Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2013


Volunteers Wanted for ‘One Million Trees’ Event Nov. 2

The Oregon State Bar is participating in the ABA’s “One Million Trees” project, which challenges lawyers to participate in efforts to enhance the environment and address global warming by planting trees across the country. The OSB has already sponsored two events and is now recruiting volunteers to help restore a recently completed portion of the Fanno Creek Trail extension in Tigard, not far from the bar center.

Friends of Trees will provide gloves, tools and trained volunteer guidance — as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate and breakfast snacks. Please plan to meet by 8:45 a.m. at the staging site (look for the Friends of Trees signs) to register. No experience is necessary. Friends of Trees asks only that all volunteers dress for the weather, wear boots or sturdy shoes, and come prepared to have fun.

Let us know you’re coming by sending an email to events@osbar.org with the subject line “trees.” Please include your name, bar number, a phone number where we can reach you, and the names of any guests you will be bringing with you. Children are welcome, with those over age 6 most likely to enjoy the event. You can find more details at www.osbar.org or www.friendsoftrees.org.


Two Attorneys Needed for UTCR Committee

The Uniform Trial Court Rules (UTCR) Committee is seeking attorneys to fill two positions that will open at the beginning of 2014. Applicants should have significant trial experience in criminal defense and in general civil law.

These are volunteer positions with appointment made by the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. The UTCR Committee is an advisory group to the chief justice that makes recommendations on the UTCR and supplementary local rules. It meets twice a year, in the spring and fall, in Salem. Members work with judges, attorneys and court staff from across the state on issues that directly affect litigation practice.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your law practice, areas of expertise, qualifications, rulemaking experience and involvement in similar groups to bruce.c.miller@state.or.us or Bruce C. Miller, Office of the State Court Administrator, Supreme Court Building, 1163 State St., Salem, OR 97301. The application deadline is Nov. 29.


‘Networking for Women at All Career Stages’ on Oct. 24

Join the Mary Leonard Law Society and Willamette University College of Law for a panel discussion on tips and strategies that women can use to network effectively, market themselves and self-promote at all career levels on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Salem.

The panel will be held on noon to 1 p.m. and will include Stephanie Palmblad, associate attorney with Collier Law; Vanessa A. Nordyke, assistant attorney general in the trial division at the Oregon Department of Justice; Martha Pagel, shareholder and leader of the environmental, energy and natural resources practice group at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; and Debra Ringold, dean and Jeld-Wen professor of free enterprise at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

This a free event and brownbag lunches are welcome. RSVP at www.mary leonardlawsociety.org. For information, email maryleonardlaw society@gmail.com.


27th Annual Oregon Mediation Association Fall Event Set Nov. 1-2

The Oregon Mediation Association is proud to present its 27th Annual Fall Conference, “Civic Fusion: Polarization. Conversation. Integration,” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland. Susan L. Podziba will be the keynote speaker.

The conference is designed for mediators, attorneys, students, educators, ADR practitioners, human resource professionals, counselors, social workers and others interested in conflict management and resolution. To register and find more details, visit the OMA website at www.omediate.com. Early registration ends Oct. 17.


Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 7

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society invites everyone to its annual meeting and dinner on Nov. 7 at the Governor Hotel in Portland, featuring author Phillip Margolin’s keynote address about Holmes v. Ford, an 1853 case that inspired his upcoming novel Worthy Brown’s Daughter. The society will also present Lifetime Service Awards to Sidney Lezak (posthumously) and Norman Sepenuk. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by dinner at 6:30.

Additional details, including the flyer with reservation information, are available at the society’s website at www.us dchs.org.


Wine & Chocolate Extravaganza Set for Nov. 16

Tonkon Torp will present the Fifth Annual Wine & Chocolate Extravaganza Saturday, Nov.16, at the Oregon Convention Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event will benefit Youth, Rights & Justice, a not-for-profit law firm that represents children in foster care, parents in the child dependency system and youth in the juvenile court system.

Honorary chairs of this year’s “Wild Edition” are Wild author Cheryl Strayed and filmmaker Brian Lindstrom. The evening will include chocolate and wine tastings, dinner and an auction. Tickets are $150. Visit www.youthrightsjustice.org for more information as it becomes available.


New FastCase Partnership with Hein Brings Law Reviews and More

FastCase recently announced a partnership with the William S. Hein & Co., one of the country’s oldest and most respected independent publishers.

As a part of that agreement, FastCase will now integrate every volume of more than 1,800 law reviews into the Fastcase collection, as well as historical state statutes, session laws, and state attorney general opinions. Searching the opinions and viewing results will be free, and users can subscribe to view the full articles at a major discount from Hein’s regular pricing.

For more details, visit tinyurl.com/FastCaseHein.


New Pro Bono Legal Clinic Program Launched by OAPABA and Oregon Law Center

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Oregon Law Center have opened a pro bono legal clinic to provide free civil legal services to low-income clients at the Immigration & Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Center in Northeast Portland. Private attorneys who are members of OAPABA will volunteer their time to interview and assist low-income people through this clinic.

The clinic caters to Portland’s growing Asian Pacific Islander communities and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every other month. The clinic is open to any low-income person who would like a consultation about a general civil legal issue. Appointments for help can be made by emailing RSVP@ irco.org or calling (503) 235-9396.

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