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!

BOWLIO Logo

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 [email protected] to register.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Le Bistro Montage $30 gift certificate

Dutch Bros. – $20 gift certificate

Tasty n Sons – $20 gift certificate

Toro Bravo – $20 gift certificate

A very special thank you to our generous raffle donors!

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

OLIO 2013 Orientation

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

 

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 [email protected].
 
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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