Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2015


Picnic at Judge Leavy’s Hop Farm Set for Aug. 9

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society invites all to its annual picnic, which this year will honor judges of the state courts. The picnic will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Judge Edward Leavy’s family hop farm in Aurora, approximately 25 miles south of Portland.

Participants will enjoy delicious barbecue, live music, old-fashioned games and entertainment provided by Circus Cascadia. All bar members, colleagues, friends and family are welcome.

Provide an RSVP by calling (503) 326-8150 or writing linda.schroeder@klarquist.com by Aug. 3 with the number of adults and children in your party.

Further details and directions to the farm can be found at www.usdchs.org.


Tort Liability Limits Adjusted July 1

The Office of the State Court Administrator calculates the annual adjustment to the liability limits for actions against public bodies, pursuant to the Oregon Tort Claims Act. New liability limits for injury, death and property damage claims brought against state and local public bodies became effective July 1 and apply to all causes of action arising on or after July 1, 2015, and before July 1, 2016.

The list of current and past liability limits is posted on the Oregon Judicial Department website here


Golf Tournament for Volunteer Lawyers Project Set for July 17

Oregon Women Lawyers and the Multnomah Bar Association invite all to a fun golf event designed for children, non-golfers, great golfers and anyone who wants to get out in the sunshine.

The tournament will be held July 17 on the nine-hole Edgefield Pub course in Troutdale. Tee times will begin at 2 p.m. and go until 3:10 p.m. After golfing, participants will gather for no-host food and drink, awards and a raffle. This event benefits the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Participation in the tournament is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 17. A putter and pitching wedge may be rented at the course for $2 each. Register by July 10 by calling (503) 222-3275 or by printing and submitting the registration form available at www.tinyurl.com/OWLSMBAGolf2015.


UTCR Changes Effective Aug. 1

Oregon Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer has approved changes to the Uniform Trial Court Rules that become effective on Aug. 1. Items of particular interest address arbitration of PIP and UM/UIM claims, small claims forms and various changes to facilitate implementation of the Oregon eCourt Program. The 2015 version of the UTCR can be found at: http://courts.oregon.gov/OJD/programs/utcr/utcrrules.page.

The UTCR committee’s next meeting is Oct. 16. The committee welcomes proposals for changes to the trial court rules. Submit proposals by Aug. 28 to utcr@ojd.state.or.us or mail them to UTCR Reporter, Supreme Court Building, 1163 State St., Salem, OR 97301.


Free CLEs and OLIO Judges Reception Scheduled Aug. 8

Join the OSB Diversity and Inclusion Department at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Hood River on Aug. 8, starting at 3 p.m., for two free CLEs. Cassie Jones will cover the new elder abuse reporting requirement; the other session will feature Kim T. Le on immigration law. At the conclusion of the CLE programs, stay for the Opportunities for Law in Oregon Judges Reception. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will give remarks. To RSVP for the either the CLE sessions or the reception, email diversity@osbar.org.


Battle of the Lawyer Bands Aug. 13

On Aug. 13, the MBA Membership Committee will host a Battle of the Lawyer Bands. Bands comprised of at least one Oregon lawyer will compete for the title of “Best Oregon Lawyer Band.” Judges from the MBA legal community will decide the winner at the end of all the performances. Bring your family and friends and cheer for your favorite band, as crowd applause will be part of the judging criteria.

The battle will be commence at 7 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland and will run until 9 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 will benefit CourtCare, a full-service childcare program in Multnomah County’s courthouses.


CLP Golf Tournament Set Sept. 28

The Classroom Law Project invites you to save the date for its 14th Annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 28. Starting at 9 a.m., participants can expect a day of golf, raffle prizes, chipping and putting contests, happy hour and other fun activities at the Portland Golf Club. The Umpqua Ice Cream Truck will be back this year, and the highest bidder will likely become the most popular person at his or her office, neighborhood or school.

All proceeds from this event go directly to providing vital and engaging civic and law-related education to teachers and students across Oregon. Visit www.classroomlaw.org/event/golf-tournament for more information and to register.


OCDLA to Hold 2015 Sunny Climate Seminar in Hawaii Nov. 8-12

The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association will hold its annual Sunny Climate Seminar on the Garden Isle of Hawaii (Kauai) Nov. 8-12. Attendees will stay at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa.

Featured speakers will include Jeff Fisher, professor of law and co-director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School; Joshua Karton, Communication Arts for the Professional, Santa Monica, Calif.; and Katherine Berger of Portland. The program will be moderated by Gail Meyer, OCDLA’s substantive issues lobbyist. For full details and to reserve your spot, visit www.tinyurl.com/2015SunnyClimate.



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