February 2014

2013: OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department Year in Review

Happy new year, everyone!  As we reflect over the past year, D&I is pleased to share two historic milestones that ring in good news for 2014 and beyond.  First, at the November 2013 House of Delegates annual meeting, members passed a resolution increasing funding for diversity and inclusion for the first time in 23 years!  We are very appreciative of the support and commitment to strengthen our efforts to advance the bar’s diversity and inclusion mission.  In addition, the Board of Governors adopted the bar’s first Diversity Action Plan during its last meeting of the year.   This plan, which is in the process of being finalized for publication, contains eight key goals and strategies. We will share more information about the plan in our next issue.

February’s member spotlight focuses on Judge Angel Lopez, the 2013 OSB President’s Affirmative Action Award recipient.  Our recommended reading, Far From the Tree, by Andrew Solomon, comes from Duane Bosworth, a partner at Davis Wright Termaine LLP.  In addition to our regular updates and features, we are delighted to share an insightful fact analysis of the bar’s 2012 Economic Survey by Sidney Moore, a human resources professional with the State of Oregon.

Finally, the OSB is pleased to present the exhibit, “Native American Art Created Behind the Iron Doors,” at the bar center through February.  Sales will benefit the Red Lodge Legal Services Program. We invite you to visit the bar center to see this beautiful and compelling exhibit, or link to the website for more about this important program.

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Participation in D&I Departmental Programs

by Toni Kelich

Bar Exam Grants

Our Bar Exam Grant program was one of the programs that lost funding during the D&I budget cutbacks last year.  Two bar exam applicants received grants for the February 2013 bar exam cycle, and two bar exam applicants received grants for the July 2013 bar exam cycle (normally we award three and six grants, respectively).  Of the four grant recipients, three passed the exam for a 75% passage rate.  We would also like to acknowledge the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) for stepping in to help cover during our budget challenges, and awarding an additional 13 bar exam grants for the July exam cycle.  Thank you, OMLA, for increasing the number of diverse applicants who could sit for the Oregon Bar Exam in 2013!

Summer Employment Initiatives

Six law students were awarded Public Honors Fellowships during the summer of 2013.  Public Honors Fellows must work a summer position in public interest, or with a public employer in Oregon.  The students receive $4,800 and cannot work into the school year.  Employers this year who hired OSB Public Honors Fellows were:  the Public Defender of Marion County, the Public Law Section of Leahy VanVactor, the Office of the Governor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Civil Rights Division, and the Western Environmental Law Center.

Eight law students took advantage of Clerkship Stipend awards in 2013.  Clerkship Stipend recipients may accept any position in Oregon so long as they are being supervised by an Oregon attorney.  The employer agrees to pay the student at least $14 per hour, and the OSB will reimburse the employer $7 per hour for actual hours worked. The maximum award is $3,360 per summer.  Oregon employers who hired Clerkship Stipend awardees this year were: Brindle, McCaslin & Lee, Collier Law, Creighton & Rose, the Hansen Law Firm, the Hillsboro Law Group, the Law Office of Kevin Gage, the Portland Office of the City Attorney and PSU Student Legal Services.

If any employer is interested in participating or knowing more about our summer employment initiatives, please contact Toni Kelich at tkelich@osbar.org.

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)

The OLIO summer orientation took place in beautiful Hood River on the weekend of August 9-11.  This year, we had 45 law student and 2 undergraduate student participants come to be introduced to the Oregon legal community and learn skills that will help them on their journeys as law students.  They were joined by 39 attorneys, 15 judges and 2 other members of the community who shared their experiences and expertise with the students.  The dates for the 2014 orientation will be August 8-10; we will be returning to Hood River Inn again in 2014. We are revising the first year law student eligibility criteria in 2014 to include more historically underrepresented students.

BOWLIO took place on November 2 in Portland. This year, we had a record high attendance, which included 61 law students, 2 undergraduate students, 63 attorneys and 6 judges.  We added a raffle to the evening’s festivities this year, and law student Nathan Payne took away the top prize – one night’s lodging in Hood River for two, dinner, breakfast and two passes to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.  Congratulations Nathan!  BOWLIO 2014 will take place on November 1, 2014.

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Employment Retreat

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Employment Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Employment Retreat took place at the OSB Center on January 25th. We had 30 law students, 16 employers and five Specialty Bar Associations participating.

Our annual Spring Social, where we recognize OLIO law student participants who are graduating, is scheduled for April 4, 2014, at the Willamette University College of Law in Salem. Stay tuned for more details!

Other programs

This year, for the Oregon DOJ Judicial Mentorship Program, 11 judges are volunteering their time to be mentors to 16 law students.

Eight law students were awarded the OSB Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, which is a total of $2,000 (awarded in two $1,000 increments).

The Explore the Law program, which is a collaborative pipeline program between Portland State University, the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar, has 21 undergraduate students participating. Those students who complete the program will have a celebratory completion ceremony in May 2014. We met with the University of Oregon in December to discuss the possibility of beginning a pipeline program in Eugene modeled after the Explore the Law program.

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Diversity Story Wall Update

by Benjamin James

The Oregon State Bar Diversity Story Wall is making steady progress. Chet Orlof of Oregon History Works has been tirelessly reaching out to bar members conducting informational interviews, gathering facts and gaining perspectives of the evolution of the advancement of diversity in the Oregon legal profession. The Story Wall Planning Committee has begun reviewing a draft of Chet’s text for the display. In addition, we are very excited about his efforts and collaboration with graphic designer Linda Wisner of Wisner Creative in acquiring high definition images scored from numerous sources to accompany the historical text. All said it is shaping up to be a very high-end museum quality display.

StorywallAs always we want to thank all of our current sponsors for helping us meet our initial fundraising goal of $30,000 for the project. However, some unexpected lighting display costs have arisen and we encourage others to support this project and be recognized on the wall by sponsoring at the $1,000 level. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $2,500 and above. We greatly appreciate any contribution.

As a reminder, the goal of the Project is to identify, reveal and preserve the history of diversity, inclusion and access to justice in Oregon’s legal profession, and to heighten our awareness and appreciation of this history. The end product will be a museum-quality informational and narrative display, housed at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard. It will incorporate historical photographs, written descriptions of contributions, important events, and graphical elements of two dual timelines: one highlighting diversity in the legal profession in Oregon, and the other addressing major milestones advancing diversity and access to justice in Oregon and across the United States.

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor or submitting historical information, please contact Benjamin James at bjames@osbar.org.  To learn more about the Project, including how to become a sponsor, visit our website.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our current sponsors: The US District Court, The Convocation on Equality, Stoel Rives LLP, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Davis Wright Tremaine, The Multnomah Bar Association, Miller Nash, Lewis & Clark Law School, Willamette University, OSB Diversity Section, OSB Business Law Section, OSB Civil Rights Section and OSB Constitutional Law Section.

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Member Spotlight

The 2013 OSB President’s Affirmative Action Award Recipient Judge Angel Lopez

Judge LopezAngel Lopez was born and raised in Compton, California. He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and received his Law degree from the College of Law at Willamette University. He was one of the first program directors for the Oregon State Bar’s Affirmative Action program. In 2009, after 28 years of criminal defense work, he was appointed to the circuit court bench by Governor Ted Kulongoski. His public service includes several tours of duty with the Bar’s Affirmative Action Program, President of the Multnomah County Library Board, Legal Advisor to the Mexican consulate, and legal seminar presenter both at the local and national level. He served as Oregon State Bar President in 2002, the only person of color to have done so. He is the only sitting Multnomah County Judge fluent both in the Spanish language and culture. Judge Lopez is currently a member of the bench/bar professionalism commission, the Oregon Historical Society board, and a committee member for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. He is married to his former law partner, Wendy Squires. Together they have three kids, one cat and a great home life.

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Oregon State Bar Gender Salary Equity Editorial

By: Sid Moore

As of November 2013, over 144 million Americans were employed. As of 2010, 46.8% of employees were women. As of 2011, women earned almost 52% of college degrees, but still women brought home only 77% of what their male counterparts did. Of course, much has been made of this statistic; nearly every salary equity article (including this one) mentions it. Many state the statistic and leave it there, as though “77 cents on the dollar” tells the whole story. In reality, that statistic tells only part of the story, and in the legal profession, it takes the place of exactly one phrase: “Once upon a time. . .”

The general “77 cents on the dollar” statistic applies to the difference between men’s and women’s pay for equivalent work, and is largely because the average new, male employee negotiates much more often than does the average new, female employee. When Sue and Reed are both offered positions at Slate Rock and Quarry, Sue will be much more likely to accept Slate’s first salary offer than Jim, giving Sue a lower starting salary. Sue starts out behind and loses ground each time she and Reed both get a raise based on a percentage of their salaries, since her raise will always be smaller than Jim’s and will be added to a smaller base. This one aspect of pay is responsible for nearly all of that famous 23 cent deficit.

When Sue leaves Slate R & Q and goes to law school, what happens? After three blissful years, she goes through commencement, passes the bar exam, and is hired, along with Johnny, as a first year associate at Parker, Wayne, Kent, & Stark in her favorite state, Oregon. Depending on the type of law Sue chooses to practice, she’s likely to make more money than Reed does at the quarry. After reading the Oregon State Bar’s 2012 Economic Survey results, however, she will realize that she makes 66.68 cents for every dollar Johnny brings home. By comparison to the average man doing the same or similar work, Sue is worse off than she was at Slate. If Sue’s and Johnny’s skill levels are both a bit above those of the average Oregon attorney and they are paid commensurate with that skill level (at the 75th percentile), Sue can expect to earn $116,720 per year: more than twice the salary of the average family of four. Even at this pay rate, however, the difference between Sue’s and Johnny’s salaries would match the average Oregon family’s salary and give each person in that family an additional $2250 cash bonus.

Sue’s friend Diana works at Trevor and Blankenship, a firm across town, where she is paid at the 95th percentile of female employees. At this rate, Diana makes more than Johnny’s $175,000 Parker Wayne salary . . . by $35,000. According to the Salary Survey, however, men in the 95th percentile average $185,000 more in annual salary than Diana does. Diana, who earns a higher salary than all but five percent of her female colleagues in Oregon, has fallen much farther behind men in positions comparable to hers: 53.14 cents on the dollar.

Of course, Sue’s and Diana’s salaries are based on the average Oregon attorney in their respective strata. Their pay would likely change depending on where in Oregon they choose to call home. Each can make more than average by working in Portland or in the southern Willamette valley (and Sue, in the 75th percentile, would also do better than average on the coast, though slightly). If their male counterparts followed them, and Sue and Diana were concerned most about equity, how would they fare? In Portland, not well. Diana would have to earn an additional $172,000 per year to equal the salary of the average male attorney in Portland’s 95th percentile. Sue, at the 75th percentile, would not need to find quite as much money to equal Johnny’s Portland salary, but that $100,500 difference is significant nonetheless. In the lower valley (containing Linn, Benton, and Lane counties) salaries are not quite equal, but they are more equitable than average (and far more equitable than in Portland). Diana could move to the lower valley and earn 91.37 cents for every dollar Johnny makes ($119,250 to $130,500). Diana’s 93.81 cents per dollar is even a bit better than Sue’s comparison. In fact, Diana’s female colleagues on the Oregon coast are making about $9500 more on average than do their male counterparts.[1]

To avoid the biggest salary disparities, the survey suggests that Diana should avoid working in the Tri-County area (defined as those areas of Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties outside downtown Portland), where she would earn a scant 44 cents on the dollar a male attorney would make, amounting to more than a $227,000 difference. Southern Oregon (Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath counties) offers a small improvement over the Tri-County area, allowing Diana to earn $124,450 (to $260,363 for a male attorney), about 48 cents on the dollar.

Whether a salary disparity based on sex exists in Oregon’s legal profession is indisputable. What can be done about it? Adding salary negotiation to the job search tools taught by American law schools will likely help, but this is if—and only if—these courses and workshops make women aware of the extent of the disparity and provide opportunities for these students to practice their negotiation techniques before they interview for their first post law-school jobs. We must also acknowledge that very often such training would run counter to at least two-and-a-half decades’ worth of socialization in each woman’s life to accept the salary she is offered. Nevertheless, arming women with a full appreciation for the long-term consequences of accepting low initial offers could motivate them to drive a tougher bargain with their first positions.

While teaching new female attorneys more effective ways to bargain for their initial salaries is a step, law firms must take responsibility for their part in salary disparity. Affinity groups for women provide support and ensure that women’s concerns remain in the minds of managing partners, and increasing the general diversity on compensation committees could broaden firms’ perspectives on the types of candidates to pursue and what to offer those candidates by way of salary as they become employees. Practice managers take note: In a world in which almost half of law school graduates are women, firms that forget gender equity in their compensation packages eventually will find themselves on the outside in the competition for top talent.

Sid_Moore_PhotoSid Moore works in human resources for the state of Oregon, where he consults on a variety of topics including equity, employee development, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and organizational health. Currently on rotation with the Department of Human Services, Sid’s regular assignment is at the Department of Environmental Quality. Sid came to state service after eight years in higher education at the University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Oregon, and has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999.


[1] At the risk of appearing pessimistic, I should point out that there were 67 respondents to the survey from the coast, compared to 182 in the lower Willamette Valley, for example.

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Red Lodge Legal Services Program

By Julia Yoshimoto

julia1In December 2013, Red Lodge Transition Services and I, with the support and assistance of many members of the Oregon legal community, launched the Red Lodge Legal Services Program, an innovative and proactive program that fills the unmet legal needs of Native American women incarcerated and overrepresented in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in order to reduce barriers to reentry, improve reentry planning, and reduce recidivism. The Legal Services Program supports Red Lodge’s holistic and culturally competent core programs which empower incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Native American women to break out of survival mode so that they can focus on the healing and growth necessary to effectively nurture their families, end the cycle of inter-generational incarceration, and positively contribute to the restoration of Native American communities.

The Legal Services Program is a one-year pilot project providing the following services to Red Lodge clients in minimum security at CCCF:

1. Know-Your-Rights Trainings: Expert guests and formerly incarcerated Red Lodge clients educate incarcerated women about their rights regarding reentry issues, i.e. employment, housing, sealing of criminal records, fines and fees, supervised release, etc.

2. Individual Legal Assistance: I assist women in identifying legal issues that are, or may become, barriers to successful reentry. Together, we work to resolve legal issues and improve reentry planning. When appropriate, I will refer clients to cooperating pro bono attorneys for further advice and/or representation.

I received a one-year Lewis & Clark Law School Graduate Public Interest Fellowship, which provides partial funding, for the development and implementation of the Legal Services Program. Through this innovative program, we hope to further empower women from within, so they can reenter with hope as they work to rebuild their lives and strengthen the community. Stoel Rives, LLP in downtown Portland hosted a reception for the Red Lodge Legal Services Program on Friday, January 31st. To learn more about this program, the need for legal assistance for incarcerated Native women, and ways you can support, please visit our website.

Native American Art Created Behind the Iron Doors

The Native American Prison Art Project was founded in 2007 as a unique opportunity for bridging prison with community. Red Lodge Transition Services asked Native men andAll_Feathered_Up women incarcerated in several Oregon prisons to donate a piece of artwork for public display. The primary purpose of holding the art show was to provide public education on incarceration and the barriers to re-entry. The Native American Prison Art shows have been very successful in helping promote public awareness and education by combining the very best art from Oregon inmates participating in the Native American Prison Art Project, and professional artists within our Native American communities. All community artists participating in Friends of Red Lodge, have either been previously incarcerated, or have family who has been incarcerated. Joining these two groups of artists, helps to strengthen Native American communities, encourages community involvement and promotes healing across a continuum.

Art allows people who are otherwise invisible to be seen and heard. Art is a universal language capable of reaching past socio-economic barriers, cultural differences, and geographical restrictions. Art provides Red Lodge Transition Services the ability to provide public education and promoting culturally appropriate programming in a non-threatening venue  in and out of Oregon prisons.

Art will be on display and for sale through February at the Oregon State Bar Center. Sales will benefit the Red Lodge Legal Services Program.

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Recommended Reading

By: Duane Bosworth

Far From the TreeAndrew Solomon’s last book, Far From the Tree, is an extraordinary journey through difference and diversity, presenting triumphs and challenges regarding rising identities and hide-bound institutions. On its surface, it is the study of “horizontal identities” – sons and daughters who in one or more ways are profoundly different from their parents. Its 10 substantive chapters are titled “Deaf Dwarfs,” “Down Syndrome,” “Autism,” “Schizophrenia,” “Disability,” “Prodigy,” “Rape,” “Crime” and “Transgender.” The chapters are filled with stories from the author’s many hundreds of family interviews. Solomon also discusses the growth of his own identity as a gay man.

The author is open, nonjudgmental, and not in thrall to political correctness for its sake. He reveals his own biases candidly and ponders how they came to be. They live in the shadow of the principle offered by the 90-year-old mother of a transgendered woman: “It is impossible to hate anyone whose story you know.”

This is a masterpiece. It does not tell, but instead shows how difference unites us. This is a book that will “shake up your preconceptions and leave you in a better place.” Do not be daunted by its 700 pages. One chapter per week allows for suitable gestation of its ideas and revelations. In short, this remarkable book presents what I think is the fundamental question for diversity and inclusion: how do we treat each person in the fullness of their humanity?

Bosworth, DuaneDuane Bosworth is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland and chair of its Media practice. He served two terms as chair of the Board of the Urban League of Portland and as chair of the University of Oregon Law School Board of Visitors. Duane was also the chair of a past Diversity Task Force of the Oregon State Bar, which among other actions conducted interviews of diverse lawyers throughout the State. He was a founder, with Justice Edwin Peterson, of Uniting to Understand Racism, serving as president and now continuing as a board member. He has been conducting six-week “UUR” programs, discussing race, in law firms, businesses, governments, and nonprofits for the past 15 years. Duane has served in the ABA House of Delegates and on the board of the Multnomah Bar Association. He is past chair of the Bar Press Broadcasters Council of the OSB and continues as a director of Open Oregon, a nonprofit dedicated to transparency in Oregon government. Duane chaired the efforts to develop the six-chapter Diversity and Inclusion “Toolkit” for legal employers, which was discussed throughout the last Convocation on Equality. He is now heading the effort to update and publish those chapters and to build additional programs for legal employers from them.

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Specialty Bar News

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming OAPABA Event Dates.OPABA

March 14, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • Two tables reserved for OAPABA at the OWLS Roberts Diez Awards Dinner.

March 20, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • OAPABAOKE (our annual karaoke event) at Voicebox NW, 2112 NW Hoyt St.

To RSVP for any of these events, or for more details, contact Dan Simon at daniel.a.simon@Ojd.state.or.us.

Celebrate with OHBA on February 21, 2014, for its 8th Annual Dinner event.

OHBAThe Oregon Hispanic Bar Association invites you to a night of food, drink and celebration as it hosts its 8th annual dinner at The Nines Hotel on February 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The OHBA will be presenting the Honorable Marco A. Hernandez with the Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, in recognition of his many years of service to the legal community in Oregon. Dolores Atencio, former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, will be the keynote speaker and will be discussing the history of Latina women in the legal profession, nationally and here in Oregon.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here: http://ohbadinner2014.eventbrite.com/

The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association is looking forward to another great year in 2014!

OMLA2013 was a year marked with several significant successes for our organization. Through our 14th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction and numerous events generously sponsored by members of the Oregon legal community, OMLA was able to award 13 Bar Exam Grants for diverse applicants for the July bar exam, which cover the cost of the exam and a bar preparatory course for each applicant. 2013 also marked the inaugural year for OMLA’s “Inspiring Minority Attorneys Toward Growth and Excellence” (IMAGE) program, organized by many of its long-standing members, including but not limited to Liani Reeves, Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga, and Derily Bechthold. IMAGE is designed as a retention program for racial and ethnic minority attorneys helping them build their professional skill set as they begin their legal careers in Oregon. This first year’s programming featured panels focusing on professional development; remarks from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and the Honorable Mustafa Kasubhai; and an evening reception with professionals from the Oregon legal community.

On behalf of its membership, OMLA would also like to thank Ari Okano Lee, Janice Kim, and Todd Struble for their many years of service on its Board of Directors. They are stepping down to pursue other wonderful opportunities in the legal profession, and their guidance, dedication, and contributions to the organization and its mission will be missed. OMLA’s 2014 Board of Directors now include Christopher Ling (Co-Chair), Chase Morinaka (Co-Chair), Adam Gamboa (Treasurer), Daniel Simon (Secretary), Sujata Patel, Samantha Copeland, Toni Kelich, Suzanne Trujillo, Vamshi Reddy, and Louise Hansen (Members at Large). The 2014 Board hopes to continue OMLA’s long-standing mission to promote diversity in our legal profession.

Join OWLS on Friday, March 14, 2014 at The Nines Hotel in Portland for the Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner.

OWLSThe 22nd Judge Mercedes Deiz award recipient is Lissa Kaufman, Director of Student Legal Services, Portland State University. The 22nd Justice Betty Roberts award recipient is the Honorable Elizabeth Perris, United States Bankruptcy Court. Tickets are $90. Tables for 10 are $900. Tickets for those with incomes are $65 and will be on sale until February 6. RSVPs with names and meal choices are due Tuesday, March 4. Raffle tickets (soccer packages) supporting the OWLS Foundation, and tickets to the Roberts-Deiz dinner are on sale at www.oregonwomenlawyers.org. The OWLS Foundation Silent Auction and pre-dinner social is at 5 p.m., and the awards dinner is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Typical dress for this dinner is business attire. The dinner will sell-out well before the RSVP date. Secure your ticket today!

For more information about the other specialty bars and events, please visit their web sites.

Oregon Chapter – National Bar Association (OC-NBA). Please contact Tyler Anderson.

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

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October 2013

OSB Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter

2013 OLIO Students

2013 OLIO Students – see story below

October’s newsletter focuses on the bar’s award winning Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program, a pipeline program that builds a diverse community of legal talent in Oregon.  We thank our generous sponsors and volunteers for making OLIO possible.

Our recommended reading comes from OSB member Alice Cuprill-Comas. She provides a review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonja Sotomayor’s autobiography, My Beloved World.  Justice Sotomayor will appear at “Everybody Reads 2014,” which will be in Portland on March 11, 2014, at the culmination of the 12th annual community reading project, LITERARY ARTS.  Tickets will be available at the Portland Literary Arts and Lectures website in January.

Finally, three important diversity-related resolutions adopted by the OSB Board of Governors will be up for a vote at the November 1st House of Delegates meeting, including funding for diversity and inclusion, supporting marriage equality, and amending the rules of professional conduct to address bias and prejudice.  We look forward to continuing the momentum to foster a more diverse and inclusive bar.

 

 

OSB Diversity News

House of Delegates to Vote on Diversity Issues

Three important diversity related resolutions will be voted on at the upcoming House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting.  The first is Board of Governors (BOG) Resolution No. 2, the Diversity & Inclusion Assessment Increase.  The second resolution is an Amendment of Oregon Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 (BOG Resolution No. 3).  The final resolution before the HOD on November 1 is a Marriage Equality Resolution (BOG Resolution No. 7).

The House of Delegates meeting is scheduled for November 1, 2013, at 9 a.m., and will be at the Holiday Inn Portland I-5S, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, OR 97070. You can find the complete agenda on the OSB Website. Please plan to be there to show your support, if you are able.

Resolution to Increase the Diversity & Inclusion Assessment

The OSB established the D&I department, formerly known as the Affirmative Action Program, in 1974. At that time only 0.5% (27 out of 5,450) bar members identified as racial and ethnic minorities. Due to dedicated resources, and a long history of committed advisory committee volunteers, D&I has made significant progress toward increasing the diversity of the bar, which is one of its primary missions. Initially, D&I was funded by a $10 per bar member “Affirmative Action” license fee assessment (Assessment).  The Assessment was increased from $10 to $15 in 1980, and from $15 to $30 in 1990.  In 2006 the bar authorized the $30 Assessment through 2021.

Talking Points sampleThe Assessment to fund D&I has not been increased in 23 years.  Consequently, D&I has effectively operated at approximately an annual 2% budget decrease despite inflation.  D&I has lacked the necessary resources to keep pace with inflation. Consequently, in 2013 D&I staffing was reduced from 3.0 FTE to 2.8 FTE, and program and other funding was cut by 5.46%. Without additional funds allocated to support D&I’s work in 2014, staffing will be reduced to 1.5 FTE, and additional program cuts will occur.  A budget shortfall of approximately $90,000 is anticipated in 2014 if funding remains flat.  In short, additional funding is necessary to allow D&I to advance the bar’s mission, including increasing access to justice, diversifying the bar and bench, promoting respect for the rule of law, and improving the quality of legal services in Oregon.

To read more about D&I Department activities and accomplishments, see the D&I Talking Points.  To read the resolution that will go before the HOD on November 1, click here.

Resolution to Revise Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct #8.4

This resolution will amend the ORPC to include language that prohibits lawyers from engaging in bias or prejudice against protected classes in the practice of law.  You can read the text of this resolution here.

Resolution to Support Marriage Equality

In this resolution, the OSB resolves to “support the right of every Oregonian to marry a person of any sex, subject to applicable law regarding age, residence, and other prevailing statutory requirements.”  You can read the text of this resolution here.

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D&I Program Updates

Applications for Bar Exam Grant and Judicial Mentorship Program Being Accepted Now

The D&I Department is currently accepting applications for two programs – the Bar Exam Grant and the Judicial Mentorship Program.  Anyone who supports the mission of the OSB D&I Department is invited to apply.  Please visit our website for more details on these programs, and applications for each.

Please be aware of the following application deadlines:

  • Bar Exam Grant — Application deadline is November 15, 2013
  • Judicial Mentorship Program — Application deadline is October 25, 2013

Register now for BOWLIO 2013!

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BOWLIO is a fundraising and networking event for the Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program.  This event provides an opportunity for law students to meet and mingle with attorneys and judges in a fun and supportive environment.  To add to the fun of the evening, there will be honorable mention for categories such as best team name, highest team and individual scores, most gutter balls, etc.  Our Chief Judge will be Keith Garza and our Master of Ceremonies will be Tom Kranovich. Food and soft drinks also will be served. 

BOWLIO 2013 is on Saturday, November 2, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the AMF Pro 300 Lanes in Portland.

Students are free — call 503-431-6413 or email tkelich@osbar.org to register.

All other bowlers and guests are $50 –  click here to register.

We are having a raffle this year for some great items. Tickets will be $5, or 3 for $10. Presently, our raffle prizes include:

Ski Package for Two -  Ski package includes: one night’s lodging in a river view room at Hood River Inn on the beautiful Columbia River, a $25 gift certificate to use toward dinner at Full Sail Brewing Company, breakfast for two at Riverside, and two passes to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.

Vacation Rental in Sunriver - A $500 gift certificate from Sunray Vacation Rentals for use at any of their homes or condominiums in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon.

Bowling Family Fun Pack - Fun pack includes: two hours of unlimited bowling for up to five people, shoe rental, one pitcher of soda pop, and one large bag of popcorn at the AMF Pro 300 Lanes, in southeast Portland.

Golf for Two - A round of 18-holes of golf at the beautiful Glendoveer golf course in northeast Portland.

Rodan & Fields Skin Care Package - Pamper yourself with a Rodan & Fields Skin Care package, valued at $150.

Le Bistro Montage - $30 gift certificate

Dutch Bros. - $20 gift certificate

Tasty n Sons – $20 gift certificate

Toro Bravo$20 gift certificate

A very special thank you to our generous raffle donors!

  • AMF Pro 300 Lanes
  • Dutch Bros. Coffee of Gresham
  • Full Sail Brewing Company
  • Glendoveer Golf & Tennis
  • Hood River Inn
  • Le Bistro Montage
  • Stacy Chapin, Rodan & Fields Consultant
  • Sunray Vacation Rentals
  • Tasty n Sons
  • Toro Bravo

OLIO 2013 Orientation

In August, we held our 16th annual Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) orientation in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. We had 50 attorneys and 14 judges participate in the annual program, as well as 47 students from the three Oregon law schools. Thank you to attorneys Simon Whang and Daniel Simon for being our Masters of Ceremonies. Some highlights in OLIO programming included an employment round table exercise where students had the opportunity to speak with 13 different practicing attorneys about their specific areas of practice. Additionally, students learned how to brief a case, the basics of good legal writing, and the importance of networking. For a complete look at the program for the weekend email diversity@osbar.org for a copy.

OLIO Class of 2013

OLIO Class of 2013

This year’s program had a few changes, including the reduction of the overall orientation by a day and a half, and changing the much loved “OLIO Idol” event to a series of shorter team-building exercises. In spite of these changes, OLIO 2013 was a great success! A few participants have been kind enough to share their thoughts and experiences about OLIO, below.

OLIOlympics - Judge activities

OLIOlympics – Judge activities

OLIOlympics - Performances

OLIOlympics – Performances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incoming 1L Students

Nathaniel pictured on the right

Nathaniel Aggrey (on right)

I heard about the OLIO program on my visit to Willamette University College of Law from a fellow law student. She spoke generally about the program and the knowledge she gained by attending prior to starting school. I did not receive a full description of the event, just that it was a helpful opportunity to meet people in the profession. After I made the decision to attend law school and practice in Oregon, I received information from Willamette University about the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship. It was during the application process for the scholarship that I took an in-depth look at the Diversity & Inclusion department of the OSB. The mission statement resonated within me. The information I gathered sparked my interest in attending OLIO; I immediately signed up. I believed attending the event would be a great starting point for my law school journey.

OLIO exceeded my expectations. The program, from beginning to end, was filled with moments that have shaped my approach to law school and my career path. The most memorable moment for me at OLIO was listening to District Attorney John Haroldson’s keynote speech at lunch on Saturday. As with many of the speeches at OLIO, this one stuck with me because of my migrant journey to the United States. Some of the fears he spoke of are fears that I have wrestled with and will continue to wrestle with throughout my law career. However, the way in which Mr. Haroldson responded to those fears and used them to build and shape his character was inspiring. With each struggle came an opportunity to learn and become a stronger, more determined individual. Mr. Haroldson is just one of the many attorneys and judges I encountered whose zeal and passion for the profession helped reinforce my motivation for attending law school. I came away from OLIO with a renewed sense of support, knowledge, and commitment toward my legal career — a commitment to make proud those who have struggled so that I may have an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others.

Nathaniel Aggrey – 1L, Willamette University College of Law

Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” – Benjamin Mee, in the movie “We Bought a Zoo”

Michelle

Michelle Muang Chao (on left)

My name is Michelle Chao. I was watching the movie “We Bought a Zoo” when this quote moved me so much that I decided to apply to law school. The journey to law school has been a long one for me. I wanted to attend right after college, but had to wait 13 years before I was able to do so.  If it weren’t for OLIO, I might still be waiting for my dream of becoming an attorney to become a reality. I would like to tell you my story.

I was born in a small, remote village in the mountains of Thailand. We had very little contact with the outside world, except when we brought goods to sell in the market.  One day our peaceful village was attacked. The Communists had found out that the men in our village had been helping the U.S. Army learn the local land in order to fight them. As revenge, they came in shooting anyone in sight. Our village was burned to the ground and some people were hung as a symbol of the Communists’ power.

All families fled with just their children and the clothes on their backs. Some families ran to the river to escape by boat. They were easy prey because they ran in plain sight. As the parents were shot down, other families took the orphaned children and continued their escape to nearby countries. My parents, realizing they had three little kids in tow, took the long route and escaped through the forest. As the journey to safety turned into days without food, my hunger cries became inconsolable. I was only a year old, but my cries sounded like a siren blasting in the middle of the night. It didn’t take long before the Communists were on our trail. Realizing they had been caught, my parents gathered the three of us around them and held us tight, thinking it was for the last time.

Because of me, my family’s existence should have ended that night. By some miracle, the Communists said they were too tired to kill us after hunting people all day, and that they would kill us in the morning. When they set up camp to sleep, my family escaped again and eventually made it to a refugee camp in Laos. A church from Portland sponsored us and brought us to Portland in 1981, when I was three.

Although we were in the United States, our traditions still ran deep. The Mien language and traditions were passed down orally — we had no written language. One Mien tradition was to sell a daughter for a dowry to her husband’s family at a young age, since women were valued very little compared to men. When I was 14, I was sold for a dowry to my future husband’s family. The plan was for me to be married right after high school. I was the first in my family to attend college, and was able to delay the marriage until after graduation, but was told I could no longer delay it any longer.  My plan of going to law school was just a dream shared by no one else, so it died the day I was married.

I ended up getting a job at a bank and did really well, winning the highest honor in every position I held. Along with the awards, I was compensated with bonuses, which I saved in an account for law school should I someday be able to go. Of course, my husband didn’t share in my dream of going to law school, and made it impossible for me to go. He wanted kids, so one by one they came until we had three little ones. Still, I longed to go to law school.

On our ten-year anniversary, my husband moved our entire life savings into another bank and filed for divorce. That was my first real experience of attorneys fighting low and dirty, and it made me think twice about becoming an attorney myself. I wanted to become an attorney to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and the actions displayed to me were reasons why people give attorneys such a bad name.  With the divorce, I lost my life savings, but I gained the only things I truly wanted—my children, and the opportunity to become an attorney.

So a year later, while watching the movie “We Bought a  Zoo” with the kids gathered around me, the quote I cited above inspired me to reach for my dream of becoming an attorney. With no money and a broken family, I gathered up insane courage to give up my managerial job at the bank after winning the highest honor possible, stepped down to a lower position, and applied to law school.

The idea was that my parents could watch the kids while I attended school at night. However, the plan changed when my dad’s kidneys failed two months before I was supposed to start school. He has been in the hospital ever since the first dialysis left him unable to walk. So without money or family support, I was accepted to Lewis & Clark Law School. I came so incredibly close to achieving a lifelong dream, but I found myself contemplating walking away after waiting for this opportunity for 13 years. The immediate need to provide for my children seemed to outweigh my selfish dream of becoming an attorney. I had neither the money to pay for the education nor the support to do so.

Then I had an opportunity to sign up to attend OLIO. I signed up to go, not even knowing who could watch my kids while I attended. It was the same insane courage mentality that somehow things will come together. I was blessed enough to have great friends that helped babysit, so I was able to attend OLIO, and I believe it made the difference of why I am able to pursue my dreams today. At OLIO, I met amazing attorneys and judges who had overcome greater adversity than mine, and they used it to make a difference in people’s lives. I heard testimony about doing what is right even when it is not popular, and because of their character and ethics, they are where they are today. It was an environment that was like chicken soup to the soul. Although my family was broken and I lacked the family support I needed, the folks at OLIO became the family I lacked. These were members of the law community that made a difference and it renewed faith for me that I was in the right profession. OLIO taught me the tools I need to succeed in law school, but more importantly, it let me know that I was not alone on this journey.

During my first week of law school, another student already dropped out of class. He was working full time and had little ones at home like me. I, too, wanted to drop out that first week when the kids cried that they missed me, and the babysitter was so overwhelmed that she was ready to quit. I believe the difference was that I had OLIO, and he didn’t. I know when the going gets tough, I just have to call any one of the attorneys or judges I met and they would give me the courage to go on. In fact, I did call on an attorney, and while she was on vacation, she called me back and gave me the encouragement to continue. The other student, on the other hand, didn’t get that encouragement, and he quit. OLIO has helped me continue and not give up. I am forever grateful to everyone who made it possible. It has meant the world to me. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart.

Michelle Muang Chao - 1L, Lewis & Clark Law School

Upper Division Law Students
(aka “THUDs” or The Helpful Upper Division Students)

Halah

Halah Ilias (far right)

I first attended OLIO as a 1L in 2011.  I would be the first in my family to ever go to law school.  I was nervous, anxious, and excited.  I had no idea what to expect from OLIO, or from law school. 

When I stepped onto the bus to travel to Hood River, I was greeted by diverse and smiling upper division students.  I felt at ease.  This was my introduction into the OLIO family.  I met a variety of other students with their own unique stories to tell.  I attended lectures on study skills, networking, stress management, and legal writing.  Judges and lawyers were approachable, supportive, and kind.  I made friends.

In all honesty, much of OLIO that year was a blur.  However, one aspect was clear: I had a community of supporters who wanted to see me succeed.

I was able to get advice from judges, attorneys, upper division students, and fellow classmates throughout my first year.  When I felt alone or lost in law school or life, I knew there were people who were available to provide advice and guidance.  I realized how lucky I was to have so many supporters.

So, I attended OLIO again as an upper division student leader in 2012 and 2013.  I knew how important the OLIO community was for incoming 1L minorities, especially in a state like Oregon.  After re-watching lectures from my first year, I realized how accurately the lectures reflected my first year experience.  I was also re-energized.  Law school weighed me down sometimes and made me somewhat cynical of whether minorities really could make it to the top in law school or the Oregon legal community.  It was tough because I rarely saw minorities or women as judges or partners at large firms.  It was tough because there were few minorities on our school’s top law review.  It was tough because of the harsh economic downturn, resulting in some students openly criticizing “affirmative action”-like programs and dismissing the possibility that a minority student could also have merit as a strong legal mind.  But, seeing old and new faces helped me to realize our collective importance.  I was encouraged each year to maintain a positive outlook, share my experience, and do everything I could to help.  Most importantly, I solidified my goal to be involved with OSB’s Diversity & Inclusion office for the many years I have ahead of me as a (hopefully successful) leader and lawyer.

Halah Ilias - 3L, Lewis & Clark Law School

Ivan

Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez (with microphone)

This year at OLIO, I got the opportunity to meet Mr. John Haroldson, the District Attorney for Benton County.  Mr. Haroldson happens to be a frequent topic of conversation in my family.  My father and I both look up to him for being Oregon’s first Mexican-American district attorney.  My father was filled with joy when I sent him a picture of me and the DA.  To some it may seem like a simple photograph, but to my family that picture meant that all our sacrifices were beginning to pay off.  After all it is not every day that the son of two Mexican-American immigrants gets to stand alongside a prominent member of the Hispanic community. 

OLIO was the only way for someone with my background to meet attorneys who practice “big law.”  Without OLIO, I would not have known about the 1L Diversity Fellowships or the possibility of practicing in a large firm in Portland.  

This year, I really enjoyed my experience as a THUD [an upper division student mentor].  It was finally my turn to give back to the OLIO community.  I made sure that the 1Ls had a wonderful experience and that they, too, would look forward to serving as THUDS in future years.   I hope to continue attending OLIO my 3L year, and as a practicing Oregon attorney.  Thank you, OLIO.

Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez - 2L, University of Oregon School of Law

Attorney Participants

Tyler

Tyler Anderson (far right)

The element of OLIO that stood out most to me was definitely the people involved.  The programming at OLIO was staffed by members of our bar and bench, as well as upper division students from our local law schools.  It was very inspiring to hear some of the most outstanding members of our profession share their stories with aspiring attorneys and colleagues.  Often, when interacting with a prominent member of the bar, it seems as if they have always been the poised, confident, and accomplished individuals they are.  However, at OLIO, these testimonials brought home that even the best and brightest of us have had to overcome obstacles and put in the work necessary to achieve the success they have enjoyed.  This was a lesson that was beneficial for both the students and attorneys who were at the program to have reinforced.

Equally impressive were the students who participated in the program.  A number of upper division students from our local law schools volunteered their time to serve on panels, participate in discussions, and generally act as guides for the incoming first year students.  All of the students were engaged, inquisitive, and genuinely excited about the prospects of entering into the legal profession.  While the hope and objective of all the panelists, including myself, was to provide the law student attendees with useful advice to take with them as they enter the work force, I can comfortably say that we all learned from them and their experiences as well.

OLIO is a great example of what we are doing right in the legal profession.  It is an event where students, judges, and attorneys can share their experiences and learn from each other.  It is a way for our bar to ensure it is presenting itself in a manner that makes practicing in Oregon appealing to students of various backgrounds.  The best way we can ensure that the practice of law in Oregon has the future that we would like for it to have is to do our best to be available to the future leaders of the profession, as friends, mentors, and everything in between.  I am glad to have had the opportunity to participate in OLIO this year.  It is a program that will continue to add to the vitality and diversity of the bar for all of us.

Tyler E. Anderson – Miller Nash LLP.President, Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association 

Claudia

Claudia Groberg (on left)

I was fortunate in my legal career to meet some wonderful mentors who believed in me, encouraged me, and inspired me to give back to our legal community by mentoring other law students.  At the invitation of Judge Darleen Ortega, in 2009, I began “debriefing sessions”  with minority law students at the University of Oregon School of Law.  The sessions are intended to provide a safe environment for first-year minority law students (as well as gay and lesbian law students) to talk about their experience of what law school is like and help support each other through their first year.  These meetings provide them a safe forum to discuss law school and the particular challenges they face as minority students.   

This past August, I was invited to give a keynote speech at OLIO.  I shared with the students my story of moving to this county, my struggles with the language and culture, and attending law school while raising my three sons.    

The feedback I receive confirms that my involvement as mentor and keynote speaker has touched the lives of real people.  An email from a first-year student stated: “I found comfort and encouragement in your story of success and I hope to remain in touch with you as I begin this journey. Again, thank you for taking the time to be a leader and a wonderful example for us women who choose to go to law school after starting a family.”  Another dear student wrote: “You really are an inspiration to moms like me about to embark on this new adventure we call law school!”  I believe we have an obligation to give back to programs which have helped us succeed in our career.  OLIO has a very positive impact on minority law students.  I have been shaped by this program and know that it continues to impact the students it serves.  I would highly encourage attorneys to be involved in this program and to mentor incoming law students. You will be glad you did.

Claudia G. Groberg – Oregon Department of Justice/Civil Recovery Section

Judicial Participant

Judge Lopez

Judge Angel Lopez (center) with his family

OLIO provides a safe and fun environment where natural fears are allayed and where those so-called ‘dumb’ questions get answered.  We gather together to encourage and promote each other’s success.  Law students make friends and friendships become solid professional relationships.  Because the OLIO development committee carefully chooses judge and lawyer mentors, law students and new lawyers learn about the Oregon legal tradition from the very best.  The end result is a growing group of diverse lawyers who are well trained and well mentored, a stronger and more diverse bar, and an Oregon well served by thoughtful, talented lawyers of color who are committed to diversity.        

The OLIO experience is a standing tribute to our Oregon State Bar’s commitment to equal justice for all.  It reinforces and promotes the concept that our bar is welcoming and affirmative in our appreciation for the need of a diverse community of lawyers able to understand issues facing each and every member of our community.

Angel Lopez – Circuit Court Judge, State of Oregon. Former OSB President

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OSB Diversity Story Wall Update

Groundbreaking news! Our project consultants, Chet Orlof of Oregon History Works and graphic designer Linda Wisner of Wisner Creative, have officially begun work on this historic project.

Storywall Again we would like to thank all of our current sponsors for helping us meet our initial fundraising goal of $30,000 for the project. However, we still invite others to not miss out to be recognized on the wall by sponsoring at the $1,000 level.  In addition, we are putting out a request to all bar members to submit any relevant historical information they are aware of for the Project. 

As a reminder, the goal of the Project is to identify, reveal and preserve the history of diversity, inclusion and access to justice in Oregon’s legal profession, and to heighten our awareness and appreciation of this history. The end product will be a museum-quality informational and narrative display, housed at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard. It will incorporate historical photographs, written descriptions of contributions, important events, and graphical elements of two dual timelines: one highlighting diversity in the legal profession in Oregon, and the other addressing major milestones advancing diversity and access to justice in Oregon and across the United States.  The Project also includes supplemental printed posters and an interactive web based version of the Story Wall accessible on the internet and adaptable to include additional information, such as photos and other visual and audio clips.

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor or submitting historical information, please contact Benjamin James at bjames@osbar.org.  To learn more about the Project, including how to become a sponsor, visit our website.

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Specialty Bar News & Updates

NBAOGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon
For news updates and information about OGALLA’s upcoming events, please visit their website.

 

OPABAOregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA)
Building on last year’s successful trip to the Portland Art Museum, join OAPABA on Saturday, October 19 from 2:30-5:00 for a group tour of “Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” followed by a reception at the West Café, at 5:00 p.m.  Event is free for law students (Miyuki Yoshida is graciously paying for all law student admissions); standard museum admission for all other attendees.   OAPABA will provide some appetizers at the reception.  Please RSVP to Daniel.A.Simon@ojd.state.or.us.
 
OAPABA Western Regional Conference, Round 2!  NAPABA confirmed this week that OAPABA has been selected as the host for the 2014 NAPABA Western Regional Conference.  Expect to see more information on this as the event planning gets underway, and start thinking about how to make it to the 2016 Western Regional Conference in Hawaii!
 
OAPABA and the Oregon Law Center are pleased to announce the opening of a pro-bono legal clinic for low-income clients at the Immigration & Refugee Community Organization’s Asian Family Center in Northeast Portland.  If you are aware of potential pro-bono clients, please ask them to call 503.235.9396 or email RSVP@irco.org for an appointment.

NBAOregon Chapter – National Bar Association (OC-NBA)
More information from the OC-NBA is coming soon.  Stay tuned!

 

OHBAOregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA)
Visit the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s website for additional news and updates.

 

OMLAOregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA)
Please visit the OMLA website for more information, or to donate!

OTLAOregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) – Minority Caucus
For more information, you can also contact Minority Caucus Chair Diego Conde at dconde@condelawgroup.com, or Co-Chair Steve Milla at stevemilla@millalaw.com.

 

OWLSOregon Women Lawyers (OWLS)
OWLS 2013 Fall CLE Featuring a Keynote Address by Sheryl WuDunn, co-Author, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Friday, October 18, 1:00 PM – 5:00 pm
The Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland
More information or to register, here.
 
Panelists are JR Ujifusa, Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County; Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon (prosecuting state and federal sex crimes); Lena Sinha, Program Manager for the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC); and Christopher Killmer, Program Manager, Anti-Trafficking Division, Immigration Counseling Service (ICS).  

Additional OWLS Events:

Networking for Women at all Career Stages
Thursday, October 24, 12:00-1:00 pm
Willamette University College of Law, room TBA
Presented by the Mary Leonard Law Society, in association with Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) Placement Office
 
Please join the Mary Leonard Law Society and WUCL for a panel discussion on tips and strategies that women can use to network effectively, market ourselves, and self-promote at all levels of our careers. Our distinguished panel will include  Stephanie Palmblad, associate attorney with Collier Law; Vanessa A. Nordyke, Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Division at the Oregon Department of Justice; Martha Pagel, shareholder and leader of the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources practice group at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; and Debra Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

This a free event and brown bag lunches are welcome!  Please RSVP here or contact us at maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com.
 
OWLS Career Development/Rainmaking Dinner
Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Jane Paulson, Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC
Hotel Monaco, 506 SW Washington St., Portland

This intimate dinner seats two mentors and five lawyers at seven tables of ten. Come learn strategies and tips for rainmaking and developing your career from experts in their fields in this unique, interactive setting. Register online here.

OWLS Contract Attorneys and Small Office Practitioners:  Managing Expectations and Getting Paid
Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Stoel Rives LLP, 900 SW Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, Portland

Two Oregon MCLE credits, pending application approval.  Cost: $20. Further details and registration information will be available soon.
 
Oregon State Bar Gender Equity in Partnership Compensation: Why It Matters and How to Do It
Friday, December 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Oregon State Bar Center, 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Tigard
Co-sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers
1.5 General CLE or Access to Justice credits

Registration includes lunch and electronic or print materials. Cost: $15 Early Registration – OSB Member (received before noon Monday, December 9); $20 Regular Registration – OSB Member (received after noon Monday, December 9); $0 for 50-year and Active Pro Bono OSB members, Oregon judges and their lawyer staff. Please call the OSB CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 413 to register. (NOTE: Complimentary registration includes materials but does not include lunch, which is available for $15.) No video replay or webcast.

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Recommended Reading

By Alice Cuprill-Comas

My Beloved WorldMy Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

In My Beloved World, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written a revealing account of her personal life that is at once inspiring and troubling.  We learn of Sotomayor’s family dysfunction and her struggle, despite long odds, to excel.  We also learn how easily things could have gone wrong, as she writes about her “smarter” cousin who becomes a heroin addict and dies of AIDS at a young age. And that’s the trouble the memoir reminds us of:  how many bright, capable young people will, through one wrong turn, lack of support or opportunity, miss out on their potential.  While this book may not shed a spotlight on how this “wise Latina” would rule from the bench, it does show us her humanity.

Alice Cuprill-Comas

Alice Cuprill-Comas began practicing in Oregon in 1995.  She was partner at Ater Wynne LLP, prior to becoming legal counsel for Oregon Health and Science University in 2012. She is a member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and is a board member for Literary Arts.

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We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to our generous OLIO sponsors and donors, as well as our volunteers.

Diamond Sponsors
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Lane Powell PC
Perkins Coie LLP
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC
Stoel Rives LLP

Platinum Sponsors
Miller Nash LLP
Tonkon Torp LLP

Gold Sponsors
Lewis & Clark Law School
Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS)
Stoll Stoll Berne Lotking & Schlachter PC
Willamette University College of Law

Silver Sponsors
Hala J. Gores, PC
Portland State University
Oregon Law Foundation
Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD)
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
Professional Liability Fund – Excess Program
Saalfeld Griggs PC
Troutman Sanders LLP
University of Oregon Foundation
Winthrop & Weinstine PA
Yates, Matthews & Eaton PC

Titanium Sponsors
Ater Wynne LLP
Greene & Markley PC
Haglund Kelley Jones & Wilder LLP
Kranovich & Lucero LLC
Multnomah Bar Association (MBA)
Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA)
Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA)
Pickett Dummigan LLP
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors
BARBRI, Inc.
Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop PC
Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC
Kapla Law PLLC
OSB Diversity Section
Richard G. Spier, J.D., Mediator

Copper Sponsors
James A. Arneson, PC
Barran Liebman LLP
Chock Barhoum LLP
Oregon Health and Science University – Center for Diversity & Inclusion
J. Randolph Pickett PC
Schmidt & Yee PC
Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt LLP
John Tyner, III
Van Ness Feldman

Individual Donors
Jacqueline Alarcon
Hon. Cheryl Albrecht
Anonymous
David Bartz, Jr.
Hon. Paula Bechtold
Deborah Butler
Eric Dahlin
Loree Devery
Hon. Robert Durham
Ernest Estes
Norma Freitas
Christopher Garrett
Michael Gergen
Natasha Gianvecchio
Laura Godfrey
Phil Goldsmith
Shari Gregory
John Haroldson
Hon. Rick Haselton
R. Ray Heysell
Helen Hierschbiel
Robert Howard
Roland Iparraguirre
Annie Jhun
Kenneth Lerner
Hon. Angel Lopez
Charles Lopez
Julia Markley
Audrey Matsumonji
Linda Meng
Hon. Josephine Mooney
Janice Morgan
Hon. Adrienne Nelson
Yumi O’Neil
Nancie Potter Wamser
Travis Prestwich
Kathleen Rastetter
Hon. Thomas Rastetter
Janice Schneider
Hon. David Schuman
David Schwartz
Diane Schwartz-Sykes
Hon. Merri Souther-Wyatt
Cynthia Starke
Serilda Summers-McGee
Hon. Jill Tanner
Linda Tomassi
Heather Van Meter
Heather Vogelsong
Hon. Kenneth Walker
Hon. Janelle Factora Wipper
Hon. Robert Wollheim
Theresa Wright
Michael Wu

Volunteers
Hon. Beth Allen
Tyler Anderson
Jessica Asai
Cynthia Barrett
Jermaine Brown
Lauren Charles
Kevin Clonts
Carolyn Dennis
Beth Englander
Hon. Oscar Garcia
Sarah Ghafouri
Claudia Groberg
John Haroldson
Hon. Mary Mertens James
Hon. Mustafa Kasubhai
J.B. Kim
Hon. John Kim
Kevin Kono
Joseph Kraus
Anthony Kuchulis
Hon. Virginia Linder
Hon. Angel Lopez
Micky Logan
Hon. Valeri Love
Parna Mehrbani
Kenneth Mitchell-Phillips
Hon. Josephine Mooney
Janice Morgan
Yumi O’Neil
Hon. Susie Norby
Ramón Pagán
Liani Reeves
Natasha Richmond
Kasia Rutledge
Hon. David Schuman
Dan Simon
Todd Struble
Kimberly Sugawa-Fujinaga
Lisa Umscheid
Hon. Kenneth Walker
Simon Whang
Hon. Janelle Factora Wipper
Hon. Robert Wollheim
Kimberley Ybarra

Diversity and Inclusion: Making us Stronger

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August 2013

OSB Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter

August’s newsletter focuses on sharing articles and information concerning the transforming legal profession, the changing job market, and resources to support small firm and solo practitioners.  While jobs in large law firms are on the decline, plenty of opportunities exist for entrepreneurial and technologically savvy lawyers to represent an increasingly diverse population of consumers and business owners with unmet legal needs. One striking aspect of the new legal economy is the rising tide of people who cannot afford lawyers, including middle class Americans. That is why courts are seeing a proliferation of pro se litigants, and new entrants to the legal marketplace are competing with traditional practitioners and firms. Tapping the market of people with unmet legal needs presents enormous opportunities for small firm and solo practitioners who use strategic and innovative business models.

When we look to the present and future to determine who needs legal representation, and where attorneys will find clients, it is important to consider the changing demographics in America.   According to U.S. Census estimates, by the year 2050, people of color are projected to comprise more than 50% of the U.S. population.  The majority of this growth will be attributable to increasing numbers of Latinos. Consistent with these projections, in 2012, for the first time in history, half of the children born in the U.S. were racial and ethnic minorities.   At the same time, the legal profession has not kept pace with the diversity of the population at large.  In Oregon, for example, only 6.6% of lawyers licensed with the bar identify as racial and ethnic minorities.  This data suggests that lawyers who tap into the diverse market of clients with unmet legal needs will have a competitive business advantage.

We are pleased to feature interviews with three Oregon lawyers who have effectively cultivated diverse clients as a strategy for successful and sustainable business models: Patrick Cadiz,  Hala Gores and Raife Neuman.  During their interviews, they share tips for success as small firm and solo practitioners, including how to develop and serve clients from a variety of different communities and cultures.

Our recommended reading is from David Nebel, an avid reader and world traveler who worked in the OSB Public Affairs Department.  David retired in July 2013.  We wish him the best with his future endeavors.  Also, we are delighted to present an article written by OSB member Lin Hendler.  Lin shares information with us about her experience winning a contest to meet with Judge Judy and their meeting this summer.

Finally, this issue includes D&I Department news, program updates, and Specialty Bar Association news.

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OSB members Patrick Cadiz, Hala Gores and Raife Nueman share tips for success as solo and small firm practitioners

Patrick CPatrick Cadiz is a solo practitioner whose practice focuses on the resolution of personal injury cases. He is fluent in Spanish and has represented numerous cases involving Spanish speaking clients.  Mr. Cadiz is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Cordozo School of Law.  Prior to starting the Law Offices of Patrick G. Cadiz, LLC, Mr. Cadiz worked as a trial attorney with the Law Offices of Matthew Kehoe and as a trial attorney for Brisbee & Stockton, LLC.  Also, Mr. Cadiz clerked for Judge Thomas Coffin of the United States District Court, District of Oregon.   For additional information about Mr. Cadiz and the Law Offices of Patrick G. Cadiz, LLC, link here: http://www.patrickcadiz.com/?Page=1.

HalaGHala Gores is a solo practitioner whose practice focuses on representing clients in cases involving significant injuries and wrongful death.  She graduated with highest honors from Portland State University with a bachelor of science degree and a Middle East Studies Certificate and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law.  Ms. Gores has a distinguished history of service to the legal profession and community at large.  She made history in Oregon in 2013 when she became the first woman of color elected to serve as the President of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  For additional information about Hala Gores and Hala J. Gores, P.C., link here: http://www.goreslaw.com/about_hala_gores.html.

RaifeNRaife Neuman is a shareholder with Intelekia Law Group, LLC, a small firm with three partners, which focuses on business law, sustainable business initiatives, civil litigation, foreclosure defense, landlord tenant and natural resources law.  Mr. Neuman earned a Bachelor of Arts from St John’s College and graduated cum laude from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law with a certificate in environmental law.  Before founding Intelekia Law Group, Mr. Neuman was a solo practitioner who specialized in business formation and advising, tenant’s rights, and general civil litigation. He is the co-chair of the Oregon New Lawyers Division of the State Bar Pro Bono Subcommittee and a member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association.  He was honored as the Oregon New Lawyers Division Volunteer of the year in 2010.  His volunteer activities included co-founding a non-profit that provides educational and athletic opportunities to immigrant and refugee children.  For additional information about Mr. Neuman and Intelekia Law Group, LLC, link here: http://www.intelekia-law.com/index.html.

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Articles about changing legal environment and job market

2013 Report on the State of the Legal Market

The Myth of the Upper-Middle-Class Lawyer

Graduate from Law School, Pass the Bar, Get Unemployment

Just How Bad Off Are Law School Graduates?

To Practice Law, Apprentice First (Op-Ed)

To Place Graduates, Law Schools Are Opening Firms

The Absolute Worst States for Job-Hunting Law-School Grads

Which Law Schools Are Tops for Jobs?

Law Job Stagnation May Have Started Before the Recession – And It May Be a Sign of Lasting Change

The Future of Law as Seen from Silicon Valley

What the Future Legal Market Means for Lawyers and Bar Associations

Project Rural Practice: Saving an Endangered Species by Recruiting the Sweet Sixteen

ReInvent Law Laboratory

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Articles about starting a solo practice

Should Lawyers Fresh Out of Law School Start a Solo Practice? (PODCAST) ABA Journal Podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talks to her guests about the hurdles and rewards for young lawyers starting their own law practices.

Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times (WEBINAR) As a public service, NALP and ALI-ABA are pleased to offer this 75-minute presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP, who generously donated their time and talent to this special project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment.

Renee Newman Knake: Lawyers as Entrepreneurs (Video) Presentation at ReInvent Law conference, April 1, 2013

Law Grads Going Solo and Loving It  The recession has forced many new lawyers to hang their own shingle; some are succeeding

Starting a Solo Practice: Five Things to Consider (BLOG)

Should you go Solo? The Pros and Cons

How Much it Really Costs to Start a Law Firm

How I Got My First Client and You Can Too

How the Web and an Attitude of Sharing Helped a Law Firm Take Off

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Web resources for solo practitioners

ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center

Solo Practice University

myShingle.com

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Some OSB Resources for small firm and solo practitioners

For additional information about resources and services offered  by the OSB, link here: http://www.osbar.org/

Professional Libililty Fund (PLF) The PLF has a number of resources for small firm and solo practitioners, the majority of which are offered by the Loss Prevention Department’s Practice Management group.  This group provides a number of free resources to Oregon lawyers, most of which are accessible from the PLF website.   Here are some detailed instructions for accessing these resources:

From www.osbplf.org  login using your OSB number and last name.  See the “Loss Prevention” menu heading on the left navigation for the following items:  a. “Books from the PLF” are great resources for small firms and solo practitioners.  All of these books also are available through Bar Books.  Titles include: i. “A Guide to Setting Up & Running Your Law Office” (2009) ii. “A Guide to Setting Up & Using Your Lawyer Trust Account” (2011) iii. “Oregon Statutory Time Limitations Handbook” (2010) iv. “Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death” (2011) b. “CLE” – The PLF has several continuing legal education programs available for free on either CD or DVD.  A number of these programs include topics of interest to small firms and solo practitioners. c. “Practice Aids and Forms” – These can be a great resource for attorneys on a variety of topics, from entity formation to office manuals.

Practice Management Advisors are another great resource for solo practitioners and small firms.  They provide confidential and free assistance for attorneys concerning a variety of needs – from streamlining office systems to opening or closing an office.

Also, the PLF recommends that attorneys setting up a new office consider obtaining Excess Coverage.  Depending on the type of work the firm handles, the number of attorneys in the firm, etc., it could be beneficial, and inexpensive, for the firm to obtain additional malpractice insurance.

Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD) The ONLD represents more than 3,500 lawyers, approximately 25% of the bar membership. Every lawyer who has practiced six years or fewer, or is 36 years old or younger (whichever is later) is automatically a member of the ONLD. Any law student presently attending an ABA accredited law school in Oregon is automatically considered an associate member of the ONLD.

The mission of the ONLD is to assist new lawyers with the transition to practicing law in Oregon, either from law school or from a practice in another jurisdiction; conduct programs of value to new lawyers and law students; promote public awareness and access to justice; and promote professionalism among new lawyers.

ONLD Resources: The ONLD “Practice Drive” provides resources to assist new attorneys at the beginning of their legal careers. New attorneys representing clients as solo practitioners may find the forms and other resources provided in the Practice Drive to be helpful. Some of these resources are designed to help new attorneys who are opening practices establish appropriate office and administrative processes and begin casework in select substantive areas of law. If you would like to request a Practice Drive, contact Michelle Lane at mlane@osbar.org.

Another ONLD resource is the Practical Skills through Public Service Program. This program is described further at http://www.osbar.org/onld/practicalskills.html. The purpose of the program is to give under or unemployed new lawyers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while volunteering with a non-profit or government agency.

Learn more about the ONLD and their various events and programs on their website at http://www.osbar.org/onld.

New Lawyer Mentoring Program (NLMP) By Andrew Schpak, OSB New Lawyer Mentoring Chair

Two years ago, Oregon became the third state in the nation to establish a New Lawyer Mentoring Program designed to ensure that every new lawyer in the state is given a personal mentor to guide them through the transition from law student to lawyer. While the champions of this initiative regarded mentoring as a great value to every new attorney, it is perhaps most valuable to new lawyers who open their own law practice shortly after passing the bar exam.

Starting any new business is complicated and risky. But a legal practice is particularly complex, with rigid ethical and procedural rules, inflexible deadlines, and high stakes for both the lawyer and the client. The OSB Mentoring Program provides a lifeline for new practitioners for the multitude of questions that may arise.  Some are seemingly minor: how to format a document, where to file a pleading, and how to bill time. Others are large: avoiding ethical pitfalls, screening for problematic cases or clients, or dealing professionally with opposing counsel. In the first few years of practice, all of these issues may arise and likely will directly impact a new lawyer’s long-term success and job satisfaction.

The program works by asking every new lawyer to identify the areas of law they expect to practice and then connecting the new lawyer for a full year to an experienced lawyer with similar interests and/or practice areas. There are six curriculum elements that the mentor and new lawyer should cover, but how they do so is entirely up to them based on the needs of the new lawyer. A lawyer launching a solo practice, for instance, would likely have substantial interest in law practice management issues, marketing and client relations, case assessment and management, billing and accounting, and possible ethical issues.

In the end, our goal is to help ease the transition from law student to lawyer while serving a vital public interest by helping new lawyers more quickly develop core competencies and a deeper understanding of the professional and collegial nature of an Oregon law practice. For more information, see the NLMP section on the OSB Web Site at http://www.osbar.org/nlmp.

Legal Futurist Jordan Furlong Presentation: “Rise of the Machines”

JordanFIn November 2012, Jordan Furlong of Edge International presented to the OSB House of Delegates on “Automation, Systematization and the Future of Law practice.” This presentation examines the new legal marketplace by looking at external market pressures and the impact of new technology on lawyers. Jordan has agreed to make his presentation available to any OSB member, which you may view here, http://vimeo.com/53090881.  Please contact Benjamin James at bjames@osbar.org to get the password to watch the presentation online.

Ethics Assistance for OSB Members Lawyers in the Oregon State Bar General Counsel’s Office assist Oregon lawyers with questions about how to conform their conduct to Oregon ethics rules. They can help you identify applicable rules of professional conduct, point out relevant formal ethics opinions and other resource materials, and answer your ethics question. No attorney-client relationship is established between callers and the lawyers employed by the Oregon State Bar, and the information submitted and responses provided are public records. Lawyers seeking confidential legal ethics advice should consult a private lawyer of their choice. To protect the confidentiality of client information, questions posed to the General Counsel’s Office should be in the form of a hypothetical.

The General Counsel’s Office provides ethics assistance both over the phone and by email and letter in informal written advisory opinions. The Board of Governors issues formal advisory opinions, which are developed and vetted by the Legal Ethics Committee. Both informal and formal advisory opinions may be considered by the Supreme Court as evidence of the lawyer’s good faith effort to comply with the disciplinary rules and as a basis for mitigating any sanction imposed if a violation is found. For more information about Legal Ethics Assistance available for OSB members, click here: http://www.osbar.org/ethics.

OSB Sole & Small Firm Practitioners Section http://www.osbar.org/sections/ssfp.html

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D&I Department News

There is still time to register for FREE CLE presentations on August 10, in beautiful Hood River

Come to beautiful Hood River on Saturday, August 10, and earn 2.5 Access to Justice CLE credits (for FREE!) while you are there (credit pending approval of CLE application).  These CLE presentations will take place during the 2013 OLIO Orientation at the Hood River Inn, in Hood River.  Please mark your calendars and plan to come – and register today!

3:30-4:30 pm
OSB Disability Law Section presents Rights & Options for Clients with Mental Illness
Presented by Beth Englander, Disability Rights Oregon, and Micky Logan, Oregon State Hospital.  Learn about people’s civil rights both in the community and inside institutions, fair housing laws as they apply to people with mental health disabilities, Olmstead issues (the right to live in the most integrated setting possible), the ways in which a person can become institutionalized at the Oregon State Hospital, and information about all of the ways that the hospital differs from a jail/prison setting.  One Access to Justice CLE credit, pending application approval.

5:00-6:30 pm
Supreme Court Decisions and Federal Recognition for Gay and Lesbian Couples (working title)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Beth Allen and Portland attorney Cynthia Barrett will present about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor.  They will address what the Court held regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as well as the federal executive response to DOMA.  Additionally, learn what is and what is not affected by Windsor, what to expect in the next few months post-Windsor, as well as what the future may hold for LGBT couples here in Oregon and how Oregon lawyers can avoid malpractice going forward. One and a half (1.5) Access to Justice CLE credits, pending application approval.

To register for either CLE presentation, please email Toni Kelich at tkelich@osbar.org.  Provide your name, bar number, and which of the CLE presentations (or both) that you would like to attend.

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Opportunities for Law in Oregon

OLIOOLIO is the Oregon State Bar’s nationally recognized recruitment and retention program for diverse law students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession. This program begins with a summer orientation that provides incoming Oregon minority law students with the opportunity to meet and interact with each other, and with upper-division students, judges, and bar leaders who will serve as their mentors and role models – all of whom are committed to helping them succeed. Curriculum focuses on sharpening existing skills and providing new skills to help ensure success in law school and beyond. OLIO participants also have opportunities to reconnect throughout the year at additional OLIO events, including our bowling networking event (BOWLIO), an employment retreat, and a spring social.

OLIO is a fundamental tool for recruiting and retaining diverse legal talent in Oregon, as well as increasing the diversity of the Oregon State Bar. OLIO fosters an engaged, supportive and inclusive legal community necessary to advance our legal profession and improve legal services to an increasingly diverse population, clients and customers, locally and globally.

Last summer, 57 law students participated in the summer orientation, as well as 58 attorneys and judges who came to serve as mentors and role models.  Chief Justice Thomas Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court was our Friday night keynote speaker. Judges Adrienne Nelson, Michael McShane and Valeri Love also delivered fantastic keynote speeches during the weekend.

In November 2012, 39 students and 50 attorneys and judges came to BOWLIO to reconnect with each other.  Additionally, 44 students attended an employment retreat in January 2013, where they learned skills necessary to the process of looking for legal employment.

To run OLIO though, we must raise the funds through sponsorships, grants, and private donations.  This valuable program could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors!

thermometerThis year, we have set a fundraising goal of $57,100, which would allow us to put on all four of the OLIO programs during the 2013-14 academic year.  So far, we have raised $54,784 toward that goal, which is wonderful … but it is not quite enough.  We still have another $2,300 to go.

We are asking for your help to get us the rest of the way there, so we can continue to meet the needs of incoming Oregon minority law students, and develop a diverse community of legal talent for Oregon’s bar. If we are not able to meet our goal, we will have to eliminate the spring social or BOWLIO from our OLIO programming.  Please consider becoming a sponsor for OLIO!

If you can help, please visit our website (www.osbar.org/diversity) where you will find a link to pay via PayPal.  Or if you prefer to pay by check, please send your check payable to “Oregon Law Foundation” to:

Oregon Law Foundation / OLIO
P.O. Box 231935
Tigard, OR  97281-1935

All contributions made through our fiscal sponsor, Oregon Law Foundation, are tax-deductible.

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Program Updates

BOWLIO – Save the Date!

BOWLIOThe 11th Annual BOWLIO fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at AMF Pro 300 Lanes in Portland.  BOWLIO is a networking event and fundraiser for our Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program; this program promotes recruitment and retention of diverse law students from historically underrepresented communities.  Free pizza, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Information about registration will be posted to our website (www.osbar.org/diversity) in September.

If you are interested in sponsoring a team or making a donation please contact Toni Kelich at tkelich@osbar.org.

Sixteen Diversity Bar Exam Grants awarded for July 2013 bar exam

OMLAThe OSB would like to express a very special thank you to the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) for generously funding a record 13 of the Bar Exam Grants awarded for the July 2013 exam cycle!

Judicial Mentorship Program – Judge mentors needed! 

The Oregon Judicial Department has developed a program in which judges mentor racial/ethnic minority law students. The program is administered by the OSB D&I Department, and it pairs judge mentors with law student applicants according to criteria such as geography, legal area of interest, and common hobbies or backgrounds. There are applications for both judge mentors and law students.  Both applications should be available on our website by mid-August, www.osbar.org/diversity.

Please note that although the major motivation of the Judicial Mentorship Program is to assist racial/ethnic minority law students, the program is open to judges and students of any race or ethnicity who participate in D&I programs and can demonstrate a commitment to the department’s mission.

OSB Diversity Story Wall Project Update

StorywallAs a reminder, the goal of the project is to identify, reveal and preserve the history of diversity, inclusion, and access to justice in Oregon’s legal profession and to heighten our awareness and appreciation of this history. The end product will be a museum-quality informational and narrative display, housed at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard, that will incorporate historical photographs, written descriptions of contributions, important events, and graphical elements of two dual timelines: one highlighting diversity in the legal profession in Oregon, and the other addressing major milestones advancing diversity and access to justice in Oregon and across the United States.  The project also includes supplemental printed posters and an interactive web based version of the OSB Diversity Story Wall accessible on the internet and adaptable to include additional information, including photos and other visual and audio clips.

We are pleased to have historian Chet Orlof of Oregon History Works and graphic designer Linda Wisner of Wisner Creative to serve as our project consultants.  They worked together on the historic timeline found in the Pioneer Courthouse, which you can see here. http://pioneercourthouse.org/timeline.html

We are very excited to announce that we have met our initial fundraising goal of $30,000 for the project! We thank all of our current sponsors and invite others to be recognized on the wall by sponsoring at the $1000 level. In addition we are putting out a request to all bar members to submit any relevant historical information they are aware of for the project.

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor or submitting historical information, please contact Benjamin James at bjames@osbar.org.  To learn more about the project, including how to become a sponsor, visit our website, www.osbar.org/storywall.

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Guest Feature: Meeting Judge Judy

My Meeting with Judge Judy, The Most Trusted Judge in America by Lin Hendler

Judge Judy“Congratulations!” the email’s subject exclaimed.  My mouse hovered over the delete button.  I figured the message body was going to tell me I qualified for an amazing new loan or medications from India.  Then I saw who sent the message.  It was from CBS studios.  I had won an all-expense paid trip for me and a friend to sunny Hollywood to meet Judge Judy.

The Friday before I left on my adventure, I was at a networking function for adults with congenital heart defects.  Two of my cardiologists happened to be there.  When one asked how I was doing, I told him I was about to leave to meet Judge Judy.

“How on earth did that happen?”  My cardiologist is a small, lithe man who is always smiling, even when passing on grim news to his young patients.  I felt suddenly shy, even in front of the man who knew the inner workings of my heart.

“Oh,” I said cagily, “I had to write an essay.” “An essay,” he pressed.  “What did you say?  Like how much you love Judge Judy?”

“Something like that,” I said, trying to blow off the man who saved my life. What I did admit to was that I had started watching Judge Judy while I was recovering from my second open heart surgery.  As the endless days of my recovery ticked away, I watched what seemed like heaps of Oprah and countless hours of Judge Judy.  It wasn’t like I was going anywhere.

My cardiologist laughed again, “Is that really what you did during recovery?”  He gave me one of those magnanimous doctor looks: a sweeping stare with a puffed chest.  Yes, I had thoracic surgery to thank for my upcoming Hollywood adventure.  Had I not been completely incapacitated wondering when my life would be mine again, I might never have experienced the joys of daytime television and of course, Judge Judy.

I became intrigued by Judge Judy when I realized she was a minority who built an empire from nothing through hard work.  While frustrated and waiting for my sternum to knit itself together again, that was a powerful message.  It helped me feel I, too, could achieve great things in time.  That was the gist of my little essay and a thought that kept me going even when surgery made me flounder without any direction other than getting through the current day.  During our meeting, she reiterated the essence of my essay by stating that, “It’s your life.  Live it well.”

Judith Sheindlin was the only female in her law school class of 126 students.  I imagine carving a career for oneself in a once hostile and unknown territory takes a remarkable woman.  Today, she has forged a path from being that lone minority in the legal industry to the highest paid television star in the United States.  Knowing how important education is to women, the Sheindlin family developed a program called Her Honor Mentoring that matches girls with accomplished women to help girls succeed.

Once a judge in Brooklyn, she began her television career when “60 Minutes” profiled her.  After this segment, she was approached to star in a reality court show.  After being on the air for nearly 20 years, her show has been the most popular daytime tv show for the past three years.  Judge Sheindlin credits her appeal to ruling swiftly on cases according to common sense.

Judge Judy has a guiding principle when deciding cases before her: “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s usually not true.”  The litigants agree to arbitration by Judge Judy.  If Judge Judy issues a financial judgment in favor of a particular litigant, the show pays for it.  If it did not, Judge Judy explains, the show would essentially function as a collection agency.   Henry De La Rosa, the marketing coordinator of Judge Judy, stated that despite the program’s seemingly low stakes, its litigants argue passionately because of the basic human desire not only to win, but to be in the right.

Mr. De La Rosa explained that most of the cases are culled directly from small claims court dockets.  The show selects cases based on what would make good, appropriate entertainment for daytime television.  Judge Judy herself believes this process provides a service to the legal community by unclogging an overburdened justice system.

Mr. De La Rosa mirrored Judge Judy’s opinion of the show’s appeal to the general populace, crediting the program’s swift meting out of justice.  Rather than endure a lengthy process fraught by rescheduling, the arbitration on Judge Judy presents a fantasy of how many people would prefer the court system to work – speedily and motivated by common sense rather than esoteric rules and procedure.

The American Bar Association recently cited a poll that showed Americans trusted Judge Judy more than any of our Supreme Court justices.  The article quotes Robert Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University, who attributed the matter to exposure, stating that Americans connect with Judge Judy every day for an hour.  However, this overlooks the fundamental frustration that so many Americans have with the legal system.  Judge Judy’s fantasy where courts are easily accessible and the “bad guy” receives his due is an alluring one.  This is the fantasy that has allowed her to become the highest paid television star in America.

As I sat in the studio audience, I watched case after case dealing with everyday Americans and their problems. I realized that with Judge Judy, the litigants were able to achieve a satisfactory “day in court.”  Each litigant brought a case that never would have garnered a lawyer’s attention despite consuming emotions and daily lives.  These reality court shows afford people the opportunity to air their grievances to attentive ears and give people the attention they believe their cases deserve.

When I was exploring the possibility of starting my own practice, I pursued the idea of cases that both meant something to me and that would expand access to justice for the everyday individual.  I asked an experienced lawyer why so few lawyers were engaged in service animal cases and if this was an area I could pursue since I had experience in the area at Disability Rights Oregon.  I was advised this was not a sustainable practice financially.

Yet there, in Judge Judy’s courtroom, I was watching Judge Judy determine whether a family had any remedy where a landlord forbade a family from keeping their service dog.  The first family had made arrangements for the service dog to go to a second home and now they wanted to be compensated for their dog.  As the little girl from the first family realized she would never see her service dog again, she began wailing uncontrollably.  As the show states, “real cases, real people.”  The human drama behind their everyday cases in suburbia is real and millions of people connected to it and the story this little girl and her German Shepherd had to tell.

Until the legal community addresses how we provide the average individual with access to justice, the idea of an accessible and swift-acting court will remain appealing and a television fantasy.  Until then, Judge Judy Sheindlin will remain one of the most-trusted and highest-paid figures in American pop culture.

Lin Hendler has just established her own private practice in Southwest Portland. There, she advises clients in estate planning, special education law, and other areas that reflect her background as a volunteer attorney at Disability Rights Oregon. Lin graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2010 where she explored many intriguing opportunities, including an Indian Law internship in South Dakota and with the public interest group Compassion and Choices, featured in the award-winning documentary “How to Die in Oregon.” She also volunteered at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for approximately three years on the Pediatric Acute Care Floor. Lin has traveled extensively and attended The University of York, UK, where she earned a Master’s in Medieval Literature after graduating from Reed College in 2001. Her father retired from importing, but she was fortunate enough to travel the world with him to exotic locales such as Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, and Yemen. She credits her open-minded views to what she has seen abroad and during her many years as both a volunteer and a patient in hospitals.

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Recommended Reading: Guest Book Review

David NebelTwo recommended books are offered by OSB Public Affairs Legislative Attorney David Nebel.  David is an avid reader and world traveler.  He has worked in the OSB public affairs department for the past nine years.  Prior to that, he was a legal services attorney in Portland and Oregon City for 15 years, and a lobbyist for legal services clients in the Oregon legislature for another 15 years.  David will retire from the OSB in July.  Immediately following his retirement, David and his wife, Vicki, will travel to Tanzania.  We will miss David at the OSB and wish him all the best in the future!

 

David’s recommendations include:

Spirit Catches YouThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman. A fascinating book about the efforts of a newly immigrated Hmong family and American doctors trying to treat a Hmong child with severe epilepsy in the best way each knows how.

 

ZeitounZeitoun, by David Eggers. A Muslim family living in New Orleans deals with Katrina and its aftermath. A book with an unexpected and shocking turn.

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Specialty Bar Association News

Save the Date for OGALLA’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

NBAOGALLA’s 22nd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Hotel Vintage Plaza.  Tickets will be available for purchase in Fall 2013.  More information, when it becomes available, can be found on the OGALLA website — http://www.ogalla.org/events.html

Additional OGALLA community activities:

OGALLA, in partnership with the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition and the Oregon Public Health Division, recently issued the Second Annual State of the Safe Schools act Report. Though more work remains in implementing the Act, which requires Oregon’s public schools to have anti-bullying policies specifically addressing bullying on the basis of protected classes, including sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, OGALLA is pleased to report that many schools are updating their policies in compliance with the act. In many cases, schools are going above and beyond the basics to be safer for LGBTQ youth. OGALLA and the OSB Diversity Section co-sponsored an OSB CLE presentation, Bullying in Safe Schools in Oregon: Facts, Legislation, and Advocacy, which you can stream here.

On April 26, OGALLA was a sponsor of A Class Act, an annual fundraiser in support of the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation, which awards scholarships to law students committed to working toward LGBT equality. OGALLA is proud to continue to support this worthy cause.

OGALLA attended this year’s Portland Pride where it handed out more than 500 “Know Your Rights” cards, designed to educate LGBT Oregonians and Washingtonians of their statutory state rights. We also look forward to participating in Eugene Pride on August 10.

Judge Lynn Nakamoto to be honored at the First Annual OAPABA Gala Dinner

OPABASave the date for the First Annual OAPABA Gala Dinner – Tuesday, September 10th.  This year’s honoree will be Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Lynn Nakamoto, and the keynote speaker will be Oregon Attorney Lynn NakamotoGeneral Ellen Rosenblum.  The Gala Dinner will be at the Benson Hotel, cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m., and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.  More details about the Gala Dinner and information on purchasing tickets will be posted at http://oapaba.org/events/ as they become available.

OAPABA 2013 Election Results are In!

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association held its Annual Member Meeting and Board Elections on June 13, 2013.  Elections results are as follows:
President-Elect:  Toan Nguyen, Iberdrola Renewables
Secretary:  Etta Lockey, PacifiCorp
Treasurer:  Jovita Wang, Miller Nash LLP
At-Large Representative:  Dan Simon, Multnomah County Circuit Court
At-Large Representative:  Duncan Hwang, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
At-Large Representative:  Genevieve Auyeung Kiley, Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt
At-Large Representative:  Jonathan Liou, J.S. Liou Legal Services, LLC
Willamette College of Law Student Representative:  Mae Lee Browning
Lewis & Clark Law School Student Representative:  Wilson Ta
University of Oregon School of Law Representative:  Kouang Chan
The new officers and board members will join incoming president, Kimberly Sugawa-Fujinaga (McEwen Gisvold LLP) and region representatives Robin McIntyre (Columbia County Counsel Office), the Honorable Beth Bagley (Deschutes County Circuit Court), the Honorable Mustafa Kasubhai (Lane County Circuit Court), and Hong Dao (Oregon Law Center).

OAPABA gives a warm thanks to its outgoing officers and board members:
Simon Whang (president), Karen Nashiwa (treasurer), Jessica Asai (at large representative), Annie Jhun (at-large representative), the Honorable Janelle Factora Wipper (at-large representative), Anne Nguyen (Lewis & Clark Law School student representative), and Alex Gancayco (University of Oregon law student representative).
OAPABA also thanks the law firm of Perkins Coie for hosting the event and for its continued support.
Last but not least, OAPABA thanks everyone who participated at the meeting.  OAPABA is grateful for its strong membership and looks forward to your continued participation and support.

The OC-NBA is currently planning events for winter 2013 -Stay tuned!

NBAFor more information contact Tyler Anderson, President, tyler.anderson@millernash.com

 

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) News

OHBAThe OHBA was a proud co-sponsor for a Freedom to Marry CLE seminar on July 11, 2013, presented by the ACLU, Basic Rights Oregon and Oregon United.  The OHBA is also putting together a Summer Social, to be held this year in Washington County.  Please watch for the invite!

Visit the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s website for additional news and updates — http://www.oregonhispanicbar.org/index.html.

Attend the OMLA 14th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction in August

OMLAThe Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) is hosting its 14th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland, 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97204!  The cost is $10 for lawyers, judges, and professionals, and $5 for law students.
OMLA’s Summer Social and Auction  raises money to provide scholarships for minority law school graduates who are dedicated to serving the people of Oregon.  For July 2013 bar exam, OMLA is proud to have given out 13 scholarships to ethnic minority bar exam applicants, which include the cost of sitting for the bar exam and a bar exam preparatory course!  By supporting the Summer Social and Auction with your attendance, your firm is demonstrating its commitment to diversity in Oregon’s legal community.
You can register to attend the event here!  We hope to see you this summer.  Please feel free to distribute this invitation to groups and individuals who would be interested in attending.
OMLA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports Oregon’s minority legal community. By supporting the Summer Social and Auction with your attendance, your firm is demonstrating its commitment to diversity in Oregon’s legal community.

Register to attend the OMLA auction here, https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/91102.

If you can support this year’s Social and Auction with an individual or law firm donation, OMLA has several levels of donations to support the event:

Donation Levels
Benefactor: $1,000 or more
Patron: $500 – $999
Friend: $250 – $499
Associate: less than $250

Please visit the OMLA website for more information, or to donate!  http://www.oregonminoritylawyer.org/

At the direction of President Hala Gores, the OTLA Board is pleased to announce the newly established Minority Caucus, chaired by Diego Conde

OTLAThe mission of the caucus is to increase diversity within the OTLA membership and leadership; offer events and programs specifically geared to the interests and needs of minority litigator members of OTLA; and to provide valuable networking opportunities for minority lawyers to socialize and discuss common concerns and experiences.

Please email or call Beth Bernard at 503-223-2558 or beth@oregontriallawyers.org if you are interested in joining.  We will have our first organizational meeting to discuss specifics about the goals of the Minority Caucus within the next month and expect to have our first Minority Caucus social event open to all OTLA members at the 60th Anniversary OTLA Convention, which is August 8-11 at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon.

For more information, you can also contact the Minority Caucus Chair Diego Conde at dconde@condelawgroup.com, or Co-Chair Steve Milla at stevemilla@millalaw.com.

Register now for the OWLS 2013 Fall Conference: “Exploitation of Women at Home and Abroad” featuring Sheryl WuDunn

OWLSOWLS is pleased to announce registration for our 2013 Fall Conference featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Sheryl WuDunn, on Friday, October 18, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Governor Hotel in Portland. Sheryl is the co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The oppression and exploitation of women is very much alive around the world, and Oregon is no exception.   Join OWLS as we hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn about her groundbreaking look into the tremendous impact empowering  women can have both individually and globally.  Our panel will then explore a particularly tragic form of exploitation that is all too prevalent in Oregon: human trafficking. Internationally, it is a multi-billion dollar business with implications on immigration, gender-based violence, human rights, sexual exploitation of women and children, public health, and slavery.  Along with the legal aspects of these epic moral issues, OWLS hopes to move the discussion forward and help us all find ways to be part of the solution.

In addition to the keynote by Sheryl WuDunn, panelists will include: JR Ujifusa, deputy district attorney, Multnomah County, and special assistant United States attorney for the District of Oregon (prosecuting state and federal sex trafficking crimes); Lena Sinha, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) program manager, Portland’s Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC); and Christopher Killmer, program manager, Anti-Trafficking Division, Immigration Counseling Service (ICS).

To register, click here.

For more information on Sheryl WuDunn, consider any of the following:

  1. Social MediaClick here to find Sheryl on Facebook. Her twitter handle is @WuDunn. Here is a TED talk video featuring WuDunn, if you want a taste of what you’ll see on Oct. 18. Bonus: she’s funny. It is captioned in English for the hearing impaired and is about 18 minutes long.
  2. Her book – This book is co-authored by WuDunn’s spouse, and New York Times columnists Nick Kristoff, who grew up in McMinnville. Here’s a link to him on Facebook. His twitter handle is @NickKristof.  Link to Half the Sky on Facebook.
      1. Link to a recent article about someone in the book in Somaliland, who works on maternal health issues. Here’s a link to another related site, Nurses for Edna, the tough as nails hospital founder featured in the book.
  3. PBS DocumentaryHere is a link to the Half the Sky PBS documentary information. OWLS is purchasing a copy scheming about doing viewing parties, so contact me if you’re interested in helping with that.

Additional OWLS Events to Remember:

Rogue Women Lawyers Annual Picnic

Saturday, August 10. Medford
For more information, contact Jennifer Nicholls.

Lane County Women Lawyers has the summer off

Look for September Networking Social with other women professionals and SAVE THE DATE: November 22, 2013, for LCWL’s annual child abuse reporting/ethics/access to justice CLE presentation.

Lunchtime Rainmaking Teleconference: Pitfalls to Avoid When Building Your Book of Business
Wednesday, August 21, noon – 1:00 pm
by phone
Paramjit Mahli, a New York-based consultant on lawyer marketing, will share rainmaking strategies. There is no cost to attend, but we will be using freeconferencecall.com, which will incur long-distance fees if you don’t call in from a phone that permits toll-free dialing. Please register no later than August 20 by sending an e-mail to Diane.

This event is co-sponsored by the OWLS Membership Committee, the OWLS Foundation and the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA).

OWLS End of Summer CLE in Portland
Pay Up: Negotiating Your Worth at Work
Friday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

ODS Tower, 601 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1930, Portland. Co-sponsored by OWLS, the OWLS Foundation, OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department, and the MBA YLS. Limited to 50 participants. For more information or to register, click here.

OWLS Dress for Success Fundraiser and Fashion Show
Thursday, October 3, doors open 5:30, Fashion Show at 6:00 p.m.
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, 1211 SW Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, Portland

OWLS Career Development and Rainmaking Dinner in Portland
Thursday, November 14, 5 p.m. Location pending.

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April 2013


OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department Launches Quarterly Newsletter

March

Greetings to our bar members, community partners and stakeholders!  The OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department (D&I) is pleased to launch its first quarterly electronic newsletter to keep you informed of the bar’s diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives.  We will highlight the diversity of our members, and share information about current events, books, literature, art, and theater of interest to members and related to the OSB’s mission, which is to serve justice by promoting respect for the rule of law, by improving the quality of legal services, and by increasing access to justice. In addition to regular newsletter features, such as D&I updates, member spotlights, recommended reading, and specialty bar news, our inaugural issue focuses on D&I developments in 2012, and includes a Member Spotlight featuring newly appointed Multnomah County Judge Beth Allen and Samuel Hernandez from Barran Liebman LLP, both of whom have served in the United States Armed Forces.  They share insights concerning their experiences, including their opinions regarding the recent lift of the ban against women serving in combat positions.

Please let us know what you think of our newsletter, including whether you have any recommendations for future issues.  Send your comments to diversity@osbar.org.  Given Oregon’s geographic diversity, we especially welcome suggestions from members living and practicing in rural communities.  D&I is pleased to share news with you about our work, our diverse members, and our efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive bar.

Warm regards,

Mariann Hyland
Mariann Hyland, Director D&I
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Spring Social & Program Applications

The OLIO Spring Social took place on Thursday, April 4, at the University of Oregon School of Law, where law students had an opportunity to reconnect and network with attorneys and judges, and we honored the graduating 3Ls.  Photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page.

In March 2013, we awarded 14 Clerkship Stipends and six Public Honors Fellowships to Oregon law students.  Congratulations to all the student recipients!
Applications for the Diversity Bar Exam Grants, which are co-sponsored by the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association were accepted until April 15, and the OSB Scholarships were due on April 1.  Scholarship applications are currently being processed for review by the appropriate ACDI Subcommittee.   Decisions for both programs are expected sometime in May.  There will be at least six Bar Exam Grants awarded, and eight Scholarships.
To find out more about the bar’s programs aimed at increasing the diversity of our membership, please visit the D&I website – www.osbar.org/diversity.
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Hon. Beth Allen and Samuel Hernandez speak on their military experience and the recent lift of the ban against women serving in combat

Hon. Beth Allen

The Honorable Beth Allen was recently appointed to the bench of the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Governor John Kitzhaber.  Prior to her appointment, she was the owner of Beth Allen Law PC, a firm specializing in family law practice, civil rights and accommodation law.  She graduated from Willamette University College of Law cum laude in 1996 and from Portland State University with a B.S. in Speech Communications in 1992.  She served in the Army, active duty, from January 1983 to January 1986 and briefly in the Reserves.  Her partner is Christine Cress, a tenured professor at Portland State University.  They have two young boys. Click on the video to hear Judge Allen talk about her experiences in the Army, her opinion about the lift of the ban against women serving in combat positions, and what she is reading.

Samuel Hernandez

Samuel Hernandez  is an associate at Barran Liebman LLP, where he advises and represents business owners and management in a range of employment law matters.  Prior to joining Barran Liebman LLP, Mr. Hernandez was in private practice following a judicial clerkship for Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice, Hon. Paul J. De Muniz.  He has also served as associate counsel for the Oregon Military Department (JAG office).  He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2010 and from Portland State University, magna cum laude, in 2005.  He has been a member of the Oregon Army National Guard since 1999, and, with the rank of captain, continues to serve as an operations officer and plans officer while practicing law full-time.  Mr. Hernandez serves as a board member for the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.  Click on the video to hear Mr. Hernandez talk about his experience with the Oregon Army National Guard, his opinion about the lift of the ban against women serving in combat positions, and books that have inspired him.

For more information about the lift of the ban against women serving in combat, see the January 24, 2013, article in USA Today.
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New Developments in 2012

New names for the Diversity & Inclusion Department and Affirmative Action Committee

Formerly known as “The Affirmative Action Program (AAP),” the new name “Diversity & Inclusion Department,” reflects the evolution of the concept of affirmative action since its inception in the early 1970s and the bar’s recognition that it must expand its diversity and inclusion outreach beyond pipeline programs for students to fully realize its mission.  Consistent with this change, the Affirmative Action Committee was renamed the “Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion” (ACDI).

OSB Launches Diversity Branding Initiative & Adopts Definitions, Business Case Statement and Tag Line

In February 2012, 26 bar leaders met to develop the OSB’s diversity and inclusion definition, business case statement and tag line. These leaders included members of the Board of Governors, the OSB Executive Director, staff, and Section and Committee leaders. Our goal was to define what diversity and inclusion meant for the bar and why it is important for the bar, for the legal profession and for the success of businesses.  A smaller team finalized the work of the larger group, and in June 2012 the Board of Governors adopted the finalized statements.

Diversity & Inclusion Definition:
Diversity and inclusion mean acknowledging, embracing and valuing the unique contributions our individual backgrounds make to strengthen our legal community, increase access to justice, and promote laws and creative solutions that better serve clients and communities. Diversity includes, but is not limited to:  age; culture; disability; ethnicity; gender and gender identity; geographic location; national origin; race; religion; sexual orientation; and socio-economic status.

Diversity Business Case Statement:
A diverse and inclusive bar is necessary to attract and retain talented employees and leaders; effectively serve diverse clients with diverse needs; understand and adapt to increasingly diverse local and global markets; devise creative solutions to complex problems; and improve access to justice, respect for the rule of law, and credibility of the legal profession.

Diversity and Inclusion Tag Line:
Diversity and Inclusion: Making Us Stronger

OLIO Rebranding Initiative, New Logo and Video

OLIO

OLIO logo


The OSB Creative Services team created a beautiful new logo for Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO).  A team of members from the ACDI OLIO planning subcommittee and other volunteers helped D&I clarify OLIO’s goals.

OLIO is the Oregon State Bar’s nationally recognized recruitment and retention program for racial and ethnic minorities who are historically underrepresented in the legal community. This diversity and inclusion program begins with an orientation that provides incoming Oregon minority law students with the opportunity to interact with each other, and with upper division students, judges and leaders who will serve as their mentors and role models.

During orientation, students meet a community of diverse supporters committed to helping them succeed. The curriculum focuses on sharpening existing skills and providing new skills to help ensure success in law school and beyond. Students receive valuable information on networking, study skills and Oregon bar exam preparation.
OLIO participants also have opportunities to reconnect throughout the year at several OLIO events, including a bowling network event (BOWLIO), an employment retreat and spring social.

OLIO is a fundamental tool for recruiting and retaining diverse legal talent in Oregon and increasing the diversity of the Oregon State Bar. OLIO fosters an engaged, supportive and inclusive legal community necessary to advance our legal profession and improve legal services to an increasingly diverse population, clients and customers, locally and globally.

OSB staff, Synergy Legal and a number of volunteers helped D&I create this OLIO promotional video.

OLIO is funded primarily through private donations and grants.  We are thankful and appreciative of the support from all our sponsors and donors. (Click here to see a list of our 2012 OLIO Sponsors.) If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a donor to support OLIO programming in 2013. Supporters can make tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor, Oregon Law Foundation.

Mail checks to: OLIO/Oregon Law Foundation, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935 or pay by credit card using PayPal.

This year’s OLIO Orientation will be August 9-11, 2013, at the Hood River Inn, in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 10, and plan to join us for a free CLE presentation, followed by a Judge’s Reception.

CLE Joint Venture Addresses Bullying
The OLIO Orientation program includes a free CLE session for bar members the afternoon before the Judge’s Reception.  In 2012, D&I collaborated with OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon and the Diversity Section of the OSB to present a CLE program on bullying.  Trish Walsh, a litigation and employment attorney at Farleigh Wada Witt and Yesenia Gutierrez, an attorney at Disability Rights Oregon, presented “Bullying and Safe Schools in Oregon: Facts, Legislation and Advocacy.” The presentation explored the facts, data and consequences of bullying in the schools, the newly amended Oregon Safe Schools Act, and the work that attorneys and other safe schools advocates have been doing to make schools safer for all students, with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ youth and bullying based on race and other protected classes.  OGALLA and the Diversity Section generously agreed to donate proceeds from the recorded version of the session as a fundraiser for OLIO.  The session is available for purchase here.

OLIO Alumni Database
This year also saw the creation of a centralized database of OLIO participants from the last 15 years. This alumni database is being used to generate baseline data regarding the history of the program success and insight into other long-term trends and patterns, including the number of participants who are licensed to practice law in Oregon.

Social Media Outreach
D&I embraced social media by creating three new accounts: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you use social media, we welcome you to follow any one of our accounts to learn about D&I programs, job opportunities, community events and resources. Here are links to our accounts.  Please connect with us!

Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn  YouTube  Vimeo

OSB Diversity Story Wall Planning and Fundraising Launched

Storywall
The D&I Department is working in collaboration with the OSB Legal Heritage Interest Group, bar staff, the OSB Diversity Section and other volunteers to plan, manage and develop the Oregon State Bar Diversity Story Wall (Project).

The goal of the Project is to identify, reveal and preserve the history of diversity, inclusion and access to justice in Oregon’s legal profession and to heighten our awareness and appreciation of this history. The end product will be a museum-quality informational and narrative display, housed at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard, that will incorporate historical photographs, written descriptions of contributions, important events, and graphical elements of two dual timelines: one highlighting diversity in the legal profession in Oregon, and the other addressing major milestones advancing diversity and access to justice in Oregon and across the United States.  The Project also includes supplemental printed posters and an interactive web-based version of the Story Wall accessible on the internet, with additional information such as photos and other audio and video clips.
Currently we are fundraising to achieve our goal of $30,000 for the Project.  There are seven sponsorship levels ranging from $100 to $2,500 with various amounts of recognition coinciding with each level.  Thus far we have secured $19,000 in contributions and pledges from the following sponsors:

Red Level Sponsors ($2,500+)
•    Convocation on Equality
•    Oregon State Bar
•    Multnomah Bar Association
•    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
•    Stoel Rives LLP

Orange Level Sponsor ($1,500)
•    OSB Diversity Section

Yellow Level Sponsor ($1,000)
•    Lewis & Clark Law School
•    Willamette University College of Law
•    Business Law Section

Other Sponsors
•    Civil Rights Section
•    Constitutional Law Section

We thank our current sponsors and seek additional support.  If you are interested in serving as a sponsor, please contact Benjamin James at bjames@osbar.org.  To learn more about the Project, including how to become a sponsor, visit our website.

We are pleased to announce that through a competitive bidding process the planning team has identified historian Chet Orloff of Oregon History Works and graphic designer Linda Wisner of Wisner Creative to serve as our Project consultants.  They worked together on the historic timeline found in the Pioneer Courthouse, which you can see here.

OSB Diversity Demographic Data
In November 2012, the OSB activated a new feature on the online “Dashboard” to give members an opportunity to voluntarily self-identify their diversity demographic information in the following categories: race/ethnicity (including multi racial/ethnic); LGBT; and disability.  Our goal is to increase the number of members who volunteer diversity demographic information from 58% to 75% by the end of of 2013.  Please help us achieve our goal to increase the accuracy of our data, better understand the diversity of our membership, and tailor our programs and services to meet the needs of our entire membership. Please click here to login to the OSB Member Site to update your record.

OSB Economic Survey Expanded to include Diversity Demographic Information
For the first time in the OSB’s history, the bar offered economic survey participants an opportunity to identify a broad range of diversity demographic information in addition to gender, which was added to the survey in 1963.  This information will give us baseline data to better understand how diverse members of our bar are doing along with a number of key measures, including employment, compensation, and career satisfaction.  The bar will issue a supplemental report analyzing the results based on race/ethnicity data reported by the respondents, which will be available here in the near future.

Speaker Training Workshop
The D&I Department and CLE Seminars Department co-sponsored two complimentary training sessions for attorneys who want to enhance their CLE presentation skills. The intention of these trainings was to increase the pool of diverse CLE presenters in Oregon. Sue Gaulke, a recognized top expert in presentation skills training, delivered two fully attended sessions in October and November.
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Recommended Reading

Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow

Alexander, M. (2010)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The New Press

Michelle Alexander is a Stanford Law School graduate, a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar.  On The New York Times Best Seller List for many months, her book The New Jim Crow illuminates the shocking consequences of the “War on Drugs,” including how this war, waged largely against African American men and other people of color, has resulted in the unprecedented mass incarceration of black men.  Combined with policies, laws and practices permitting discrimination against people with criminal records, it has created a permanent underclass or caste system, much like the system created by Jim Crow segregation.  This book is a must-read for all bar members given the bar’s mission, and especially anyone involved in the criminal justice system, whether as a prosecutor, public defender or judge.  A grass roots movement is occurring throughout the United States, beginning initially on college campuses, involving groups of people gathering to discuss this book, raise consciousness levels about what is happening, and devise strategies to remedy the injustices created by our criminal justice system.   Book discussion groups have formed at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland Community College, Portland State University and the Oregon State Bar.  If you are interested in joining the OSB’s discussion group, please contact us at diversity@osbar.org.

Ms. Alexander appeared in Portland on January 16, 2013 to give a presentation about her book, her related personal experience and research.  Here’s a link to her presentation.
C-SPAN-2 featured Ms. Alexander’s book as its online book of the month in March 2013.  For more information, click here.
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Specialty bar leader portraits on display at bar center

When you visit the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard, you will now see the portraits of our specialty bar leaders on display alongside the past and present Presidents of the Board of Governors.  Portraits in the display include:

•    Kevin Clonts, 2013 co-chair of OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon
•    Trish Walsh, 2013 co-chair of OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon
•    Simon Whang, president of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association
•    Ramon Pagan, 2013 president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
•    Ali Seals, president of the Oregon Chapter, National Bar Association
•    Todd Struble, 2013 co-chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
•    Christopher Ling, 2013 co-chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
•    Megan Livermore, 2012-13 president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Association.

We encourage you to consider joining the specialty bar associations, if you haven’t already.  Be sure to visit their websites (the links are below) to learn more about them, their news and events, and how to join.

OPABA  NBA  NBA

OHBA  OMLA  OWLS

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: oapaba.org
Oregon Chapter – National Bar Association: www.nationalbar.org/OR
OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon: ogalla.org
Oregon Hispanic Bar Association: www.oregonhispanicbar.org
Oregon Minority Lawyers Association: www.oregonminoritylawyer.org
Oregon Women Lawyers: www.oregonwomenlawyers.org/

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