In This Issue
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.
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.
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.
To see a video of the ceremony click here or the picture below.
Also check out our Facebook Album to see more pictures from the event.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
For more pictures of BOWLIO 2014, please visit our Facebook Page.
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
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
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.
Worthy 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 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. 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.
Specialty Bar Association News
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.
Save the Date – Annual Member Recognition Reception on January 22 !
OMLA Annual Member Recognition Reception
Thursday, January 22, 2015
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.
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.