Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2012

New Year’s Resolution Help
If you are plagued by procrastination and dizzy from disorganization, make 2012 the year that you change self-defeating behavior by setting achievable goals that lead to greater success. You can learn to prioritize, effectively delegate and conquer your inbox. A five-week, one-hour, in-person group will be held at the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program office, 520 S.W. Yamhill, Suite 1050, Portland, facilitated by OAAP Attorney Counselor Meloney Crawford. The group will meet on Tuesdays after work beginning the second week of January.

Can’t make it downtown? Have online access? Reserve a spot in the upcoming online group. If you are interested in the live meetings or the online group, contact Meloney Crawford at 503-226-1057 or at meloneyc@oaap.org.

OMLA Reception Jan. 26
Stoel Rives and the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) will be hosting a reception on Thursday, Jan. 26, to honor the accomplishments of OMLA members during 2011 and look forward to the new year.

This special reception will be held at the offices of Stoel Rives, 900 S.W. 5th Ave., Portland, in Club Nineteen (located on the 19th floor). Register to attend by Jan. 19 by contacting Ari Okano at (503) 802-2174 or okano@tonkon.com, or Lainie Decker at (503) 294-9496 or orlddecker@stoel.com.

Disability Law Training Feb. 8-9
New attorneys are invited to a training session on providing legal help with Social Security disability claims. Experienced practitioners and court staff will train lawyers on how to help individuals apply for and obtain disability benefits at the Oregon New Lawyers Division and Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division’s Social Security Disability Law Training Program. Topics cover the overall process, representing claimants and appealing the decision. Practitioners will present a mock hearing at the conclusion of the program. This comprehensive program runs February 8 and 9 from 9 to 5 and February 10 from 9 to noon at the U.S. District Courthouse in Portland.

This program is free, but space is limited. For more information and to register, visit www.osbar.org/onld/specialprojects.html.

State Regions Vie for “The Justice Cup”
This year’s annual fund drive for the Campaign for Equal Justice will reward different regions in Oregon for their support for the campaign’s annual fund drive. The larger of two traveling trophies, The Justice Cup, will go to the region with the highest percentage of lawyers who give to the campaign. The smaller trophy will go to the region with the highest percentage increase of lawyers giving to the campaign over last year.

For more information on the CEJ, including information on how to donate to this year’s fund drive, visit www.cej-oregon.org/index.php.

Commemorate Judge Roosevelt Robinson’s 70th Birthday Jan. 19
As a community leader, former prosecutor, respected judge and beloved friend, the Hon. Roosevelt Robinson touched the lives of many and set a sterling example of legal professionalism in public service. Judge Robinson passed away seven years ago on Aug. 4, 2004. To honor his legacy of inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things, his friends and colleagues established the Roosevelt Robinson Minority Scholarship through generous gifts to Lewis & Clark Law School.

To commemorate Judge Roosevelt Robinson’s 70th birthday, his friends and colleagues are coming together to raise funds for this important scholarship on Thursday, Jan. 19, 4-7 p.m. at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Courtroom 602. The event is free, in hopes that attendees will support the scholarship.

Please RSVP by Jan. 11, by emailing lawscholarships@lclark.edu or calling (503) 768-6646.

Newly Revised Military Divorce Handbook Available from the ABA
Now completely revised and expanded, the new edition of The Military Divorce Handbook is a timely and much-needed addition to a family lawyer’s library. Both comprehensive and practical, it covers all aspects of representing service members and their spouses in divorce in an accessible, easy-to-use format.

Five years after the first edition, this book continues to be a pertinent resource and a helpful legal guide for attorneys handling family law cases in the military context. To purchase a copy from the American Bar Association, visit tinyurl.com/ABAMilitaryDivorce.

Take a Sneak Peak at the New Democracy Video Series
The Multnomah Bar Foundation and MetroEast Community Media are producing a video series on democracy issues. The first videos, “A Day at the Courthouse” and “Types of Courts,” are due out in January and will be distributed statewide. Donations to the MBF will help the foundation complete subsequent videos, which cover voting and the importance of being an informed voter.

To see a preview of the video series and to learn how you can donate toward this cause, visit www.mbabar.org/mbf/mbfnews2.htm.


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