The 2011 State of the Oregon Courts Address

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The 2011 State of the Oregon Courts Address
Guest speaker: the Honorable Paul DeMuniz, Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court

On Friday, January 7, 2011 Salem City Club and the Marion County Bar Association are honored to co-Host the Honorable Paul De Muniz, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, for his fifth State of the Oregon Courts Address. Oregon’s Chief Justice is the administrative head of the Oregon Judicial Department. This annual event provides a unique venue for Oregon’s Chief Justice to publicly speak to the issues and challenges facing Oregon’s courts. With the State of Oregon facing an estimated $3 billion shortfall for the next biennium, the shortfall is sure to have significant implications for operating the state’s courts.

This year’s event sponsor is Ryan Collier, LLC.

Justice DeMuniz began his term as Chief Justice on January 1, 2006, chosen by the other Supreme Court Judges. Before he joined the Oregon Supreme Court in January 2001, he served on the Oregon Court of Appeals, practiced law in Salem, as a special prosecutor in Douglas County, as a deputy public defender, and in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He has made many professional contributions including to Judicial Fitness, the Access to Justice for All Committee, the Oregon Supreme Court Task Force on Racial/Ethnic Issues in the Judicial System, Willamette University College of Law on the Board of Visitors and as an adjunct Professor of Law, on the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Bar Examiners, and at the National Judicial College in Reno.

The State of The Oregon Courts Address is shown in State courts across Oregon. However, City Club and Marion County Bar Association members will have the opportunity to ask the Chief Justice questions at the end of his address.

Please join us on January 7th, 2011, at Mission Mill Spinning Room for this important annual event. For lunch reservations email before noon Tuesday, January 4, 2011. If you are not a member, there is a $3 fee. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 AM. For more information on this program please go to

When: Friday, January 7, 2011; 11:30 lunch | Noon Program
Where: Mission Mill Museum-Spinning Room, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
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18th Annual Bid For Justice Auction

Willamette University Public Interest Law Project (The Project) will hold its 18th Annual Bid For Justice Auction at Willamette Valley Vineyards on Friday, March 5, 2010, starting at 6:00pm (alumni reception at 5:00pm). The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Honorable Rebecca Duncan, of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Please join us for great food, Seven Brides brew, wine from Willamette Valley Vineyards, and live jazz performed by The Bill Hughes Trio. Auction proceeds fund scholarships for law students pursuing public interest projects over the 2010 summer. To RSVP, make a donation, or for more information email

MCBA and Pro Bono Awards Dinner

The Marion County Bar Association held its Annual Awards and Pro Bono Awards Dinner on January 22, 2009. Award recipients included:

MCBA Awards

Carson Award (Service to Bar): Ryan W. Collier
Carson Award (Service to Community): Bryan Johnston, posthumously
Compton Award: Jerry Frost
Professionalism Award: James G. Heltzel

Pro Bono Awards

Lawyer of the Year: Eleanor Beatty
Law Firm of the Year: Feibleman & Case
Co-government Lawyers of the Year: Christine Chute & Thomas Elden
Emeritus: Merrily McCabe

The Annual State of the Court Address

On Friday, January 9, 2009, Salem City Club and the Marion County Bar Association were once again honored to co-host the Honorable Paul De Muniz, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, for his third “State of the Oregon Courts Address.” Oregon’s Chief Justice used the event to talk with the public, and courts, about issues and challenges facing Oregon’s independent third branch of government during the next year and about events and progress made during the previous year. The event was sponsored Ryan W. Collier, PC.

Below is a link to the Chief Justice’s remarks:
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High Conflict Symposium

Resilience in high conflict families will be the theme of the Marion County Family Law Advisory Committee’s biennial High Conflict Symposium, to be held at the Willamette University College of Law on Friday, May 30, 2008 from 8:00 – 4:30. The symposium will feature national speakers and material developed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

“Most of us know a lot about the challenges of many of the families we work with, and a great deal about the risks to children in high conflict situations. We think it’s time for this symposium to focus on what is being learned about the resilience of children and families, and ways we can foster these,” commented Judge Thomas Hart, chair of the Marion County FLAC.

Speakers Judge Ernestine Gray of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Katherine Yetter, J.D., and Ruby Starr White are frequent presenters for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Presenters will share techniques for court personnel, bar, and related service providers aimed at fostering resilience in litigants involved in the various types of family-related legal proceedings.

Symposium topics will include current resilience research, the distinction between violence and abuse, parenting time in high conflict cases, and mediation in the context of high conflict.

For further information contact: David Bertram at or 503-584-4754.