Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2009

Time to Celebrate Pro Bono (and also Laugh)
In coordination with the ABA’s annual national pro bono celebration, Oregon attorneys are invited to celebrate pro bono with various events at the end of October.

The celebration kicks off Oct. 23 with Laf-Off (Legal Aid Fundraiser — Originated by Fios and Friends), a comedy showcase to raise funds for legal aid. More information on Laf-Off can be found at www.cej-oregon.org/Laf-Off.htm.

Then on Oct. 27, you can attend the Pro Bono Fair, ONLD Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and two free CLEs: “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.” The events begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. For registration, contact Shelley Dobson at sdobson@osbar.org.

The last event of the week will be Veterans’ Issues, a CLE event on Oct. 28, 2-4:30 p.m. in Salem. More information on this event is available from Catherine Petrecca at cpetrecca@osbar.org.

OGALLA Annual Dinner Oct. 24
The Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association will host its annual dinner on Oct. 24 at the Hotel Monaco, with Shannon Price Minter as the keynote speaker and featuring catering by Red Star Tavern & Roast House.

Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. A silent auction benefiting the Bill & Ann Shepherd Scholarship will be held. More information can be found online at www.ogalla.org/events.html.

Book on Help for Economic Woes
Many good lawyers are out of work or fear that they may be the next victim of the woeful economy. For them, the ABA Section of Law Practice Management has published a new guide, How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times, with a wealth of tips, resources and tools to help lawyers overcome economic challenges, as well as teach them the practice management, marketing and technology usage insights they need to succeed. See www.abanet.org for more information.

Annual Immigration Awards Dinner Oct. 24
The Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association is hosting the 2009 Oregon Immigrant Community Awards Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Melody Ballroom in Portland.

Each year the organization honors an immigrant who has made substantial and lasting contributions to Oregon and its residents, and a lawyer who has provided excellence in advocacy or litigation.

This year’s immigrant honoree is Sokhom Tauch, executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland. The attorney honoree is Dagmar Butte of Parker, Bush & Lane.

Proceeds from the dinner support legal services for low-income immigrants who cannot afford counsel. Proceeds are divided between Immigration Counseling Services and Catholic Charities Legal Services, providers of immigration services.

Tickets are $100 per person, and may be purchased at the Oregon AILA website at www.ailaoregon.com, or by calling Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura at (503) 607-0444.

2009 Annual Health Law CLE Oct. 9
The 2009 Annual Health Law CLE, jointly sponsored by the OSB Health Law Section and the Oregon Health Lawyer’s Association, will be held Oct. 9 at the Oregon Medical Association in Portland.

This year’s CLE event will focus on health care reform efforts at both the state and national level. Panels will be included with speakers offering different perspectives on the health reform legislation that passed in Oregon, and what that means to your practice. Additionally, speakers will address the most prominent features being considered (or having passed) at the federal level.

The all-day event (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will also include the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues over lunch. The OMA is located at 11740 S.W. 68th Parkway, Portland. For registration information, contact Brian Parrott at bparrott@cooneycrew.com.

Two Federal Practice Programs Nov. 13
The Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Oregon Law Institute will be presenting two half-day programs on federal court practice Friday, Nov. 13. For more information, visit the Oregon FBA’s new website at http://oregonfba.org/ or e-mail oli@lclark.edu.

Historical Society to Hold Annual Dinner Oct. 29
The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and dinner Oct. 29, featuring a keynote address by Lewis & Clark College professor Stephen Beckham on the topic of “Native American Tribes and the Federal Courts.” The event will be at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

Also scheduled is a presentation of the society’s Lifetime Service Award to Nancy Moriarty. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Additional details can be found at the society’s website, www.usdchs.org/events.php.

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