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

Oregon State Bar Diversity Section presents 2015 CLE & Social

Race in the Rotunda: Promoting & Monitoring Minority Interests in the Legislature
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. CLE (1 hour Access to Justice MCLE credit pending)
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Catered Social

Willamette University, Putnam University Center
935 Mill St., Third Floor Alumni Lounge

Join panelists Liani Reeves, Danny Santos, Sean Brennan, Judy Parker, and Lucy Baker in a discussion of legislative advocacy, executive appointments, and how to advance the issues of minority populations in the legislative arena.

Please RSVP to the Carlos Rasch at crasch@houser-law.com

Cost:  $25 (includes CLE & Catered Social)
$15 for Diversity Section members
$10 (Catered Social only)
No cost for members to attend Social only

Please mail payment* to:
OSB Diversity Section –c/o Carlos Rasch
Houser & Allison APC
9600 SW Oak Street, Ste 570
Portland, OR 97223
(*make checks payable to OSB Diversity Section)

New Diversity Section members can get the discounted price by signing up for membership at or before the event!  Checks and cash will also be accepted at the event, but please RSVP in advance.

High Conflict Symposium – January 9, 2015 – 8:30am – 4:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Bill Eddy
Friday, January 9, 2015
8:30am – 4:30pm; reception to follow

Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter Street SE, Salem Oregon

Presented by:
Marion County Family Law Advisory Committee
Mary Leonard Law Society
Marion County Bar Association
Willamette University College of Law

Symposium registration includes a light continental breakfast, a boxed lunch, and a reception following.  

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of the High Conflict Institute. Mr. Eddy is an international expert on managing disputes involving personality disorders and high conflict personalities. Find Bill Eddy at: http://www.highconflictinstitute.com/about-hci

$95 (before 12/31/14)
$120 (after 12/31/14)
Free for Willamette students and faculty
To register, visit: http://www.maryleonardlawsociety.org/2015-flac-high-conflict-symposium.html

Generous sponsorship by:
Feibleman & Case P.C.
Kevin C. Gage, Attorney at Law
Law Office of Gordon L. Dick
Willamette Valley Mediation
Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C.
Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP
Saucy & Saucy P.C.
Ferder, Casebeer, French & Thompson LLP

An application for 6.0 MCLE general credits will be submitted.
Contact maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com with questions


Mandatory eFiling for attorneys begins in the Marion County Circuit Court on March 2, 2015.

Attorneys are permitted to eFile in Marion County starting on January 20, 2015. Attend a live presentation of the Oregon eFile system. The presentation will give you information you need to know how to use the OJD eFile system.

The session includes:

  • An orientation of the eFile system
  • Review of rules and orders regarding eFile
  • Preparing your computer system
  • Registering to use the File & Serve system

HOW:  Just show up! No registration is required.
WHERE: Downtown Courthouse – 100 High Street NE, Room 1331 (first floor)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • January 7, 2015
  • January 8, 2015
  • January 9, 2015
  • January 12, 2015
  • January 14, 2015

12:00p.m. – 1:30p.m.

  • January 16, 2015
  • January 20, 2015
  • January 22, 2015
  • January 26, 2015
  • January 29, 2015

Memorandum regarding Oregon eFiling

Elder Abuse Reporting CLE – Monday, December 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

The Mary Leonard Law Society (MLLS) will present an Elder Abuse Reporting CLE.  Amber Hollister, Deputy General Counsel to the Oregon State Bar, Ellen Klem, Oregon Department of Justice, and a local attorney specializing in elder law will present a 1 hour CLE which qualifies for the new Elder Abuse Reporting CLE requirement, and can be reported in 2015 when the requirement takes effect.   The program will be held at the Oregon State Library, located at 250 Winter Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.  MLLS will provide light refreshments.

MLLS lunchtime CLE programs are $15 for OWLS members; $20 for non-OWLS members; $10 for Judicial Clerks; and free to students and to those not seeking CLE credit.  1.0 CLE credit pending.

Please RSVP at the MLLS website

October events with MLLS

OWLS Membership Renewal

It is membership renewal season for OWLS! Members of OWLS in good standing that live or work in Marion County are considered members of Mary Leonard Law Society. Our programming is largely funded by OWLS membership dues, so please remember to update your membership today!

The OWLS membership year runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.  OWLS is a great way to develop a network of support and make meaningful connections with other professionals with similar interests. There is a unique camaraderie that can be found in a predominantly female professional organization, and OWLS offers the opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues in a variety of ways. OWLS welcomes women, men, lawyers, judges, law students, nonlawyers, and those who live or practice in other states. Anyone who supports the mission of Oregon Women Lawyers is welcome to join!

Join OWLS online and pay by debit or credit card or, to pay by check, use this fillable PDF membership form: OWLS_Membership Form 2014-2015_Fillable PDF_Final and send it in with your check payable to OWLS to: Oregon Women Lawyers PO Box 40393 Portland, OR 97240.

For information, contact Linda Tomassi, OWLS Executive Director. OWLS memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. To download a membership brochure, click the following link: OWLS Brochure


Mary Leonard Law Society 2014 New Admittee Luncheon

featuring the Hon. Susan P. Graber, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
October 21, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm.
Mission Mill Dye House, 1313 Mill Street SE
25 per person, new admittees are free.

Join the Mary Leonard Law Society for our annual luncheon welcoming the 2014 new admittees to the Oregon State Bar.  MLLS is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker with be the Hon. Susan P. Graber, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The luncheon will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Mission Mill Museum Dye House.  Lunch is $25.00 per person and FREE to new admittees.  Parking is available on site for free.

Please RSVP online at maryleonardlawsociety.org. Payment can be made online, by check, or at the door.


Courthouse Connections Presents a Business Law CLE Series

Sponsored by Mary Leonard Law Society and the Marion County Bar Association
Thursdays, October 16 to November 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Marion County Circuit Courthouse, 5th floor jury assembly room

Courthouse Connections presents a four week business law CLE Series. This will be a great opportunity for new attorneys to meet with more experiences practitioners in a small group setting.

$20 per CLE or $70 for the series, payment can be made at the door or by mailing to Sherman Sherman Johnnie and Hoyt LLP c/o Bill Weidner PO Box 2247, Salem OR 97308

  • Thursday October 16: Estate Planning, presented by Kathy Evans of Evans | Batlan, Attorneys at Law
  • Thursday October 23: Employment Law, present by David Griggs of Saalfeld Griggs PC
  • Thursday October 30: Real Estate Transactions, presented by Eric Yandell and Daniel Rice of Hetzel Williams PC
  • Thursday November 6: The Formation of Business Entities, presented by Gordon Hanna of Garrett Hemann Robertson PC


Mary Leonard Law Society presents Title IX: Beyond College Sports

Monday, November 10, 2014, from 12:00-1:00 pm.
Willamette University Civic Justice Center, 790 State Street, Salem, OR
This is a free brown-bag lunch presentation.

Please join the Mary Leonard Law Society as we explore the broad applications and legal implications of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the federal law which bans discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex. A panel of local experts and practitioners will briefly discuss their experience working with Title IX in numerous contexts including: sports, sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking and LGBT rights.

Panelists will include: Karin Moscon, Title IX Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Education; Kelly Noor, Partner, Garrett Hemann Robertson; Ben Becker, Attorney, Oregon School Boards Association; and Cynthia Stinson, Director of Educational Equity Assurance and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Willamette University.