Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2014


Brian Booth Endowment

Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization founded by the late Brian Booth (formerly of Tonkon Torp), has created an endowment in his honor. The goal is to raise $2 million for Brian Booth Writer’s Fund, and establishish permanent funding for the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships to ensure the creation and support of great writing by and for Oregonians.

To date, Literary Arts has secured nearly $1.2 million of the $2 million goal, and now the organization is entering the public phase with a $100,000 match from the Oregon Community Fund. For more information visit www.literary-arts.org/who-we-are/brian-booth-writers-fund/.

Coping Strategies and Communication Support Group

Are you interested in exploring your coping styles and learning new ways to communicate and face challenges at work and at home? Would you like to leave behind strategies you learned growing up?

This winter, the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program will start an eight-week confidential support group for lawyers who want to address issues regarding their family of origin.

The Family Ties Support Group will meet at the OAAP on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and will be co-facilitated by OAAP attorney counselors Shari R. Gregory and Kyra Hazilla. Participation by Skype or phone is also an option.

For more information, contact Shari Gregory at (503) 226-1057 or (800) 321-6227, ext. 14, or at sharig@oaap.org.


Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide Available from ABA

Remarkably little is known to the general public, or even to the practicing legal profession, about judges — how they decide cases, how they allocate work between staff and themselves, their work ethic, their psychology, the extralegal influences that play on them.

Blindfolds Off penetrates that veil of secrecy with 13 interviews tape recorded in the chambers of the respective judges. The author, Joel Cohen, has picked as the interviewees federal district judges who have presided in famous, publicity-attracting cases, cases most likely to challenge a judge’s fidelity to a passive, formalistic — which is to say traditional — mode of judicial decision making, and he has focused the interviews on those cases.

The book features selected specific, well known cases for the free-flowing dialogues which follow, from the thousands of cases to which these 13 judges have been assigned. If you are even remotely curious about how judges make decisions, this book provides some eye-opening interviews that will shed light on their decision-making process. To read more about Blindfolds Off or to purchase a copy, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/BlindfoldsOff


Fastcase Tip: Learn to Use Boolean Operators

The most powerful and flexible way to search for cases on Fastcase is to perform a keyword search using Boolean operators. Boolean operators are symbols that tell a search engine how to relate keywords to one another. For example, there are many ways to relate the two keywords cat and mouse.

Searching for “cat AND mouse” will yield cases containing both the words cat and mouse. “Cat OR mouse” will yield cases containing at least one of the words cat or mouse. “Cat NOT mouse” will yield cases containing the word cat but not the word mouse. And “Cat w/5 Mouse” will yield cases containing the word cat within five words of the word mouse.

Fastcase’s search engine is compatible with seven simple Boolean operators. There is no need to memorize them. Fastcase displays each operator along with examples right below the search box on the Advanced Caselaw Search page.

If you are new to Fastcase, a good way to learn how to use these operators is to click on one of the blue hyperlinked examples in the search tips. This will paste the search query in the example into the search box. Then you can press search to see what the results look like and compare them to the description of expected results listed in the search tips box.

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