Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2014

Bar News

OSB Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities

The Oregon State Bar is looking for bar members to serve on more than 35 boards, committees and councils. Member involvement on boards, committees and other bar groups keeps the bar responsive to the needs of its membership and is vital to the ability of the bar to provide services to its members and the public.

Most terms are for three years; however, if you are unable to make this lengthy commitment the bar also offers episodic volunteer positions. Serving on an episodic group allows you to determine the number of hours you give while continuing to enjoy the benefits of volunteering.

Candidates must be active bar members and in good standing to be considered for appointment.

For more information and to apply, go to www.osbar.org, or contact Danielle Edwards at (503) 431-6246, toll-free in Oregon at (800) 452-8260, ext. 426, or via email at dedwards@osbar.org. The deadline to apply is Aug. 25.


Connecting Students and Pro Bono Attorneys

The Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Committee, Lewis & Clark Law School, the University of Oregon School of Law and Willamette University College of Law have created a new program as part of their continued commitment to Oregon attorneys and law students interested in pro bono work.

A new email address, ProBono Student@osbar.org, will replace the Oregon Pro Bono Student Network website, in order to streamline the connection between pro bono attorneys and students. This approach is designed to allow attorneys engaged in pro bono work access to free and capable assistance from law students, while increasing the attorney’s capacity to help the underprivileged obtain legal services. Law students will benefit from the opportunity to work with attorneys and get real-life legal experience on a case-by-case basis.

To use the program, pro bono attorneys should send assistance requests to ProBonoStudent@osbar.org, using the format provided in orientation packets from pro bono providers or available on the bar’s website. No confidential information should be posted. The Oregon State Bar will route those posts to the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark and Willamette law schools to distribute to students electronically. Students can then respond directly to the attorney requesting assistance.

If you have any questions about this new service, contact Cathy Petrecca at cpetrecca@osbar.org or (503) 431-6355.


Regional HOD Meetings: All Bar Members Invited

You are invited to your regional House of Delegates meetings, which you can read about on the meetings webpage at www.osbar.org/leadership/hod/meeting.html. The first round of meetings will be July 15-17, where potential issues for the upcoming House of Delegates meeting will be discussed with the Board of Governors member from your region. The second round of meetings will be Oct. 21-23, where House of Delegates resolutions that have been submitted will be reviewed. The time and location of the fall meetings will be announced this summer and posted on the House of Delegates website listed above.


FastCase Tip: Filtering Search Results by Jurisdiction

When you generate a list of case law search results on Fastcase, you have the ability to filter the list to cases from just one jurisdiction. For example, if you search for felony murder in all Federal Appellate Courts, you will get at least 1,000 results.

If you want to view only the decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, there is no need to rerun your search in the 9th Circuit database. Instead, just select “Federal 9th Circuit” from the Jurisdiction filter at the top, left-hand side of the screen. Your results list will go from 1,000 results down to the 200-or-so results from the 9th Circuit. The other cases will be temporarily hidden. Get the full list instantly by selecting “All Jurisdictions” from the drop-down Jurisdiction filter.

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