Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2010

Construction Law CLE on Dec. 3
The OSB Construction Law Section invites bar members to the section’s upcoming CLE event, Friday, Dec. 3. Titled “2010 Practitioner’s Guide to the CCB,” the event runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and the annual section meeting. It will be held in the OSB Center’s Columbia Room.

Speakers will be Alan L. Mitchell, Van M. White and program managers from the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. In a question-and-answer format, the following topics will be discussed: licensing issues, enforcement, dispute resolution issues, contractor duties, hearings process and miscellaneous issues.

Information and registration information is available at www.osbar.org/events, or by calling (503) 431-6413, or toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260, ext. 413.

Women Lawyers Are Invited to a Networking Event Nov. 16

OWLS invites all women lawyers in Oregon to a special networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Red Star Tavern & Roast House, 503 S.W. Alder, Portland.

Along with lawyers, several other professional women’s groups are invited, including the Women’s Council of Realtors, the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPMW) and the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

The event is free of charge, so bring your business cards and a friend. This is a benefit for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build. For more information, e-mail Shawn@oregonwomenlawyers.org or call (503) 595-7826.

New Version of “Resource Guide for Divorce Lawyers” Now 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.

Taste for Justice Wine Auction Raises $125,000

Leaders in the legal, business and banking communities came together for the fifth annual Taste for Justice on September 30 to sample fine wines and raise dollars to support St. Andrew Legal Clinic. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, vintage wine, gourmet fare, and between a silent and live auction, they raised a record $125,000 to support low-cost legal services for Oregon families.

Auctioneers auctioned off 24 spectacular wine lots, including six bottles of Mouton Rothschild, a 28-bottle lot of rare Rhone Valley wines and a bottle of Dominus Cabernet Sauvignon autographed by Pacific Northwest native Rainn Wilson, star of The Office. This year’s offerings also included non-wine lots, such as dinner for 10 at Soter Vineyards, a “Crush Lunch” at Cristom Vineyards, a private wine reception for 50 at the fabulous BASCO dream kitchen showroom in the Pearl and a reception for 20 held at the Tonkon family’s personal classic car museum.

St. Andrew Legal Clinic is a community-based nonprofit organization providing quality legal services, in the area of family law to low-income individuals and families who might otherwise not have access to them. The clinic has served over 42,000 people since opening its doors in 1979. For more information, visit www.salcgroup.org.

Women’s Support Group

Beginning in January 2011, the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program is offering a 10-session group for women lawyers in the Portland area. 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.

How Accurate is Law and Order: SVU? A New Blog Examines the Episodes

Have you ever watched an episode of a legal-themed TV show and found yourself yelling, “That would never happen!”?

While most shows consult experts to keep storylines believable, there are times when an episode’s plotline requires events to unfold a bit differently than they would in the real world, or when the lawyers and judges make incomprehensible legal decisions. That’s why Allison Leotta, a federal sex crimes prosecutor, began “The Prime-Time Crime Review” blog.

In her blog, at www.allisonleotta.com/blog/, Leotta discusses new episodes of “Law and Order: SVU” and how accurate they are from a legal standpoint. The blog is fairly new — only five episodes have aired so far — but it will be updated through the end of the broadcast season.

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