Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2015


Hispanic Bar Award Dinner Set for Feb. 19

Save the date for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s 10th Annual Award Dinner, Friday, Feb. 19 at Portland’s Benson Hotel. Full details for this event will be available soon on the OHBA website at www.oregonhispanicbar.org/.


CEJ 25th Anniversary Dinner Slated for Feb. 26

The Campaign for Equal Justice wants you to save the evening of Feb. 26, 2016 for its 25th anniversary celebration dinner. This event will be held at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland with cocktails from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $95. Tables of 10 and sponsorships are also available. For more details, visit www.cej-oregon.org/ or email office@cej-oregon.org.


News from Oregon eCourt: Some Helpful Hints

Recent chief justice orders and Oregon Judicial Department press releases alerting bar members to changes to the Oregon eCourt process can be found online at www.osbar.org/courts/efiling.html. Consider bookmarking the page, which includes technical support phone numbers, CLEs and training information on Odyssey File & Serve and more. The top of the page is reserved for Oregon eCourt News.


Queen’s Bench Holiday Luncheon Slated for Dec. 8

Queen’s Bench, the Multnomah County chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers, invites you to the 25th annual holiday luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sentinel Hotel.

The Hon. Susan P. Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will be the keynote speaker for this event that honors Oregon’s women judges. Tickets for the luncheon are $40 and are available at www.owlsqueensbench.org/holiday-luncheon.html.


Appellate Advocacy 2015 Will Be Held Dec. 14

The Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the OSB Appellate Practice Section invite all to “Appellate Ethics & Advocacy Skills,” a special CLE event featuring Judges Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain and Susan P. Graber. This event will be held on Monday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse in Portland. A reception will follow the event in the courthouse’s main lobby.


Save Jan. 23 for Diversity & Inclusion Employment Retreat

The OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department will hold its annual employment retreat on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the OSB Center in Tigard. The annual retreat brings together students from all three Oregon law schools to hear from a variety of legal professionals about effective strategies for finding employment, refine interviewing skills and meet with representatives from firms and organizations during an employer forum and networking social. For more information contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.


OSB Annual Awards Luncheon to Be Held Dec. 10

Come to the 2015 OSB Award Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland.

Reserve individual tickets for $30, or reserve a table for 10 for $300. The luncheon reservation form can be found at www.osbar.org/events along with information on the event and the awards. Email events@osbar.org with any questions, or call Brenda Cerda at (503) 431-6301.


Modern Annotations in Fastcase

Ordinarily, if you are researching a particular law you are interested in how courts have interpreted that law. This is why Fastcase provides automated annotations below each statute section. These annotations are not restrained by the editorial conventions associated with physical documents, meaning they can rapidly be manipulated to turn up the most valuable information.

Once you pull up a statute section, simply scroll down to see a list of generated annotations, which, it should be noted, are not notes, summaries or editorial claims about how courts have treated your statute; rather, Fastcase shows you highly-relevant common law source material — what judges have actually written about a particular law.

How can you find the most important opinions as quickly as possible? Fastcase does some of the leg work automatically by pulling the most cited cases to the top of the annotations. Or if you would prefer to look at the list of cases citing your statute section in chronological order, you can also sort by “Decision Date.” Simply click on the blue column header. One click sorts the oldest materials to the top, while clicking a second time will sort the newest cases to the top. Reading the most recent opinions in reverse chronological order is especially useful for determining the current state of a law.


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