Diversifying the Judiciary: Perspectives on Sonia Sotomayor as U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

Diversifying the Judiciary:
Perspectives on Sonia Sotomayor as U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

Presented By
Mary Leonard Law Society
Oregon Judicial Department

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

State of Oregon Law Library
Second Floor, Supreme Court Building
1163 State Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Event Details

Our panelists will discuss Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and the ensuing media coverage, compare her confirmation hearings with past nominees, and provide perspectives on the gender and diversity issues behind her nomination and possible confirmation to our Nation’s highest court. Opening remarks by the Honorable Rick T. Haselton, Oregon Court of Appeals. Panelists include the Honorable Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals, Jeffrey Dobbins, Executive Director of the Oregon Law Commission and Assistant Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law, and Beth A. Allen, attorney. The panel will be moderated by Heather Van Meter, attorney and Co-President, Oregon Women Lawyers. CLE credit pending. Free admission for MLLS members and the general public; $10 for non-MLLS members seeking CLE credit. Questions? Contact maryleonardlawsociety@hotmail.com.

Straight from the Courthouse Steps

In these troubling economic times the Marion County Bar Association is encouraging its members to give: to give of their time; to give of their profession. MCBA is presenting a CLE series for members interested in pro-bono service. In partnership with Marion-Polk Legal Aid Services, MCBA will present 3 one hour CLEs focusing on the most pressing issues facing our unrepresented community members.

The cost? Your commitment! In exchange for a member’s commitment to take on at least one pro-bono case in the next year, MCBA will waive the $25.00 registration fee. Each program includes a complementary box lunch. Please mark your calendars, join us, and make a difference!

Family Abuse Prevention Act – Panel will include Judge Susan Tripp
June 17, 2009 at 12:00 in Courtroom 4B

Forcible Entry and Detainer – Panel will include Judge Jon Ghastin
September 16, 2009 at 12:00 in Courtroom 4B

Foreclosure Relief – Panel will include Judge Tracy Prall
Fall 2009 (date and time TBA) in Courtroom 4B

You must pre-register to receive your complimentary lunch. Please contact Natasha Bachelu to register or for more information: (503)399-1070.

April 4, 2009 – 17th Annual Bid for Justice Auction & Alumni Reception

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Office of Alumni Relations will host an alumni reception prior to this year’s WUPILP auction at Mission Mill Museum in Salem.

The Willamette University Public Interest Law Project’s main fundraiser is the “Bid for Justice”, an auction and wine tasting event pivotal in allowing Willamette law students to take unpaid public interest positions over the summer. At last year’s event, WUPILP raised over $25,000. As a result, seven summer fellowships were awarded to students working at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Metropolitan Public Defender, and similar organizations.

Not only is it a great cause, there are great items up for bidding! Trips to Mexico, tickets to professional sporting events, art, wine and more!

We hope you will join us for one or both of these great events, which will kick off with the reception at 5 p.m. in the Dye House. Do you have an item you would like to donate to the auction? Please contact Jonathan Strauhal at jstrauha@willamette.edu.

Watch your mail for invitations – they will be coming your way soon.

House of Delegates Recruitment

The Oregon State Bar is in the process of recruiting candidates for the House of Delegates (HOD) election. The HOD is the bar’s governance forum for the membership through elected and ex-officio representatives. The time commitment is minimal since the HOD generally meets only once each year and the term of a delegate is only three years. Delegates are elected from each bar region and there are several openings each of the six regions across the state. Becoming a HOD delegate is a great way for new members or first-time volunteers to get involved and participate in bar governance.

The deadline for candidates to file is March 23. Additional information about the position and the election are available on the Oregon State Bar website at http://www.osbar.org/leadership/hod/hod.html.

Straight From the Courthouse Steps

The economic crisis has definitely hit home. The Oregon Judicial Department faces a current budgetary shortfall of more than 11 million dollars. As a result, all courts statewide will be CLOSED all day every Friday beginning March 13, 2009. These days will be treated as a court holiday for purposes of calculating time in custody, filing deadlines, etc. Marion County Circuit Court has been directed by the state office to scheduled nothing on a Friday until further notice, even beyond June 30, 2009. Courthouse hours of operation will also be changed. Starting Monday, March 16, 2009, the Marion County Court House will be open to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Within those parameters there are still many difficult decisions to be made. Presiding Judge Jamese Rhoades has been in contact with the MCBA Board and the Court Practices and Procedures Committee to seek their input. If you have any ideas, comments or concerns please contact any member of the Board or Committee.

These will be trying times. The Marion County Bar has always had an excellent relationship with court staff. Now, that relationship is all the more critical. Please be understanding of the stress that these dedicated public servants are being required to endure over the coming months. They appreciate and need our support!

With the assistance of the Presiding Judge and the Trial Court Administrator, the Bulletin and the Marion County Bar Web-site will begin to run a recurring column, “Straight from the Courthouse Steps,” that will provide up-to-date budget and courthouse closure information. Please look for the column in our next issue or online at www.marioncountybar.org.