Reminder! Save the dates!

The MCBA is excited about a number of upcoming events you won’t want to miss.
Save the dates now if you haven’t yet:

November MCBA Social:  Wednesday, November 2nd, 4:30 p.m., at Armstrong Chai (1.5 miles from downtown in West Salem), generously hosted by Chelsea Armstrong.

Annual MCBA Holiday Party:  Thursday, December 8th, 4:30 p.m., at Mission Mill Spinning Room – social, shrimp and pay annual dues ($65 in 2017*).

Annual MCBA Awards Dinner:  Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m., at Illahe – networking, dinner and awards presentation.

*As a reminder, the membership  unanimously raised annual dues in September for the first time in well over a decade.  The increase represents a modest cost of living adjustment.

Thank you for your continued support of the MCBA.  Please invite your colleagues to join, too!

Free CLE, Q&A – LASO Domestic Violence Project – Thurs Oct 27, 2:00-5:30pm

Are you interested in attending the 2016 Pro Bono Fair but can’t make it up to Portland for the event?

Join the Oregon Women Lawyers – Mary Leonard Chapter and the Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Salem Regional Office for a simulcast of the following FREE CLE program offered at this year’s Fair:

LASO Domestic Violence Project: Representing DV Survivors in Restraining Order Cases
Thursday, October 27
CLE 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Q & A 5:00-5:30 p.m.  Light Refreshments Provided
Legal Aid Services of Oregon – Salem Regional Office
105 High Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

2.5 Practical Skills MCLE Credits; 0.5 Access to Justice MCLE Credit

The program will feature speakers from the Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Oregon Law Center, Volunteers of America Home Free, as well as Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Maureen McKnight. You will learn the dynamics of domestic violence, the legal framework in domestic violence cases, how to represent clients in contested restraining order hearings, and tips from the bench.

After the CLE simulcast, you will have the opportunity to meet attorneys from LASO’s Salem Regional Office and ask them questions about LASO’s domestic violence program.

To RSVP, contact Michelle Lane at and let her know that you plan to attend the Salem simulcast. Space is limited, so register soon!

2016 New Admittee Luncheon – October 31, 2016, Noon

Please join us at the following luncheon (costumes highly encouraged!), which is co-sponsored by Mary Leonard, MCBA, and Inns.  The luncheon is an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to network and meet attorneys and judges, and there is an opportunity (without obligation) to connect with new lawyers as a mentor.  Rumor has it Justice Walters will be in a yet-to-be-disclosed costume for the keynote address!

2016 New Admittee Luncheon
October 31, 2016, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Mission Mill Dye House: 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem

Keynote Speaker: Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha L. Walters

The Oregon Women Lawyers – Mary Leonard Chapter, the Marion County Bar Association, and the Willamette Valley American Inn of Court offer a warm welcome to newly admitted lawyers.

Please join us in supporting our newest colleagues.  (Costumes highly encouraged!)
Cost to attend: $25.  Free to new (2016) admittees. Free parking available onsite.

To register and for more information, visit

Key Card Access for Attorneys – Upcoming Changes

Key Card Access for Attorneys – Upcoming Changes

Key card access to our courthouses for attorneys is great, isn’t it?  No waiting in line, no taking off your shoes and belts.  In Marion County, we are quite fortunate to have three of the safest courthouses in the state while allowing convenient attorney access.  Balancing top notch security with convenience is important.  To that end, the Marion County Commissioners and Sheriff Jason Myers recently reviewed the process for attorney key card access and are imposing two changes effective January 1, 2017.

First, the total cost of a key card will be $25.  This will cover the cost of the key card, photograph and the criminal history check by the Sheriff’s office.  The fob that opens the door will now be integrated with the photo ID badge so you will only carry one thing.  Replacement key cards will be $10.

Second, all key cards will expire in two years unless the attorney applies for another key card prior to January 1, 2019.  The purpose of reapplying is so the Sheriff’s office can do criminal history checks every two years.  You will be required to pay $25 every two years for your key card.  We will send you a reminder about this in the fall of 2018.


We are making this process pretty easy for you.  Here are the steps:

  1. Come to the Trial Court Administrator’s office and see Andrea Comer. She will confirm you are a member of the Marion County Bar Association.  You will sign a new key card agreement form.  You will be given a form to take to the Sheriff’s office for your criminal history check.
  2. Go to the Sheriff’s office in the basement of the courthouse. Give them your criminal history form and $25 (cash, check or money order only) payable to Marion County.
  3. Wait to hear from Andrea Comer that your key card is ready for pick up at the Trial Court Administrator’s office. She will ensure you get your key card and that it is activated.

That’s it!
If you have questions, you may contact Andrea Comer at 503-588-5368.

Closure of the Court’s Public Counters and Offices – October 19, 2016

Notice of Closure of the Court’s Public Counters and Offices – October 19, 2016

Oregon judges will attend the annual Judicial Conference October 17-19, 2016.  We will close public windows and offices in all three courthouses on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 10:00am to 2:00pm to allow court staff to attend a special training.  Please plan accordingly.

MCBA Annual Award Nominations

Please email me ( if you would like to make a written nomination for an MCBA award recipient.  The awards will be presented at the annual awards dinner on Thursday, January 26th, 2017.  There are four awards.

Click here for a description of each award and a history of the recipients. Please indicate clearly for which award you are making a nomination.  No special format is required and the board will consider any well-reasoned and supported nomination.

Please submit your nominations to me by October 19th.

Deb Lush, 2016 MCBA President

MCBA Board of Directors Nominations

Please email me ( if you would like to make a written nomination for a candidate to serve on the Board of Directors of the MCBA.  The current Board will select four of the persons nominated to be presented by ballot to a vote of the membership this November for the 2017 calendar year.  Association members will elect two board members to serve for 2017 by majority vote.  Board members serve a four-year term.  In the members’ fourth year, one of the two persons selected will serve as President and one as Vice-President.  The director who serves as President will serve a fifth year on the board as Past President.

Please submit your nominations to me by October 19th

Deb Lush, 2016 MCBA President

Val Sloper Memorial Golf Tournament – Friday, October 7, 2016

Please join us Friday, October 7, 2016 at Illahe Hills Country Club (3376 Country Club Dr. S, in Salem, Oregon)

SHOTGUN begins at 1:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at noon. There will be a dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers at the end of the tournament outside the clubhouse. Carts are included in the price!!!

The tournament is a scramble, so even once-a-year golfers are sure to have fun!

Swanson, Lathen, Alexander, McCann & Prestwich will be sponsoring a Hole-in-One contest at the following holes:

Hole 2           $250 Golfsmith gift card
Hole 9           $10,000 Cash
Hole 13         Club Glove ‘The number One Travel Bag on Tour’ (includes the Golf Travel Bag and the Rolling Duffle)
Hole 17         iPad Mini 2 (32 GB Wi-Fi only)

Feibleman & Case will be providing a beer keg, which will be available before the tournament and at the dinner.

Bob Nordyke will be playing the piano at the dinner and we will have some very special singers!!!

$90/player for MCBA members
$100/player for non-MCBA members

Please make all checks payable to Marion County Bar Association. All players will be placed in teams of 4. When mailing the check, please indicate the names of your team, if you already have one. We will be making teams for all those not on a team


Name: _______________________
Name: _________________________

Name: _______________________
Name: _________________________

Again, this price includes dinner of hotdogs and hamburgers at the end of the tournament.

Please mail all checks by September 30, 2016, to:
Boaz Law Firm, PO Box 782, Salem, Oregon 97308

If you forget to mail the check by the deadline, please call Michelle at the Boaz Law Firm (503) 400-9513 to register (and bring the check to the event).


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.