Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2013

Bar News

Oregon State Bar Day at the Capitol May 1

The Board of Governors is organizing an Oregon State Bar Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 1. The event is designed to put lawyers in touch with their legislators to advocate for adequate court funding, adequate indigent defense funding and support for legal services. The OSB Public Affairs Department will provide tips for talking with legislators, as well as talking points. To register, please email pubaff@osbar.org">/a>.


BOG Candidate Filing Deadline May 14

The Oregon State Bar currently seeks candidates for the Board of Governors. There are three board positions open to active bar members in Lane and Multnomah Counties. The board consists of 18 members, 14 active bar members and four members of the public. The election will be held on Oct. 21, 2013. Board terms are for four years and begin on Jan. 1, 2014.

The board has five regular meetings a year, each held on a Friday and the following Saturday morning. Nearly half of the meetings are in the Portland area and the remainder at locations around the state. BOG committee meetings are held at the bar center in Tigard, three to four weeks prior to regular board meetings. Board of Governor members serve as liaisons to the Professional Liability Fund, bar sections and committees and numerous other groups.

For more information or to print a copy of the candidate statement go to http://www.osbar.org">/a>, hover over ‘Member Groups’ in the top green banner, and select ‘BOG Home’ under the ‘Board of Governors’ heading. You can also contact Danielle Edwards at dedwards@osbar.org">/a>, or (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 426.


Fastcase Tip: Use Forecite for Smarter Search Results

Fastcase recently unveiled a new citation analysis tool called Forecite that helps you get even more out of your keyword searches. Now, every time you perform a keyword search, Forecite will analyze the citation structure of the cases in your search results and suggest additional cases. These suggested cases will not be in your ordinary search results because they may not contain all of your search terms. However, they are cases that cited frequently by other cases in your search results, and are likely to be highly relevant to your research topic.

Here’s an example of how Forecite works: if you were researching desegregation and busing laws, your research certainly would not be complete without considering the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). However, if you search using those terms — desegregation and busing — Brown will not be in your search results because it does not contain either of those terms. No need to worry though, Forecite has you covered.

When you perform this search on Fastcase, you will see a light-orange colored banner at the top of your search results screen that indicates that in addition to your regular search results, Fastcase Forecite has identified two more decisions that may be relevant to your topic. Click the arrow at the right to expand those results. These two decisions are both seminal and relevant cases — Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) and the follow-up decision, Swann v. Board of Education, 402 U.S. 1 (1971).

It’s that easy.


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