Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2011

Oregon Statutory Interpretation Discussion Jan. 27
The Willamette Law Review would like to invite all interested lawyers to attend a panel discussion of Oregon statutory interpretation. The speaking panel will include professor Abbe Gluck of Columbia University, Oregon Supreme Court Justice-elect Jack Landau, professor Jeffrey Dobbins of Willamette University and Pete Shepherd of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick.

This special event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Willamette University College of Law, John C. Paulus Great Hall (Room 201) from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public at no cost. Panelists will respond to questions from the audience.

Personality Traits of Successful Practitioners
Do lawyers see the world differently from nonlawyers? Are there certain personality traits that make one lawyer more successful than another? These questions and more are at the center of a new report titled “Understanding Lawyers: The Personality Traits of Successful Practitioners” released by Hildebrandt Baker Robbins.

The report, found at tinyurl.com/understandinglawyers/, discusses the results of a survey and personality assessment of almost 2,000 lawyers from across America. Respondents were rated on issues like ambition, sociability, prudence and learning approach, and the results were compared to a that of a group of nonlawyers.

St. Andrew Legal Clinic Expands Services
St. Andrew Legal Clinic has expanded its services to needy Oregonians by adding the Community Development Law Center (CDLC), which provides legal services to nonprofit community-based organizations serving low-income people.

“The families we serve also need housing, food and other services that CDLC clients provide,” said Laura Maffei, president-elect of the St. Andrews Legal Clinic board and an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. “Adding CDLC supports our goal to serve more Oregonians.”

CDLC has helped community development corporations, housing authorities, community action agencies, community treatment programs and community land trusts, with projects that include more than 3,200 affordable homes and apartments throughout Oregon, several weatherization programs, Head Start schools, two regional food bank warehouses and other community facilities serving low-income Oregonians.

CDLC’s two staff attorneys also coordinate donated legal services from local lawyers and law firms, and train law school students to work with nonprofit community organizations. During the past 10 years, CDLC has assisted more 100 organizations with help from 80 lawyers, 20 summer law school interns, and 70 Lewis & Clark Law School students. For more information on the CDLC, visit http://www.cdlcweb.org

SALC provides legal help to 2,000 low-income Oregon families each year, most of whom are headed by single mothers living at or below federal poverty guidelines. Client fees, which are charged on a sliding scale, pay for about half of SALC’s costs. The remainder comes from local donations and foundation grants. SALC receives no government funding.

CEJ’s 2011 Awards Luncheon
The Campaign for Equal Justice will host its 2011 Annual Awards Luncheon Feb. 22 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. More details will be available soon at the CEJ website: www.cej-oregon.org.

OWLS Roberts Deiz Awards Dinner
Oregon Women Lawyers will host the 19th Annual Roberts Deiz Awards Dinner on Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

The dinner recognizes the recipient of the Justice Betty Roberts Award, honoring an Oregon lawyer committed to promoting women in the law, and the recipient of the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award, honoring an Oregon Lawyer committed to promoting minorities in the law. OWLS’ mission is to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession.

Before the dinner, the OWLS Foundation silent auction will be held to raise money in support of its mission to educate and support women and minorities in accessing and participating in the justice system. Tables for 10 are $850, individual tickets are $85, and reduced rate/lower income tickets are $60. For more information, visit http://www.oregonwomenlawyers.org.

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