Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2015


Mary Leonard Law Society Casino Night Set for May 8

The Mary Leonard Law Society, the Marion County chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers, in partnership with Saalfeld Griggs, will present a Monte Carlo Casino Night benefit for Liberty House and the Center for Hope and Safety on May 8, 6:30-10 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom in Salem.

The night will feature a silent auction and casino games, including blackjack, craps and roulette, with professional dealers. Prize drawings will be held at the end of the evening. An array of hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Beer from Burnside Brewing and wine from local vineyards will be available for purchase. Tickets at the door are $40, $20 for students and those of modest means.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit maryleonardlawsociety.org .


Oregon Innocence Project Benefit Scheduled for May 14

“This is Innocence” is the second annual fundraiser to benefit the Oregon Innocence Project. This year’s event features Jennifer Thompson, a survivor of a brutal rape who wrongly identified the perpetrator as Ronald Cotton, who was sentenced to life in prison. He was later freed when DNA identified her true attacker. She then became an advocate for criminal justice reform and death penalty repeal. Cotton and Thompson co-authored a memoir, Picking Cotton, a New York Times bestseller.

The fundraiser/reception will be held at Mercy Corps Action Center in Portland from 6 to 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $125. For more information and to purchase
tickets, visit www.oregoninnocence.org .


15th Annual Race for Justice Will Be Held June 20

The 15th Annual Race for Justice will be held on Saturday, June 20, at the Madeleine Parish, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave. in Portland. The Race for Justice benefits St. Andrew Legal Clinic, which has provided legal services to low-income families since 1979. SALC has a staff of nine full-time attorneys, and with the aid of 200-plus volunteers has provided legal help to more than 50,000 Oregonians.

To register for the race or to pledge support for a runner, visit salc.givezooks.com/events/2015-race-for-justice. Registration fees, sponsorships and pledges to SALC are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. All donors will receive a tax acknowledgement.


American Inns of Court Essay Contest Deadline is July 1

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars and other authors to participate in its Warren E. Burger Prize essay contest.

To enter, submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. The winning author will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and will receive the award at the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.

Visit www.tinyurl.com/2015Warren BurgerPrize
for details and prize rules. Essays must be submitted by July 1. The winner will be announced by Aug. 31.


National Crime Victims Event to Be Held in Portland May 28-29

The National Crime Victim Law Institute will be held May 28-29 in Portland. The conference, which is now in its 14th year, is designed for attorneys, advocates and other professionals serving victims, as well as survivors.

This year’s theme is “Victims. Rights. Now.” The event will feature plenary sessions, breakout sessions and roundtable discussions addressing a wide range of topics of importance to the victims’ rights community.

The conference will be held at Lewis & Clark Law School. For more information, contact the institute at ncvliconference@lclark.edu .


ABA Launches Website To Mark 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

The American Bar Association Division for Public Education, with support from Magna Carta Trust, has launched a new website, Icon of Liberty, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The new website, which can be found at www.iconofliberty.com , features nearly 100 sortable images related to Magna Carta, including audio and video components, an interactive timeline chronicling 800 years of Magna Carta history and a listing of Magna Carta-related resources.



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