Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2010
Bar News

Legislative Comment Forum April 13
The Board of Governors Public Affairs Committee is inviting bar members to comment on the legislative proposals that sections and committees are bringing forward for bar sponsorship in 2011.

The committee will hold a legislative comment forum Tuesday, April 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the bar center. The proposals will be posted at the OSB public affairs webpage, www.osbar.org/pubaffairs, after April 1.

For more information, contact Camille Greene at cgreene@osbar.org.

MCLE Requirements for Members Admitted in 2009
All members who were admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2009 are reminded that your first MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31, 2010. Your minimum CLE requirement is 15 credits, which must include 10 practical skills credits, one legal ethics credit, one child-abuse reporting credit and a three-credit-hour OSB-approved introductory course in access to justice. (MCLE Rule 3.3(b)).

If you were admitted to the OSB in 2009 and your principal office for the practice of law is in Washington, Idaho or Utah, you may comply with Oregon’s MCLE requirements by completing the child-abuse reporting credit (required for all members) and providing a certificate of MCLE compliance from the jurisdiction in which your principal office is located.

Recent Amendments to MCLE Regulations
The following amendments to the MCLE Regulations were approved Feb. 19 by the Board of Governors:

1.115 Service By Mail.

(a) Anything transmitted by mail to a member shall be sent to the member by first class mail, or certified mail if required by these rules, addressed to the member at the member’s last designated business or residence address on file with the Oregon State Bar. Certified mail will not be sent “Return Receipt Requested.” Members who are sent certified mail will also be notified about the certified mailing via e-mail or regular mail (for those members who do not have e-mail).

3.300 Application of Credits.

(d) Members in a three-year reporting period are required to have 3.0 access to justice credits in reporting periods ending 12/31/2012 through 12/31/2014, 12/31/2018 through 12/31/2020 and in alternate three-year periods thereafter. Access to Justice credits earned in a non-required reporting period will be credited as general credits.

4.350 Sponsor Fees.

(e) All local bar associations in Oregon are exempt from payment of the MCLE program sponsor fees. However, if accreditation applications are received more than 30 days after the program date, the late processing fee set forth in MCLE Regulation 4.350(d) will apply.

Not Too Early to Start Thinking About OSB Annual Awards
Every year the OSB honors Oregon’s most outstanding lawyers, judges and citizens, but it cannot be done without your help. Nominations are currently being sought for the following awards: OSB Award of Merit; Wallace P. Carson Jr. Award for Judicial Excellence; President’s Affirmative Action Award; President’s Membership Service Award; President’s Public Service Award; and President’s Public Leadership Award.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, July 23.

The 2010 awards dinner will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

Nomination criteria, forms and other information can be found at www.osbar.org.

For additional information, contact Kay Pulju at (503) 620-0222, ext. 402, toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 402, or e-mail, kpulju@osbar.org.

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