Civil Rights Section – Section Website

Welcome to the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section Website

The Oregon Chapter FBA & the OSB Civil Rights Section Present:
A CLE Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 & Its Living Legacy

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
7 CLE Credits pending, including 1 Child Abuse Reporting

Hatfield Federal Courthouse | Portland, Oregon
1000 SW Third Avenue, Juror Assembly Room

Please bring a photo ID and arrive a few minutes early to get through security at the courthouse.

Download an event flyer, with complete agenda here: Civil Rights CLE

Early Registration (save $25) – On or before October 3:
$100 – annual income over $50,000
$50 – annual income $50,000 or under
No Charge – Law Students

Regular Registration- After October 3:
$125 – annual income over $50,000
$75 – annual income $50,000 or under
No Charge – Law Students

Should you have any questions about this CLE, please contact:

Gosia Fonberg at 503-974-5028 or
Adrian Brown at 202-252-5876 or

This event is generously sponsored by: Angeli Ungar LLC, Barran Liebman LLP, Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Miller Nash LLP, Pacific Northwest Law LLP, Stoel Rives LLP and Streamline Imaging.

Civil Rights Section Website Table of Contents

Civil Rights Section

How to Join

Executive Committee



Legal Resource Links

Other Interesting Links

Contact Us


Civil Rights Section

The Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section provides bar members interested in civil rights issues with opportunities to develop and improve their skills and with a forum to communicate and take action on matters of mutual interest. The section publishes an eight-page newsletter four times a year, hosts a full-day CLE seminar each year and usually a shorter CLE as well, contributes to the Campaign for Equal Justice, and monitors legislation that affects civil rights.

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How to Join

To join the section, send your name, street address, e-mail address, and $27 to Sarah Hackbart, Member Services Department, Oregon State Bar, PO Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935. If you have questions about how to join, please contact Ms. Hackbart at

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Executive Committee

The sections executive committee meets once a month. Following are the executive committee officers and members:

Osoinach, Ellen C    Chairperson
Olsen, Julia S    Chair-Elect
Brown, Adrian Lee    Past Chair
Dugan, Marianne G    Treasurer
Ellis, Matthew Caruso    Secretary
Abrams, Marc     Member
Danforth, Cynthia Botsios    Member
Drummonds, Henry H    Member
Dudrey, John B    Member
Munsinger, Damien T    Member
Sykes, Diane S    Member
Hon Temple, Eva J    Member
von Ter Stegge, Katharine     Member
Wakefield, Elizabeth N    Member
Witt, Maria     Member
Matsumonji, Audrey T    BOG Contact
Nickell, Paul     Bar Liaison

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The section publishes the Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter three or four times a year. Articles are written by section members and, on occasion, by other OSB members. Have you recently written a memo or an opinion letter that could easily be revised into an article? Have you been looking for an excuse to do a little research on a topic that would also be of interest to our readers? If you have an idea for an article or you would be interested in writing an article, please contact the newsletter editor, Elise Gautier, at

Here is a sampling of our newsletters:

October 2007 (pdf: 8pg/215KB)

February 2008 (pdf: 8pg/227KB)

June 2008 (pdf: 8pg/188KB)

July 2008 (pdf: 12pg/238KB)

December 2008 (pdf: 10pg/214KB)

March 2009 (pdf: 10pg/260KB)

August 2009 (pdf: 10pg/174KB)

December 2009 (pdf: 10pg/175KB)

March 2010 (pdf: 8pg/167KB)

April 2010 (pdf: 8pg/165KB)

May 2010 (pdf: 8pg/167KB)

August 2010 (pdf: 8pg/180KB)

March 2011 (pdf: 8pg/180KB)

August 2011 (pdf: 8pg/180KB)

December 2011 (pdf: 12pg/293KB)

March 2012 (pdf: 8pg/290KB)

June 2012 (pdf: 8pg/303KB)

To receive each newsletter as soon as it is published, please join the section.

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The Civil Rights Section sponsors and cosponsors CLEs. Some recent ones are listed below. To rent or purchase a recording of a CLE (available in several different formats), please contact the Oregon State Bar at 503/431-6413 or 800/452-8260 or visit the OSB CLE seminars section of the bar's website. You can also access some CLEs online via the bar's website.

Past CLE Seminars:

Consumer Rights in Tough Times:
Foreclosures, Garnishment, Debt Collection, Credit, & Consumer Protection
Saturday, May 8, 2010
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

An Eye on Civil Rights: A State and Federal Update on Discrimination
Thursday, November 12, 2009
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard

Know Your Rights: Immigration, Employment & Related Issues
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church
1221 SW Taylor Street
Portland, Oregon

Civil Rights and the First Amendment
Friday, October 10, 2008
5 hours, 46 minutes
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Trial Evidence in Employment and Civil Rights Cases
Friday, May 11, 2007
5 hours, 27 minutes

Employment Discrimination:
Civil Rights Actions under Title VII and the ADA

Friday, May 12, 2006
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

CLE Seminar: The Right to Die? Oregon's Death with Dignity Act
Thursday, September 15, 2005
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

CLE Seminar on Section 1983 Cases
Friday, April 1, 2005
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

CLE Seminar on Civil Liberties after 9/11 and the Patriot Act
Thursday, April 15, 2004
7 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Download a streaming video of this free CLE here.

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Legal Resource Links

Internet Resources for Oregon Lawyers
This list, maintained by the Oregon State Bar, includes links to Oregon statutes, administrative rules, and court opinions; the Oregon courts; Oregon legislative materials; federal statutes, regulations, and court opinions; Oregon and federal agencies; libraries; maps; and many other sources of news and information.

This site offers links to state and federal statutes and court opinions and to many other materials.

Willamette Law Online
At this site, you can sign up to receive regular summaries by e-mail of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, and Oregon Court of Appeals. The summaries are offered at no charge.

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon Judicial Department
     The site is updated weekly with the opinions of the Oregon
     Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, and Oregon Tax Court.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Labor

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Other Interesting Links

The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University

The National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama

The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama

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Contact Us

If you have questions about the section or would like to help with our work, please contact the section chair, or anyone else on the executive committee. Or you can contact the sections OSB liaison, Paul Nickell, at 503/620-0222, ext. 340, or If you have questions about the newsletter or are interested in writing an article for the newsletter, please send an email message to Elise Gautier, the newsletter editor, at

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Disclaimer of Liability

The Civil Rights Section maintains this website as a service to our members. Nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice, and we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or the other sites to which we link.

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