Oregon State Bar Bulletin DECEMBER 2014
2014 Reporters: Complete All Credits by Dec. 31
Compliance reports for members whose MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31, 2014, were emailed on Oct.15. If this is your reporting year, all credits must be completed by the end of 2014 and the completed compliance report is due in the MCLE office no later than 5 p.m., Feb 2, 2015.
You can download your compliance report via the member login from the bar’s website at www.osbar.org. Contact the MCLE Department at (503) 620-0222, ext. 368 with any questions.
Visit www.osbar.org/mcle for answers to frequently asked questions and updates on MCLE rule amendments, including the new elder abuse reporting credit requirement.
Report 2014 Pro Bono Hours
The OSB asks that all members report the hours of pro bono work done during 2014. Having data on pro bono hours allows the bar to be aware of and acknowledge the good work done by lawyers. It also provides details often asked for by the general public or the legislature, and it ensures that the bar and the nonprofit pro bono providers are aware of the services provided and the services lacking for low-income Oregonians.
Reporting makes lawyers and firms eligible for the 2014 ONLD Pro Bono Challenge Awards, in which individuals and firms that report the highest number of pro bono hours are honored.
Visit www.osbar.org/probono/reporting.html and click on the “Login and report your hours online” link in the box in the middle of the page.
Reminder: Use firstname.lastname@example.org and the Member Dashboard
As the year ends, the Oregon State Bar sends all regulatory notices — information on MCLE credits, IOLTA reporting, membership fees and other regulatory requirements — from one email address: email@example.com. To ensure that you receive these important emails, make sure you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your “approved senders” list, or ask your I.T. department to greenlight this address in your spam-blocking software.
Although the regulatory compliance email will help remind you of annual deadlines, you can check the status of these requirements at any time by visiting the Member Dashboard of the bar’s website. Log in to www.osbar.org to find up-to-date information, including news about important notifications, CLE details, a calendar of upcoming events, MCLE reporting info and more. Your dashboard is updated daily to keep information current.
New Lawyers: Volunteer for Practical Skills Through Public Service
The Oregon New Lawyers Division’s Practical Skills Through Public Service (PSPS) Program is gearing up for its fifth year. Program participants and organization representatives were recently welcomed at a social on November 13 hosted by Barran Liebman.
The PSPS Program provides new attorneys a chance to learn practical skills while supporting government offices and nonprofit organizations. The Multnomah County Courthouse has participated in the program since 2012 and released a report detailing the structure they created to partner with the PSPS Program. The report and more information about joining the program as a participant or a providing organization is available online at www.osbar.org/onld/practicalskills.html.
Paralegals Elect New Board, Honor Award Recipients
The Oregon Paralegal Association held its 35th Annual Business Meeting Oct. 24 and elected a new board. They also recognized outstanding members of the association through annual awards. The Oregon Paralegal Association works to advance and promote the professional and educational standards of paralegals. To learn more about the association, visit OPA’s website at www.oregonparalegals.org.