In This Issue
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.
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.
SAVE 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 [email protected]. To learn more about the project, including how to become a sponsor, visit our website.
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.
Jacob 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
A very special thank you to our sponsors for helping us with another successful OLIO year!
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Lane Powell PC, Perkins Coie LLP, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC, and Stoel Rives LLP
Miller Nash LLP and Tonkon Torp LLP
Lewis & Clark Law School, Stoll Berne et al, University of Oregon School of Law, and Willamette University College of Law
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
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
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
OSB Diversity Law Section and Schmidt & Yee PC
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.
Saturday, November 1
Check-In at 5:30pm, Bowling 6:00-9:00pm
AMF Pro 300 Lanes
3031 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
Law Students/Children 3 and under = FREE
First Year Licensee/Children 4-11 years = $25
Attorneys/Judges/Children 12 and older = $50
Contact Toni Kelich at [email protected]
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
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 [email protected].
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.
Specialty Bar Association News
Hotel Vintage Plaza
Saturday, October 18
Silent Auction: 5:30
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.
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.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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
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Click here for Awards Reception Tickets.
“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.
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.
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:
Barran Liebman LLP, Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP and Chernoff Vilhauer McClung & Stenzel LLP
Bodyfelt Mount LLP and Hart Wagner LLP
Ball Janik LLP, Farleigh Wada Witt, Gevurtz Menashe, Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC and Perkins Coie LLP
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.