Oregon State Bar Bulletin NOVEMBER 2014
Spend the day writing with Steven Stark
Thursday, Nov. 20
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard
Legal Writing in the Smartphone age
3 general or practical skills credits
The emergence of smartphones as a key communication tool has changed business and legal writing dramatically. With everyone reading less linearly and with far less intensity and focus, lawyers must adapt to creative ways of organizing and editing their writing. Learn to draft clearer and more effective emails and memoranda. See how this new style of writing affects all types of legal writing including litigation and even contract drafting. Clearer legal writing will improve and renew written communication with counsel, colleagues and clients.
Eug (12/12) New (12/12 ) Salem (12/12) Tigard (12/10)• Writing Better Complaints, Contracts, Discovery requests, law and regulations
Writing Better Complaints, Contracts, Discovery requests, law and regulations
3.25 general credits
Legal documents are different from ordinary writing and require a different style and approach. Steven Stark will show how to think more clearly and organize your facts to develop and re?ne your writing skills. Think you're already a good writer? This seminar will help make you an even better one. Learn to identify what information is essential to the matter at hand and how to keep your words brief and concise. Gain tips and techniques for avoiding ambiguous phrasing that could be attacked in court.
Eug (12/12) New (12/12 ) Salem (12/12) Tigard (12/10)
Basic Estate Planning and
2014 Friday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.,
DoubleTree Hotel Portland
5.75 general, 1 ethics and .5 access to justice credits
Receive an introduction to fiduciary income tax that covers basic federal and Oregon tax rules and strategies. Contrast different estate planning aspects in Oregon and Washington, such as community property and probate. If your clients have family or vacation homes to pass along, review financial details and planning methods. Look at planning ahead for disability and long-term care considerations. Attorneys with older clients need to be aware of suspicious circumstances that could indicate elder abuse. A panel of probate judges will offer their perspectives, and the legal ethics presentation will address issues such as joint representation and duties to deceased clients. Cosponsored by the Estate Planning and Administration Section.
Eug (12/19) New (12/19 ) Salem (12/19) Tigard (12/17)
Real Estate and Land Use Fall Forum
Employment Investigations with Fran Sepler
Attorney Fees Publications Now Available for Pre-order
The Oregon Attorney Fees Codebook will include the text of all pertinent 2013 Oregon Revised Statutes, as amended by the 2014 Oregon Laws, as well as Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure that relate to attorney fees. The statutes and rules included in the Codebook will address when attorney fees are recoverable as an element of damages, when government entities are authorized to incur them and what procedures must be followed when they are at stake in a legal matter.
The Oregon Attorney Fees Compilation will include excerpts addressing attorney fees from these OSB Legal Publications: Appeal and Review: Beyond the Basics (2014); Consumer Law in Oregon (2013); Family Law (2013); Criminal Law (2013); Oregon Constitutional Law (2013); Environmental Law vol. 1: Regulation and Permitting (2013); Torts (2012); Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice (2012); and Administering Oregon Estates (2012).
Pre-order online at www.osbar.org/store/pub/pubcat.asp. To pre-order by phone, call (503) 431-6413, or toll-free in Oregon (800) 452-8260, ext. 413.