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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 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!
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.
Growing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications due October 1.
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.
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.
Ron 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.
Specialty Bar News
See announcements and links below for updates with Oregon Specialty Bars.
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, 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 email@example.com. Please include “OHBA Fall Social RSVP” in the subject line.
SAVE the DATE: Friday October 16, 5:30pm, OGALLA Annual Dinner at the Portland Art Museum. Sponsorship’s available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.