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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