Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2010

Website Aims to Protect Oregon’s Courts
Lawyers know how important the justice system is to our way of life in the United States. With court operations underfunded and court facilities are in disrepair across the state, many feel the courts are in jeopardy.

A new website created by the Multnomah Bar Association aims to protect Oregon’s courts and make sure they remain a trusted resource for the public, independent of partisan or corporate interests. Visit www.protectoregoncourts.org for more information.

2011 Salary Guide for Lawyers Now Available
Robert Half Legal has just released its annual survey of average starting salaries for legal professionals. The Robert Half salary guide is widely used by firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and educational institutions to set compensation levels for employees.

To download a free copy, visit www.roberthalflegal.com/salarycenter. To get a complimentary print copy of the guide, call (800) 870-8367.

“Fantasy SCOTUS” Website Seeks Volunteers
A new website designed to bring fun and competition to the world of the Supreme Court of the United States has been launched.

The site allows high school students across the country to take ownership of current, undecided cases in the nation’s highest court using a game similar to fantasy football. Students make predictions about the cases, compete and collaborate with other classes across the country and write analytical blog posts about them. The site is free for all teachers and students, and can be used as a classroom exercise or in extracurricular clubs.

To enhance the fantasy SCOTUS experience, the institute is inviting participation by attorneys. If interested, visit www.harlaninstitute.org/?page_id=280 to learn how to participate. Help is also needed from volunteers skilled in technology, education and business.

The site was created by the Harlan Institute (www.harlaninstitute.org), a legal and civics education organization. The institute’s mission is to bring a stylized law school experience into the high school classroom, with the hope instilling in the next generation a thorough understanding of our most fundamental laws. Utilizing the expertise of leading legal scholars and the interactivity of online games, participants are introduced to the Constitution, cases of the U.S. Supreme Court and the American system of justice.

Resource Guide for Divorce Lawyers Available
The eighth edition of the Clackamas County Family Law Group Resource Guide for Divorce Lawyers has been published. The 2010 edition is a completely revised, loose-leaf bound, 250-plus page catalog of the experts family law attorneys need in order to evaluate and prosecute cases.

The guide contains the names of 222 professionals, divided into 16 categories ranging from real and personal property and business appraisers, to custody evaluators and children’s counsel, mediators, counselors and appellate counsel (if you need to right a trial court wrong or defend a hard fought win). There are detailed resumes of services and their costs from 172 of the participants. This edition also includes an “Other Resource” section for such random resources as FTR transcribers, labs, investigators and even a polygrapher.

Order a copy by mailing a $45 check payable to CCFLG to Jack Lundeen, P.O. Box 1146, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Be sure to provide the address where you want the guide sent.

Women’s Support Group Beginning in January
A reminder: The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program is offering a 10-session group for women lawyers in the Portland area, beginning in January.

If you would like support for issues related to practicing law, managing stress or balancing your life, contact Shari R. Gregory at (503) 226-1057, ext. 14, or sharig@oaap.org.

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