A message from Presiding Judge Jamese Rhoades

After serving as Presiding Judge of the Third Judicial District for over seven years, and with my upcoming retirement, it is time to pass the torch. Following a vote by our bench, Judge Dale Penn has been appointed by Chief Justice Balmer to serve as the new Presiding Judge, effective January 1, 2016. Judge Penn brings a wealth of experience to this position and will represent our court very well. Please provide him with the great support that you have given me.

It has been a challenge and a pleasure serving in this role. Thank you to all who assisted me in leading our court.  It’s been a great run.

Jamese Rhoades
Presiding Judge
Marion County Circuit Court

MCBA Memorial Service – December 10, 2015

The 2015 Biennial MCBA Memorial Service is scheduled for December 10, 2015 from 3:00-4:30pm at the Marion County Court House Courtroom 2-A, 100 High St. NE, Salem, Oregon.  At this memorial service, the Marion County Bar Association recognizes members that have passed in the past two years for their significance to the Salem legal community. Families of deceased members are invited to attend this ceremony.

This Memorial will honor the following deceased members:
Wallace Ogdahl
Elton Taylor Lafky
Bruce E. Jarman
Lloyd Guy Hammel Jr.
Darrell J. Williams
David Frohnmayer
Gary Babcok
Hon. Albin Norblad

If you are aware of any other members who have passed and should be included in this list please contact Ryan W. Collier, ryan@collier-law.com; 503-485-7224.

New Admittee Luncheon, Tues Nov 3, 12:00pm

Please join the Mary Leonard Law Society for its annual luncheon welcoming the 2015 new admittees to the Oregon State Bar. 
MLLS is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker with be Renee Rothauge, a Shareholder of Markowitz Herbold PC.  Renee is an experienced trial attorney and a co-founder of the Rothauge & Kaner Women’s Trial Academy.
When:  Tuesday, November 3,, 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on
Where: Willamette Heritage Center Dye House.  Parking is available on site for free.
Lunch is $25.00 per person and FREE to new admittees.

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

Oregon New Lawyers Division Salem Fall Social: Wed Sept 30, 5:30pm

Join us for a Salem social!
Oregon New Lawyers Division Salem Fall Social
Where: Archive Coffee & Bar, 102 Liberty St NE, Suite 120, Salem
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 5:307:00 p.m.
Come meet and socialize with other local attorneys new to the practice of law
Free appetizers; no host bar

Questions?
Email: ErinNDawson@gmail.com
No RSVP necessary

25th Anniversary of the Campaign for Equal Justice Lunch – Sept 24, 12:00pm

The Campaign for Equal Justice and the legal aid service providers of Marion and Polk Counties cordially ask you to join us for lunch and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Campaign for Equal Justice: lawyers coming together to work for a more fair system, address unmet legal needs, and to give back to our profession.  Oregon Supreme Court Justice Virginia Linder will provide keynote remarks about access to justice in Oregon. 

WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 12:00-1:00 PM
WHERE: Mission Mill in Salem

To register, please contact the Campaign for Equal justice at office@cej-oregon.org or call 503.295.8442.

CASA of Marion County Monthly Giving Campaign Launch: Friday, Sept 18, 2015, 7:00pm

CASA of Marion County needs you this Friday evening

Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers appointed by a judge to advocate for abused and neglected children in state care. A CASA volunteer may be the only constant in that child’s life.

The need is great — on average, over 1,000 children in Marion County are in foster care.

So how can you help?

CASA of Marion County will launch a Monthly GIving Campaign this Friday, September 18, at Illahee Country Club. Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron will join us, as well as Lené Garrett, the new Executive Director of CASA of Marion County.

We will have desserts and time to mingle with others interested in helping children in Marion County.  Please join us for the launch of our Monthly Giving Campaign!!

For more information on our program or to donate to our Campaign online, please visit: http://www.casamarionor.org/.

CASA of Marion County Monthly Giving Campaign Launch
Where: Illahee Country Club, 3376 Country Club Rd S, Salem
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Come mingle with other community members interested in helping local kids
Desserts provided!

Questions or to RSVP, email Lené Garrett: Execdirector@casamarionor.org

Notice of Judicial Vacancies on the Marion County Circuit Court (District 3)

Notice of Judicial Vacancies on the Marion County Circuit Court (District 3):

Effective December 31, 2015, after more than 25 years on the bench, Marion County Circuit Court Presiding Judge, Jamese L. Rhoades (Position 1), will retire.

Effective October 31, 2015, after more than 16 years on the bench, Marion County Circuit Court Judge, Dennis J. Graves (Position 7), will also retire.

Between September 8, 2015, and October 2, 2015, Governor Kate Brown will accept applications for appointment to the judicial positions vacated by Judge Rhoades and Judge Graves.  To apply for appointment to these vacancies, candidates must:

1. Complete and return by mail or hand delivery, a signed Governor’s Interest Form to: Ben Souede, General Counsel Office of the Governor, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047

This form is available at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/Judicial-Appointments.aspx.

2. Complete and return by mail or hand delivery, a signed MCBA Judicial Selection Committee, Biographical Statement to: Marion County Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, Attention: Noel Grefenson, 1415 Liberty Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302

This form is available at the MCBA website.

Note: The deadline for receipt of both forms is 5:00 p.m., October 2, 2015. Mailed forms are timely only if post-marked before the deadline and provided that a faxed or emailed copy is also received by the deadline as follows:

Governor’s Interest Form: Fax (503) 378-6827, E-mail: Jennifer.J.Andrew@oregon.gov

MCBA Biographical Statement: Fax (503) 375-4214, E-mail: Ngrefenson@aol.com

On October 27, 2015, the Judicial Selection Committee will interview candidates for recommendations to the Governor.  Interviews will take place throughout the day on the Fifth Floor of the Marion County Courthouse, 555 Liberty Street NE., Salem, Oregon 97301. The Committee will provide interview times to candidates as soon as possible after receipt of all applications.

It is expected that additional investigation and interviews of candidates by the Governor’s Office will take place during November and December, that she will announce her appointments in December and that our new judges will be sworn and take the bench early January 2016.

For additional information, please contact Noel Grefenson at (503) 371-1700.

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