Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2015

If being an experienced mediator translates into qualifying to serve as OSB president, Rich Spier easily possesses the credentials. He left regular law practice in 1992 to do private arbitration and mediation full time, one of the first Oregon lawyers to choose that path. He estimates that he has heard 1,000 arbitrations and conducted perhaps 2,000 mediations, making him among the most experienced lawyer-neutrals in Oregon. His newest challenge began Jan. 1, as the president of the Oregon State Bar. Cliff Collins profiles the 2015 bar president.