Wills for Heroes Clinic – ONLD and MC New Lawyers Event

In collaboration with the Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD), the Marion County New Lawyers Division will be coordinating a Wills for Heroes clinic here in Marion-Polk County.  This clinic will provide essential legal documents free of charge to first responders, including simple wills and powers of attorney.  The Marion-Polk County clinic will follow other successful clinics held in Multnomah County and Washington County last year.

There is a great need for this service in our community, and in order to plan a successful program, we are reaching out first to find out who is interested in volunteering at a clinic this fall.  All interested attorneys are welcome, new attorneys, practicing attorneys, and retired attorneys. We anticipate a lot of interest from first responders for these services and want to plan accordingly.  The goal is to organize the clinic to meet the needs in our community as well as provide an excellent opportunity for lawyers to give back. We are also looking for volunteers to serve as witnesses and notaries.  It is also a great opportunity for law students to observe.

If you are interested in volunteering for a 1 day or ½ day clinic or in helping plan, please contact stephanie@collier-law.com. 

For general information about the Wills for Heroes Foundation, please visit:  http://www.willsforheroes.org/

Child Abuse Reporting CLE with Judge Courtland Geyer


The Mary Leonard Law Society and the Marion County Bar Present a Courthouse Connection Event: Child Abuse Reporting CLE with Judge Courtland Geyer

Wednesday, June 18 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Marion County Circuit Courthouse

Jury Assembly Room (5th floor)

100 High Street NE, Salem Oregon

Please join us on June 18 for a FREE CLE event at the Marion County Courthouse.

As the former supervisor of the Marion County District Attorney Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Team, Judge Geyer will discuss child abuse within Marion County and your obligations as a mandatory reporter.

To RSVP or with questions: maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com.


Val Sloper Memorial Golf Tournament – September 12, 2014

     Val Sloper Memorial

    Golf Tournament

            Supporting the Campaign for Equal Justice

              Friday, September 12, 2014, at Creekside Golf Club

SHOTGUN begins at 1:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at noon.  The tournament is a scramble, so even once-a-year golfers are sure to have fun.  The tournament price includes the cost of a golf cart and dinner.

Excellent prizes will be awarded, including:

  • $10,000 Hole-In-0ne Prize
  • Longest Drive
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Team Low Gross

You must pre-register for this event.  Sign up individually or as a foursome. Please include the names of your teammates if you are paying only for yourself.  We will make a foursome for all golfers signing up individually.


1.____________________                     3._____________________

2.____________________                     4._____________________

MCBA Members:  $85.00
Non-Members: $95.00

Amount Enclosed: $____________ (make checks payable to Marion County Bar Association)


Shannon Snow
Saucy & Saucy, P.C.
475 Cottage Street NE, Suite 120
Salem, OR 97301

Brown Bag CLE Series: May 13, 12:00pm | Legislature Greatest Hits & Legislative Counsel Overview

Marion County Bar AssociationBrown Bag CLE Series

What:    Oregon Legislature Greatest Hits from 2013 and 2014 & overview of Legislative Counsel with Dexter Johnson. Dexter Johnson will highlight the changes from the 2013 and 2014 Legislative Assembly and give attendees and overview of the services of Legislative Counsel.
When:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from noon until 1:00 pm.Where: 
Where: **Room Change – Jury Assembly Conference Room (5th Floor)

* General Credit Pending
Free to MCBA members and students.  Admission $10.00 for non-members

RSVP to michelle@thesalemlawyer.com.  Drop-ins welcome.

Monte Carlo Casino Night 2014 | Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:30 – 10:00

The Mary Leonard Law Society in partnership with Saalfeld Griggs PC

Monte Carlo Casino Night 2014

A benefit for Liberty House and Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service

Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at
Creekside Golf Club, 6250 Clubhouse Drive SE, Salem, OR 97306

Join us for an evening of fun and casino games including blackjack, craps, and roulette with professional dealers. Prize drawings will be held at the end of the evening.  Silent auction will be held throughout the evening.  This event is open to those 21 and over only!

A delicious array of hors d’oeuvres will be provided.  Local wine from Owen Roe, Zenith Vineyards, and Glaser Estate Winery, and beer from Gilgamesh Brewing, will be available for purchase.  Enjoy great company while supporting two deserving charities!

To purchase tickets, visit:
Or send check or cash to: MLLS, PO Box 773, Salem OR 97308

For questions or to sponsor a law student, email maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com.
To donate to our silent auction, email Erin Dawson at ErinNDawson@gmail.com.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Monte Carlo Title Sponsor:
Saalfeld Griggs PC

“Welcome to Sunny Las Vegas” Sponsor:
Tomson Burnham LLC

“It’s Your Show, Branson” Sponsors:
Heltzel Williams Yandell Roth Smith Petersen & Lush PC
Willamette Valley Bank
Marion County Bar Association

“Reno, the Biggest Little City in the World” Sponsors:
Willamette Valley American Inn of Court
Evergreen Income Taxes, Inc.
Fidelity National Title Company of Oregon
Lane and Francine Shetterly
Gatti Gatti Maier Sayer Thayer Smith and Associates

OSB and OCRA partner on Veteran History Project – Press Release


CONTACT:    Robin Nodland, President
Oregon Court Reporters Association

OSB and OCRA partner on Veteran History Project

ʺOral history is a history built around people. It thrusts life into history itself and widens its scope. It allows heroes not just from the leaders, but from the unknown majority of the people. It brings history into, and out of, the community. It helps the less privileged, and especially the old, towards dignity and self‐confidence. It makes for contactand thence understandingbetween social classes and between generations… oral history offers a challenge to the accepted myths of history, to the authoritarian judgment inherent in its tradition. It provides a means of a radical transformation of the social meaning of history.ʺ

– Thompson, Paul: The Voice of the Past, Oxford U. Press, 3d Ed. 2000.

PORTLAND, Oregon, March 19, 2014 – The Oregon State Bar’s Military and Veterans Law Section and the Oregon Court Reporters Association have joined forces to form an Oregon Veterans History Project.  Working to create submissions to the Library of Congress, this partnership collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.  In addition to audio- and video-recorded interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps, and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts.

Mark Ronning, Chair of OSB’s Military and Veterans Law Section, is encouraging OSB members to volunteer to interview a veteran or, if they are a veteran themselves, to volunteer to give their oral history.   “Oregon has over 300,000 veterans. As time goes on, more and more war veterans pass away and the details of their stories are lost.  War veterans are often hesitant to talk about their experiences, but they are often the last witnesses to the sacrifice and bravery of others who did not survive the war or have since passed. The events they witnessed firsthand and their memories of their comrades in arms need to be preserved,” said Mr. Ronning.

OCRA president and court reporter Robin Nodland will be coordinating the court reporters’ and videographers’ support of this important project. “The members of the Oregon Court Reporters Association are very excited to be a part of this effort. The firsthand accounts will be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for use by researchers and to serve as an inspiration for generations to come, making accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war,” said Ms. Nodland.

On February 18, the project recorded its first oral history of Vietnam veteran and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul J. De Muniz.  The Chief was interviewed by his former law clerk, current Captain in the National Guard and associate with Barran Liebman, LLP, Sam Hernandez.

OCRA volunteer court reporters and videographers record the interview and produce a transcript and DVD for submission to the Library of Congress, along with photos and other documents donated by the veteran.  OSB volunteers conduct the interviews.  The oral histories are scheduled to occur the third Tuesday of each month, following the Military and Veterans Law Section meetings at the Bar’s offices.

The project is asking for OSB members to volunteer to interview a veteran and, if you are a veteran, to be interviewed and give your oral history.  Gretchen Magarro, media specialist at LNS Court Reporting & Captioning and U.S. Navy veteran, is the contact person for this project.  To volunteer, please contact Gretchen at gmagarro@LNScourtreporting.com, or 503-299-6200.

About OCRA

Oregon Court Reporters Association, 145 members strong, develops leadership and direction for the court reporting profession in the state of Oregon; advocates ethical standards, quality service, educational opportunities, and technological advancements for its members; promotes the services of our profession to the client base; acts as liaison between the profession and the local, state, and national client groups; enhances understanding and good will among the members and the public. OCRA also supports expanding roles for court reporters in litigation support, CART, and broadcast captioning services; sponsors continuing education programs for professional court reporters; assists in the professional certification examinations for court reporters; is active in the Oregon Legislature through efforts of OCRA’s lobbying team; conducts meetings of its Board of Directors to develop association goals and implement new programs; participates in a mentoring program for court reporting students; provides court reporting services through its active pro bono partnership with the Oregon State Bar Association. OCRA is a 503(C)(6) nonprofit organization. OCRA is currently working to promote the use of court reporters in our State court system and towards a mandatory CSR.  For more information, visit ORCRA.org.


MLLS Monte Carlo Casino Night – Friday, May 16, 6:30-10:00 pm

MLLS Monte Carlo Casino Night

Friday, May 16, 6:30-10:00 pm

Creekside Golf Club, 6250 Clubhouse Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97306

Back by popular demand, Mary Leonard Law Society will be hosting a Monte Carlo Casino Night for our 6th annual spring charity event. Guests will enjoy wine and beer from local producers and hors d’oeuvres while trying their hands at craps, roulette, poker, and black jack. Community supporters will provide a wide array of silent-auction items, and representatives of our featured charity will be on hand to talk about their important work. Mark your calendars today and watch for more information, coming soon!

Interested in contributing to our silent auction or volunteering to help with the event? Please contact us at maryleonardlawsociety@gmail.com!

Spring Ethics CLE: Technology and the Ethics of Using it – Wed, April 16

Spring Ethics CLE: Technology and the Ethics of Using it

Wednesday, April 16, 12:00-1:00 pm

Oregon Civic Justice Center, 790 State Street, Salem OR

The annual Mary Leonard Law Society Spring Ethics CLE will be on the topic of technology and your ethical responsibilities while using it. Join us in welcoming presenters David Madden, Intellectual Property lawyer with Mersenne Law LLC ; Sheila Blackford, Practice Management Advisor with the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund; and Amber Bevacque-Lynott, Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the Oregon State Bar. 1 Ethics CLE credit pending.

MLLS Lunchtime CLEs are $15 for OWLS members; $20 for non-OWLS members; $10 for Judicial Clerks; and free to students, WUCL staff and professors, and to those not seeking CLE credit.

Brownbag lunches welcome. Please RSVP at our website, www.maryleonardlawsociety.org.