Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2012

Hispanic National Bar Convention Aug. 22-25
The Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual convention will be held in the Pacific Northwest this year, in Seattle, August 22-25. This event will gather hundreds of attorneys, judges and students for the four-day program featuring: continuing legal education, networking events and workshops; the nation’s largest Hispanic career fair with exhibits from prominent firms, companies and government agencies; and fun social activities offering the best of Seattle.

A preliminary schedule of events can be found at tinyurl.com/HBA2012Events. For more information, including registration information, visit www.hnba.com/news-events/annual-convention/.

New: Post Legal Notices for Sheriffs’ Sales Online or in Newspapers
Sheriffs’ sales have been used in Oregon for collecting judgments since 1849, and notices of the sales have historically been posted in three public places for personal property or in the legal notices section of the local newspaper for sales of real property. But even though the number of sheriffs’ sales has increased due to the economy, the number of bidders showing up at sales has declined to historic lows. In order to increase the number of bidders and obtain more bids, ORS 18.924 and 18.926 now authorize Internet posting as an alternative to publication or posting. A website has been created by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for these postings.

The website will have sheriffs’ sale information for every county in the state in one convenient location. Not every sheriffs” sale will be listed, only those where the creditor chooses to use Internet posting instead of traditional newspaper notices. For further information, visit www.oregonsheriffs.com/sales.htm or call the OSSA at (503) 364-4204.

OMLA Social and Auction August 2
The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association invites all Oregon lawyers to its 13th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m., at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. Admission is $10 for lawyers, judges and professionals, $5 for law students.

To register for the auction, visit www.tinyurl.com/OMLA2012Auction. If you have any questions, contact auction chair Samantha Copeland at samantha.j.copeland@gmail.com.

Multnomah Bar’s 15th Annual Golf Championship October 1
The 15th Annual MBA Golf Championship for the Volunteer Lawyers Project will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club and aims to raise $20,000 for the Volunteer Lawyers Project at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. If you or your firm is interested in sponsoring this event, contact Pamela Hubbs at (503) 222-3275 or visit mbabar.org/assets/golfsponsorship.pdf for details.

Save the Date: Celebrate Pro Bono Week is Oct. 22-26
The American Bar Association has designated October 22-26 as Celebrate Pro Bono week for 2012, and activities in Oregon promise to be bigger and better than ever this year — including a free CLE in Eugene on Oct. 23. The annual Pro Bono Fair and Awards Reception will then be held on Oct. 25 at the World Trade Center in Portland and will feature three free CLE tracks focusing on the “how to” details of pro bono work.

New Book: Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
A new book by American Bar Foundation scholar Victoria Saker Woeste, Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech, provides a startling new interpretation of a watershed episode in the life of Henry Ford: his largely-forgotten side career as a publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda and the two Jewish lawyers, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who each tried to stop his war against the Jews.

Using never-before discovered evidence from the Ford archives as well as private collections from lawyers and civil rights leaders involved in trying to stop Ford’s libelous newspaper, the Dearborn Independent, this book reveals the depth of Ford’s involvement in the operation of his newspaper, how he invited the libel lawsuit, Sapiro v. Ford, that was filed against him in 1925, and how he maneuvered to end the litigation out of court. The new first-hand sources also reveal deep divisions among Jewish civil rights lawyers and religious leaders over how to handle the Ford matter and why they disagreed on the usefulness of resorting to law to answer hateful publications. Throughout the 20th century, American courts generally declined to recognize the category of hate speech as an exception to free speech rights under the First Amendment.

The book is now available at bookstores and online vendors.

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