Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2009
Bar News

Update Your Address by Nov. 13
To avoid delays, all bar members should update their primary mailing address no later than Friday, Nov. 13, to ensure that the 2010 OSB Membership Fee Statement is mailed to the correct address.

Attorneys will be able to view and pay their membership fees online after the 2010 fees have been created. An alert will be sent via e-mail to members in November when the dues information becomes available online.

The 2010 membership fee billing notices will be in the mail by Dec. 1, sent to the address on file for the member as of Nov. 13. (Deadline for paying the 2010 membership fees: Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, by 5 p.m.) To update your contact information, log in to the bar’s website at www.osbar.org and click on the “Communication Preferences” tab.

Taste for Justice Wine Auction Raises $90,000 for St. Andrew Legal Clinic
Leaders in the legal and business communities came together on Sept. 15, 2009, to enjoy fine wine and raised $90,000 for legal services for low-income families. The Markowitz Herbold-Gevurtz Menashe Taste for Justice Wine Auction, held at the University Club in Portland, benefited St. Andrew Legal Clinic, the 30-year-old nonprofit law firm providing legal services to low-income families in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Columbia Counties.

The evening’s festivities began with a champagne reception, then 88 guests savored world class wines paired with local and regional fare. Celebrity auctioneers Albert Menashe of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe,Matt Levin from Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, Paul Fortino from Perkins Coie, and Chris Hermann from Stoel Rives, auctioned off 31 spectacular wine lots, including a bottle of 1951 Chateau Margaux, a bottle of year 2000 Mouton Rothschild, and magnum of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon autographed by rock legend Sheryl Crow. This year’s offerings also included non-wine lots, including the ever-popular “dinner for eight” at the home of Jay and Shelly Sickler, featuring culinary skills by Mark Hosack and wines from the private cellar of Paul Fortino, and a wine-themed piece of art donated by Thomas Arvid and the Shaffer Fine Art Gallery.

Oregon Chapter Wins 2009 Excellence Award from FBA’s National Organization
The Federal Bar Association recently awarded the Oregon Federal Bar Association the prestigious 2009 Chapter Activity Presidential Excellence Award. The award recognizes chapters that provide superlative programs and activities for the lawyers and the community served by the chapter.

The local FBA District of Oregon chapter is comprised of approximately 400 federal judges and practitioners, and it is the primary source of educational programs and contact with the federal bench in Oregon. The chapter hosts monthly luncheons with the judges and presents reasonably priced CLE programs designed for federal practitioners, co-sponsors social events with the judges, produces and updates the local Federal Court Handbook, and produces an award-winning newsletter that includes stories about federal events and cases and legal updates.

The Oregon FBA chapter encourages everyone who appears in federal court in Oregon to join the chapter, join them for lunch, and attend an FBA-sponsored CLE or social event, submit a newsletter story, or any of the above. The federal courts in Oregon — the district court, bankruptcy court, immigration court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — are incredibly professional and collegial places to work. To join their dynamic chapter or to get more information, visit www.fedbar.org/oregon.html.

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