Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2010

Crooks, Oberst to Receive OWLs Awards
Oregon Women Lawyers has announced the recipients of the 2010 Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards.

Sarah Crooks, a partner at Perkins Coie and former president and board member of OWLs, has been selected to receive the Justice Betty Roberts Award for the promotion of women in the law. Oregon’s First Lady, Mary Oberst, will receive the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities in the law.

The award recipients will be honored at the 18th Annual Awards Dinner on March 12 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. To read more about the recipients and to find out how to order tickets, see www.oregonwomenlawyers.org.

Play for Justice at the Gerding Theater
St. Andrew Legal Clinic has created a new event to raise funds to support legal services for low-income families: Play for Justice.

The Play for Justice, a production of Alfred Hitchcock’s “39 Steps,” will be held March 4 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland. The event is a collaboration with Portland Center Stage. Jessica Hamilton of Perkins Coie sits on the boards of both St. Andrew Legal Clinic and the local theater company.

Tickets for the production will include a private reception prior to the performance with proceeds to benefit St. Andrew. To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to http://www.salcgroup.org.

19th Annual CEJ Luncheon Feb. 16
The 19th Annual Campaign for Equal Justice luncheon will be held Feb. 16 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. If you haven’t received your invitation yet, visit www.cej-oregon.org or e-mail office@ cej-oregon.org.

The Campaign for Equal Justice was established in 1991 by Oregon lawyers with the mission of ensuring that equal access to justice becomes a reality for all Oregonians. CEJ supports 91 legal aid attorneys in 19 communities.

Law Firms Will Raise Rates in 2010,
New Survey Reports
These are among the results found in the newly released Altman Weil Flash Survey on 2010 Billing Rates.

“Although these results may seem to contradict some expectations for rate freezes in 2010, this is a relatively conservative rate increase by law firms that are struggling to balance their own business perspective with the needs of their clients.” said Altman Weil principal Tom Clay. “Most firms are making careful, considered increases — often client by client or lawyer by lawyer — unlike prior years when across the board increases were typical.”

“Law firms know that this is a buyers’ market.”

Conducted in November 2009, the survey polled 688 US law firms with 50 or more lawyers. Completed surveys were received from 288 firms (a 42 percent response rate), including 45 percent of the 250 largest US law firms.

The complete survey, including selected comments from participants, is available to download online at www.altmanweil.com/2010BillingRates.

Gonzaga to Convene International Conference on Hate Studies
The conference will convene leading academics from multiple disciplines worldwide, including law enforcement, journalism, education, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, human rights, community organization, activism and others.

For more information, contact the institute at againsthate@gonzaga.edu or call Jim Mohr, acting director, (509) 313-3665.

New Website to Highlight Rulings by Federal Appellate Courts
’s federal appellate courts. http://ABA.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?515903x3614496x3094796 is sponsored by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. It represents a collaborative effort to broadly disseminate timely, accurate and unbiased information about noteworthy and legally significant cases in the federal courts of appeals.

In conjunction with the ABA, a panel of distinguished law professors, supported by their students, select and summarize cases. The ABA is working with professors at the law schools of Temple University (Craig Green and David Sonenshein), the University of Texas (Stephanie Lindquist and Dean Leslie Oster), the University of San Diego (Shaun Martin), and the University of Arizona (David Marcus). The academic teams will be choosing from the more than 25,000 cases filed annually in the three courts of appeals.

The Media Alerts website can be found at http://ABA.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?515903x3614494x2063334.

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