SFLAC/OJD Family Law Conference – March 16-17, 2017 – Salem Convention Center (Pre-conference Session March 15)

Oregon Family Law: Change, Challenge, Opportunity

Brought to you by the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) State Family Law Advisory Committee & OJD’s Juvenile & Family Court Programs Division

March 16-17, 2017
Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial St., SE
Salem, OR 97301
(Pre-conference March 15 for Birth Through Three Training)

Over the past decade, changes within Oregon courts and Oregon families have transformed family law practice. This conference showcases the hard work and creativity of judges, practitioners, advocates, and administrators involved in family law and the positive developments in this important practice area despite many challenges. New programs, new technologies, and expanded court access to families are all part of the future of family law. Come learn with us!

The agenda includes twelve informative breakout sessions, three engaging speakers, and six focused discussion groups. We are also proud to offer a free pre-conference Wednesday, March 15, 1:30 – 4:30 pm for the “Birth Through Three – Parenting Plans for Young Children” Training. The pre-conference can also be registered separately.

The cost is $200 for family law practitioners, mediators, and others. $100 student rate. Includes meals. The Birth Through Three Training pre-conference is free. *CLE credit requested, 9 general credits expected.* 

For additional information and to register, please click here: http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OSCA/JFCPD/Pages/FLP/SFLAC-Events.aspx

For full agenda and program, please click here: http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/docs/OSCA/JFCPD/Family-Law/FLC/FLC17-Program.pdf


We are excited to announce that the opening plenary speaker is Stephanie Coontz. Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  She also serves as Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-profit, nonpartisan association of family researchers and practitioners based at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  More information on Stephanie and her work can be found at http://www.stephaniecoontz.com/.

Our dinner speaker Thursday night will be Leigh Anne Jasheway, a celebrated comedian who will be presenting an entertaining session on “Courting Fun:  Why Laughter and Play are Vital for Living with Less Stress.”

Our Friday morning plenary speaker will be Mandy Davis, presenting on Trauma Informed Care.  Mandy Davis is an expert in the field of trauma, a professor at Portland State University, School of Social Work, and the Co-Director of Trauma Informed Oregon.

For questions, please contact:

Samantha M. Benton, J.D.
Family Law Program Manager
Juvenile & Family Court Programs Division
Oregon Judicial Department
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
P: 503-986-5102
F: 503-986-5859


Stories and Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement
Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Oregon State Law Library, Oregon Supreme Court building, 1163 State Street, Salem

OWLS-Mary Leonard Chapter and the Oregon State Law Library join to co-host a presentation by Ron Silver, former Civil Chief for the US Attorney’s Office in Portland.  In recognition of Black History Month, Ron will present a discussion of the civil rights movement with an emphasis on the untold story of Clyde Kennard.

Friends familiar with Ron’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for the civil rights movement know what a rare treat it is to hear him speak on these historical events and the lessons we can learn from them.  Don’t miss your opportunity to join in!  One Access to Justice CLE credit will be sought.  Free to all and brown bag lunches welcome.  RSVP at the OWLS-MLC webpage.


Hosted by Saalfeld Griggs
Thursday, February 23
, Reception at 5:00 pm; Presentation at 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Saalfeld Griggs PC, Park Place, Suite 200, 250 Church Street SE, Salem

Join OWLS-Mary Leonard Chapter and the Oregon New Lawyers Division for a panel discussion with Jennifer Paul (Saalfeld Griggs), Paul Saucy (Saucy & Saucy PC), and Catherine Trottman  (Law Offices of Jon Weiner).  The panelists will discuss how to market yourself at different stages of your career and in different practice areas.  Refreshments provided.  One CLE credit will be sought.  OWLS members $15, nonmembers $20, judicial law clerks and new admittees $10.  Free to students and those not seeking CLE credit.  RSVP at the OWLS-MLC webpage.

Willamette Law Review Symposium | Feb. 3, 2017

2017 Willamette Law Review Symposium: Equity in Health Law

Recent developments in federal law have expanded health-associated protections to underrepresented and underserved populations. The Willamette Law Review and Health Law and Policy Society’s Equity in Health Law Symposium addresses various equity-in-health-law issues including: what employers must do to remain compliant with current and changing federal laws, the various conditions of receipt on healthcare administrators who receive federal funds, and the required adaptations of coordinated care organizations.

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Registration at 8 a.m.)
John C. Paulus Lecture Hall (Room 201) Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center
245 Winter Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Register Online Now

Bar members and general public, full day:

  • $125/person, $100/person group rate (5+)

Willamette students, faculty and staff:

  • Panel sessions only: Free
  • Panel sessions, lunch and keynote: $20/person

Director, Oregon Health Authority
As OHA’s director, Saxton’s top priorities are to make the Oregon Health Plan work better for its members, improve behavioral health so our state’s system works for all Oregonians and continue to transform Oregon’s healthcare system to produce better care, greater access and lower costs.
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Approved for five general CLE credits.

Schedule is subject to change. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information; view speakers and topics online.



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 maryleonardlawsociety.org.

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 mallory.maddox@grmfamilylaw.com

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 mlane@osbar.org and let her know that you plan to attend the Salem simulcast. Space is limited, so register soon!


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.

RSVP at www.maryleonardlawsociety.org/events.html

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.

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 www.maryleonardlawsociety.org.