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.


Business Law CLE Series – Thursdays, October 16 – November 6; Noon–1:00 pm

Presents a Business Law CLE Series

WHEN:  Thursdays, October 16 – November 6;  Noon–1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Marion County Circuit Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 5th Floor, 100 High Street, NE, Salem

A great opportunity for new attorneys to meet with experienced practitioners in a small group setting.

Estate Planning
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Speaker: Kathy Evans · Evans|Batlan, Attorneys at Law

Employment Law
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Speaker: David Briggs · Saalfeld Griggs PC

Real Estate Transactions
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Speaker: Eric Yandell & Daniel Rice · Hetzel Williams PC

The Formation of Business Entities
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Speaker: Gordon Hanna · Garrett Hemann Robertson PC

$20 per CLE, $70 for CLE series  |  $60 for new attorneys (series)

Payment may be made at the door or in advance by mailing to:
Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP
c/o Bill Weidner, PO Box 2247, Salem OR 97308

Mary Leonard Law Society & Marion County Bar Association

Hon. Claudia Burton, Hon. Doug Tookey, Hon. Allison Boomer, Gina Johnnie, Bill Weidner, Michelle Vlach-Ing, Erin Dawson

United States Supreme Court TERM IN REVIEW – September 29, 12:00pm

Courthouse Connection Presents United States Supreme Court
Monday, September 29, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Marion County Circuit Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room, 5th Floor, 100 High Street NE, Salem
FREE CLE – 1.0 General MCLE credit (pending)

Join the Mary Leonard Law Society and the Marion County Bar Association
for a Courthouse Connection discussion with
Marion County Circuit Court Judge Claudia Burton
Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Timothy Sercombe
Oregon Supreme Court Justice Rives Kistler
Moderated by Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Doug Tookey

Join us for an exciting panel review of the following recent USSC opinions:
Riley v. California, 134 S. Ct. 2473
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.,134 S. Ct. 2751
Harris v. Quinn, 134 S. Ct. 2618

To RSVP or to obtain copies of the cited cases, visit: http://www.maryleonardlawsociety.org/courthouse-connection.html
Email questions to: maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com

September Events with Mary Leonard Law Society

Join MLLS at the Marion-Polk Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice Luncheon!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
Willamette Heritage Center, aka the Mission Mill Museum

Help us support the Campaign for Equal Justice by sitting with Mary Leonard Law Society at the Annual Marion-Polk Lawyer’s Campaign for Equal Justice Luncheon. There is no cost to attend; the luncheon is an excellent opportunity to socialize while learning more about the important work that legal aid is doing in Marion and Polk Counties and across the state.

While the lunch is free, we do encourage you to consider a contribution to the Campaign for Equal Justice. Supporting legal aid is a cause that MLLS members are passionate about and that aligns closely with our organizational goals of ensuring justice and equality in our community. Poverty in Oregon has increased by 61.5% since 2000, and we are currently 8th in the nation for poverty growth. Together, we can help make sure that our neighbors have fair and equal access to justice, regardless of income.

Please let us know if you are available to sit at an MLLS table by contacting us at maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com

Road to the Bench Presentation with Judge Cheryl Pelligrini
Presented by the Mary Leonard Law Society and the OWLS Judicial Workgroup
Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
Marion County Circuit Courthouse
100 High Street NE, Salem, Oregon, 5th floor jury assembly room.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Pelligrini will discuss her road to the bench and share insights on the transition from practicing attorney to judge. OWLS Judicial Workgroup Co-Chair Heather Van Meter will discuss the services provided by OWLS to its members considering the judiciary. Newer attorneys that may be considering the judiciary later in their careers are particularly encouraged to attend. The event is free and no CLE credit will be available.

Please RSVP at www.maryleonardlawsociety.org

Other Events of Interest:

Oregon State Bar Diversity Section presents: 2014 CLE & Social
Marriage Equality: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Thursday, September 25, 2014
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. CLE (1 hour Access to Justice MCLE credit pending)
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Catered Social with no host bar
The Hotel Monaco, 506 S.W. Washington Street, Portland

The Honorable Beth Allen and Attorney Lake Perriguey discuss the twists and turns on the storied road to marriage equality in Oregon and how historic changes will play out in the legal system.

Please RSVP to Megan Livermore at megan@oregonlegalteam.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 Megan Livermore
Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop, PC
(*make checks payable to OSB Diversity Section)
P.O. Box 1499
Eugene, OR 97440

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.

The Mary Leonard Law Society and The Marion County Bar Association present

A Courthouse Connection CLE

Join us for a nuts and bolts CLE – discover what you can expect when the new eCourt system arrives in Marion County

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Marion County Circuit Courthouse
100 High Street NE, Salem
Room 1331

Ed Jones will offer an eCourt demonstration and answer your questions relating to the upcoming transition.

Questions? Want to RSVP for the event? Email: maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com

Or RSVP through the website at: www.maryleonardlawsociety.org

Can’t make it to the event? No problem. Check out these additional opportunities to hear about eCourt in Marion County:

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.  –  September 15 & 24, October 10, 15, 20, 21, and 22
  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. – October 20, 21, and 22

For more information about the additional listed dates, please contact eCourt Analyst Andrea Nofziger: andrea.k.nofziger@ojd.state.or.us

Annual Civil Rights CLE with Ron Silver: 50th Anniversary of the Mississippi Burning case – August 6, 12:00pm

Annual Civil Rights CLE with Ron Silver: 50th Anniversary of the
Mississippi Burning case

Presented by the Mary Leonard Law Society, in association with Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) Career and Professional Development

Wednesday, August 6, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Oregon Civic Justice Center, Willamette University College of Law

Join us as the 2014-15 MLLS programming season kicks off with Assistant US Attorney Ron Silver’s annual Civil Rights CLE presentation! To mark its 50th Anniversary, Mr. Silver will discuss the “Mississippi Burning” Trial, United States v. Cecil Price, et al., 383 U.S. 787 (1966), in which the United States charged a group of 18 men with conspiring in a Ku Klux Klan plot to murder three young civil rights workers (Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman) in Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 21, 1964.

1.0 access to justice CLE credit pending.

MLLS Lunchtime CLEs are $15 for OWLS members; $20 for non-OWLS members; $10 for Judicial Clerks; and free to students, WUCL staff and professors, and to those not seeking CLE credit.

Brownbag lunches welcome.

Please RSVP at our website, www.maryleonardlawsociety.org.

Survival Tips for Practicing in eCourt and Organizing Your E-mail | Wednesday, June 18

The OSB Professional Liability Fund is sponsoring the seminar, “Survival Tips for Practicing in eCourt and Organizing Your E-mail” on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The program will be presented live and as a Webcast.

Marion County Court will hold a viewing party for registrants in Courtroom 2D.  Please contact Kayla Franz at (503) 399-1070 or kfranz@sglaw.com to reserve a spot.  Attendees must register and pay for the CLE with the PLF prior to the event.  The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

PLF Practice Management Advisors, Beverly Michaelis and Dee Crocker, will provide you with tips on how to avoid malpractice traps in eCourt and organize and optimize your e-mail. This program is an update of “Survival Tips for Organizing Your E-mail and Practicing in eCourt,” originally presented on February 9, 2011.  Topics include: getting started with eCourt, filing documents, using the Register of Actions, resubmitting a rejected filing, paying eCourt fees, forwarding eCourt notices, and achieving “Inbox Zero” to avoid missing electronic deadlines.

The seminar will be held at the Oregon State Bar Center, Columbia Rooms A & B, 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Tigard, Oregon, 97224. Registration/check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.  The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The cost for the CLE is $15. To print a registration form for the live seminar or for FAQs about Webcasts, click here.  To register for the Webcast, click here. The program will also be available on CD/DVD at our Web site, www.osbplf.org, three weeks after the live program.

This seminar has been approved for 2 General or Practical Skills MCLE credits.

For information about accommodations for disabilities, please call DeAnna Z. Shields at 503-639-6911 ext. 440, or 1-800-452-1639.



Child Abuse Reporting CLE with Judge Courtland Geyer


The Mary Leonard Law Society and the Marion County Bar Present a Courthouse Connection Event: Child Abuse Reporting CLE with Judge Courtland Geyer

Wednesday, June 18 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Marion County Circuit Courthouse

Jury Assembly Room (5th floor)

100 High Street NE, Salem Oregon

Please join us on June 18 for a FREE CLE event at the Marion County Courthouse.

As the former supervisor of the Marion County District Attorney Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Team, Judge Geyer will discuss child abuse within Marion County and your obligations as a mandatory reporter.

To RSVP or with questions: maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com.