Reminder: Aug 15th CLE, A Courthouse Connections CLE: The United States Supreme Court – The Term in Review (2011-2012)

The Marion County Bar Association and the Mary Leonard Law Society proudly present:
A Courthouse Connections CLE:  The United States Supreme Court – The Term in Review (2011-2012)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Marion County Courthouse, 5th floor Jury Assembly Room

Featured panelists the Honorable Rives Kistler, Oregon Supreme Court; the Honorable Rebecca A. Duncan, Oregon Court of Appeals; and the Honorable Claudia M. Burton, Marion County Circuit Court, will discuss several of the many notable cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during the 2011-2012 term. 1.0 hour of general CLE credit pending.  This is a free event!

The following cases may be discussed during the CLE:

  1. Arizona and immigration:  Arizona v. United States (No. 11-182)
  2. Federal habeas: Martinez v. Ryan (No. 10-1001)
  3. Health care:  National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (No. 11-393)
  4. Life terms for juveniles:  Miller v. Alabama (No. 10-9646)
  5. Confrontation clause:  Williams v. Illinois (No. 10-8505)
  6. Ministerial exception:  Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC (No. 10-553)
  7. Rights of accused during plea negotiations:  Missouri v. Frye (No. 10-444) and Lafler v. Cooper (No. 10-209)
  8. Prosecutorial misconduct:  Smith v. Cain (No. 10-8145)
  9. Role of juries:  Southern Union Co. v. United States (No. 11-94)

To reduce event costs and conserve resources, printed materials will not be provided to CLE attendees.

All cases are available for free on the U.S. Supreme Court’s website:

Summer Cocktail Tour – August 16 at Gamberetti’s

Marion County Bar Association &

The Willamette Valley American Inn of Court Presents:

 2012 Summer Cocktail and Social Hour

August 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Hosted By: Saalfeld Griggs

Location: Gamberetti’s, 325 High Street SE.

 Join your colleagues after work to enjoy great company and free drinks!

 RSVP before August 14th to: Caitlin Henry, 503-399-1070 or

This is a free event for MCBA members





Reminder: Memorial Proceddings – Friday November 18, 1:30 pm


Marion County Bar Association

Friday, November 18, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

Courtroom 2-A, Marion County Courthouse

Salem, Oregon

Judges, lawyers, families, and friends of honorees assemble

Hon. Jamese L. Rhoades, Judge

Court convenes and recognizes Sean Armstrong, President of the Marion County Bar Association.  Proceedings reported by Mary Fagan, Court Reporter.

Sean Armstrong, President, Marion County Bar Association

Advises of Motion; presents Motion; invites lawyers for prepared remarks (reserving time for extemporaneous remarks from attending lawyers and judges)

PREPARED REMARKS from lawyers:

Deceased Lawyer Honored Speaker
Walter J. Apley
Hon. H. William “Bill” Barlow, Jr. Hon. Mary Mertens James
Hon Clarke Brown Chapin M. Milbank
William Brickey Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr.
Harold “Hal” Burke Ryan Collier
Doug Dawson Erik Wasmann
Tom Higashi David Rhoten
Kathryn Ricciardelli Danny Santos
Craig Rockwell Spencer Rockwell

Judge Rhoades invites extemporaneous remarks from lawyers and judges.

Judge Rhoades recognizes families present.

Allows Motion.  Order shall be entered in court records with excerpts to each family.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! November 4, 2011 “Convocation on Equality!”

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! Ten years ago, Oregon’s legal community celebrated diversity at the “Convocation on Equality.” On November 4, 2011, the OSB will hold a 10-year reunion of the Convocation to look at the past decade’s accomplishments and to strategize for continuing these efforts going forward.

The Bar will recognize Oregon lawyers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity over the last 10 years.  The Bar welcomes nominations.  Legal and non-legal organizations, such as law firms, non-profits, community organizations, groups, and individuals are invited to submit nominations.

For more information, go to

The nominating form can be found at this link:

Practical Skills Seminar November 2-4, 2011

The Professional Liability Fund is sponsoring a Practical Skills Seminar, Learning the Ropes, for new admittees to the Oregon State Bar and lawyers entering private practice in Oregon.  The seminar includes information on developing a successful practice and avoiding legal malpractice, practical tips from judges and lawyers, presentations on setting up effective office systems, negotiation tips, and access to justice presentations.

Attendance at the full program will satisfy MCLE requirements for new admittees’ first reporting period.  The seminar will be held November 2-4, 2011 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.  Your $65 registration fee includes the entire seminar and lunch on November 3 and 4.

Register early—the deadline is October 26, 2011.
The registration form will be available at the PLF website,

Click on Seminars under Loss Prevention, then “Learning the Ropes,” or by contacting:
DeAnna Shields at Professional Liability Fund

PO Box 231600, Tigard, OR 97281-1600
Fax: (503) 684-7250, Phone: (503) 639-6911 or (800) 452-1639

Saalfeld Griggs PC announces new shareholder

The Salem business law firm of Saalfeld Griggs PC is pleased to announce that Shannon Raye Martinez has become its newest shareholder. Shannon joined the firm as an associate in 2004. Since then, she has been a ferocious advocate for the firm’s clients in the Litigation Group, with an emphasis on banking law, real estate and construction litigation, and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy.

Shannon graduated with honors from Boston College Law School in 2003, and was identified by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2009. When Shannon is not busy fighting for her clients rights, she enjoys kick boxing, throwing the Frisbee for her Labradors Winston and Dugan, and spending time with her husband James.

Mentorship and Career Building: A Panel Discussion

Title: Mentorship and Career Building: A Panel Discussion
Location: Wilson Room, Goudy Commons, Willamette University, Salem
Description: Mary Leonard Law Society
Mentorship and Career Building: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 12:00 pm
Wilson Room, Goudy Commons, Willamette University, Salem
Panelists will include the Hon. Darleen Ortega, Shenoa Payne, and Kateri Walsh. Details forthcoming.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2011-01-18

Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers Against Hunger Soiree

Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers Against Hunger Soiree
by Shannon Terry

As Oregon’s unemployment levels rise, requests for emergency food continue to reach record levels. According to the Oregon Food Bank Network of regional food banks, distribution of emergency food boxes increased 15 percent in Oregon between July 1 and December 30, 2008, compared to the same period in 2007. Thirty-six percent of those receiving food are children, and over 22 percent are disabled Oregonians.

In response to this need, local attorneys are prepared to act! On September 10, 2009, the First Annual Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers Against Hunger Soiree will be held in Salem at the Riverfront Carousel. All proceeds raised at the event will go directly to the Oregon Food Bank and Marion/Polk County Food Share. Cosponsors include the Mary Leonard Law Society (Salem OWLS), the Marion County Bar Association, Willamette University College of Law, the Law Office of Gordon L. Dick, Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, and Swanson Lathan Alexander & McCann. The Soiree is intended to raise the profile of the Oregon Food Bank and stress the need to end huger in our communities.

The Soiree will begin at 5:00 with welcoming remarks by Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz followed by a brief presentation from the Oregon Food Bank. The event cosponsors will then host a silent auction of ceramic bowls crafted by leaders in our legal community. There will also be live music featuring local Salem attorneys. The Oregon Winegrowers Association has generously donated a fine selection of Oregon wines and Reed Catering will serve hors d’oeuvres. Each attendee will be encouraged to make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank. In an effort to encourage a higher level of participation, at the end of the evening a “Golden Can Award” will be presented to the individual, small firm and large firm that have made the greatest total donations. Each recipient will be able to proudly display their “Golden Can” until the 2010 Soiree.

For more information, please email

Click here for the invitation.