Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010

In Appreciation
I enjoyed Prof. Rowe’s article about appalling etiquette in The Legal Writer (January 2010). It was a good reminder of how to approach professional relationships. It was also a good review of writing style, including use of exclamation points, the word whom and varying sentence lengths.

Jesse Lohrke
University of Oregon School of Law (Class of 2011)

LRAP Works
I am writing to express my support for LRAP, the Loan Repayment and Assistance Program. I was glad to see our new bar president, Kathy Evans, mention the program among the bar programs of which she is most proud. I was one of the first recipients of a forgivable loan under that program. The program grants $5,000 forgivable loans for up to three consecutive years to attorneys who have low paying public service practices and have substantial law school debt.

I am the staff attorney in the Stop Violence Against Women Project at Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center, a position I have had for the last five years. Prior to working at the advocacy center, I was an AmeriCorps attorney in Hillsboro in a program that represented domestic violence survivors. I have been lucky enough to specialize in working with domestic violence and sexual assault clients, and to have received a substantial amount of training in the area over the years. I love my work and feel privileged to have opportunity to work with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors on a daily basis.

Since my husband and I have chosen to embrace our new role as parents, with all its joy and financial costs, I would not have been able to stay at legal aid without the extra support LRAP provided. I remain deeply grateful that the program exists and that I was selected.

Gina Marie Stewart

We Love Letters
The Bulletin welcomes letters. In general, letters should pertain to recent articles, columns or other letters and should be limited to 250 words. Other things to keep in mind:

Letters must be addressed directly “To the editor.” No reprints of letters addressed to other publications, to other individuals, to whom it may concern, etc., will be considered for publication.

Preference will be given to letters in response to either letters to the editor, articles or columns recently published in the Bulletin.

Letters must be signed. No unsigned or anonymous letters will be printed. The executive director may waive this requirement, if such waiver is requested.

Letters from Oregon State Bar members receive top priority for publication in the next available issue. When responses occur over several issues, the editor reserves the right to cease printing letters on the subject in question. The editor also reserves the right to hold a letter(s) to the editor until a subsequent issue. Letters from non-Oregon State Bar members are published if space permits and if the subject matter is deemed to be of interest to Oregon State Bar members.

Letters may not promote individual products, services or political candidates. All letters must comply with the guidelines of Keller v. State Bar of California in that they must be germane to the purpose of regulating the legal profession or improving the quality of the legal services available to the people of Oregon.

Letters to the editor may be edited for grammatical errors, style or length, or in cases where language or information is deemed unsuitable or inappropriate for publication. Profane or obscene language will not be accepted.

The Bulletin will not publish letters containing language constituting an attack upon an individual, group or

The Bulletin strives to print as many letters as possible. Therefore, brevity is important, and preference will be given to letters that are 250 words or less. The editor reserves the right to select or withhold letters for publication, and to edit any and all letters chosen for publication. The authors of rejected letters will be notified in writing by the editor.

Send letters to: Editor, OSB Bulletin, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281, or e-mail: editor@osbar.org.

In the article “A Helping Hand” (December 2009), the name of the late Deborah Dealy-Browning, a Portland lawyer who died in 2004, was incorrectly reported. The Bulletin regrets the error.

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