Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2014


Immigrant Achievement Awards Benefit Set for Oct. 23

The Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association invites all to its 10th Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23. This year’s event will be held at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. Jennifer Middleton, David Henretty and Nicole Brown will be presented with the Outstanding Leadership for Immigrant Rights Award; David Shamloo will receive the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award; and Ronault “Polo” Catalani will receive AILA’s Oregon Immigrant Achievement Award.

Dinner tickets cost $125. Mail checks payable to Oregon AILA to Irma Valdez, Yarosh Valdez, 520 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 428, Portland, OR 97204; or visit www.ailaoregon.com/annualgala.html to register online. All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Oregon nonprofit immigration legal service providers.


Historical Society to Commemorate Matthew Deady on Oct. 23

The Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society is hosting an event celebrating the life and times of Judge Matthew Deady on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

The reception and conversation will focus on the early Oregon jurist and first federal judge and his architectural legacy, the historic Pioneer Courthouse on S.W. Sixth Avenue between Yamhill and Morrison streets in Portland.

The event will begin with a welcome and introduction by Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and talks by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer and Ralph James Mooney of University of Oregon on the life and legacy of Judge Deady.

After a catered reception, a new illustrated exhibit will be unveiled. It is based on the diaries of Judge Deady, wherein he penned his own personal (and, occasionally, legal) opinions about Portland and Portlanders, circa 1860-1890.

Cost is $50, or $25 for Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society members. RSVP by Oct. 17 at info@pioneercourthouse.org. Seating is limited to the first 80 guests.


Paralegals to Hold 35th Annual Convention Oct. 24-25

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, and going through noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, the Oregon Paralegal Association will hold its 35th annual convention and business meeting at the Shilo Inn Suites in Seaside.

This year’s convention will be a throwback to 1979, the year OPA was formed. Thus, OPA is offering reduced registration fees, hotel reservations for only $79, as well as a special ’70s-themed party after Friday’s seminars.

There will be Oregon eCourt updates and seminars on employment law, managing the security and privacy of electronic data, discovery, limited licensed legal technicians and more.

To learn more or obtain registration materials, visit the OPA’s convention website at opaconvention.com.


St. Andrew Legal Clinic Wine Auction Slated for Oct. 30

The St. Andrew Legal Clinic will hold its annual “Taste for Justice” Wine Auction on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The event features a champagne reception, gourmet foods, superb company and the finest of wines. After dinner and a silent auction, celebrity auctioneers will bid off rare wine lots donated from some of Portland’s most prized cellars, private chef dinners and decadent weekend retreats.

This year’s gala will be held at the Kridel Ballroom of the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are $250 each and can be purchased at www.tinyurl.com/TasteFor Justice2014. All proceeds will benefit St. Andrew Legal Clinic.


U.S. District Court Historical Society Annual Meeting Nov. 6

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society invites anyone interested to attend its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Sentinel Hotel (formerly the Governor). The society will present its Lifetime Service Award to Steven Wax and will feature a live Q&A between Wax and 2013 Lifetime Service Award recipient Norm Sepenuk. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by dinner at 6:30. For more information, visit www.usdchs.org.


New Report on Access to Justice in America

At the ABA Annual Meeting in August, American Bar Foundation faculty fellow Rebecca Sandefur has released the first findings from her landmark study on civil legal needs in the United States. Download these findings at www.tinyurl.com/CivilLegalNeeds2014. Sandefur’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the ABA’s foundation.


Federal Judicial Conference Seeks Comments

On Aug. 15, the public comment period opened for proposed amendments to the respective rules and forms of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on appellate, bankruptcy, civil and criminal rules. The committees requested that these proposals be circulated to the bench, bar and public for comment. The public comment period closes on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. More information, including a link to the drafted amendments, can be found at www.tinyurl.com/ProposedAmendments2014.


LGBT Bar Association Tools for Oregon Tax Attorneys

As marriage equality for same sex couples moves through the court system, countless families are impacted by changes in the law both large and small. These families are turning to those in the legal profession for information and counsel about how those changes impact them. One of the most complex and often confusing areas of the law for these couples is taxes. For this reason, the National LGBT Bar Association has developed two new resources for navigating state tax laws for same-sex couples.

The Tax Equity Project, found at www.tinyurl.com/TaxEquityProject, brings together leading tax law professionals to resolve LGBT tax issues that clients and families are facing following the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor. It is a forum for all practitioners and facilitates communication and shared information about federal tax law for married same-sex couples.

The Online LGBT Tax Resource provides comprehensive, state-specific information about tax laws for LGBT couples in all 50 states. The LGBT Tax Resource helps same-sex couples – and their legal and tax advisors – navigate complex tax rights, benefits and obligations impacting same-sex couples. It can be found at www.lgbtbar.org/tax/.

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