Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2011

Annual Picnic at Judge Leavy’s Farm: Sunday, Aug. 7
The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Federal Bar Association invite you, your family and colleagues to The Annual Picnic Celebrating Oregon’s Law Schools at Judge Leavy’s family hop farm, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at 1 p.m. RSVP to (503) 326-8150 or mary_ellis@ca9.uscourts.gov by July 29 with the number of adults and children in your party. Further details and directions to the farm can be found at www.usdchs.org.

Legal Aid Receives Grant from the Roscoe C. Nelson, Jr. Fund

The Multnomah County Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon is the recipient of a $34,211 grant from the Roscoe C. Nelson, Jr. Fund for Pro Bono Law Services to the Poor administered by the Oregon Community Foundation. Roscoe C. Nelson, Jr. practiced law in Portland for 52 years and helped the poor by providing free legal services throughout his career. His family members and friends established the Roscoe C. Nelson, Jr. Fund to honor this tradition. The endowment’s purpose is to connect volunteer lawyers with low-income people in need of legal services in Multnomah County.

The grant will help fund the office’s pro bono program. Its volunteer lawyers assist domestic violence survivors with restraining order issues, senior citizens with civil legal issues and other clients with a with a wide range of civil legal matters.

The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.

Design, Construction and Legal Sectors Come Together to Remodel CourtCare

While many people were enjoying barbecues and baseball over the Memorial Day weekend, a group of hardworking volunteers came together for an important cause. Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, Yost Grube Hall Architecture, Howard S. Wright Construction and many subcontractors, donated their time, money and energy over the three-day weekend to renovate the CourtCare site at the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland.

Multnomah CourtCare, a free drop-in child care center in the Multnomah County Courthouse, is a project of the Multnomah Bar Association. It provides child care at no cost to families who must go to court. Operated by Volunteers of America Oregon for the MBA, it serves 80 to 100 children and their families every month.

Local groups have contributed much of the hard costs for the remodel; however approximately $10,000 still needs to be raised. For information on how to contribute, contact Mary Rower at (503) 295-3085 or email her at MaryRower@MHGM.com.

Classroom Law Project’s Annual Golf Tournament: Sept. 26

Classroom Law Project’s Annual Golf Tournament is a charity fundraiser benefiting CLP programs and civics education in Oregon. This year’s tournament will be held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Sept. 26.

The Classroom Law Project is a nonprofit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to be active citizens. For more information, visit www.classroomlaw.org/donate/golf-tournament/.

2011 Mock Trial Videos Now Available Online and On DVD

Videos of the 2011 Mock Trial Competition, which involves high school students acting as prosecution and defense in real-life cases, are now available through the Classroom Law Project website. DVD copies are available for purchase for $10 each and online streaming is available for $5 for one month or $10 for unlimited viewing. To purchase the videos, visit www.classroomlaw.org/homepage/mock-trial-dvd/.

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