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.

NHL Star Sheldon Kennedy & Exclusive Screening of Swift Current – April 19, 4:30 p.m.

You’re invited to attend this exclusive screening of the thought-provoking documentary Swift Current. The film tells the story of Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL hockey player, who was sexually abused and went on to become a leading advocate for victims of child abuse. Stay after the film for a 20-minute Q&A with Mr. Kennedy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ford Hall 122, Smullin Film Studies Theater
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments in the lobby to follow screening.

CLE CREDIT: The Oregon State Bar has approved 1.75 hours of general CLE credit for this event.


  • Liberty House
  • Not Alone Student Action Committee
  • Sexual Assault Response Allies (SARA)
  • Student Support and Standards Office
  • Willamette University Athletics
  • Willamette University Film Studies Department

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting with Judge Courtland Geyer — Dec 1, 12:00pm

December 1, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Marion County Courthouse, 5th Floor, Jury Assembly Room
The Mary Leonard Law Society presents Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting with Judge Courtland Geyer.  Judge Geyer will discuss child abuse within Marion County and your obligations as a mandatory reporter.  
Prior to taking the bench in 2011, Judge Geyer spent almost 18 years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in cases of child abuse, sexual assault, homicide, gang violence and arson & explosives.  For seven years, he supervised the child abuse team for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and served as co-chair of Marion County’s Child Abuse Review Team.  He has been involved in the presentation of over 100 CLE’s and community presentations on child abuse and mandatory reporting to lawyers, judges, medical providers, first responders, educators, churches, clergy, parents and youth serving organizations.  In 2009, DPSST recognized him as Oregon’s Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year.
Post-Grad Law Clerk – $10 || OWLS Member – $15  || Non-OWLS Member – $20
Not Seeking Credit – Free

MLLS Brownbag Series – “Fathers, Mothers, and Family Responsibilities Discrimination” – Oct 20, 12:00pm

Mary Leonard Law Society Brownbag Series: “Fathers, Mothers, and Family Responsibilities Discrimination: Employee Rights to Take Leave Time for Maternity, Paternity, and Caregiving”

The Mary Leonard Law Society, OWLS Working Parents Committee, and State of Oregon Law Library invite you to a lunchtime presentation by Willamette law professor Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, a prolific scholar on emerging theories of employment discrimination, including work-family policy and gender theory. Learn about employee rights under state and federal laws to take leave time for maternity, paternity, and caring for family members, and other issues related to the rise of paternity leave and its intersection with gender equality in the workplace. This is a FREE event.  Brownbag lunches and covered drinks welcome.

When:         Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Where:        State of Oregon Law Library, Oregon Supreme Court Building, 2nd floor, 1163 State St, Salem, OR 97301
RSVP:        maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com

Application for 1 General CLE credit pending

MLLS Salem Diversity Summit, Access to Justice CLE – Wed, Sept 9, 2015, 1:00pm

Mary Leonard Law Society and Saalfeld Griggs PC proudly present the Salem Diversity Summit, a 3.25-hour Access to Justice CLE on diversity in the Salem legal community, followed by a networking social generously hosted by Saalfeld Griggs PC. Learn about the advantages of building a diverse team at your workplace; gain practical tips on cross-cultural communication and creating a workplace that incorporates diverse perspectives; and join the discussion on how to attract and retain diverse attorneys in Salem.

Featured speakers include Christina Lincicome, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, SAIF Corporation; Lillian A. Tsai, cross-cultural competency trainer, facilitator, coach, consultant, and founder of TsaiComms; Shannon Martinez, Incoming Managing Partner, Saalfeld Griggs PC; Mariann Hyland, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Department, Oregon State Bar; Erious Johnson, Jr., Director of Civil Rights, Oregon Department of Justice; and other local firm and government leaders.

What:  Salem Diversity Summit
When:  Wed, September 9, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:45 pm; networking social to follow
Where:  Saalfeld Griggs PC, 250 Church St SE, Salem, Oregon 97301

REGISTER online at http://www.maryleonardlawsociety.org/september-9-2015-salem-diversity-summit.html or send a check to MLLS at PO Box P.O. Box 773, Salem, OR 97308:

$45 general admission
$30 for OWLS and other diversity bar members
$20 for judicial clerks and modest income
Free to law students