Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2011

FBA Spring Social May 26
The Annual Spring Social of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association takes place May 26th, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Hatfield Courthouse in Portland. Federal and state judges as well as OSB members are all welcome to attend. The social will include hosted Oregon beers, wine and appetizers featuring fresh, local foods. The admission fee is $20. Register online at www.perkinscoie.com/FBA Reception2011.

11th Annual Race for Justice June 25
For 11 years St. Andrew Legal Clinic has hosted a family-friendly 5K fundraiser in Northeast Portland. This year the Race for Justice will be held Saturday, June 25, beginning and ending at the Madeleine Parish. Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 5K starts at 10:15 a.m. A pizza party will be held after the race and prizes will be awarded for fastest attorney and non-attorney runners, largest team and best pledge-raisers. In 11 years, the race has raised more than $1,000,000 to help the clinic provide low-cost legal services for families in need.

This year’s race is expected to attract more than 700 participants. Hundreds of Portland area lawyers, judges, administrators, volunteers, fans and kids of all ages will compete for bragging rights and help raise money to keep the clinic operating. Prizes will include wine and cheese parties, special weekend getaway packages and one winning team will walk away with the coveted Bronze Sneaker. Entry fees and sponsorship of the race help raise critically needed funds. To register for the race, visit www.salcgroup.org and click on Race for Justice.

Nominations Deadline for Board Candidates is May 10
The bar seeks candidates for the upcoming OSB Board of Governors election. Region 5 has two seats and Region 6 as one seat open to active bar members. The candidate filing deadline is May 10.

The board meets five times a year on Fridays in various locations around the state. Board committees meet at the bar center on a Friday three to four weeks prior to each full board meeting. Members the board also serve as liaisons to the Professional Liability Fund, bar sections, committees and numerous other bar groups.

Information on the OSB Board of Governors, including the candidate form to download, can be found at www.os bar.org/leadership/bog. For more information, contact Danielle Edwards at (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 426, or dedwards@osbar.org.

Deadline is May 31 for Special Election to Board Region 2 Seat
Due to the upcoming resignation of Board of Governors member Derek Johnson, the bar is accepting candidates for a special election. The Region 2 position consists of members who maintain their primary office address in Lane County. The newly elected member will fill the unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2013.

Interested members are encouraged to review the bar’s website for more information on the position and the eligibility requirements. The filing deadline for this special election is May 31. Candidate forms are available at www.osbar.org/ leadership/bog.

Contact Danielle Edwards, dedwards@osbar.org, or 503-620-0222 or toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-8260, ext. 426, for additional information.

May 12 is OSB Day at the Capitol
The Public Affairs Committee of the Board of Governors encourages bar members to participate in the biennial OSB Day at the Oregon Capitol on Thursday, May 12. The event is a chance for bar members to meet with legislators to discuss issues of importance to the justice system, including adequate funding for the judicial branch and indigent defense in criminal cases, and for civil legal services for low-income Oregonians.

The Public Affairs Department will arrange appointments with legislators and provide talking points and brief tips on how to talk with legislators. To register for the event email pubaff@osbar.org. For more information call Matt Shields at (503) 431-6358.

OWLs Seeks Workplace Leader Award Nominations
Oregon Women Lawyers’ mission is to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession. While most legal employers agree in concept that such changes are needed, many disagree on how to achieve these goals. The OWLs Workplace Leader Award recognizes a legal employer making innovative and effective efforts to promote a healthy balance between work and life, acquiring and maintaining a diverse workforce with diverse leadership and/or maximizing opportunities for women and minorities to succeed in the workplace and advance to positions of influence & leadership.

OWLs would like to encourage applications from in-house legal departments, government employers and employers who are making strides in recruiting and retaining ethnic minority lawyers and equipping them for leadership. The 2011 award recipient will be honored at OWLs’ Fall CLE reception on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

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