2016 MCBA Board members

Congratulations to the two newest MCBA board members:
Heather Van Meter, DOJ Trial Division
Larry Linder, Larry Linder, LLC

In all, your 2016 MCBA board members are:
Heather Van Meter, DOJ Trial Division
Larry Linder, Larry Linder, LLC
Brian Lathen, Swanson Lathen Alexander et al
Shannon Snow, Saucy & Saucy
Daniel Rice, DOJ Civil Enforcement Division
Samuel Sears, Larimer & Sears, LLC
Hon. Douglas Tookey, Oregon Court of Appeals
Deb Lush, Heltzel Williams, PC

Your MCBA officers are:
Secretary:  Larry Linder
Treasurer:  Rebecca Hillyer, Chemeketa Community College
Vice-President:  Hon. Douglas Tookey
President:  Deb Lush

Your local bar association is run by committed volunteers from within our own membership.  Interested in becoming an MCBA board member, or assisting with any MCBA activities?  Contact one of us!  Happy new year,

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting with Judge Courtland Geyer — Dec 1, 12:00pm

December 1, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Marion County Courthouse, 5th Floor, Jury Assembly Room
The Mary Leonard Law Society presents Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting with Judge Courtland Geyer.  Judge Geyer will discuss child abuse within Marion County and your obligations as a mandatory reporter.  
Prior to taking the bench in 2011, Judge Geyer spent almost 18 years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in cases of child abuse, sexual assault, homicide, gang violence and arson & explosives.  For seven years, he supervised the child abuse team for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and served as co-chair of Marion County’s Child Abuse Review Team.  He has been involved in the presentation of over 100 CLE’s and community presentations on child abuse and mandatory reporting to lawyers, judges, medical providers, first responders, educators, churches, clergy, parents and youth serving organizations.  In 2009, DPSST recognized him as Oregon’s Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year.
Post-Grad Law Clerk – $10 || OWLS Member – $15  || Non-OWLS Member – $20
Not Seeking Credit – Free

Courthouse Connection’s Holiday Social Event – Thursday, December 3, Noon

The Mary Leonard Law Society & the Marion County Bar Association
invite you to join us for:
Courthouse Connection’s Holiday Social Event
Thursday, December 3, 2015, Noon-1:00pm

Marion County Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room, 5th Floor
Hosted by Presiding Judge Jamese Rhoades
An informal gathering of judges, attorneys and law clerks to discuss the practice of law in our courts and community. Each year MLLS and the MCBA collect toys for “Santa Central” to support and encourage foster children during the holiday season.
Donations from Marion County are the primary source for gifts for these foster children.

This year, make a foster child’s holiday special by bringing a gift to the Courthouse Connection’s Holiday Social Event!  You can find a customized wish list online at:

If you don’t have time to shop, checks can be made payable to “Santa Central.”
Refreshments generously provided by Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP.
For more information: http://www.maryleonardlawsociety.org

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.