’s ability to represent his clients. Author Steven T. Wax is the federal public defender for the District of Oregon, and nothing in his more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer prepared him for what his clients would face in a post-9/11 America. The clients: Brandon Mayfield, an American-born Oregon attorney arrested as a terrorist suspect in the 2004 Madrid train station bombing, and Adel Hamad, a Sudanese hospital administrator doing refugee aid work in Pakistan. Besides restricting Wax’s access to his clients and evidence, even more disturbing was the possibility that one or both of them could be transferred to a “black site” — one of the United States’ secret prisons.

Using discussion questions and a panel that includes the author, explore how the government’s quest for national security resulted in an erosion of our rights, or, as The New Yorker described, “the short path from depriving terrorists of their rights to depriving everyone else.”

This is not a lecture format. Advance reading of Kafka Comes to America is necessary to understand and discuss the book’s concepts with the panel. This book is available at Powell’s Books, www.
powells.com
, (800) 878-7323; AnnieBloom
Books, www.annieblooms.com; (503)246-0053 and www.amazon.com.

No video replay.

Summer Video Week, Aug. 10-14
All Summer Video Week seminars are located at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard.

Fundamentals of Real Estate and Land Use
Monday, Aug.10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
5.5 general CLE credits and .75 ethics credits

16th Annual Litigation Institute & Retreat
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-l p.m.
4.5 general CLE credits

Gender Differences in the Courtroom
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2-4 p.m.
2 access to justice credits

Estate and Distribution Planning for Retirement Benefits with
Natalie Choate
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Thursday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
7 general CLE credits

Promoting the Standards of Professionalism and Civility: A Bench and Bar Partnership
Friday, Aug. 14, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
3 ethics credits

Child Abuse Reporting
Friday, Aug. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
1 child abuse reporting credit

Elder Abuse and Neglect in Oregon
Friday, Aug. 14, 1:45-4:45 p.m.
3 access to justice credits

 

CLE Publications

Advising Oregon Businesses, Vols. 3 & 4
Be up to date with changes in Oregon law with the 2009 supplement to Advising Oregon Businesses, Vols. 3 & 4. The supplement to the most comprehensive, practice-oriented reference work on business law in Oregon includes two revised chapters and statutory changes from two legislative sessions. It also includes new sections highlighting the income tax treatment of deferred compensation under nonqualified deferred compensation plans (as modified in 2004 by the enactment of IRC §409A) and much more.

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

Upcoming

August 5
A Lawyer’s Guide to Navigating Intellectual Property in Cyberspace

August 5
Addressing the Needs of Today’s Combat Veterans

September 11
An Ethical Morning at the Movies

September 11
Child Abuse Reporting

September 11
Online and Text Promotion:
R U Ok?

September 17
What Every Oregon Lawyer Needs to Know About Intellectual Property

September 24
Advising Nonprofit Organizations


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