Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2014

Bar News

MCLE Compliance Reports Coming Soon

Members whose MCLE reporting period ends Dec. 31, 2014, will receive their compliance reports via email by the end of October. Visit the MCLE page of the bar’s website at www.osbar.org/mcle for answers to frequently asked questions and updates on MCLE rule amendments, including the new elder abuse reporting credit requirement. The compliance report can be downloaded via the member login from the bar’s website at www.osbar.org. Contact the MCLE department at (503) 620-0222, ext. 368, with any questions.


Pro Bono Fair and Awards Reception Oct. 23

Oregon’s annual Pro Bono Fair and Awards Reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the World Trade Center in Portland at 121 S.W. Salmon St., Building 2, on the mezzanine level.

Leading up to the reception will be three free CLEs that afternoon, focusing on pro bono topics: “Working with Nontraditional Business Clients, Uncovering Assumptions and Breaking Down Stereotypes” and “Protective Orders in Oregon: Protecting Victims of Stalking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” will run from 3 to 5 p.m.; “Pro Bono for New Lawyers: Getting Your Feet Wet Without Drowning” will run from 2:30 to 5. The fair and awards reception will begin immediately after the CLEs finish.


House of Delegates Meets Nov. 7

The Oregon State Bar House of Delegates will hold its annual meeting on Nov. 7 at the OSB Center in Tigard. The deadline for proposing resolutions for the meeting was Sept. 23. Agendas for the meeting will be distributed on Oct. 17.

The House of Delegates is made up of the Board of Governors; the chairperson or a designated alternate of each state bar section; the elected president of each county bar association; elected delegates from each of the seven in-state regions and from the region consisting of all areas outside the state of Oregon; and one public member from each in-state region appointed by the Board of Governors. All active members of the state bar may participate in the discussion of matters before the house; however, only delegates or alternates who are present at the meeting may vote.


Diversity Storywall to Be Unveiled Nov. 7 at Bar Center

Save the date of Friday, Nov. 7, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Oregon State Bar’s new Diversity Storywall at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard. The storywall will be unveiled immediately after the meeting of the OSB House of Delegates, being held that same day at the bar center.

The storywall is aimed at identifying, revealing and preserving the history of diversity, inclusion and access to justice in Oregon’s legal profession. The size of the mural was recently expanded to accommodate all of the rich historical information that historian Chet Orloff of Oregon History Works has gathered for it.

Mark your calendars now, and join bar leaders and other OSB members for the unveiling of this museum-quality informational and narrative display. Look for additional details at www.osbar.org/storywall.


Professionalism Commission Available for Presentations

The OSB Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism consists of judges and lawyers who promote professionalism through speaking, writing and participating in seminars about professionalism. Presentations on professionalism qualify for CLE credit. If your group is interested in having a commission member speak on the topic of professionalism, contact Kateri Walsh at kwalsh@osbar.com.

More information on the commission and its work, and articles and resources about professionalism, are available on the commission’s website at www.osbar.org/ professionalism.


Construction Law CLE to Be Held Oct. 24

The OSB Construction Law Section will hold a CLE seminar at the bar center on Oct. 24 entitled “Advanced Construction Law.” Whether construction law is a large part or small part of your practice, you will benefit from the in-depth and up-to-date presentations.

Topics this year include presentations by very experienced practitioners on the following: unpublished but significant decisions from the Oregon bench; significant legislative changes in Oregon and important published decisions; the statute of limitations and repose in construction defect cases in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties; cutting-edge trends in alternative dispute resolution; a practical discussion on what is involved in taking a construction concept to actual construction; and major changes to public contracting statutes in Oregon.

The event has been approved for 5.5 Oregon MCLE credits and for 5.25 Washington MCLE credits. The cost is $175 and includes the print course materials, a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The program brochure can be seen at www.osbar.org/_docs/sections/construction/2014constructionCLE.pdf.


Oregon Real Estate Deskbook Coming Soon

Oregon Real Estate Deskbook will be a five-volume treatise that will replace the five real estate series titles and portions of Foreclosing Security Interests that are currently offered.

This book is in the process of being completely revised for an early 2015 release, with chapters being posted to BarBooks online as they become finalized.


Multnomah Law Foundation Civic Education Grants

The Multnomah Law Foundation has awarded $40,000 in civic education grants for programs that advance civic education and engagement and that increase the public’s understanding of the legal system. Ten different groups received grants ranging from $500 to $7,000. To see a list of recipients, visit www.tinyurl.com/MBAGrants2014.


Fastcase Tip: Highlighting Search Terms

By default, Fastcase automatically highlights each instance of all search terms in your query. If you would prefer to view your case with only one of your search terms highlighted, select the relevant term from the “Highlight” menu at the upper left hand side of the screen. For example, if you search for “busing AND desegregation,” every instance of the words busing and desegregation will be highlighted within each of the search results. To see search results with busing highlighted but not desegregation, select busing from the menu next to the label “Highlight.” This option is available when you are viewing the full text of the case.


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