Closure of the Court’s Public Counters and Offices – October 19, 2016

Notice of Closure of the Court’s Public Counters and Offices – October 19, 2016

Oregon judges will attend the annual Judicial Conference October 17-19, 2016.  We will close public windows and offices in all three courthouses on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 10:00am to 2:00pm to allow court staff to attend a special training.  Please plan accordingly.

MCBA Annual Award Nominations

Please email me ( if you would like to make a written nomination for an MCBA award recipient.  The awards will be presented at the annual awards dinner on Thursday, January 26th, 2017.  There are four awards.

Click here for a description of each award and a history of the recipients. Please indicate clearly for which award you are making a nomination.  No special format is required and the board will consider any well-reasoned and supported nomination.

Please submit your nominations to me by October 19th.

Deb Lush, 2016 MCBA President

MCBA Board of Directors Nominations

Please email me ( if you would like to make a written nomination for a candidate to serve on the Board of Directors of the MCBA.  The current Board will select four of the persons nominated to be presented by ballot to a vote of the membership this November for the 2017 calendar year.  Association members will elect two board members to serve for 2017 by majority vote.  Board members serve a four-year term.  In the members’ fourth year, one of the two persons selected will serve as President and one as Vice-President.  The director who serves as President will serve a fifth year on the board as Past President.

Please submit your nominations to me by October 19th

Deb Lush, 2016 MCBA President

Val Sloper Memorial Golf Tournament – Friday, October 7, 2016

Please join us Friday, October 7, 2016 at Illahe Hills Country Club (3376 Country Club Dr. S, in Salem, Oregon)

SHOTGUN begins at 1:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at noon. There will be a dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers at the end of the tournament outside the clubhouse. Carts are included in the price!!!

The tournament is a scramble, so even once-a-year golfers are sure to have fun!

Swanson, Lathen, Alexander, McCann & Prestwich will be sponsoring a Hole-in-One contest at the following holes:

Hole 2           $250 Golfsmith gift card
Hole 9           $10,000 Cash
Hole 13         Club Glove ‘The number One Travel Bag on Tour’ (includes the Golf Travel Bag and the Rolling Duffle)
Hole 17         iPad Mini 2 (32 GB Wi-Fi only)

Feibleman & Case will be providing a beer keg, which will be available before the tournament and at the dinner.

Bob Nordyke will be playing the piano at the dinner and we will have some very special singers!!!

$90/player for MCBA members
$100/player for non-MCBA members

Please make all checks payable to Marion County Bar Association. All players will be placed in teams of 4. When mailing the check, please indicate the names of your team, if you already have one. We will be making teams for all those not on a team


Name: _______________________
Name: _________________________

Name: _______________________
Name: _________________________

Again, this price includes dinner of hotdogs and hamburgers at the end of the tournament.

Please mail all checks by September 30, 2016, to:
Boaz Law Firm, PO Box 782, Salem, Oregon 97308

If you forget to mail the check by the deadline, please call Michelle at the Boaz Law Firm (503) 400-9513 to register (and bring the check to the event).


A collaboration between the OWLS – Mary Leonard Chapter and the Marion County Bar Association 

September 19 – October 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 5th Floor Jury Assembly Room, Marion County Courthouse

This is a four-part CLE series on Identifying and Dealing with Dementia:

  • Monday, September 19 – Understanding the Medical Aspects of Dementia: What Lawyers Need To Know,with speaker Dr. Jeffrey Kaye, Geriatric Neurologist, Professor of Neurology at OHSU, and Director, Oregon Center for Aging and Technology.
  • Monday, September 26 – How to Handle (and Remedy) Elder Abuse Issues,with speakers Greg Hansen, GCH Law LLC and Matt Whitman,Matthew Whitman PC.
  • Monday, October 3 – The Face of Dementia in: Transactions & Torts, with speakers Mike Martinis, Martinis & Hill and Erin Olson, Law Office of Erin Olson PC.
  • Tuesday, October 11 – The Face of Dementia in: Criminal Law & Domestic Relations,with speakers Julia Hyde, Marion County Public Defender, Bik-Na Han, Washington County DA’s Office,and Tammy Dentinger, Garrett Hemann Robertson PC.

Fees – $15 per CLE, $50 for the series, $40 for new attorneys for the series, free if no CLE credit sought.


Willamette Law Attorney-Mentor Program Needs You!

Willamette Law needs 25 more attorney mentors for this year’s 1L class!

Almost the entire class signed-up for mentors this year! The time commitment is one hour a month — coffee, lunch, visit to the office, a hearing/court, text, email, etc.

The kick-off reception is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th. This is the opportunity to meet your student(s) and learn more about the program (if you cannot attend the reception, we ask that you arrange to meet your student(s) within a week after the reception).

If you are interested in being an attorney-mentor, please contact Phylis Myles,

Seminar: Improving Outcomes in Public Safety & Child Welfare Cases – Sept 23

Join us for a lunchtime seminar on September 23 at the Capitol focused on improving outcomes in public safety and child welfare cases.  In addition to Oregon experts and practitioners, there will be speakers from Kentucky and Cincinnati there to provide a national perspective on the changing standards within public defense representation.

Two Access to Justice credits are available for attendees.

Hearing Referee (Judge Pro Tem) position for Marion County

The Marion County Circuit Court is seeking qualified candidates to apply for the position of Hearing Referee (Judge Pro Tem) that will become vacant due to Judge Audrey Broyles’ election to Judge Dale Penn’s seat upon his retirement.

Hearing Referee job description

If you have questions or need further information, you may contact Trial Court Administrator Diane Morse at 503-584-4752 or

CLE: Sentencing Guidelines – Thursday, August 25

Sentencing Guidelines: Tips for Building Good Sentences and Taking Them Apart

Co-hosted by the Mary Leonard Law Society and the State of Oregon Law Library

Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
State of Oregon Law Library, 1163 State Street
1.0 Practical Skills MCLE credit will be sought

Like many puzzles, sentence diagramming can push your brain to work in new or unfamiliar ways. So take an hour. Focus on the patterns and structure of the sentences you write each day. It might change your relationship with them.

To that end, we invite you to unpack a sentence with us on August 25, 2016. Professor Liz Frost will present on the nuts, bolts, and further details of diagramming sentences. Of course, questions are encouraged.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan School of Law, Professor Frost currently teaches legal writing at the University of Oregon School of Law. She is a frequent contributor to the Legal Writer column of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin and also organized the 2015 Northwest Legal Writing Conference.

Brown bag lunches are welcome. RSVP at