Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2015

Bar News

OSB Deadline Day: Feb. 2

Oregon State Bar regulatory deadlines are approaching. Monday, Feb. 2 is the deadline for each of the following:

· Membership Fees for 2014 must be received in the bar office no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 2 to avoid an increase in fees. Postmarks are not relevant.

· Status changes for 2015 are also due Feb. 2. More information on status changes can be found at www.osbar.org/fees/feeFAQ.html.

· MCLE compliance reports for members whose reporting period ended Dec. 31, 2014 are due in the MCLE office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Reports may be submitted via email to mcle@osbar.org.

· IOLTA certification must be reported by Feb. 2 to remain in good standing with the bar. Information on why this is required and how to submit your certification can be found at www.osbar.org/IOLTA/faq.html.

Get more information on which deadlines are specifically relevant to you (as well as information on how to pay dues, file reports, etc.) on the Member Dashboard at www.osbar.org. Click on “Member Login,” and then enter your bar number and password to access up-to-date, member-specific information.


Report 2014 Pro Bono Hours

Having concrete information that shows how much pro bono work Oregon lawyers already are doing increases the chances for stable funding for legal services.

You can help make the case for access to justice by reporting your 2014 pro bono hours at www.osbar.org/probono/. The pro bono reporting data collected shows the number of attorneys performing pro bono service during a given time period, the number of hours served and details about financial contributions made to pro bono and legal services programs. This information facilitates recognition of contributing attorneys, enhancing the public image of the legal profession and improving the coordination of statewide pro bono delivery efforts.


Fastcase Tip: Print a List of Your Search Results

Printing a list of your search results is easy with Fastcase. Click on the “Print List of Results” link at the top-middle portion of the screen. This will automatically trigger your browser’s print function and print the first page of results on your list. To print the next page, click the blue arrow to the right of where the number of results is listed, and click “Print List of Results” again.

You can print a list of up to 100 results at once by increasing the “Results per page” setting to 100 on the Advanced Case Law Search page. By default, the number of results per page is set at 20.


LRAP Applications for 2014 Are Due April 15

The Oregon State Bar Loan Repayment Assistance Program uses forgivable loans to help lawyers working in public service pay their student debt. Lawyers who have benefitted from the program include public defenders, district attorneys and attorneys working for civil legal services providers. The program offers loans in any amount up to $7,500 (increased from $5,000 last year). Participants selected will receive the forgivable loans for three years, as long as they stay in qualifying employment.

Many attorneys in public service face crushing debt, coupled with meager salaries. The program was created in 2006 to help repay the students loans of attorneys who have dedicated their careers to public service. For more information, visit www.osbar.org/lrap or contact LRAP Coordinator Catherine Petrecca at cpetrecca@osbar.org or at (503) 431-6355.


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