Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2010

SALC Race for Justice June 19
The 10th Annual St. Andrew Legal Clinic Race for Justice will be held on June 19 and is open to anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of fellow Oregonians. Registration is available through June 11 at http://salc.givezooks.com/ for both paid race entrants and pledge raisers. A post-event party will be held at the Madeleine Parish and will include pizza and root beer.

DOJ Launches Searchable Consumer Complaint Database
The Oregon Department of Justice recently launched a new searchable database of consumer complaints. The database is derived from consumer contacts since Jan. 1, 2008. DOJ plans to update the online database according to complaints received through the attorney general’s consumer hotline. Check it out at https://justice.oregon.gov/complaints/.

Save the Dates:

July 22: Annual OMLA Event
The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association’s 11th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction at the World Trade Center in Portland will be Thursday, July 22. The OMLA auction raises money to provide scholarships to minority law school graduates dedicated to serving the people of Oregon. For more details on this event, see http://omla.homestead.com .

Sept. 27: Classroom Law Project Golf Tournament
Save Sept. 27 for the 9th Annual Classroom Law Project Golf Tournament, to be held at a new location this year: the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information on the tournament and on how to be a sponsor, visit http://www.classroomlaw.org/donate/golf-tournament/.

Oct. 28: Annual Pro Bono Fair and Two Free CLEs
The Celebrate Pro Bono Committee’s Annual Pro Bono Fair and Reception will be Thursday, Oct. 28. This year’s event will feature Chief Justice Paul de Muniz along with two free CLEs that relate to pro bono work and access to justice issues. It will be held at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. The CLEs will begin at 2 p.m., with the fair and reception to follow beginning at 5 o’clock.

ABA Certifies PCC Paralegal Program,
an Oregon First

A first was achieved when the paralegal program at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus recently became the first community college program of its kind in Oregon to receive official approval from the American Bar Association.

Formal approval of the Cascade campus’ paralegal program was granted by the ABA in February at its annual convention in Orlando, Fla. The approval provides assurance to both students and the legal community that PCC’s program is providing an excellent educational experience grounded in practical paralegal preparation. The ABA approval process took over two years to complete, according to paralegal department chair Jerry Brask.

“It was an intensive process examining all aspects of the paralegal program, and included an on-site visit last spring by a team of out-of-state ABA professionals,” Brask said.

The paralegal program, offered by PCC for more than 35 years, provides a comprehensive paralegal education to more than 300 students annually. About 40 to 50 students graduate from the program every year with either a two-year associate’s degree or a one-year certificate.

The program has a law library — not common for community colleges — dedicated to use by the paralegal students. There’s even a Paralegal Club, which helps to sponsor educational events.

For more information, contact Brask at (503) 978-5212 or visit www.pcc.edu/pl.

Sustainability Blog Launched
Lane Powell recently launched its latest blog, the Sustainability and Climate Change Reporter, focusing on sustainability and climate change legal issues. This new online resource offers quick, in-depth and topical news and information featuring a broad range of topics, including cap-and-trade policies, carbon credits, climate change, green building, renewable energy, smart grid, solar power and wind power.

The blog includes posts on topics such as new emissions trading programs in the United Kingdom and Tokyo, challenges encountered in the rollout of smart grid meters and changes to Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit program for renewable energy. Visit the blog at www.sustainabilityclimatechangereporter.com.

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