A collaboration between the Oregon Women Lawyers – Mary Leonard Chapter and the Marion County Bar Association 

Monday, December 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
5th Floor Jury Assembly Room, Marion County Courthouse
Hosted by Presiding Judge Dale Penn

As part of the Courthouse Connection program, OWLS-MLC and MCBA partner each year to collect toys for “Santa Central.”  Join us on December 5 for a holiday social and toy drive hosted by Presiding Judge Dale Penn.  All donated toys will find their way to foster children in Marion County through the Santa Central program.  You can access a customized gift list for shopping here.  Checks made out to “Santa Central” are also welcome.

Please join us for a fun opportunity to socialize!! Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP will generously provide refreshments.



State of Oregon Law Library in partnership with OWLS – Mary Leonard Chapter

Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
: State of Oregon Law Library, Oregon Supreme Court building, 1163 State Street

Mark Johnson Roberts, Deputy General Counsel for the Oregon State Bar will lead attendees through our elder abuse reporting obligations.  This CLE is FREE  to attend and brown bag lunches are welcome.  MLC will seek 1.0 Elder Abuse Reporting MCLE credit for the program. To RSVP, please visit

Accountings in Probate Cases, Brown Bag Seminar – Nov 18

On November 18, 2016, from noon-1pm, the Marion County Circuit Court is hosting a brown bag session on how to properly present accountings in probate cases.

These accountings are often complicated and can be very time consuming to the court. This session will provide information to attorneys handling accountings on the best ways to present accountings to the court. These helpful tips will ultimately be time-savers for attorneys and allow the court to review them more quickly. The meeting will be in the Jury Assembly Room on the 5th floor of the downtown courthouse. Please join us!

Diane Morse
Trial Court Administrator
Marion County Circuit Court

OAFLP CLE – PERS: Practicalities and Pitfalls – Nov 3, 4:00-6:00pm

The Oregon Academy of Family Law Practioners is Proud to Sponsor:

PERS: Practicalities and Pitfalls

Do I Need to Call the PLF
I Want the Truth (About PERS)
Dan Ricks, Law Offices of Dan Ricks
Deb Lush, Heltzel Williams
Jeff Kapp, Northwest Actuarial Consulting, LLC
Thursday, November 3, 2016
4:00PM -6:00 PM

Bank of America Building, (2nd Floor Conference Room)
121 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97204

(OSB Pending CLE Credits 2.0 General)

REGISTER TODAY by mailing a check to:
Laura Rackner, OAFLP Treasurer, Gearing Rackner McGrath et al
121 SW Morrison Street, Suite 750, Portland, OR 97204

OAFLP Members $50, Non-Member $75, Legal Aid $25

Judiciary & Students no charge, but Registration is required to

Reminder! Save the dates!

The MCBA is excited about a number of upcoming events you won’t want to miss.
Save the dates now if you haven’t yet:

November MCBA Social:  Wednesday, November 2nd, 4:30 p.m., at Armstrong Chai (1.5 miles from downtown in West Salem), generously hosted by Chelsea Armstrong.

Annual MCBA Holiday Party:  Thursday, December 8th, 4:30 p.m., at Mission Mill Spinning Room – social, shrimp and pay annual dues ($65 in 2017*).

Annual MCBA Awards Dinner:  Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m., at Illahe – networking, dinner and awards presentation.

*As a reminder, the membership  unanimously raised annual dues in September for the first time in well over a decade.  The increase represents a modest cost of living adjustment.

Thank you for your continued support of the MCBA.  Please invite your colleagues to join, too!

Free CLE, Q&A – LASO Domestic Violence Project – Thurs Oct 27, 2:00-5:30pm

Are you interested in attending the 2016 Pro Bono Fair but can’t make it up to Portland for the event?

Join the Oregon Women Lawyers – Mary Leonard Chapter and the Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Salem Regional Office for a simulcast of the following FREE CLE program offered at this year’s Fair:

LASO Domestic Violence Project: Representing DV Survivors in Restraining Order Cases
Thursday, October 27
CLE 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Q & A 5:00-5:30 p.m.  Light Refreshments Provided
Legal Aid Services of Oregon – Salem Regional Office
105 High Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

2.5 Practical Skills MCLE Credits; 0.5 Access to Justice MCLE Credit

The program will feature speakers from the Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Oregon Law Center, Volunteers of America Home Free, as well as Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Maureen McKnight. You will learn the dynamics of domestic violence, the legal framework in domestic violence cases, how to represent clients in contested restraining order hearings, and tips from the bench.

After the CLE simulcast, you will have the opportunity to meet attorneys from LASO’s Salem Regional Office and ask them questions about LASO’s domestic violence program.

To RSVP, contact Michelle Lane at and let her know that you plan to attend the Salem simulcast. Space is limited, so register soon!

2016 New Admittee Luncheon – October 31, 2016, Noon

Please join us at the following luncheon (costumes highly encouraged!), which is co-sponsored by Mary Leonard, MCBA, and Inns.  The luncheon is an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to network and meet attorneys and judges, and there is an opportunity (without obligation) to connect with new lawyers as a mentor.  Rumor has it Justice Walters will be in a yet-to-be-disclosed costume for the keynote address!

2016 New Admittee Luncheon
October 31, 2016, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Mission Mill Dye House: 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem

Keynote Speaker: Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha L. Walters

The Oregon Women Lawyers – Mary Leonard Chapter, the Marion County Bar Association, and the Willamette Valley American Inn of Court offer a warm welcome to newly admitted lawyers.

Please join us in supporting our newest colleagues.  (Costumes highly encouraged!)
Cost to attend: $25.  Free to new (2016) admittees. Free parking available onsite.

To register and for more information, visit

Key Card Access for Attorneys – Upcoming Changes

Key Card Access for Attorneys – Upcoming Changes

Key card access to our courthouses for attorneys is great, isn’t it?  No waiting in line, no taking off your shoes and belts.  In Marion County, we are quite fortunate to have three of the safest courthouses in the state while allowing convenient attorney access.  Balancing top notch security with convenience is important.  To that end, the Marion County Commissioners and Sheriff Jason Myers recently reviewed the process for attorney key card access and are imposing two changes effective January 1, 2017.

First, the total cost of a key card will be $25.  This will cover the cost of the key card, photograph and the criminal history check by the Sheriff’s office.  The fob that opens the door will now be integrated with the photo ID badge so you will only carry one thing.  Replacement key cards will be $10.

Second, all key cards will expire in two years unless the attorney applies for another key card prior to January 1, 2019.  The purpose of reapplying is so the Sheriff’s office can do criminal history checks every two years.  You will be required to pay $25 every two years for your key card.  We will send you a reminder about this in the fall of 2018.


We are making this process pretty easy for you.  Here are the steps:

  1. Come to the Trial Court Administrator’s office and see Andrea Comer. She will confirm you are a member of the Marion County Bar Association.  You will sign a new key card agreement form.  You will be given a form to take to the Sheriff’s office for your criminal history check.
  2. Go to the Sheriff’s office in the basement of the courthouse. Give them your criminal history form and $25 (cash, check or money order only) payable to Marion County.
  3. Wait to hear from Andrea Comer that your key card is ready for pick up at the Trial Court Administrator’s office. She will ensure you get your key card and that it is activated.

That’s it!
If you have questions, you may contact Andrea Comer at 503-588-5368.