Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2014

OSB CLE Lunch and Learn Series

The Laws of Editing: Edit Your Writing Process and Your Writing to Save Time, Make Money and Improve Client Service.
Presented by Peggy Capps, all capps LLC, Portland
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard
1 general CLE or practical skills credit for each Lunch and Learn seminar

Write What You Know Tuesday, Jan. 14, noon-1 p.m.
Every great writer has only one secret: know thyself. Do you have routines, habits, amazing feats in procrastination? Everyone who sits down — or stands up — to write needs to know not only what helps writing but also what hinders it. From tracking productivity levels to learning how to work around interruptions, you must know yourself before you can know your audience.

Just Write Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon-1 p.m.
After having a chance to measure and assess your own writing practices, we will apply what you’ve learned to write better, write faster and just simply write. How, with all those interruptions, deadlines, and demands in a day, can you find time to write — and write well? Start by throwing out writing myths, knocking down writer’s block and knowing when not to write.

Writing Is Editing Tuesday, Feb. 4, noon-1 p.m.
A misspelled word can mar credibility; a misplaced comma can cost millions. Ever wonder why the “most common mistakes” keep getting made? The editing process cannot be overlooked, and there are a few tricks and tools of the trade attorneys can learn about the hard-and-fast rules of editing and still make deadline. This will not be your typical editing curriculum.

Poetic Justice Tuesday, Feb. 11, noon-1 p.m.
Poetry is the highest form of writing. Rhyme, rhythm and refrain (and alliteration) go beyond flowery verses and are the essence of all good, clear and persuasive writing.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” — Hemingway Tuesday, Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m.

Never believe that your writing abilities have reached an apex, and do not settle for an accepted plateau. Take lawyering to the level of art with writing as your craft. Attorneys, partners, directors and shareholders can create an environment where quality writing by associates and staff is the norm. Writing is a solitary act, but you don’t have to go it alone.

No video replay for the Lunch and Learn series.


February 14
Intellectual Property

February 21
Practicing Juvenile Law in a Multicultural Context

March 7-8
21st Annual Litigation Institute & Retreat

Legal Publications

Criminal Law, 2013 Revision
The newly revised three-volume Criminal Law book is essential for Oregon lawyers who practice criminal law. Topics covered in this comprehensive resource range from search and seizure to postconviction proceedings, plus a new chapter on victims’ rights. Drawing on the wisdom of the experts in criminal law in Oregon, this book will save you time and resources.

In addition to serving as the chief reference guide on criminal law for Oregon judges, defense lawyers and prosecutors, Criminal Law is also an invaluable resource for civil practitioners who handle the occasional criminal law case. This publication is in the process of being completely revised for a late 2013 release, with chapters being posted to BarBooks online as they are finalized.

Oregon Uniform Jury Instructions
The Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee has written four revised cautionary and general instructions (and withdrawn one instruction), one new instruction defining "intent" and five revised intentional tort instructions, seven revised negligence instructions, seven revised instructions on motor vehicle rules of the road, two revised malicious prosecution instructions, three revised wrongful discharge instructions, two revised contract law instructions and two revised damages instructions. In addition, the committee has reviewed twenty instructions in various categories and determined that they are still accurate.

The 2013 supplement to the Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions is the biggest ever. As a result of State v. Mills, 354 Or 350 (2013), the committee removed all references to venue. This required changes to well over half the instructions in the book. The committee also revised a number of other instructions, including a comprehensive overhaul of the precautionary instructions given to the jury before trial.

Contact the OSB Service Desk at (503) 431-6413, or toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 413, to place your order. You may also order online at www.osbar.org/store/pub/pubcat.asp.

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