Oregon State Bar Bulletin FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014
Administrative Suspension Deadlines Have Changed
Due to changes in the Oregon statutes in 2013, OSB members who fail to pay membership fees on time will be administratively suspended sooner than in previous years. House Bill 2565 shortened the time between the due date for membership fees and administrative suspension from 150 to 90 days. (Previously, it was 150 days.)
With the statute change, a member is in default after 30 days (March 3) and will be suspended for nonpayment of the membership fee on May 3.
If you have not yet paid your fees for 2014, you are strongly encouraged to log in to your member dashboard via www.osbar.org or visit www.osbar.org/fees/Fee/FAQ.html#Changes for more information on the updated deadlines.
Help Fill Vacancies in the OSB and ABA House of Delegates
Each year, vacancies open up on the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates from members whose terms have expired. Constantly refreshing the group’s membership gives more members a chance to participate in policy and decision making. Seats for three-year terms are currently open in all regions for the OSB House of Delegates. To run in the election, you must return a candidate statement and photograph to the bar by March 21.
The bar also has two two-year positions available on the ABA House of Delegates for 2014. To qualify for the ABA positions, candidates must be active members in good standing with the OSB and the ABA and have their principal office in Oregon.
LRAP Applications Are Due April 15
Many attorneys in public service face crushing debt, coupled with meager salaries. The OSB Loan Repayment Assistance Program uses forgivable loans to help lawyers working in public service pay their student debt.
The program offers loans in any amount up to $5,000. Participants selected will receive the forgivable loans for three years, as long as they stay in qualifying employment. Lawyers who have benefitted from the program include public defenders, district attorneys and attorneys working for civil legal services providers.
Court Reporters Kick Off Week with OSB Military History Project
The Oregon Court Reporters Association, in partnership with the Oregon State Bar’s Military and Veterans Law Section, is launching the Oregon Veterans History Project. The oral histories will be sent to the Library of Congress.
To kick off this new project, former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz was the first OSB veteran to give his oral history at a session held at the Oregon State Bar Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
OCRA held the event in conjunction with National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, which was observed nationwide Feb. 16-22. The history program kickoff in Oregon was just one of many educational events held across the nation during the week. Other events included a grassroots social media campaign and presentations at high schools about court reporting and captioning careers.