June 2016

In This Issue

Introduction

By Chris Ling

The Impact of Implicit Bias on Access to Justice

In the introduction to a recent issue of our Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, we touched on the subject of implicit bias, highlighting two CLEs on how implicit bias impacts the legal profession and our justice system.  This issue, we further look into on how our biases, both explicit and implicit, impact access to justice issues for vulnerable communities, and how it is important not only to identify and acknowledge our biases, but to deliberately respond to eliminate those biases.

We first turn to our Recommended Reading from Alex Cook, the Training & Development Manager at Central City Concern, a nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions.  He is also a public member of our Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (ACDI).  Alex’s review of Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives by Howard J. Ross reflects on the pernicious nature of unconscious bias—even for those who work every day with issues of equity—during an activity as innocuous as a pickup soccer match.

Unfortunately, we find that implicit bias plays a more sinister role in the criminal justice system.  We spotlight two recent reports on the local and national level that delve into this troubling issue.  First, in February, Multnomah County released a Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) report on the demographics of the county’s criminal justice system, which found that Black and African-American individuals in Multnomah County were six times more likely to be in jail than white or Caucasian individuals as a result of their cumulative, disproportionate experiences at seven critical decision points in the criminal justice system.  On the national level, Pro Publica published a report in May identifying “machine bias” in a risk assessment software tool used to assist several state court systems in determining the length and severity criminal sentencing for defendants, by assigning scores representing a criminal defendant’s projected future risk of recidivism on a scale of 1 to 10. This tool, according to Pro Publica, falsely flagged black defendants as future criminals at almost twice the rate as white defendants and mislabeled white defendants as low risk more often than black defendants, suggesting that even computer tools designed and presumed to be “objective” can fall prey to the implicit biases of their human designers.

The common lesson from these articles is that everyone carries their own implicit biases, but there are in fact concrete strategies that we, as legal professionals, can take in order to reduce or eliminate those biases as we work with diverse and vulnerable communities.  If you are interested in identifying your own areas of implicit bias, we encourage you to take one of the many Implicit Association Tests (IATs) offered for free online by Harvard University’s Project Implicit.  Then, we suggest taking the time to read through our Member Spotlight with attorney Hong Dao, a Practice Management Advisor at the Professional Liability Fund.  Before joining the PLF, Hong worked with immigrant and refugee communities in the Portland area through the Oregon Law Center, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).  In her spotlight, she provides valuable insights into some of the persistent misconceptions about representing clients from vulnerable communities, how to start developing cultural competency for clients from different backgrounds, and how private practice attorneys can implement best practices that are attuned to the needs of those communities.  These tips and strategies can be used, regardless of whether you have a criminal versus civil, or transaction versus litigation practice.

In closing, we want to thank all of our readers and encourage you to reach out to us with future topics of interest for our newsletter.  Thank you.

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Member Spotlight

By Chris Ling

Our Member Spotlight for this issue features OSB Member Hong Dao.

mycaseheadshot1Hong Dao received a BA from the University of Denver and her JD from Drake University Law School. She is a practice management advisor for the Professional Liability Fund, providing confidential practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims, enhance their enjoyment of practicing law, and improve their client relationships through clear communication and efficient delivery of legal services.
 
Ms. Dao is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, the Multnomah Bar Association, and the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is active in the Asian Pacific legal community in Oregon, is fluent in Vietnamese, and is the 2014 recipient of the Oregon State Bar Presidential Public Service Award.
 
Before joining the PLF as a practice management advisor in 2014, Ms. Dao worked as a staff attorney at the Oregon Law Center, presenting community education programs and representing, advising, and advocating for clients in employment, consumer, and housing law matters. Prior to that, she worked as a contractor with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  She has also served as adjunct instructor of business law at Portland Community College. 
  • Could you give us some background about your experience working with immigrant, refugee, and ethnic and racial minority communities in Portland before joining the PLF?

I’ll answer this question by going back to my beginning. I came to the U.S. with my family as a boat refugee from Vietnam when I was a little girl, so I have a personal understanding of the struggles that immigrants and refugees face. My family and I came to the U.S. with nothing and struggled with poverty for a long time. My parents brought a few gold bars onto our family’s small fishing boat, which we used to escape Vietnam, with the hope of using them to start our new lives. But after being lost at sea for nine days with barely any food and water left, we were not too worried about the gold. My parents didn’t know what happened to it when our boat finally landed in one of the Philippine islands. We suspected it got swept off the boat along with some of our other possessions when the boat was hit violently by waves created from the rainstorm. We stayed at a refugee camp in the Philippines until we were sponsored by a Catholic church in Oklahoma City.

I grew up in the enclave of Vietnamese immigrants and refugees who came before and after us. Starting in middle school, I interpreted for many members of the Vietnamese community in Denver, Colorado, where we eventually moved to and lived. I interpreted at hospitals, government agencies, schools, and any other place where my father could send me when I was not in school. This continued until I went off to college. It taught me the value of giving back to my community and being there for those who just had arrived and were struggling.

While in law school, I volunteered at a legal clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The clinic was organized by Boat People SOS and sponsored by the Asian American Justice Center, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, among other organizations. The purpose of the clinic was to assist immigrants and refugees, many of whom were Vietnamese, with claims arising out of the hurricane, including insurance claim denials. I interpreted for volunteer lawyers and helped conduct client intake. It was heartbreaking to hear clients retell their stories of hope and loss. They all left their homelands with nothing, came to the U.S. to build a new life, and now had to start over a second time. The experience was very personal for any of us who came here as an immigrant or a refugee. I started my legal career with this background.

Before joining the PLF, I was a staff attorney at the Oregon Law Center (OLC). I represented low-income clients, including many immigrants, on housing, employment and consumer law issues. I was also a Fellow of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (APICLI). The mission of APICLI is to train new and emerging API leaders and equip them with tools to address inequities in the ethnic and racial minority communities across Oregon. As part of the APICLI Action Project, I started a free legal clinic under the auspices of the OLC as a way to reach out to the underserved immigrant and refugee communities and connect them to needed legal services. The clinic was held monthly at Africa House and the Asian Family Center of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). I also volunteered for community organizations like Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and served on the board of the Center for Intercultural Organizing. I am currently on the steering committee of APICLI to select the new cohort. I am also a member of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee.

  • Can you explain your current role as a Practice Management Advisor for the PLF?

As a PMA, I provide confidential practice management assistance to lawyers to reduce their risk of malpractice claims and enhance their enjoyment of practicing law. I help them with setting up their law practice, closing it down, and everything in between. In addition, I present CLEs on practice management topics to bar associations, legal staff, law students, and other groups of lawyers. I’ve met with over 100 lawyers, mostly in offices of solos and attorneys from small firms, since I started working at the PLF a year and half ago. I’ve answered hundreds of phone calls from lawyers on everything related to practice management.

  • Many members of our immigrant, refugee, and ethnic and racial minority communities rely on legal aid or similar public interest organizations to help them with legal issues. However, can you discuss the important role private practice attorneys can play in helping these clients?

Private practice attorneys play a crucial role in helping these clients. While legal aid is a great resource, it is not available to everyone. There are some limits to its services. First, clients have to be financially qualified. Clients with an income above the federal poverty guideline are ineligible for services. Second, legal aid takes cases in only certain areas of law, such as family law involving domestic violence; housing (like repair issues, discrimination, and government housing program); and government benefits. For a complete list of its services, please visit here. Third, legal aid has funding and staffing restrictions that prevent staff attorneys from taking on every eligible client who walks through their doors.

There are many clients whom legal aid simply cannot and does not serve. These clients are not just individuals, but also small businesses and community organizations. They, too, need the assistance of attorneys in private practice to help them with their legal challenges and issues.

  • For attorneys in private practice interested in providing legal services to members of these communities, but who have limited experience doing so, what important issues should they be aware of with regard to those clients’ cultural traditions or languages?

Clients who do not speak English often rely on their family and friends or people in their community to interpret and translate for them. They may bring these untrained or “unprofessional” interpreters to meetings with you. It is fine to have these individuals interpret non-legal information like scheduling appointments. But when legal information or advice is being given, lawyers should use professional or trained interpreters. Services like Passport to Languages, TeleLanguage, and IRCO Language Bank have interpreters available on the phone or in person to interpret for you. It is already hard for a native English speaker to understand certain legal concepts (like a waiver of conflict or summary judgment), so imagine someone for whom English is not her or his first or native language trying to explain those difficult concepts to another person. I remember the high school version of myself interpreting for an “aunt” in the community at her optometrist appointment. I struggled to interpret the word for “astigmatism” because I’d never heard of the word. Even interpreting the doctor’s explanation of astigmatism was challenging.

If you use your own staff as interpreters, make sure they are trained on the proper interpretation standards and etiquette’s. A free training video produced by Clarity Interpreting Services in Central Kentucky is available on YouTube here.

When working with clients from different cultures, lawyers need to make time to learn a little bit about your clients’ backgrounds, cultural norms, and taboos. This is the first step to building trust, and it might help give you a contextual understanding of the clients’ word choice, behaviors, body language, or expressions. Even small subtle gestures could be misinterpreted if not understood from the clients’ perspectives. For example, in some cultures, avoiding eye contact or talking with the head bowed down is a sign of respect and not a sign of suspicion or dishonesty.

Clients’ cultural values can also affect how they react to conflict. Clients from cultures that value conflict avoidance might have a different perspective on how their legal issue should be handled. They might prefer to indirectly address sensitive topics, so it might take many follow-up questions or a few meetings to get the information you need. They may not want to directly confront or disagree with others in a meeting or in conversation. The may nod their head out of politeness when actually they do not agree with what is being said or proposed. They may place a high value on finding alternatives to resolving a conflict rather than litigation. Attorneys should take time to explore different options with their clients and make sure clients are truly comfortable with a particular course of action. Understanding the clients beyond their legal issues will help you see past the stereotypes and better represent their interests.

  • What are some of the barriers and misperceptions that members of these communities face when seeking legal services from an attorney in private practice? How can we address those barriers and misperceptions?

Members of these communities have a couple of misperceptions about our legal profession in general and lawyers in particular. The first misperception is that lawyers are all-powerful beings who can solve their problems right away. They do not know that lawyers are just part of a larger system and that we don’t have the final say in a matter. Part of the problem is that many clients are not familiar with our legal system. Clients may not know that a criminal case is handled differently from a civil case. They may not understand that their civil matter might take longer than a year to be resolved. This misperception can be easily addressed with some education and a conversation about expectations.

Another misperception is that all lawyers are rich so they must all charge a lot of money. My family often wondered why I wasn’t living in a mansion, rather than a tiny apartment, when I started practicing law. It’s hard for them to believe that many lawyers only make a decent living. This misperception is made worse by our fee structures. Clients learn that attorneys might charge $185, $250, or $350 per hour. However, they don’t have a good sense of how many hours it will take the attorney to resolve their matter. They don’t know if they should expect a bill for $500 or $2,000.

Some attorneys are starting to make their fees more transparent up front. Practitioners in immigration law and criminal defense have been charging a flat fee for legal services for a while now. This fee arrangement works for many clients because it’s predictable. They know exactly how much money they need to pay in advance for a particular service. They can then make arrangements (which may include borrowing money from relatives) to come up with the flat amount. Even when the fee is equivalent to being charged $350 an hour, most clients are much more comfortable with the fixed amount because it’s an exact number for which they can budget.

To address the misperceptions that attorneys are rich and powerful beings with magic wands, it’s important to help educate clients about our legal system and process, set expectations, and explore different options to bill for services that clients can understand and are willing to pay.

I mentioned above some barriers to legal services, including language and cultural barriers. Economic barriers such as poverty and lack of transportation also prevent many clients from seeking legal help. There may be mental health barriers, particularly among refugees, asylees and others who came from a country where there was conflict, violence, or war. When encountering those obstacles, attorneys should have resources available to refer clients for assistance. The PLF has a list of community resources available as part of our CLE entitled “Bridging the Cultural Gap.” Go to www.osbplf.org > select CLE > Past > then filter by Access to Justice Credits.

  • As a PMA, what kind of general business strategies and best practices would you encourage attorneys in private practice to consider to more effectively provide legal services for clients from these communities?

If you want to serve these clients, have the proper office systems and setup in place. Hire staff who can speak your clients’ languages. Have professional or trained interpreting and translating services available. Have community resources available for clients with non-legal issues. As I mentioned earlier: educate your clients, set expectations, ask follow-up questions, and be culturally competent. If you want to reach out to these communities, make sure your marketing and advertising materials are in a language they understand (and comport with the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct). Place those materials in areas where they will be seen or read by clients, such as in their community newspaper or newsletter.

  • What third-party or other outside resources are available for attorneys to help them effectively represent a client from these communities?

The PLF CLE on “Bridging the Cultural Gap” is an excellent resource for attorneys wanting to represent clients from these communities. This CLE is available for free on our website.  Another resource is the MBA CLE called “The Challenges and Rewards of Representing Non-English Speaking Clients,” which can be purchased at the MBA website. Attorneys may also look into getting cultural competence training to better serve their clients.

  • Do you have any final words of encouragement or advice to attorneys who are considering representing clients who are members of immigrant, refugee, and ethnic and/or racial minority communities?

I encourage attorneys of every practice, not just immigration law, to reach out to these communities and offer your much-needed legal services. Some groups are not as vocal as others in voicing a harm they suffered or a legal need they have. Some are parents who lose custody of their children because they are not represented in a divorce proceeding. Some are children being placed in foster care after their parents died without a will even though extended family is available to care for or raise them. Even businesses have legal needs that are not met. Whether an ethnic restaurant needs help navigating the regulatory landscape of getting a liquor license or a small grocery store owner is dealing with claims for overtime or unpaid wages, these small businesses could use your legal services.

I am available as a PMA to help attorneys improve or streamline their office systems and setup to accommodate the needs of diverse clients. I can be reached at 503-427-1467 and hongd@osbplf.org.

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D&I Program Updates

By Chris Ling

2016 OLIO Spring Social

On Friday, April 8, 2016, we held our final event of our 2015-2016 Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) year, our OLIO Spring Social, celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating D&I and OLIO students before they begin studying for the bar exam.  This year’s event was at Willamette University College of Law, where almost 40 attendees were present as our students received a certificate of congratulations on behalf of the Oregon State Bar.  Attendees also had the opportunity to hear words of wisdom from supporters in the legal community, including Dean Danny Santos from Willamette University, Judge Mary Mertens James from Marion County Circuit Court, Kenny Montoya from Marion County Counsel, and Jacqueline Alarcon, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion.

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2016 OLIO Orientation

Our 2016 OLIO Orientation will take place in Hood River on August 5-7, 2016.  This multi-day orientation, which began in 1998, provides a diverse group of Oregon’s first-year 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. The orientation curriculum focuses on sharpening existing skills and providing new skills to help ensure success in law school and beyond. You can hear video testimonials from OLIO students and supporters about the importance of this program here.

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If you are an incoming 1L student interested in participating in OLIO this year, our applications for our incoming 1Ls are due on Friday, June 17, 2016, and can be found on the D&I website here.  The orientation is free for student attendees. Bus transportation to and from the law schools, hotel accommodations, and major meals will be provided.

If you are interested in sponsoring OLIO, you can do so in the following ways.  Individuals should visit the D&I website and clicking the “Donate” button below to make a one-time donation, or a recurring monthly donation!  A list of our individual sponsorship levels can be found here. Firms, businesses, or other organizations should contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.   A list of our business sponsorship levels can be found here.

btn_donateCC_LGSee the below video testimonials from past OLIO students about the benefits of this valuable program.

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Grants and Scholarships

The D&I Department awarded a number of grants and scholarships to incoming, continuing, and graduating law students over the last several months.  First, six OSB Bar Exam Grants for the July 2016 Oregon bar exam cycle.  Each grant award consists of a supplemental MBE review course (a $699 value), as well as a reimbursement of $600 of the Admissions application fee.  Second, ten incoming and continuing law students to our three Oregon law schools were also offered a $2,000 D&I Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Finally, six prospective law students received our LSAT Scholarship, which provides each student with a comprehensive six-to-eight-week LSAT study course through PowerScore.  Congratulations to all of our recipients!

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Judge Angel Lopez with LSAT Scholarship recipients.

Summer Clerkship and Fellowship Programs

This summer, the D&I Department assisted continuing Oregon law students secure legal opportunities this summer in Oregon through two of its long-standing programs.  Under the Clerkship Stipend Program, we provided 10 clerkship stipends to students from our three Oregon law schools.  Our participating employers this summer, which each receive a $7/hr match from the D&I Department to provide a clerkship opportunity to an Oregon law student, include state and federal agencies, public interest organizations, small firms and solo practitioners, and institutions of higher education, and with them, our students will have the opportunity to gain legal experience in the areas of environmental law, energy law, criminal defense, family law, estate and trust litigation, child advocacy, employment and civil rights work, and general civil litigation.  If you are interested in learning more about our Clerkship Stipend Program, please contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.

In addition to our Clerkship Stipends, the D&I Department awarded six Public Honors Fellowships and one Access to Justice Fellowship for this summer.  Each of these fellowships provide a total of $5,000 to a law student to work for a public employer or 501(c)(3) organization in Oregon for the summer.  This year, our students were able to secure employment with state and federal agencies and will gain experience in civil litigation, criminal prosecution, and criminal defense.  If you are interested in learning more about our Fellowship Programs, please contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.

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Recommended Reading

By Alex Cook

RR book coverEveryday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives by Howard J. Ross

As I begin to reach the point in my life where muscle and joint pains spontaneously generate without reasonable cause, I’ve decided it’s a good time to start playing soccer.  Over a decade ago, as a viewer, soccer usurped baseball as my favorite sport, but I didn’t have the bravery to lace up cleats and clumsily chase a ball around a muddy Portland park.  After inquiring with a handful of local groups, I found a team that seemed to alleviate many of my anxieties: a co-ed team of individuals who, according to their team photo, were of similar age and physical ability to me.  The excitement I felt with discovering this opportunity was quickly put in check when I became aware that my unconscious biases were taking over when assessing the team photo for ability.

In the book Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, author Howard J. Ross opens with a well-supported case that bias is a necessary attribute of being human.  Ross presents evidence that bias is historically essential, going back to pre-historic scenarios of cave-dwelling humans’ need to react to mysterious sounds in the night; where basic needs such as food and safety were paramount, and decisions had to be made quickly.  The evolution of bias was not ill-intended, but was instead a necessary compartmentalization that evolved to make it easier for our brains to keep us safe.

In the chapters that follow, Ross seeks to provide the reader with a guide to accomplishing the difficult task of better understanding our own biases.  Ross walks readers through several concepts in an approachable manner, using definitions, examples, studies, and personal stories to thoroughly engage readers.  For example, on the subject of confidence bias, Ross provides a few very illustrating statistics.  Notably, a significant majority of students rate themselves as above average, and physicians are four times more likely to think they’ve made a correct diagnosis than who actually do make a correct diagnosis.  As humorous or frightening as those statistics may be, however, what does that say about own confidence biases?  How might it affect our ability understand that we each have biases if our individual starting point is a belief that we are correct?

After walking the reader through concepts, Ross spends some time applying the understanding of bias to real-life experiences, such as the shooting of Treyvon Martin.  When you hear that name, do you have an immediate reaction?  Ross reasons that we take what we hear, filter it through what our brain is able to process, mix in our lived experiences and developed biases, and end up with interpretations – that reaction you may have had a moment ago with the imagery of Mr. Martin’s case.

The ensuing topics presented by Ross concern power and privilege.  Ross defines power as our ability to influence and get things done, and can be displayed in numerous ways.  For example, an individual who is especially persuasive can have power, and so can an individual who has insider information or an individual with a unique and in-demand skillset.  Privilege, Ross explains, is an advantage held by some but not all.  Most of us belong to some privileged groups but not to others.  A particularly illuminating example tells the story of a wealthy black family in the American south during segregation.  The family was not allowed into stores during business hours due to their racial identity, but they received personal invitations from the store owner to shop after-hours due to their economic wealth identity.  This story showed that the family had resource power and economic privilege, but in the perceived hierarchy of privilege, race was most important.

So why are we concerned about power?  Ross presents a great scientific background on what happens in the brain when we feel power.  Mirror neuron activity, which is correlated with empathy, is diminished when we feel power.  Studies have shown power as having a positive correlation with driving infractions, greed, flirtatiousness, and even sex scandals.  In cross-gender studies of sex scandals, there is a common element of power, not gender.  Why, then, are men more likely to be in the newspaper?  It could be some amount of confirmation bias on the part of the reporters, or, as Ross suggests, it could be the likelihood that men are still more likely than women to be in positions of power.  Ross argues that learning from this is essential; if power is related to selfishness and loss of empathy, we need to seek awareness of our own power and what others may see in us so we may preserve our selflessness and compassion.

To assist with acquiring that awareness, Ross dives into how bias, power, and privilege manifest in a few specific industries, most notably the legal world and access to justice.  It’s not uncommon for a person of color to be portrayed as a criminal in the media, whether in fictional productions or news coverage.  After enough repetition, the brain can start unconsciously creating a connection between persons of color and criminal activity, and, like all other humans, lawyers, judges, and juries are not immune to the development of these biases.  A few disconcerting disparities mentioned by Ross include: aggressive details are more likely to be remembered by witnesses when the subject is black; murderers of white people are punished more severely than murderers of black people; death sentences are positively correlated with perception of “blackness”; white men with criminal records have better job prospects than black men without criminal records.

In fairness, my industry of health care is not a beacon of equity.  Health care workers, Ross suggests, are among the most committed to service and equity.  Why, then, are health disparities worse for people of color?  Where progress is being made, it is very slow.  Decades after American segregation, many racial and ethnic communities are still very segregated in areas with poor access to quality health care or fresh and healthy food.

So, what do we do?  Can we accept that our thoughts might not actually be true?  Can we accept that our thoughts might be unconscious self-justified patterns?  Can we accept that what we are thinking is beyond our understanding?

In the concluding chapters, Ross provides suggested frameworks for becoming aware of and reframing our individual and group biases.  In the battle against our biases, neuroplasticity is a huge asset; human brains can form new connections and adapt over time.  A notable example of awareness and reframing comes from the National Basketball Association.  For years, it was discovered that referees had called a disproportionate number of fouls against players of the opposite race.  The first step toward confronting that bias was awareness.  Once referees were made aware of that trend, the foul calls were quickly evened out, showing the massive value of awareness in confronting bias.  Ross then walks through additional examples of individuals and groups shifting from reactionary bias-based decision making to awareness and confrontation of those biases.

In Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, Ross is genuinely engaging on a difficult subject.  It is not easy to be confronted with the idea of being biased, especially on topics where we hold deeply rooted biases for which we have no awareness.  Ross’ real-world examples make the lessons approachable for most readers, his personal examples give the author a tone of humility, and the inclusion of scientific and medical evidence provide an additional form of rationality for the more skeptical reader.

This past weekend was my first soccer game.  Recalling Ross’ frameworks, I had checked my assumptions about the other individuals with whom I would be playing and was able to walk into the experience very open-minded.  I discovered early on that there was a much wider age range than I had originally expected, and the skills were wide-ranging as well.  In fact, my only assumption that came to fruition was in regard to my own actions: I clumsily chased a ball around a muddy Portland park.

Photo for RRAlex Cook is the Training & Development Manager at Central City Concern, a non-profit social services agency providing housing, health care, and employment services in Portland.  At CCC, Alex is an active member of the Diversity Committee and its subcommittees on Training & Education and Integration.  Alex is a native Oregonian and resides in North Portland with his wife, counsel, copy-editor, and Timbers Army ticket-sharer Kristy Cook.  Alex has been a community member of the OSB Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion since January 2016, with particular interests in supporting the educational pursuits of individuals with a desire to reach their highest potential and continue to make Oregon an amazing place to work and live.

 

 

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Specialty Bar News

See announcements and links below for updates with Oregon’s Specialty Bar Associations.

Oregon Women Lawyers

First Generation Professionals Discussion Group, July 1, 2016, more info here.

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association

OMLA Summer Luncheon, feat. Judge Darleen Ortega – June 30, 2016, Willamette University College of Law, more info here.

17th Annual Summer Social and Fundraising Auction, July 28, 2016, more info here.

The IMAGE Program – “Inspiring Minority Attorneys Toward Growth and Excellence”, July 29, 2016, more info here.

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association

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March 2016

In This Issue

Transitions

By Mariann Hyland

Life is filled with change, and 2016 has ushered in enormous change in the bar’s leadership. After many years of dedicated service, Sylvia Stevens retired as the Executive Director of OSB. Our new Executive Director, Helen Hierschbiel, commenced her service in January. In addition, Amber Hollister was promoted to General Counsel, and Mark Johnson Roberts, a prior OSB President, was hired as our new Deputy General Counsel. Mark is featured in our member spotlight in recognition of his pioneering role as the first openly gay bar president in Oregon and our nation. In his interview, he reflects on his journey, historic changes in the LGBT civil rights movement, and his dedication and commitment to the OSB.

I too am transitioning to a new role in 2016. By the time this newsletter is published, I will have joined the University of Oregon’s Office of Academic Affairs as an Assistant Vice Provost. I am excited about this new opportunity. At the same time, I will miss the bar. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the bar’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion over the past four and a half years. I want to thank every firm and individual who dedicated time, talent and treasure to help the OSB cultivate a diverse and inclusive community and increase access to justice. With your help, we developed a diversity action plan; created a historical exhibit featuring the bar’s diverse pioneers; increased funding for existing programs and created new programs for law students, including our Access to Justice and Rural Opportunity Fellowships; increased the diversity of bar leadership, including on our Board of Governors; developed a strong and active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn; and created this newsletter as a platform to share information about our diverse, talented bar members. Through our collective efforts we have realized that diversity & inclusion is making us stronger. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our collective effort!

Recruitment is ongoing for my successor. I pass the torch feeling confident that the bar’s commitment to diversity & inclusion is strong, the D&I Department programs—including OLIO—are thriving, and that the next leader will take us to new levels.

On a sad note, we lost one of our pioneers, Rita Lucas, in January 2016. She was the OSB Affirmative Action Program Administrator from 1991 until 1998, at a time when many law firms were just beginning to hire people of color. Rita was a tireless advocate for students and lawyers of color. She helped many people get their first jobs in the legal profession. Rita’s pioneering services is memorialized in our online Diversity Story Wall exhibit. She will be missed.

Bon Voyage!

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Chris Ling Introduction

By Chris Ling

With Mariann’s recent transition to her new role at the University of Oregon, I have been asked to step into the role of Acting Director of Diversity & Inclusion until a permanent Director has been hired. With the benefit of my years of support for the D&I Department as a law student, specialty bar leader, and most recently as Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, as well as the support of my departmental colleague Benjamin James, I am confident that the D&I Department will continue to provide the same excellent services and resources to our Oregon attorneys, law students, and other stakeholders in 2016. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, ideas, and suggestions with regard to our department and its programs in the upcoming months.

With that, we are excited to kick off our year with our planning and fundraising for another OLIO Orientation on August 5-7, 2016, in Hood River. This event cannot occur without the support of countless attorneys, judges, law students, firms, and organizations, and you will be hearing from us in the upcoming months with ways that you can help make OLIO a success this year! To learn more about OLIO and how you can support it, please look at our Program Updates section of the newsletter and our Diversity & Inclusion Department website.

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Member Spotlight

By Chris Ling

Our Member Spotlight for this issue of our Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter focuses on Mark Johnson Roberts, who joined OSB staff in January 2016 as our newest Deputy General Counsel. Mark formerly practiced family law, appellate litigation, and legal ethics at Gevurtz Menashe, but has had a long and substantial history of leadership within OSB, as its first openly gay bar president, a member of the OSB Board of Governors, delegate to the House of Delegate, and a member of the Executive Committees of several bar sections. He has also been a pioneer in advancing LGBT lawyers within the profession, as founder and former co-chair of OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon and former president of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Mark Johnson Roberts

Click to view the video interview.

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D&I Program Updates

By Chris Ling

2016 OLIO Employment Retreat

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the OSB D&I Department held its annual OLIO Employment Retreat at the OSB Center in Tigard. The Employment Retreat is the third of four events that make up our Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program, the Oregon State Bar’s recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

This year, we had 44 law students attend this all-day event to help prepare them for their summer job search and to introduce them to a variety of careers in the law. Students attended panels that provided tools for their job search, outlined critical legal and trial skills for law clerks, and exposed them to the career paths taken by several outstanding attorneys working in both private and public practice. They later engaged in mock interviews with judges and attorneys before ending the day with our Employer Forum and Networking Social, where they met with 28 law firms, companies, and specialty and local bar organizations at our Employer Forum and Networking Social.

OLIO Students & Oregon Judicial Dept.

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2016 OLIO Spring Social

Our final event of the 2015-2016 OLIO year is our Spring Social, to be held on Friday, April 8, 2016, 4-6 pm, at Willamette University College of Law in Salem. This is a celebratory event where we congratulate our graduating OLIO students for completing law school over appetizers and the company of their friends, family, and supporters in the legal community. If you would like to RSVP or have any questions about this event, please email Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.

Guests at the 2015 Spring Social at the University of Oregon School of Law

Guests at the 2015 Spring Social at the University of Oregon School of Law

2016 OLIO Orientation

We have kicked off our planning and fundraising for our 2016 OLIO Orientation, once again to be held in Hood River on August 5-7, 2016. This multi-day orientation, which began in 1998, provides a diverse group of Oregon’s first-year 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. The orientation 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. The orientation is free for all participating students. Bus transportation to and from the law schools, hotel accommodations, and major meals will be provided.

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Click to view more 2015 OLIO Orientation pictures

Click each picture below to view video testimonials from past OLIO students from all three Oregon law schools about the benefits of this valuable program. More student testimonials from OLIO students and supporters can be seen here.

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If you are an incoming 1L student or upper division student interested in participating in OLIO this year, our applications for our incoming 1Ls and for our upper division student volunteers (THUDS) can be found here on the D&I website.

If you are an attorney, judge, or professional interested in supporting the OLIO program as a sponsor, you can become a sponsor simply by visiting the D&I website and clicking the “Donate” button below. From there, you can choose to make your sponsorship either as a one-time donation or as a recurring monthly payment! For a list of our individual sponsorship levels, please click here.

btn_donateCC_LGimagesIf you are a firm, business or other organization interested in supporting the OLIO program, please take a look at our list of business sponsorship levels here and contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org with your interest.

If you have any questions about our OLIO program, please feel free to contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.

Upcoming Deadlines!

We have several important deadlines in April for our law students and law graduates. Please consult our website and our D&I Program Information Handbook for important requirements for these applications:

  • D&I Scholarships (due April 1, 2016): Each year, the OSB D&I Department provides up to ten (10) $2,000 for entering and current Oregon law school students who intend to practice in Oregon, to be distributed $1,000 each semester.
  • Bar Exam Grants (due April 15, 2016): For the July bar exam, the OSB D&I Department will provide up to six (6) bar exam grants to those applicants whose personal experiences, accomplishments, commitment to practice law in Oregon, and financial need demonstrate that they will help the department achieve its mission. Each grant award consists of a supplemental MBE review course (a $699 value), as well as a reimbursement of $600 of the Admissions application fee.

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Specialty Bar News

See announcements and links below for updates with Oregon’s Specialty Bar Associations.

Oregon Women Lawyers

OWLS Roberts & Deiz Dinner
March 11, 2016 at the Portland Art Museum
Reception at 5, Dinner at 7
Honoring Kellie Johnson and Hon. Jill Tanner

Rainmaking Mentoring Circle
April 13, Noon – 1:30 pm, May 5, Noon – 1:30 pm, June 2, Noon – 1:30 pm
Click here for more information or to register.

Specialty Bar Leaders Happy Hour
Tuesday April 19. 5:30 p.m.
Portland Prime, 121 SW Third Ave., Portland
Let’s get together outside of meetings and offices to enjoy one another’s company. Click here to RSVP by Monday April 18 so they know how many of us to expect. Next happy hour to be organized by OMLA.

OWLS Public Speaking Skills Series in Portland
March 2, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Friday, March 18, 8:00 am – 9:30 am, April 6, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, April 22, 8:00 – 9:30 am. Click here for more information or to register.

Save the Date
OWLS Fall CLE featuring Sari de la Motte and Rachel Boehm of Forte
September 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm followed by the fall reception. Courtyard Marriott, Portland

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association

OAPABA seeks nominations for the 2016 Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award. Due May 1, 2016. Details on our website.

OAPABA 2016 Tax Day Dance! Off will occur April 15, 2016. Details on our website.

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association

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December 2015

In This Issue

Celebrating Geographic Diversity and Rural Opportunities

By Mariann Hyland

This issue celebrates some highlights from the year and reflects on some challenges and opportunities ahead of us. On a celebratory note, we launched the Rural Opportunity Fellowship this summer! This program matches diverse students with employment opportunities along the Oregon coast, east of the Cascade Mountains, and south of Roseburg. The Fellowship pays $8,360 over the summer to students who work for a 501c(3) nonprofit or public employer in Oregon. We are excited about expanding the program to award two Fellowships in 2016, and we are looking for employers to participate in the program. If you are interested in participating next year, please send us an email expressing your interest. We look forward to connecting students with opportunities throughout our beautiful, geographically diverse state. To learn more about the numerous opportunities and benefits of practicing in rural Oregon, check out the October 2015 Oregon State Bar Bulletin.

Our Member Spotlight features Jamie McLeod, a law student from the University of Oregon School of Law, and the Hon. Cameron Wogan, Klamath County Circuit Court Judge. Jamie was our first Rural Opportunity Fellowship recipient. She had an outstanding experience clerking for Judge Wogan in Klamath Falls. Watch Jamie’s interview and read Judge Wogan’s interview addressing their positive experiences.

This fall the ABA’s first woman president of color, Paulette Brown, visited Oregon and presented at a CLE program addressing implicit bias. This was a timely program, because our country has been engaging in a national dialogue about bias in or justice system, and bias in institutions of higher education. Recently, some racist comments on social media were directed at Black students attending Lewis & Clark College, a school that has a graduate law program. To diversify our bar we rely on campus communities in Oregon that welcome, value and support a diverse student body. In response to the incident at Lewis & Clark, bar President Rich Spier issued a statement pledging to continue our partnership with Oregon’s three law schools toward creating a bar that reflects the diversity of the state we serve.

The opportunity is ripe for all of us to learn more about implicit bias. The Diversity & Inclusion Department is co-sponsoring a day-long CLE program dedicated to this subject on January 22, 2016. This flyer contains information about the program. Please consider registering to attend if you are available and interested.

Our recommended reading comes from bar member Jessica Asai, who works as a Civil Rights Compliance Officer at Oregon Health & Science University, and reviews Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler,  which chronicles three generations of the Yasui family who fought racial and social barriers to attain the American dream.

Ms. Asai’s review of Stubborn Twig is especially timely, as on November 16, 2015, President Barack Obama named Minoru Yasui, as a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Mr. Yasui was a nisei (“second generation”) Oregonian from Hood River, the first Japanese-American graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and the first Japanese-American admitted to the Oregon State Bar.  He is most recognized for his constitutional challenge of a military curfew order targeting Japanese-Americans and people of Japanese descent during World War II and the 1943 U.S. Supreme Court case that bears his name. Although the Supreme Court upheld the military curfew, he continued to fight for the civil rights of all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin, until his death in 1986. Earlier this year, on behalf of the Oregon State Bar, OSB President Rich Spier submitted a letter of support for Mr. Yasui’s nomination for this prestigious award. To learn more information about Minoru Yasui’s life and legacy, you can visit our section on him on the online version of our Diversity Story Wall or the Minoru Yasui Tribute Project, which was created to honor and reflect upon his contributions.

I close by offering our thoughts and prayers to victims of violence around the world, and to thanking and recognizing all of the 2015 OSB Award recipients, especially Judges John Acosta and Adrienne Nelson, the recipients of this year’s Diversity & Inclusion award.

Seasons’ Greetings,
Mariann Hyland

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Member Spotlight

By Mariann Hyland

Hon. Cameron Wogan, Klamath County Circuit Court

In this interview Judge Wogan describes his experience as the first employer participating in the OSB D&I Department’s Rural Opportunity Fellowship program.

Judge WoganA 1974 graduate of Klamath Union High School, he graduated with highest honors from Oregon State University with a degree in agricultural and resource economics in 1979 and earned a law degree from the University of Oregon in 1984. Before becoming a judge, Wogan practiced law in Klamath Falls for eight years. Since becoming a Circuit Court judge, he has attended the National Judicial College and attended and lectured at other continuing education courses.

Wogan lives in Klamath Falls with his wife, Mary Lou, who teaches at Klamath Community College. The couple has two grown children who were raised in Klamath Falls. Wogan has volunteered as a coach in Klamath Union High. In his free time he likes to hike, hunt, bicycle, fish, downhill and cross-country ski and participate in other outdoor and family activities.

Jamie McLeod, University of Oregon School of Law Student

Click on Jamie McCleod’s image below to watch her describe her experience as the OSB D&I Department’s first Rural Opportunity Fellowship recipient. She clerked for Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Cameron Wogan this summer.

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Click image to watch the full video interview.

Jamie McLeod’s professional experience includes working as an environmental planner, city planner, organizational development manager, nonprofit director, and program manager for emergency relief projects. She was twice elected to a city council in Silicon Valley, which included serving on numerous water, public policy, and environmental boards and commissions. While in law school, Jamie clerked for Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Klamath County Judge Cameron Wogan focusing on the Klamath Adjudication, and updating Water Law in Nutshell.

After graduating from high school in southern Oregon, Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University. She has certificates from Harvard University in Senior Executives in State & Local Government, from Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center in Applied Ethics for Public Officials, and from Oxford University in Human Rights & Violent Conflict. Ms. McLeod is certified planner (AICP) with the American Institute for Certified Planners, and is on track to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2016.

Jamie is a Wayne Morse Fellow and recipient of the Hans Linde Fellowship. She has received community service awards from OutNow Magazine, San Jose Pride, Refugee & Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County, and Santa Clara Kwanzaa Festival. Ms. McLeod has received commendation for her public service from the United States Senate and Congress, California State Senate and Assembly, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and Santa Clara County Cities Association.

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D&I Program Updates

By Chris Ling

BOWLIO

Our 2015 BOWLIO fundraising and networking event took place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at AMF Pro 300 Lanes in Portland.  BOWLIO is the second of four events that make up our Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program,  the Oregon State Bar’s recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

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This year, we had over 200 law students, lawyers, judges, and other guests join us for a fabulous night of bowling and socializing!  Attendees competed for a number of bowling trophies, including highest individual and team scores, best team name, and best bowling attire.  Many of our wonderful OLIO Sponsors attended BOWLIO this year, and we also were fortunate enough to receive a number of donations from local vendors in Oregon for our raffle to raise money for our programs, including wine packages, gift certificates, and tickets to the museum and theater.  We hope you can join us for next year’s event!

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Judicial Mentorship Program

The Oregon Judicial Department has developed a program under which judges strive to mentor minority law students. The program is implemented in conjunction with the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Department, which operates the bar’s diverse law student recruitment and retention program known as Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO). All other D&I programs are open to law students who demonstrate a commitment to advancing the D&I Department’s mission. Accordingly, while the major motivation of the Judicial Mentorship Program is to assist racial and ethnic minority law students, the program is open to students of any race or ethnicity who participate in D&I programs.

For the 2015-2016 school year, we are pleased to announce that 22 law students from Lewis & Clark Law School, the University of Oregon School of Law, and Willamette University have been assigned judicial mentors from Clackamas County, Lane County, Multnomah County, Washington County, the Oregon Tax Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Supreme Court!  We hope that these judges and law students will be able to start developing long-lasting professional relationships over the course of the academic year.

Employment Retreat – Save the Date!

The D&I Department’s annual Employment Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Employment Retreat is the third of four events that make up our OLIO program, and is an all-day event designed to prepare law students for the summer clerkship application process and to learn the ins and outs of the practice of law.  1L and upper division students will have the opportunity to attend panels on searching for job opportunities and becoming a more effective law clerk, participate in mock interviews with attorneys and judges, and meet potential employers during an Employer Forum and networking social in the afternoon.  Students who are interested in attending this event may contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org to RSVP to the event.

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The Employer Forum is scheduled to run approximately from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be available.  Employers interested in reserving a table for the event may do so with a registration fee of $75 (our top-level OLIO sponsors will receive a complimentary table for the forum).  Space is limited so please contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org with any questions or if you intend to attend.

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Recommended Reading

By Jessica Asai

“We are immigrants all,” reads the inscription by author and University of Oregon professor Lauren Kessler inside my 2009 edition of Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family (Oregon State University Press). That was the year the Oregon Library Association chose Stubborn Twig as the one book Oregonians should read to celebrate Oregon’s 150th birthday.

twigbookStubborn Twig chronicles three generations of an immigrant Japanese family who fought racial and social barriers to attain the American dream. The book begins with issei (first generation) Masuo Yasui’s journey from Japan and his ascent through Hood River’s business community. Yet, despite exemplifying civic duty and American values, Masuo was imprisoned during World War II because the FBI thought him a security threat due to his prominence within the Japanese community. Masuo’s family was subsequently sent to Internment camps during the mass incarceration of Japanese living on the West Coast, which forced the Yasuis to struggle with paying mortgages, managing farms, and paying college tuitions while interned hundreds of miles away from home.

With his father imprisoned and his family interned, nisei (second generation) Minoru Yasui – Masuo’s son and the first Japanese-American admitted to the Oregon bar – committed the ultimate act of civil disobedience by getting arrested on March 28, 1942 by Portland police so he could contest the constitutionality of a curfew targeting persons of Japanese descent. The book follows Minoru’s case on its journey to the U.S. Supreme Court and eventual writ of error coram nobis appeal in the 1980s.

I first read Stubborn Twig as a Hood River high school student – decades before 9/11, before I attended law school, before I worked in civil rights, and before Black Lives Matter. Due to the knowledge I have attained of legal history and constitutional law, it is now as if I were reading the book for the first time. I can now grasp the enormity of President Franklin D. Roosevelt rescinding the civil rights of thousands of Japanese-Americans with the stroke of a pen. And I now know that Minoru’s test case is one of three seminal World War II cases to contest the constitutionality of the government’s treatment – essentially racial profiling — of Japanese.   His bravery, to risk his own freedom and place his trust in our justice system, is to be commended and what makes reading this book again so rewarding.

Stubborn Twig is both one family’s American story and also a lyrical reminder of the importance of family and community, justice, and forgiveness. Kessler’s inscription is powerful because it is a reminder that we are all strangers in this land. Perhaps if we recognized our shared immigrant status we would be less likely to continue to profile and stereotype others based on race.

Asai Jessica head shotA fourth generation Japanese-American, Jessica was raised on a farm in Hood River, Oregon.  After graduating from Willamette University with a BA in Politics, she spent four years working in marketing and government relations in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Upon returning to Oregon, she attended Lewis & Clark Law School then practiced corporate and employment law at Farleigh Wada Witt.  Jessica is now a Civil Rights Investigator with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Department (AAEO).  She remains active in the legal community by serving on several boards and mentoring students; was a founding member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), and contributed to the Minoru Yasui Tribute Project’s successful nomination of Minoru Yasui for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

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Specialty Bar News

See announcements and links below for updates with Oregon specialty bars.

Oregon Women Lawyers

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting with Judge Courtland Geyer
December 1, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Marion County Courthouse, 5th Floor, Jury Assembly Room

The Mary Leonard Law Society, presents Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting with Judge Courtland Geyer.  Judge Geyer will discuss child abuse within Marion County and your obligations as a mandatory reporter.

Prior to taking the bench in 2011, Judge Geyer spent almost 18 years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in cases of child abuse, sexual assault, homicide, gang violence and arson & explosives.  For seven years, he supervised the child abuse team for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and served as co-chair of Marion County’s Child Abuse Review Team.  He has been involved in the presentation of over 100 CLE’s and community presentations on child abuse and mandatory reporting to lawyers, judges, medical providers, first responders, educators, churches, clergy, parents and youth serving organizations.  In 2009, DPSST recognized him as Oregon’s Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year.

Please register here.

Post-Grad Law Clerk – $10 || OWLS Member – $15  || Non-OWLS Member – $20
Not Seeking Credit – Free

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association

The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association’s Annual Member Meeting and Board Elections will be on Monday, December 7, 5:30-7:30 pm at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. RSVP by Dec 1 to toni@kelichlaw.com

The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that Minoru Yasui, a native of Hood River, Oregon, the first Japanese-American graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and the first Japanese-American member of the Oregon State Bar, has been posthumously awarded a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom! Mr. Yasui is perhaps best known for his heroic challenge of the discriminatory wartime restrictions targeting Japanese-Americans and Japanese nationals during World War II, a fight that placed him in solitary confinement for nine months while his case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Although the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against his appeal, he continued to fight for the civil rights of all individuals, regardless of race, nationality, or ethnicity until he passed away in 1986.  A link to the White House press release is located here.

OMLA, together with the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, was proud to submit an endorsement letter on behalf of Min, as part of his formal nomination to the White House. We are proud to have been able to support Min, along with the countless other organizations and individuals that worked over the past year to prepare his nomination for consideration.

OMLA would like to congratulate the many members of Min’s family that still live in the Hood River area and beyond for this honor. Min’s legacy is an enduring lesson on how we can best serve as advocates and stewards of the law and our Constitution. Thank you Min!

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association

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September 2015

In This Issue

Celebrating the Launch of the OSB’s Online Diversity Story Wall Exhibit and the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

By: Mariann Hyland

In the December 2014 newsletter, we celebrated the unveiling of the OSB’s Diversity Story Wall, a permanent exhibit at the bar center in Tigard, featuring diverse pioneers in Oregon’s legal profession and related state and national milestones. We are pleased now to announce the unveiling of the online version for our members and others throughout Oregon and beyond! Again, we thank our many sponsors who made the exhibit possible. We will update the online version with new content over time, so please let us know if you have any recommended additions or revisions by emailing us at diversity@osbar.org.

storywall shotIn tribute to another historic milestone, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, our member spotlight features Don Marmaduke, one of Oregon’s most distinguished lawyers, who recently retired as a founding partner of Tonkon Torp, LLP just short of his 89th birthday. Mr. Marmaduke shares his experience in 1965 as a volunteer with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to desegregate the Neshoba County Courthouse, where the voter registration offices were located. In addition to Mr. Marmaduke’s historic interview, we are pleased to share his memories from his time in Mississippi.

We welcome our new Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Christopher Ling, who joined the Diversity & Inclusion Department in July. Chris brings a wealth of experience and strong ties to Oregon’s diverse community as the Co-Chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyer’s Association.

Toni Kelich, our former Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, left our department earlier this year to open a private practice in Gresham, Oregon. We thank Toni for her years of excellent service to the Oregon State Bar and wish her all the best in her future legal endeavors.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Department program updates highlight our 17th Annual OLIO (Opportunities for Law in Oregon) Orientation, which coincided with an OLIO Alumni reunion where OLIO founder Stella Manabe was honored with the first “Spirit of OLIO Award.” Congratulations Stella! And thanks to our many sponsors and volunteers who made the OLIO Orientation possible.

Our Recommended reading this issue, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Yale law professor, Amy Chua, comes from Ron Cheng, a trial lawyer with Pickett Dummigan, LLP.

Last but not least, we are happy to share news and updates from our specialty bar partners and friends.

Enjoy the season!

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Introducing Christopher Ling

By: Mariann Hyland & Benjamin James

The Oregon State Bar D&I Department is pleased to welcome Christopher Sing Keung Ling as the new Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator.  Chris is a 2009 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, an OLIO alumnus, and a recipient of the OSB D&I’s Clerkship Stipend, Public Honors Fellowship, and Bar Exam Grant when he was a law student.

Prior to joining D&I, Chris had been an associate at Cartwright Baer Johansson PC (formerly Cartwright Whitman Baer PC), a Portland, Oregon law firm, for over three years.  He specialized in the areas of estate and trust litigation, elder financial abuse, and contested protective proceedings.

Outside of practice, Chris joined the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) Executive Board in 2010 as Secretary and has served as co-chair of the organization since 2011.  As co-chair, he also participates with leaders from other Oregon specialty bar organizations in the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) in order to promote diversity within our state and federal benches.  In addition to his duties for OMLA, Chris is on the Advocacy Committee for the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), a member of OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon and a commissioner of the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism

In addition, Chris was recently featured in the Multnomah Bar Association’s July/August edition of, Multnomah Lawyer. You can see the article here.

chris lingGrowing up in Hawai`i gave me the opportunity to be a part of a community that thrived on diversity and multiculturalism.  I made the decision to commit to practicing in Oregon on September 16, 2006—not even a month into my first year of law school—after witnessing the overwhelming support in favor of continuing our D&I Program (then known as the Affirmative Action Program) at the OSB House of Delegates Annual Meeting. On that day, I had the privilege of being introduced to Stella Manabe, the founder and then-director of the program and a fellow kama`aina living in Oregon, who inspired me to lend the benefit of my diverse background and perspective to our wonderful state bar.  As the newest member of the D&I Department, I hope to continue its commitment to building a strong, diverse community for our future generations of Oregon attorneys.

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Member Spotlight

By: Mariann Hyland

This edition’s member spotlight features Don Marmaduke, one of Oregon’s most distinguished lawyers, who recently retired as a founding partner of Tonkon Torp, LLP just short of his 89th birthday. Mr. Marmaduke shares his experience in 1965 as a volunteer with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to desegregate the Neshoba County Courthouse, where the voter registration offices were located. The Lawyers Committee was a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity. In addition to watching Mr. Marmaduke’s historic interview, read his memories from this time in Mississippi. For additional information about Mr. Marmaduke’s distinguished career, see here.

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Don Marmaduke co-founded Tonkon Torp, LLP in 1974. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University. The breadth of Don’s practice is suggested by his handling of the landmark medical antitrust case of Patrick v. Burget, in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld his jury verdict, and by his 1965 trial victory desegregating the Neshoba County courthouse in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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D&I Program Updates

By: Benjamin James & Chris Ling

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)

The 2015-16 OLIO year began with its annual Orientation that took place August 7-9 in Hood River. This year’s orientation was one of our biggest ever with 57 total students in attendance plus 43 attorneys and 12 judges. Students were welcomed by OSB President Rich Spier and were treated to several keynote speakers throughout the weekend including James Lake Perriguey of Law Works LLC, the Hon. Kenneth Walker of Multnomah County Circuit Court, and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. In addition this year’s orientation hosted a special OLIO Alumni Reunion honoring OLIO’s founder Stella Manabe.

OLIO participants listen to a presentation in the gorge room.

OLIO participants listen to a presentation in the gorge room.

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To see more photos from the Orientation, see our Facebook album.

Many thanks to all the volunteer committees that assisted with the planning and fundraising efforts and a very special thank you to our sponsors for helping make this year’s OLIO Orientation another success!

imagesDiamond Sponsors: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Lane Powell PC, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC, Stoel Rives LLP, Tonkon Torp LLP

Gold Sponsors: Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon New Lawyers Division, Oregon Women Lawyers, University of Oregon Foundation, Willamette University College of Law

Silver Sponsors: Barran Liebman LLP, Iberdrola Renewables LLC , Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Oregon Law Foundation, Portland State University, Professional Liability Fund – Excess Program, Stoll Berne, and Yates Matthews Family Law, PC

Titanium Sponsors: Kranovich & Lucero LLC, Law Office of Matthew Kehoe LLC, Markowitz Herbold PC, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Pickett Dummigan LLP and Troy & Rosenberg PC

Bronze Sponsors: Bullard Law, Lindsay Hart LLP, OSB Diversity Section, Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Themis Bar Review and Richard G. Spier, Mediator

Copper Sponsors: OSB Disability Law Section, Schmidt & Yee PC and Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt LLP

Individual Sponsors: Hon. Cheryl Albrecht, Hon. Richard Baldwin, Robert Browning, Bill Chin, Eric Dahlin, Phil Goldsmith, Mariann Hyland, Garry Kahn, Teresa Kraemer, Hon. Angel Lopez, Audrey Matsumonji, Linda Meng, Hon. Mary Mertens James, Hon. Josephine Mooney, Toan-Hao Nguyen, Travis Prestwich, Hon. Tom & Kathleen Rastetter, Hon. David Schuman, Thomas Sheridan, Hon. Jill Tanner, Cathern Tufts, Heather Vogelsong, Hon. Kenneth Walker, Hon. Martha Lee Walters, Daryl Wilson, Teresa Wright and Michael Wu.

BOWLIO

BOWLIO is the second of four events that make up the OLIO program. BOWLIO is a fundraising and networking event for OLIO, the Oregon State Bar’s recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

BOWLIOPlease join us for a fun-filled evening!  Soft drinks and snacks will be provided and a no host bar will be available on site.

See photos from last year’s BOWLIO on our Facebook album.

When: Saturday, November 7

Time: Check-In at 5:30pm, Bowling 6:00-9:00pm

Where: AMF Pro 300 Lanes, 3031 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Cost:
Law Students/Children 3 and under = FREE
First Year Licensee/Children 4-11 years = $25
Attorneys/Judges/Children 12 and older = $50

To Register: Contact Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org

Judicial Mentorship Program

Applications Being Accepted!

The Oregon Judicial Department has developed a program under which judges strive to mentor minority law students. The program is implemented in conjunction with the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Department, which operates the bar’s diverse law student recruitment and retention program known as Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO). Law students who: 1) can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; 2) have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; 3) have a demonstrated commitment to increase access to justice; or 4) have experienced discrimination or oppression are eligible to participate in OLIO. All other D&I programs are open to law students who demonstrate a commitment to advancing the D&I Department’s mission. Accordingly, while the major motivation of the Judicial Mentorship Program is to assist racial and ethnic minority law students, the program is open to students of any race or ethnicity who participate in D&I programs.

Any judge or student who is interested in participating in this program should complete an application and return it to D&I Coordinator Chris Ling at cling@osbar.org.

Judge Application

Student Application

Applications due October 1.

Other Programs

In our April 2015 newsletter, we highlighted the 16 recipients of our Clerkship Stipend program, 6 recipients of our Public Honors Fellowship program and the 6 recipients of our LSAT prep course scholarship. Since then we awarded 10 D&I scholarships and 6 bar exam exam grants for the July 2015 exam.

New this year is the Rural Opportunity Fellowship and the Access to Justice Fellowship. We are pleased to announce our Access to Justice Fellowship recipient recently finished his internship with Youth, Rights, Justice in Portland. Our Rural Opportunity Fellowship recipient just finished her time with the Klamath County Circuit Court.

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Recommended Reading

Battle Hymn CoverAmy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

By: Ron K. Cheng

Yale law professor Amy Chua ignited social controversy in 2011 when she published Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a memoir about her experience raising her two daughters in America using strict Chinese parenting methods. How strict was she? Apparently, strict enough that she received death threats from readers who disagreed with her parenting style. However, don’t let a few harsh critics scare you away. Battle Hymn was never meant to be a parenting guide and if you try to read it like one, you’ll miss the forest for the trees (or the beauty of the tiger for the fangs and claws).

Battle Hymn is really about the struggles of a Chinese mother, whose cultural ideals conflict with Western norms. For example: no sleepovers allowed; any grade below an “A” is unacceptable; learning a classical instrument is mandatory and practice will be enforced at all times, including during vacations.

Her unbending beliefs cause tension in her family and these cultural differences are highlighted in situations that anyone can relate to. What’s interesting is how Professor Chua resolves the volatile situations and why she does what she does. Even those that disagree with her methods may come to respect her beliefs.

You can’t help but admire her patience (or stubbornness) even when things spiral out of control. Professor Chua tells the story of how her daughter once publicly humiliated her, screaming “I don’t want to be Chinese… I hate my life. I hate you, and I hate this family!” Professor Chua responded by reminding her daughter that it was her job as a mother to prepare her children for the future, even if her children did not like her for it.

The Chua family escapades are diabolically delightful to read and careful readers will find that amidst the cultural conflicts, there are lots of laughs to be had as well. For example: Professor Chua talks about trying to raise her pet dogs like she raised her daughters and the disappointment she felt when she learned that her dogs were not ranked first place in “smartest dog breeds.” Battle Hymn will challenge your perspective and expose you to a clash of cultures, concluding with a heartwarming acknowledgement that no one is perfect… but that’s alright when you’ve got family.

HeadshotRon K. Cheng is a trial lawyer at Pickett Dummigan LLP, a personal injury law firm in Portland, Oregon. Ron has been helping traditionally marginalized groups gain respect and recognition ever since he was in college and was presented with a leadership award by a chapter of the NAACP in 2011. Ron now serves as a Board Member of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and volunteers his time with the Classroom Law Project, helping students succeed inside and outside the classroom. In 2014, Ron was named an Outstanding Clinical Advocate by the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic for his service in representing low-income communities in Portland.

 

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Specialty Bar News

See announcements and links below for updates with Oregon Specialty Bars.

Oregon Women Lawyers

OWLS invites nominations for the 24th Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards. Nominations are due Friday, November 6, 2015. The 2016 dinner is on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Portland Art Museum.

Mary Leonard Law Society and Saalfeld Griggs PC proudly present the Salem Diversity Summit, a 3.25-hour Access to Justice CLE on diversity in the Salem legal community, followed by a networking social generously hosted by Saalfeld Griggs PC. Learn about the advantages of building a diverse team at your workplace; gain practical tips on cross-cultural communication and creating a workplace that incorporates diverse perspectives; and join the discussion on how to attract and retain diverse attorneys in Salem. Wednesday September 9th, 1pm – 4:45pm. More info and register here.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5 p.m., join OWLS and Oregon Dress for Success for a fundraiser and fashion show, featuring models from Portland area firms, the Portland city attorney’s office and Guy Walden from the Multnomah Bar Association. Ticket are $20 and can be purchased online here.

OWLS salary negotiating workshop for lawyers, Pay Up: Negotiating Your Worth at Work. Moda Building. Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration at 8:30 a.m.), $45 early bird. Register online here. Includes breakfast.

OWLS Fall CLE, Friday, October 16, 2015, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. followed by fall reception. Make it Work: From Frenzied to Fulfilled. Keynote speakers Brigid Schulte and Pat Gillette will discuss the modern workplace and strategies for working in a way that is
more fulfilling and also more productive. For more information or to register, click here.

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association & Barran Liebman LLP cordially invite you to attend the 2015 OHBA/HNBA Fall Social.

September 24th, 2015 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Barran Liebman LLP| 601 SW 2nd Ave. Ste. 2300 |Portland

Please join us for this networking event that will include students from Oregon’s three law schools – Lewis & Clark, University of Oregon and Willamette – as well as attorneys from the Portland Metro area. The event is an excellent opportunity for students and members to meet and socialize. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

To register for this event, please RSVP to Gina at gina.atwood@gmail.com. Please include “OHBA Fall Social RSVP” in the subject line.

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

SAVE the DATE: Friday October 16, 5:30pm, OGALLA Annual Dinner  at the Portland Art Museum. Sponsorship’s available. Email info@ogalla.org.

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association

SAVE the DATE: Friday October 30, 2015, 5:30pm, OAPABA’s ANNUAL DINNER, Featuring Keynote Speaker Justice Mary Yu, Washington Supreme Court Justice. To learn more about Justice Yu, click here. To register, click here

Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association

Protecting Human Rights at the South Texas Family Residential Center: A Report Back from Oregon Attorneys and Law Students. September 11, 2015 at 12:00 -1:00pm, Multnomah County Courthouse, Judge LaBarre’s Courtroom #702. See flyer for more info.

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April 2015

In This Issue

Celebrating our Progress

By: Mariann Hyland

balloons-788388This spring we invite you to join us in celebrating the implementation of the bar’s Diversity Action Plan. We worked hard to create the plan in 2013, and in 2014 we began implementing strategies to achieve our goals. For a complete report of our progress to date, please read: Celebrating Year One: 2014 Diversity Action Implementation Report.

In our Member Spotlight Josh Ross shares his thoughts regarding our Diversity Action Plan implementation highlights, his pro bono service, and why we need a diverse and inclusive bench and bar. Josh is a member of the OSB Board of Governors (BOG) and serves as a liaison on the bar’s Diversity Advisory Council along with BOG public member Audrey Matsumonji. We welcome your comments and feedback as we move forward with implementing the bar’s Diversity Action Plan in 2015. As we celebrate our success this spring, which is a time of renewal and growth, we reaffirm our commitment to continually advancing the needle.

Other newsletter features include recommended reading from the bar’s Executive Director, Sylvia Stevens: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore; Diversity & Inclusion Department Program updates; and Specialty Bar news.

Enjoy the season!

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Member Spotlight

By: Mariann Hyland

Josh Ross, a member of the OSB Board of Governors (BOG), shares his thoughts regarding the bar’s 2014 Diversity Action Plan implementation highlights, his pro bono service, and why we need a diverse and inclusive bench and bar. Josh serves as a BOG liaison on the bar’s Diversity Advisory Council along with BOG public member Audrey Matsumonji. Click the picture below to watch the video interview.

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RossJJoshua Ross is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex business litigation, consumer and securities fraud, class actions, trust litigation, professional negligence, and real estate and contract disputes. Licensed in Oregon and Washington, Josh represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as in court mandated and private arbitration.  Josh has served as an arbitrator for Multnomah County Circuit Court since 2011, has volunteered with Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Project since  2007, and is currently serving a four-year term on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors. Prior to joining Stoll Berne, Josh clerked for Hon. Rick Haselton at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

 

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D&I Program Updates

By: Benjamin James

Summer Employment Programs

In March we awarded 16 Clerkship Stipends to Oregon law students who intend to practice law in Oregon. Many of the recipients have already accepted positions with employers including Creighton & Rose, Multnomah  Defenders Inc, Oregon Department of Justice, Mercy Corp, PSU Legal Services and the Washington County D.A.

legal-work-1040cs060712Six Oregon law students were awarded Public Honors Fellowships for the summer of 2015. Public Honors Fellows must work during the summer for a non-profit or government employer in Oregon. The students receive $5,000 grant and cannot work into the school year. Some of the employers who hired OSB Public Honors Fellows are: US District Court, Oregon Law Center, St. Andrews Legal Clinic and the Marion County Public Defender’s office.

New this year is the Rural Opportunity Fellowship and the Access to Justice Fellowship. The Rural Opportunity Fellowship was awarded to a law student who intends to practice law in Oregon after graduation, who will help the D&I Department advance its mission, and was willing to accept a summer clerk position in rural Oregon. In general, “rural Oregon” is considered as being anywhere along the Oregon coast, anywhere east of the Cascade Mountains, or anywhere south of Roseburg. The Access to Justice Fellowship was awarded to a law student, who intends to practice law in Oregon, and who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who has experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who has a demonstrated commitment to increasing access to justice; or who has personally experienced discrimination or oppression. The recipient of this award must work for a non-profit or governmental entity in Oregon over the summer and is awarded a $5,000 grant.

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)

OLIO is the Oregon State Bar’s recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

olio_Four letters in colorsWe held our Spring Social event on April 3rd at the University of Oregon School of Law where we had 55 guests attend to help congratulate eight 3L law students on successfully completing law school.

Planning and fundraising for the 2015-16 OLIO year has begun. The 2015 OLIO Orientation Incoming 1L Application Student Interest Form is available on our website and is due June 19.

OLIO is funded by donations and we are grateful to our committed community supporters. To donate to OLIO, via PayPal, visit our website or click the icon below.

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We are pleased to announce another new D&I program this year, the LSAT Scholarship to six law school applicants attending college in the state of Oregon, or with significant ties to the state of Oregon, who can assist D&I with advancing its mission. We awarded six scholarships for LSAT preparation courses. One of these scholarships is being funded in part by the Oregon State Lottery and will go to an undergraduate student from a public Oregon university.

We received 16 applications for our D&I scholarships ($2,000 per scholarship) for entering and current Oregon law school students who intend to practice in Oregon. We plan to award 10 scholarships by the end of April.

The D&I Department is also pleased to offer 6 Bar Exam Grants for the July exam. Applications can be found on our website and are due April 15.

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Recommended Reading

By: Sylvia Stevens

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

51hCE56YWDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Two boys named Wes Moore lived within blocks of each other on the mean streets of Baltimore in the 1980’s. Both were fatherless and poor, but one grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, combat veteran army officer, White House Fellow, and successful business man. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for murder. This is the story of two young men and the impact of their different choices at the crossroads of their lives.

In 2002, the Baltimore Sun published a story about a local boy who had been named a Rhodes Scholar. It also published a story about another Wes Moore who, with three accomplices, killed a police officer in the course of a botched robbery. The author read that story about the young man who shared his name and became curious about how two boys who shared such similar childhoods could have such different lives. The Rhodes Scholar Wes wrote to the prisoner Wes, and asked: “Who are you? Where did it go wrong for you? How did this happen?” What followed was a friendship of sorts, based on lengthy correspondence and personal visits. The author Wes learned about the similarities of their lives, and that both had wanted something better for themselves; he also learned how their decisions at various junctures took their lives down such different paths. In a telling moment, the author Wes asked the other Wes, “So do you think that we’re products of our environment?” The other Wes responded, “You know, I think we’re products of our expectations.”

Told in alternating narratives that describe heart-wrenching losses and moments of redemption in each of their lives, The Other Wes Moore is the story of a generation of young men trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Stevens, Sylvia_bw_tightcropSylvia E. Stevens is the Executive Director of the Oregon State Bar. She joined the OSB staff in 1992. She served as Deputy General Counsel for 14 years and General Counsel for four years before her appointment as Executive Director in 2010. Prior to joining the bar, Ms. Stevens was a partner in a Portland, Oregon law firm where she had a varied civil practice that included commercial and family law.  A long-time volunteer in professional organizations, Ms. Stevens served on the OSB Board of Governors before joining the bar staff and was OSB Vice-President in 1991-1992. She has served as president of the Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon’s largest voluntary bar, and was a founding board member of the Multnomah Bar Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting civic education about the rule of law and the legal system. Ms. Stevens has been a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection and has served two terms on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She is currently serving on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Policy Implementation Committee.

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Specialty Bar Association News

Click the links below for updates with Oregon Specialty Bars.

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Oregon Women Lawyers

Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association

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December 2014

In This Issue

Introduction

By: Mariann Hyland

December’s newsletter celebrates the unveiling of the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity Story Wall, which features diverse pioneers in Oregon’s legal profession, and significant state and national milestones throughout our history. We unveiled the exhibit on November 7 during a ceremony at the bar center in Tigard. Presenters included former Board of Governor pioneers Hon. Angel Lopez, Mark Johnson, and Marva Fabien. Instead of a “Member Spotlight,” we are sharing a video clip from the ceremony, which allowed us to see and honor many of our diverse pioneers in person, and to reflect over our collective history and progress. We are thankful for the many sponsors who made the exhibit possible, and we are pleased to announce that the online version will be available in February 2015.

The exhibit’s unveiling is timely given our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and our current national focus on access to justice, especially in our criminal justice system. As the Reverend Jesse Jackson said during a recent interview on CNN, as we move forward, “Let’s choose justice as the key to peace.”

Our recommended reading, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, by Portland author and attorney Phillip Margolin, comes from the Hon. Angel Lopez.

Finally, please check out the Diversity and Inclusion Department’s program updates and specialty bar news.

Seasons Greetings!

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Diversity StoryWall Unveiling Ceremony

On November 7th The Oregon State Bar unveiled the Diversity StoryWall, a museum-quality informational and narrative display designed 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.

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The unveiling event was well attended by community members, OSB Board of Governors and House of Delegates members, OSB legal pioneers and attorneys as well as local press.

The Skanner wrote the following article covering the event, http://tinyurl.com/ohsktqm
PQ Monthly also was present and wrote an article, http://tinyurl.com/q7tff9y

To see a video of the ceremony click here or the picture below.

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Also check out our Facebook Album to see more pictures from the event.

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D&I Program Updates

2015 Employment Retreat

The 17th Annual OLIO Employment Retreat will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the OSB Center. This Retreat provides an opportunity for law students to familiarize themselves with the Oregon job market, to learn and hone their interviewing skills, and to speak with legal and career counseling professionals who can guide and advise them. The day will end with an Employer Forum (akin to a job fair) and Social where participating employers will meet and mingle with the students.

The Employment Retreat is the third of four events that make up the Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program, which is a recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

Law students interested in attending should RSVP to Toni Kelich at tkelich@osbar.org by January 16.

New Fellowship Opportunities in 2015!

The D&I Department is offering two new fellowships in the coming year, to complement the already popular Public Honors Fellowship – they are the Access to Justice Fellowship and the Rural Opportunity Fellowship.

The Access to Justice Fellowship is a $5,000 award, paid in three equal installments over the summer months. It is available to Oregon law students who contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who has experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who has a demonstrated commitment to increasing access to justice; or who has personally experienced discrimination or oppression. The D&I Department will award the greatest preference consideration to law students whose OSB Statement can support their intention to practice law in Oregon. Additionally, the law student must have participated in at least one of the four Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) activities prior to applying for this Fellowship – OLIO Orientation, BOWLIO, Employment Retreat or Spring Social (D&I staff will verify participation).

The Rural Opportunity Fellowship is a $8,360 award, paid in three equal installments over the summer months, for a summer clerk position that is in rural Oregon. In general, “rural Oregon” is considered as being anywhere along the Oregon coast, anywhere east of the Cascade Mountains, or anywhere south of Roseburg. Other areas of Oregon may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are not guaranteed. As with the other fellowships, the D&I Department will award the greatest consideration to law students whose OSB Statement can support their intention to practice law in Oregon.

Law students applying for any of the fellowships must continue to be enrolled in law school in the fall term following their summer positions and be able to help the D&I Department advance its mission. Also, all successful fellowship candidates must work for a public employer or 501(c)3 organization in Oregon, regardless of which fellowship they are awarded.

The application will be available on the D&I website by mid-December, and will be due by February 1.

BOWLIO Recap

On November 1, approximately 219 people came together for BOWLIO 2014 – it was our biggest and best BOWLIO to date, and fun was had by all! Thank you to our sponsors, raffle donors, and volunteers; without you there would be no BOWLIO. Last but not least, a very special thank you to Krista Stearns who very generously donated her $200 grand prize winnings back to OLIO.

Chelsea Glynn, Jon Patterson, Juan Jasso (UO)

Chelsea Glynn, Jon Patterson, Juan Jasso (UO)

Reid Darling, Stacey Gibbons (WU), Judge Tom Rastetter, Gurjeet Brar (LC), Mindy Betita (LC)

Reid Darling, Stacey Gibbons (WU), Judge Tom Rastetter, Gurjeet Brar (LC), Mindy Betita (LC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silvia Tanner (LC), Matt Maile (WU), Samantha Wooten (WU), Bill Penn, Alana Iturbide

Silvia Tanner (LC), Matt Maile (WU), Samantha Wooten (WU), Bill Penn, Alana Iturbide

For more pictures of BOWLIO 2014, please visit our Facebook Page.

Sponsors
Barran Liebman LLP
D’Amore Law Group
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Lane Powell PC
Lewis & Clark Law School
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Law Foundation
Oregon New Lawyers Division
Oregon Women Lawyers
Perkins Coie LLP
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC
Stoel Rives LLP
Stoll Berne et al
Tonkon Torp LLP
University of Oregon School of Law
Willamette University College of Law
Williams Kastner
Yates Matthews & Eaton PC

Raffle Donors                                                                                  Volunteers
AMF Pro 300 Lanes                                                                       Justine Bonner
ArborBrook Vineyards                                                                   Bryson Davis
Dutch Bros. of Gresham                                                                Dani Edwards
Brian Fields & Mariann Hyland                                                   Tom Kranovich
Toni Kelich                                                                                       Marti McCausland
Le Bistro Montage                                                                           Jon Patterson
Hon. Angel Lopez                                                                            Liani Reeves
Milagro Theatre Group                                                                  Nicole Rose
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club                                                              Hon. Doug Tookey
Skamania Lodge                                                                              Simon Whang
Tasty n Sons
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Recommended Reading

By: Hon. Angel Lopez

I have known Portland Author Phillip Margolin for close to thirty years. I knew him first as a powerful advocate at criminal defense, before he became a celebrated author of crime suspense novels. As a novelist, Phil’s strong point is his ability to capture the aura and drama of criminal litigation. With his newest novel, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, Phil takes a side step to the historical novel genre and a big back step in time to the era that saw the birth of Oregon as a sovereign state of the union. Based on a true story, Worthy Brown was a Southern slave. He, along with his daughter in bondage, was brought up to Oregon by a master eager to escape creditors. Brown’s daughter, who apparently was taught to read (an unlawful act) by the master’s late wife, soon figures out that Oregon is a free state. Brown petitions his master for freedom for both himself and his daughter. The master concocts an agreement whereby upon completion of a certain amount of help in establishing the master’s Oregon farm, both will gain their freedom. The Browns hold up their end of the contract but at the appointed time only Mr. Brown is released from bondage. The master’s rationale is that the daughter has not yet returned on his initial investment.  Mr. Brown, hungry for justice and determined to free his daughter, solicits the help of a young, idealistic, newly arrived trial lawyer. From there, the drama unfolds.

DSCF5311Worthy Brown’s Daughter is a satisfying read, packed with colorful characters who give us insight about what life must have been like in old Oregon.  It, ultimately, is a book about the quest for freedom and racial equality.

 

 

Angel Lopez was born and raised in Compton, California.
He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California Judge Lopezand 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.  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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Specialty Bar Association News

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OAPABA / OHBA Dance Off!

Mark your calendars for January 24, when members of OAPABA and OHBA will have a Dance Off! Members should watch your email for more details, which are coming soon.

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Save the Date – Annual Member Recognition Reception on January 22 !

OMLA Annual Member Recognition Reception
Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thank you to Stoel Rives for graciously hosting and sponsoring this event. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and heavy appetizers will be available. Please plan to join us to celebrate the many accomplishments over the past year. An invite and RSVP information will be available soon.

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OWLS Announces 2015 Justice Betty Roberts, Judge Mercedes Deiz Award Recipients

The OWLS board of directors is pleased to announce that Portland trial lawyer Jane Paulson has been selected to receive the 2015 Justice Betty Roberts Award for the promotion of women in the law and in the community.  Liani Reeves, General Counsel to Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., will receive the 2015 Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for the promotion of minorities in the law and in the community.

The Justice Betty Roberts Award honors an Oregon attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting women in the legal profession and community. Past honorees include Judge Elizabeth Perris, Secretary of State Kate Brown, and litigator Sarah Crooks.

The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community.  Past honorees include Judge Darleen Ortega, assistant attorney general Armonica Gilford, and Portland lawyer Dave Bartz.

The award recipients will be honored at the 23rd annual Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Nines Hotel in Portland. Social starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

To purchase tables or tickets to the dinner online, click here.

Thank you to the Awards Dinner Title Sponsor, Keating Jones Hughes PC.

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September 2014

In This Issue

Introduction

By: Mariann Hyland.

In this issue, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Instead of a “Member Spotlight,” we feature former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jacob Tanzer’s article,and a related interview, describing his experiences serving as the prosecutor for the grand jury that indicted people responsible for violating the civil rights of Freedom Summer volunteers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andy Goodman. Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman were murdered in 1964 for organizing a campaign to register Black voters in Neshoba County, Mississippi. They did not die in vain. Their plight captured the attention of our nation and led to the historic passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Justice Tanzer’s moving interview is filled with vivid details, lessons learned and stories of hope that propelled the civil rights movement forward.

Our recommended reading comes from Erious Johnson, the Civil Rights Director for the Oregon Department of Justice. Mr. Johnson highly recommends Malcolm Gladwell’s book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.”

In keeping with our theme of celebrating history, recognizing the importance of hope and the strength of underdogs, we are pleased to announce that the bar’s Diversity Story Wall will be unveiled on November 7th after the House of Delegates annual meeting. This museum-quality exhibit will feature the brave pioneers in Oregon’s bench and bar who have advanced diversity and inclusion, as well as related state and national pioneers and historic milestones.

We extend deep gratitude and appreciation to our pioneers who sacrificed their lives and paved the way for a more inclusive and just society, bench and bar. We celebrate their lives, accomplishments and historic achievements.

In addition to our special feature, we are sharing Diversity & Inclusion Department program updates, including highlights from the launch of our 2014-15 Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program and specialty bar news. We thank our many volunteers and sponsors who make OLIO possible.

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Diversity Story Wall Unveiling Date

By: Benjamin James.

The Oregon State Bar Diversity Story Wall has entered into the design phase! Chet Orloff of Oregon History Works has completed the historical text, after many tireless hours of research, and has turned it over to graphic designer Linda Wisner of Wisner Creative to begin drafting design proofs of the display. We are excited to announce we have extended the size of the mural to accommodate all the rich information and pictures Chet has collected.

StorywallSAVE THE DATE: Friday November 7, at the Oregon State Bar Center in Tigard, for the ribbon cutting ceremony during the annual House of Delegates meeting. Look for additional details to come on our website.

Again, 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 diversity in the legal profession in Oregon and other major milestones advancing diversity and access to justice in Oregon and across the United States.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our current sponsors for helping us reach our initial fundraising goal: the US District Court, the Convocation on Equality, Stoel Rives, 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, OSB Constitutional Law Section and Specialty Bar Associations.

We still welcome contributions at any level. 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.

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Video Feature: Former Supreme Court Justice Jacob Tanzer

Instead of a member spotlight video, this month we feature a full length interview with former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jacob Tanzer, discussing his article, 1964, My Story of Life and Death in Mississippi and describing his experiences serving as the prosecutor for the grand jury that indicted people responsible for violating the civil rights of Freedom Summer volunteers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andy Goodman.

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Click the Picture to view the interview.

JTJacob Tanzer, Arbitration, Mediation & Neutral Services, Portland; B.A., University of Oregon (1956); LL.B., University of Oregon (1959); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1959; practice areas included business and government litigation; former judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals; former justice of the Oregon Supreme Court; currently practices business arbitration and mediation.

 

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Recommended Reading: Malcolm Gladwell’s Power of the Underdog

By: Erious Johnson, Jr.

Full disclosure: I am a Malcolm Gladwell fanatic! His ideas and concepts are the cure for the common conversation. Tell someone that you are an expert in anything that you have devoted 10,000 hours to doing or that ketchup is the perfect condiment because it contains the five basic flavors identified by the tongue, and immerse yourself in the banter that ensues. In short, he is an engaging storyteller. As a trial attorney, I appreciate how he crafts a theory, proffers evidence—albeit anecdotal—to support it, and presents his “case” in a compelling narrative.

David-and-Goliath-Malcolm-GladwellDavid and Goliath follows this formula. In it, Gladwell tells the story of David and Goliath to introduce his overarching thesis that there are advantages to being “weak,” and weaknesses to being “strong.” He projects this saga through a practical and contextual lens to explain David’s victory. Gladwell describes how David’s technical, physical and psychological advantages over the Philistine placed the giant at an almost insurmountable disadvantage. He fleshes out this paradigm in three sections of his book:   The Advantages of Disadvantages (and the Disadvantages of Advantages); The Theory of Desired Difficulty; and The Limits of Power.

“Advantages” tells the stories of how: an inexperienced basketball coach turned an “overmatched” team of middle school girls into a run-and-gun style juggernaut; smaller class sizes may not be the optimal educational model; and an ivy-league educational experience may not always be the best option. “Desired Difficulty” advances the idea that death, dyslexia and racism—when properly assessed—can motivate one to excellence and innovation.   And finally, “The Limits” supposes that entrenched power structures, such as the legislature, the police and military, and the Nazi regime, cannot squelch the human capacity to heal, protect and overcome.

Some consider Gladwell redundant and contradictory. I regard this as the staunch, linear thinking his books explore. Gladwell is not a guru, extolling a new-age gospel. Nor should his ideas be subjected to scientific scrutiny. Each of his essays should be regarded in isolation—just as we litigators treat a lawsuit: Much of what we do is redundant, and we often take positions that contradict a prior point of view—often on the same subject. Gladwell is a genuine out-of-the-box thinker, whose counter intuitive approach to life should be considered and appreciated.

Erious JohnsonErious Johnson Jr., has been the Civil Rights Director for the Oregon Department of Justice since March 2014.  Prior to taking this position, he was a solo practitioner focusing on civil rights violations and employment discrimination.  Before moving to Oregon, he handled labor and employment matters for a corporate securities firm, defended the City of New York as a Sr. Corporation Counsel and served as the Principal Law Clerk to a New York State Supreme Court Justice.

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OLIO Programs

2014 Orientation

Programming for OLIO 2014-15 has officially kicked off! The annual orientation was held in Hood River over the weekend of August 8-10. Students in attendance at the orientation were welcomed by OSB President Tom Kranovich, who also provided one of the keynote speeches on Friday evening. Other keynote presenters were Bonnie Richardson of Folawn, Alterman & Richardson, and Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia. Deputy City Attorney for Portland, Dan Simon, was emcee.

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Specialty Bar and ONLD representatives

A total of 51 students were present this year — 19 from Lewis & Clark Law School, 12 from Willamette University College of Law, 16 from University of Oregon School of Law, 1 from University of Washington School of Law, and 3 undergraduate guests.

There were also 12 judges and 43 attorneys in attendance.  Thank you to everyone who made this year’s OLIO Orientation a huge success!

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OSB Board of Governors President Tom Kranovich

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Class of 2014 OLIO Students

A very special thank you to our sponsors for helping us with another successful OLIO year!

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

Platinum Sponsors
Miller Nash LLP and Tonkon Torp LLP

Gold Sponsors
Lewis & Clark Law School, Stoll Berne et al, University of Oregon School of Law, and Willamette University College of Law

Silver Sponsors
Barran Liebman LLP, D’Amore Law Group, Oregon Law Foundation, Oregon New Lawyers Division, Oregon State Lottery, Oregon Women Lawyers, OSB Professional Liability Fund – Excess Fund, Portland State University, Williams Kastner, and Yates Matthews & Eaton PC

Titanium Sponsors
Ater Wynne LLP, Greene & Markley PC, Kranovich & Lucero LLC, Law Offices of Matthew H. Kehoe, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA), and Troutman Sanders LLP

Bronze Sponsors
BARBRI Inc., Beery Elsner & Hammond LLP, Blunck & Walhood LLP, Coquille Indian Tribe, Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop PC, Leber Patent Law PC, Oregon Health & Science University, OSB Diversity Section, Richard G. Spier Mediator, and Themis Bar Review

Copper Sponsors
OSB Diversity Law Section and Schmidt & Yee PC

BOWLIO

BOWLIORegister Now for BOWLIO 2014!

BOWLIO is the second of four events that make up the Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) program. BOWLIO is a fundraising and networking event for OLIO, the Oregon State Bar’s recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

Please join us for a fun-filled evening!  Soft drinks and snacks will be provided, and a no host bar will be available on site.

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Hon. Douglas Tookey, Liani Reeves, and Simon Whang, BOWLIO 2013 “judges”

When:
Saturday, November 1

Time:
Check-In at 5:30pm, Bowling 6:00-9:00pm

Where:
AMF Pro 300 Lanes
3031 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

Cost:
Law Students/Children 3 and under = FREE
First Year Licensee/Children 4-11 years = $25
Attorneys/Judges/Children 12 and older = $50

To Register:
Contact Toni Kelich at tkelich@osbar.org

BOWLIO 2014 Sponsors:
Barran Liebman, D’Amore Law Group, Davis Wright Tremaine, Lane Powell, Lewis & Clark Law School, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Law Foundation, Oregon New Lawyers Division, Perkins Coie, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Stoel Rives, Tonkon Torp, University of Oregon Law School, Willamette University College of Law, Williams Kastner, and Yates Matthews & Eaton

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D&I Program Updates

Judicial Mentorship Applications Being Accepted

The Oregon Judicial Department has developed a program under which judges mentor minority law students. The program is implemented in conjunction with the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Department, which operates the bar’s diverse law student recruitment and retention program known as Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO). Law students who: 1) can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; 2) have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; 3) have a demonstrated commitment to increase access to justice; or 4) have experienced discrimination or oppression are eligible to participate in OLIO. All other D&I programs are open to law students who demonstrate a commitment to advancing the D&I Department’s mission. Accordingly, while the major motivation of the Judicial Mentorship Program is to assist ethnic minority law students, the program is open to students of any race or ethnicity who participate in D&I programs.

Any judge or student who is interested in participating in this program should complete an application and return it to D&I Coordinator Toni Kelich at tkelich@osbar.org.

Judge Application

Student Application

Application deadline has been extended, it is now November 1.

Application Period Open for Bar Exam Grants

The D&I Department awards three bar exam grants for the February 2015 exam to applicants whose personal experiences, accomplishments, commitment to practice law in Oregon, and financial need demonstrate that they will help the department achieve its mission.

Each grant award consists of a supplemental MBE review course (up to a $699 value), as well as a reimbursement of $600 of the Admissions application fee.

Each grant includes a one-time bar preparation course focusing on Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) testing. Payment for the course will be issued directly to the course provider in the grant recipient’s name. A grant recipient who chooses not to participate in the course, or who previously received this portion of the grant, may retain the application fee reimbursement but must forego the eligibility for the course.

The reimbursement portion of the grant award will be paid after the bar exam, once D&I staff have confirmed the grant recipient did sit for the exam. As this is a reimbursement award, applicants will be responsible for paying their bar exam application fees when it is due for reimbursing a sponsor, if applicable, as well as any taxes associated with the award.

The application deadline for the Bar Exam Grant is November 15.

Bar Exam Grant Application

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Specialty Bar Association News

NBAGet Your Tickets for the Twenty-Third Annual OGALLA Gala Dinner

Hotel Vintage Plaza
Saturday, October 18

Silent Auction: 5:30
Dinner: 7:00

Click here for tickets.

This year’s Keynote Speaker: Mark Johnson Roberts

This year’s Honorees:

Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton
Award of Merit 

Basic Rights Oregon
Community Service Award

Seeking Dinner Ticket Sponsors

Every year for the Annual Dinner, OGALLA seeks to ensure that every law student, honoree and speaker can attend at no cost. And every year, generous OGALLA members help us by purchasing donated tickets. In recognition of your generosity, your name will be listed as a Ticket Sponsor in the dinner program.

If you are interested in becoming a Ticket Sponsor, you may do so here.

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OR Chapter

Legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Past, Present and Future

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, Portland State University hosts a program open to the public remembering Oregon’s own civil rights legacy and honoring the organizations and individuals leading the fight for equal justice and access . . . for all.

Monday, October 6, 2014
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Program begins at 12:30 p.m. with welcome from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
At 2:00 p.m., Oregon’s Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian delivers Oregon’s Civil Rights Report Card.

Awards Reception
5:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.
(Ticket Required)

Keynote Addresses:
Robin Morris Collin, Willamette University College of Law
Norma J. Paulus, Professor of Law; Director of the Certificate Program in Sustainability Law

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (3rd Floor, Rm. 355)
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Visit us on Facebook for the latest details.

Click here for Awards Reception Tickets.

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Oregon Minority Lawyers Association

“At the Corner of Law Practice and Disability” CLE and Reception

What are some practical ways a small firm can accommodate an attorney or staff member with a disability? What are the ethical concerns and best practices for lawyers who have an unplanned medical emergency? What resources are available for attorneys with disabilities? Although the focus of this program will be primarily on solo practitioners and those in smaller firms, this CLE is for any lawyer who is disabled or who has the possibility of becoming temporarily or permanently disabled—in other words—every lawyer.

Join us Wednesday, October 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Stoel Rives, 900 SW Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, in Portland, for this thought-provoking program. We have applied for OSB MCLE credits: 1.5 Access to Justice, and .5 Ethics.

Speakers include:
Amber Bevacqua-Lynott, Cheryl Coon, Melissa Kenney, Kendra Matthews, Lisa Porter, Helle Rode and Camilla Thurmond

Cost is $20 if registration is received by October 10, or $25 at the door if space is available.

Register online here.

This event is brought to you by the Oregon Women Lawyers, and is co-sponsored by the Multnomah Bar Association, the OSB Professional Liability Fund, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and the OHSU Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity.

The Professional Liability Fund will film the program and make it available at a later date to all Oregon attorneys.

This program serves as a brief beginning of a broader discussion for bar members on how best to make law practice truly welcoming to lawyers and staff members with disabilities. Immediately following  the presentation, you will have an opportunity to discuss next steps during a reception generously hosted by Stoel Rives.

OWLSOWLS Fashion Show Benefiting Dress for Success Oregon

Support Dress for Success Oregon while enjoying  appetizers and watching your colleagues strut their stuff. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Avenue, Portland, Tickets: $15 per person or $150 for package of ten pre-paid here. Clothing donations will be accepted at the door.

Don’t miss this more-fun-than-you-realize event. Lawyers on the runway? It’s a must-see!

Our models include the following:
Steve English, Ed Harnden, Don Haslett, David Markowitz, Shawn Menashe, Chris Pallanch, Andrew Schpak, Tom Kranovich, Paige DeMuniz, Jennifer Johnson, Tasha Cosimo, JoDee Keegan, Cally Korach, Jill Laney, Kali Jensen, Nikola Jones, Molly Jo Mullens, Karen O’Kasey, Yumi O’Neil, Liani Reeves, Adele Ridenour, Trista Speer, Dana Sullivan and  Jeanne Kallage Sinnott.

Thank you to our fashion providers:
Mabel & Zora, Mink and The Lion’s Den’s Men’s Shop

Thank you photographer Dave Flowers and Paul Mitchell for assistance with hair and makeup.

This fundraiser is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors
Barran Liebman LLP, Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP and Chernoff Vilhauer McClung & Stenzel LLP

Wardrobe Sponsors
Bodyfelt Mount LLP and Hart Wagner LLP

Makeover Sponsors
Ball Janik LLP, Farleigh Wada Witt, Gevurtz Menashe, Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC and Perkins Coie LLP

Suit Sponsors
Moda Health

Nominations for the 23rd Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards

The awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals in promoting women and minorities in the legal profession and community in Oregon. The recipients will be honored at the annual awards dinner on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Nines Hotel Ballroom in Portland.

The Justice Betty Roberts Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting women in the legal profession and in the community. The recipient of this award is a person who has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the profession.

The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community. The recipient of this award is a person who has influenced minorities to pursue legal careers, opened doors for minority attorneys, or advanced opportunities for minorities within the profession.

Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, November 7, 2014 and emailed to OWLS Roberts-Deiz Awards Committee Co-Chair Kristin Sterling.

Nominations should include: At least three letters of recommendation, details information about the nominee, explaining how that person fulfills the award’s criteria, and the appropriate nomination form.

Click here for more information.

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May 2014

In This Issue

Bar Unveils Diversity Action Plan

By: Mariann Hyland

The Diversity & Inclusion Department is pleased to unveil the OSB’s 2014-2016 Diversity Action Plan. The Plan contains eight goals and related strategies and action items that are designed to ensure the bar’s programs, services and activities are delivered in an inclusive and culturally responsive manner to our diverse bar and community. We are in the process of implementing the 2014 goals and will report progress toward achieving our target measures by the end of the year.  Thanks to the bar’s Diversity Advisory Council members for their hard work and dedication to develop the Plan and to the Board of Governors for its leadership! We are excited about the bar’s inward look and focus on diversity.  Please share your thoughts, comments and suggestions concerning the Plan with us.

May’s member spotlight focuses on Miller Nash’s historic achievement – the election of seven women as new partners in 2014.  Chris Helmer, the firm’s first female partner, and Naomi Haslitt, the firm’s newly elected and first African American female partner, share information about their careers and what helps women succeed in a large law firm.  Congratulations to Miller Nash for its advancement of women in the profession!  For additional information, see the Portland Business Journal’s related article.

Our recommended reading, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Facebook Chief Operating Office Sheryl Sandberg, comes from Jane Paulson, a partner at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC.

We featured Sid Moore’s thoughtful analysis of the OSB’s 2012 Economic Survey results for women previously. This issue includes Sid’s analysis of the Economic Survey Addendum, which addresses the results for racial and ethnic minorities.

In our next issue we will share information about plans to unveil the bar’s historic Diversity Story Wall, which will feature diverse pioneers in Oregon’s bar and bench and historic milestones along the way.

Enjoy the season!

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D&I Program Updates

By: Toni Kelich

Spring Social

Spring Social pictureOn April 4, we held our 2014 Spring Social at the Willamette University College of Law.  We celebrated the close of another successful school year by honoring eight graduating 3Ls, and ushering out the end of the 2013-14 Opportunities for Law (OLIO) program year.  OSB Board of Governors member Travis Prestwich and Chief Legal Advisor to Governor Kitzhaber Liani Reeves helped honor the graduates by imparting words of wisdom as they move on to the next step in their journeys.  Congratulations to Mae Lee Browning, Stephanie Davidson, Wesley Garcia, Robert Johnson, Frank Lin, Nathan Payne, Columbine Quillen, and Andrea Tang on their upcoming graduation.  We look forward to seeing them become members of the Oregon State Bar soon.

Opportunities for Law in Oregon

olio_Four letters in colorsWe kicked off planning for the Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) recruitment and retention program for the 2014-15 academic year!  OLIO programming 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 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.

This year, we have expanded 1L eligibility for participation in the summer orientation.  Eligibility for all OLIO events and activities now applies to any student who can: contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; has experienced economic, social, or other barriers; has a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or has experienced discrimination or oppression.

OLIO participants can reconnect throughout the year at additional 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 and increasing the diversity of the Oregon 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.

This valuable program could not happen without the generous support of our sponsors. Please consider making a tax-deductable contribution to OLIO by clicking the icon below or through our website.

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Member Spotlight

 Miller Nash names seven new partners – all women.

miller-nash-new-partners-600It wasn’t intentional, but the new partner class at Portland law firm Miller Nash says a lot about the direction the legal industry is headed. “It’s more of [a] coincidence but it reflects a trend that’s been alive at the firm for sometime,” says Managing Partner Kieran Curley. Click the picture above to read Suzanne Stevens’ article in the Portland Business Journal.

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Miller Nash attorneys Chris Helmer and Naomi Haslitt sit down with us to discuss their firm’s culture and environment that fosters the retention and promotion of women, including the recent historic promotion of seven female partners to the firm.

Click the middle picture to view the video interview.

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Oregon State Bar Ethnicity Salary Equity Editorial

By: Sid Moore

Compared to those outside the profession, it is hard to argue that the average attorney is struggling financially. In Oregon, the “struggling” average lawyer earns $127,000 per year: a salary for most Americans brings forth phrases like “crocodile tears” and (sarcastically) “poor baby.” When we discuss median salary for an Oregon lawyer, it was $96,000 annually in 2012. That same number for Oregon families at large? $50,036. Even the single attorney earning Oregon’s median attorney salary is 48% better off than the median Oregon family, so why should the “plight” of any attorneys hovering around the median (or the substantially larger average) attorney salary be of any concern to anyone? If this comparison were the end of the story it wouldn’t concern anyone, but as with many stories, there is more to tell.

Recalling the Oregon State Bar’s 2012  economic survey results, we know that the overall salary split between the average male Oregon attorney and the average female attorney was $47,784 per year.  Earning differences changed with the economic and social strata in which attorneys found themselves as well. Recall that female attorneys in the 75th percentile grossed a “crocodile tear” – worth $116,000 per year, but also remember that their male counterpart’s check amounted to nearly $60,000 more per year. If we looked at another aspect of the same survey, how similar would the data be?

The 2012 economic survey collected racial and ethnic data as well as gender data. Consider Bruce and John, who like their friends Diana and Sue, are attorneys. Bruce and John graduated in the top 15 percent of their law school class and, through savvy management of their careers, have found themselves in the 75th percentile of Oregon attorneys based on salary. As top-tier lawyers, John’s and Bruce’s salaries compare well to those inhabiting the same demographic strata, but—since they are of different races—they don’t compare well to each other for the same work.

At his firm, Prince and Queen (P and Q), Bruce commands a salary commensurate with a majority-race Oregon attorney, $150,000. (P and Q conducts “annual” reviews and calculates salary increases every other year, so Bruce’s salary hasn’t changed since taking the 2012 survey).

A few blocks away, John’s career is going just has he had hoped—he believes both that he’s on the partner track and that his salary is commensurate with his skills and experience. Like Bruce, John is in the 75th percentile in terms of his salary and is worth every penny. Unlike Bruce, John is a person of color and as such, might be worth more than his firm, Batson and Curry, is currently paying him. Specifically, John’s current salary is $130,000—$20,000 less than Bruce’s. From those who consider his salary out of context, John’s story is unlikely to generate many tears of sorrow, but with Bruce and John doing the same type of work and with a similar experience level, it seems the scales of salary justice remain unbalanced.

If John and Bruce were in the 25th percentile of Oregon attorneys’ salaries, John would earn $50,000 to Bruce’s $60,000: a discrepancy, to be sure, but a less severe one than the others observed elsewhere in our narrative. Let us assume that rather than falling backward in the salary range, John and Bruce performed so well that each earned a paycheck representing the salary of the 95th percentile. As we have already seen, John is likely to see less-than-stellar results compared to Bruce. At the 95th percentile, Bruce has a great deal more to show in his bank account ($350,000 per year) than does John ($236, 250). The disparity between the two is larger by percentage as well (48% to 20%). At this tier, the data suggests that being part of the racial or ethnic majority seems helpful to the tune of earning one third more than one’s counterparts “of color.” Assuming Bruce and John live and work in Portland, the salary data for Oregon’s largest city is grim as well, from an equity standpoint. While John would earn a tremendous $277,000 per year, he will find himself farther behind Bruce when using the data for Portland rather than statewide. The average majority-race Portland attorney was paid $425,000 per year in 2012, 53.4%  more than the average non-majority attorney.

Oregon lawyers mirror Oregon citizens in terms of race and ethnicity, so the data shown in the economic survey is potentially problematic. Like in Oregon at large, there are few people of color practicing law in the state. Of those, there were even fewer who responded to the economic survey. In fact, the survey saw such a low number of respondents of color that to break them down into constituent groups would have compromised respondents’ confidentiality, so the bar consolidated the results. As such, the survey does not give us salary data on individual groups of attorneys of color, which might have painted a stronger—if not necessarily more encouraging—picture. The lone bright spot in the sparse data benefits math-averse readers, however: 100 attorneys of color responded to the economic survey, so the percentages match the actual number of respondents. For the purposes of drawing any hard and fast conclusions from this data, the small number of respondents presents serious challenges. Nevertheless, what was reported can help us draw preliminary conclusions about the general characteristics of attorney salaries in Oregon. As with women, the data seem to show that being a member of the dominant culture can have a significant effect on one’s economic reality. Bruce and John might remain friends, rivals, and colleagues, but the averages suggest that Bruce might be a bit more comfortable in his economic life than John while they are moving through their careers.

Certainly, there is plenty to say on the issue of salary equity, but what can we do? First, we can educate current leaders in the legal community about salary equity and remind them of the fact that they can do something about it. Second, new law graduates, relatively new employees, and even more experienced attorneys of color, need to be told about these problems and equipped to handle them through mentorship and affinity groups, both of which should focus on salary negotiation. If the combination of these two efforts started the legal profession on the path toward closing the gap in salaries between attorneys of color and majority-race attorneys, it will be a good sign for society at large. It is even possible that learning to be persuasive in salary negotiation will get more attorneys of color noticed in the legal profession in the first place, if employers view that persuasiveness as more than a one-situation trait. Such tools might one day allow John to earn what Bruce is earning for the same type and level of work. If that turns out to be true, John and Bruce will have saved the day.

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.

 

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Recommended Reading

By: Jane Paulson

“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”

07BOOK-superJumboWhile some may think there is nothing to learn in a book by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and, clearly, in a wealth category that is in the upper segment of the 1%, there is.  The book is a good read for everyone – anyone who wants to be a better leader or more successful at work, women who want to avoid common pitfalls or patterns women naturally gravitate toward, men who want to learn more about men and women, and daughters/girls who can learn what patterns to avoid and how to negotiate and succeed.  The book does not have the cure for the longstanding problems in the workplace for women.  The book does have great insight, with supporting research, into the biases women and men have about women, common thought patterns women have that hold us back from leading and taking risks, information on negotiation skills and how your spouse/partner selection affects your work success.   It was an eye-opening book.

Lean In is about women being leaders at work, partners at home, creating the lives we want, and being champions of other women.  It turns out women are some of our own harshest critics.  We need to recognize it and fix it.  Start supporting and promoting each other.

The book is an easy read – candid, funny and with real world examples.   Reading the book you will recognize moments when you “leaned back” when you should have leaned in, when you should have advocated for yourself and you didn’t, risks you should have taken when you were afraid and moments you should have sat at the table when you sat on the side – and hopefully, by reading the book, you will be more aware and “sit at the table” the next time.  I strongly encourage you to read Lean In or give it as a gift to someone who would benefit from reading it.

jane_paulsonJane Paulson  has won several multi-million dollar settlements and results for clients. She represents individuals and families whose lives have been changed forever by the wrongs of others. Jane had the honor of serving on the Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association (“OTLA”) Board 1995-2006, was honored in 2012 by being invited to join the American College of Trial Lawyers and is one of five women in Oregon in the College and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America; an Oregon Super Lawyer (Oregon Top 50), one of Oregon’s Top 25 Women Super Lawyers, and one of Portland’s Best Lawyers in Portland Monthly magazine. She currently works at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC.

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Specialty Bar Association News

OPABA

 

 

OAPABA Welcomes California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Portland City Grill, Mt. Jefferson Room

US Bank Tower, 30th Floor, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Space is limited. RSVP to liani.reeves@gmail.com by Friday, May 9, 2014.

Cost: OAPABA Members: $30/person. Non-OAPABA Members: $35/person

Stay tuned for online registration!

JOIN US! – NAPABA Western Regional Conference – “Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Place”

June 13-15, 2014. Portland, OR. The Benson Hotel

On the fifth anniversary of OAPABA’s founding, we are proud to host the 2014 NAPABA Western Regional Conference at the Benson Hotel.  Come join OAPABA members from Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and California for a weekend of interesting panels, engaging speakers, and fun events.  Thank you to Microsoft, our title sponsor!  Our conference kick-off will begin with the Judges’ Reception on Friday, June 13, 2014, graciously hosted by Perkins Coie and wrap up with our Gala Dinner, featuring David Louie, Hawaii Attorney General, as our keynote speaker.  The Benson is taking room reservations at this time at $154/night; mention our conference for the discounted rate.

General Registration (early bird special deadline May 17)

  • $200 Private practice attorney
  • $175 Government, Public Interest, Academia
  • $75 Law Student

General Registration (after May 17)

  • $250 Private practice attorney
  • $195 Government, Public Interest, Academia
  • $100 Law Student

To access the registration link or for more information: HERE

NBASave the date: OGALLA’s 23rd Annual Dinner will be October 18.

Details about how to buy tickets are coming soon!

 

OWLS Seeking Nominations for Workplace Leader Award

OWLSOWLS’ mission is to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by promoting women and minorities in the legal profession. The Workplace Leader Award recognizes an Oregon legal employer making innovative and effective efforts to promote one or more of the following values:

  • A healthy balance between work and personal life
  • Acquiring and maintaining a diverse workforce with diverse leadership
  • Maximizing opportunities for women and minorities to succeed in the workplace and advance to positions of influence and leadership.

We believe that law as traditionally practiced has included barriers to the advancement of women and minorities and has not always been a friend to those seeking a healthy, balanced life. We seek to encourage and celebrate change that will eliminate those barriers and imbalances, and we expect the profession will be stronger as a result.

While most legal employers agree in concept that such changes are needed, many disagree on how to achieve these goals. How can legal employers help parents of small children avoid losing the momentum in their legal careers to become leaders in the profession? How can part-time or flex-time employment work for both employer and employee? How can legal employers promote effective mentoring relationships? What can they do to attract and retain qualified women and minority lawyers and equip them for leadership? How can they value contributions to the organization that are not captured by the usual quantification tools, such as billable hours?

We are not looking for an employer to exemplify all of these virtues. Rather, the award will recognize a specific program, policy, or project that is successfully addressing one or more of the concerns outlined above.

We particularly want to encourage applications from in-house legal departments, government employers, and employers who are making strides in recruiting and retaining women and minority lawyers and equipping them for leadership.

Nominations should include:

  • Information that will help the award committee evaluate the specific program, policy, or project of the employer;
  • The markers of success for that program, policy, or project;
  • The names of people who can be contacted for further information.

Nominations must be received via email by 5:00 p.m. PDT, Monday, June 2, 2014. Please send them to: Dana Forman, OWLS Transformation Committee Chair, danaformanlaw@gmail.com. The 2014 award recipient will be honored during OWLS’ Fall CLE on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in Portland.

Other Specialty Bars
Oregon Chapter – National Bar Association: www.nationalbar.org/OR
Oregon Hispanic Bar Association: www.oregonhispanicbar.org
Oregon Minority Lawyers Association: www.oregonminoritylawyer.org

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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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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
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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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