MLLS September and October Events

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Access to justice CLE: The Medgar Evers Assassination.

Presented by the Mary Leonard Law Society, in association with Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) Career and Professional Development

Tuesday, September 24, 12:00-1:00 pm

Willamette University, Willson-Hines room at Goudy Commons

Join us as the 2013-14 MLLS programming season opens with a fascinating discussion of the three trials and 30 year quest to convict the killer of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, the NAACP Field Secretary in Mississippi. Evers was assassinated in his driveway by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in June, 1963. De La Beckwith expected an easy acquittal after his indictment.  But in two highly charged trials in 1964, juries composed solely of white men deadlocked both times.  Finally, some white men (but not 12) were prepared to convict another white man for murdering a Negro in cold blood.   With the two mistrials the case languished and De La Beckwith walked away.  Then, in 1994, after new evidence revealed the state had tampered with the original juries to assist De La Beckwith, the killer was forced to stand trial again.  This time he was convicted.

Assistant US Attorney, Ron Silver, recently attended many of the 50th anniversary events in Jackson, Please RSVP at our website,, or contact us at

Mississippi commemorating the assassination, and celebrating Evers’ life and achievements. Mr. Silver will discuss the three trials that were held after Evers’ murder, and detail the remarkable series of events that led to the eventual conviction of Evers’ assassin.

The MLLS Lunchtime CLE is $15 for OWLS members; $20 for non-OWLS members; $10 for Judicial Clerks; and free to students, WUCL staff and professors, and to those not seeking CLE credit. Brownbag lunches welcome.

Join MLLS at the Marion-Polk County Campaign for Equal Justice Luncheon!

Wednesday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 pm

Mission Mill Museum

We have one seat left at the MLLS tables for this year’s CEJ luncheon!!! There is no cost to attend; the luncheon is an excellent opportunity to socialize while learning more about the important work that legal aid is doing in Marion and Polk Counties and across the state.

While the lunch is free, we do encourage you to consider a contribution to the Campaign for Equal Justice. Supporting legal aid is a cause that MLLS members are passionate about and that aligns closely with our organizational goals of ensuring justice and equality in our community. Poverty in Oregon has increased by 61.5% since 2000, and we are currently 8th in the nation for poverty growth. Together, we can help make sure that our neighbors have fair and equal access to justice, regardless of income.

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Networking for Women at all Career Stages

Presented by the Mary Leonard Law Society, in association with Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) Career and Professional Development

Thursday, October 24, 12:00-1:00 pm

Oregon Civic Justice Center at Willamette University, 790 State Street, SE

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 brownbag lunches are welcome! Please RSVP at our website,, or contact us at

For more information about Mary Leonard Law Society, and to see our event schedule, please visit our website, check us out on Facebook, or email us at

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