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.


Willamette Law Attorney-Mentor Program Needs You!

Willamette Law needs 25 more attorney mentors for this year’s 1L class!

Almost the entire class signed-up for mentors this year! The time commitment is one hour a month — coffee, lunch, visit to the office, a hearing/court, text, email, etc.

The kick-off reception is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th. This is the opportunity to meet your student(s) and learn more about the program (if you cannot attend the reception, we ask that you arrange to meet your student(s) within a week after the reception).

If you are interested in being an attorney-mentor, please contact Phylis Myles,

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.

Hearing Referee (Judge Pro Tem) position for Marion County

The Marion County Circuit Court is seeking qualified candidates to apply for the position of Hearing Referee (Judge Pro Tem) that will become vacant due to Judge Audrey Broyles’ election to Judge Dale Penn’s seat upon his retirement.

Hearing Referee job description

If you have questions or need further information, you may contact Trial Court Administrator Diane Morse at 503-584-4752 or

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

MCBA Court Staff Appreciation Lunch – Join us!

The Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) is excited to invite you to the annual
MCBA Court Staff Appreciation Lunch, as follows: 

Wednesday, July 13
Presentation by Judge Broyles about 12:15 p.m.
Catered by Croissant & Company

Location:  Riverfront Park, North Meadow and Pavilion*
* A special thank you to Jim Van Ness of Van Ness Mooney, LLC, who graciously has sponsored the cost of a canopy to shelter us from sun or rain.  Thank you, Jim!

RSVPs required to
Cost*:  $15 for MCBA members (including judges) and staff of MCBA-members; $20 for all other non-MCBA members (including judges)

*No cost for court staff (excluding judges) – your lunch is on the MCBA!  Thank you for all you do!

Payable by check made out to the “MCBA.” Mail checks to: Boaz Law Firm, 280 Court St NE #220, Salem, OR 97301

Developing your Professional Presence Online with FindLaw – Wed May 18, noon

Marion County Courthouse Connection Presents:
Developing your Professional Presence Online with FindLaw
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Marion County Courthouse, 5th Floor Jury Assembly Room

Join us for a presentation from FindLaw on techniques for developing or updating your online presence. Representatives from FindLaw will introduce the service but also talk more generally about how to bring value to your online presence, which, in turn, can bring value to your firm.

We will discuss:
How can I use social media as a professional tool?
Why should I invest in a website that’s mobile-optimized?
How do I create an interactive presence to drive online success?

This event is free, so bring your question and your lunch!


Get your tickets now – MONTE CARLO CASINO NIGHT, June 10

The Mary Leonard Law Society and Surety Solutions present a

Monte Carlo Casino Night
to benefit the formation of Marion County CourtCare

June 10, 2016
Eola Viticulture Center
215 Doaks Ferry Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304
6:30-10:00 pm

Tickets are $50 at the door, discounts for early registration online. Tickets on sale now at:

What is CourtCare? CourtCare provides free, quality child care in a safe, licensed, fun environment so parents or guardians can attend court proceedings. CourtCare keeps children from witnessing tense and disturbing court proceedings. CourtCare protects children, permits caregivers to focus on court-related business, and reduces disruptions in the courtroom.

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Platinum Presenting Sponsor:
Surety Solutions

Gold Sponsor:
Saalfeld Griggs

Silver Sponsor:
Withnell Dodge-Hyundai

Bronze Sponsors:
Heltzel Williams
Evergreen Income Taxes
Law Offices of Keri Trask Lazarus
Michelle Vlach-Ing
Willamette Valley Bank
Wandering Aengus

Three-part wellness event in May – Meditation, Seated yoga, Tai Chi

Working in Wellness: An Intro to Meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi

The Mary Leonard Law Society invites you to a three-part wellness event in May. Join us after work on Wednesdays in May, when Rev. George “Kosho” Finch, JD, of the Foundation for Shingon Buddhism, will lead three introductory classes focused on wellness issues that affect legal practitioners.

  • May 4 – Meditation: straightforward stress relief for adversarial situations
  • May 11 – Seated yoga: stretches to relieve tension and the pain for desk warriors
  • May 18 – Tai Chi: simple movements for increasing circulation, energizing the mind and body

Register for one class or for the entire series. Cost is $7 per class or $15 for the series.

Rev. Finch leads the Foundation for Shingon Buddhism. Rev. Finch was ordained in 2006. Since then he has taught yoga, led meditation groups in Portland, Oregon, and served as assistant minister with the Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii.

  • When: May 4, May 11, May 18, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Collier Law, 1020 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97302

Questions? Contact