CLE: Sentencing Guidelines – Thursday, August 25

Sentencing Guidelines: Tips for Building Good Sentences and Taking Them Apart

Co-hosted by the Mary Leonard Law Society and the State of Oregon Law Library

Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
State of Oregon Law Library, 1163 State Street
1.0 Practical Skills MCLE credit will be sought

Like many puzzles, sentence diagramming can push your brain to work in new or unfamiliar ways. So take an hour. Focus on the patterns and structure of the sentences you write each day. It might change your relationship with them.

To that end, we invite you to unpack a sentence with us on August 25, 2016. Professor Liz Frost will present on the nuts, bolts, and further details of diagramming sentences. Of course, questions are encouraged.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan School of Law, Professor Frost currently teaches legal writing at the University of Oregon School of Law. She is a frequent contributor to the Legal Writer column of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin and also organized the 2015 Northwest Legal Writing Conference.

Brown bag lunches are welcome. RSVP at

MCBA Court Staff Appreciation Lunch – Join us!

The Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) is excited to invite you to the annual
MCBA Court Staff Appreciation Lunch, as follows: 

Wednesday, July 13
Presentation by Judge Broyles about 12:15 p.m.
Catered by Croissant & Company

Location:  Riverfront Park, North Meadow and Pavilion*
* A special thank you to Jim Van Ness of Van Ness Mooney, LLC, who graciously has sponsored the cost of a canopy to shelter us from sun or rain.  Thank you, Jim!

RSVPs required to
Cost*:  $15 for MCBA members (including judges) and staff of MCBA-members; $20 for all other non-MCBA members (including judges)

*No cost for court staff (excluding judges) – your lunch is on the MCBA!  Thank you for all you do!

Payable by check made out to the “MCBA.” Mail checks to: Boaz Law Firm, 280 Court St NE #220, Salem, OR 97301

Developing your Professional Presence Online with FindLaw – Wed May 18, noon

Marion County Courthouse Connection Presents:
Developing your Professional Presence Online with FindLaw
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Marion County Courthouse, 5th Floor Jury Assembly Room

Join us for a presentation from FindLaw on techniques for developing or updating your online presence. Representatives from FindLaw will introduce the service but also talk more generally about how to bring value to your online presence, which, in turn, can bring value to your firm.

We will discuss:
How can I use social media as a professional tool?
Why should I invest in a website that’s mobile-optimized?
How do I create an interactive presence to drive online success?

This event is free, so bring your question and your lunch!


Get your tickets now – MONTE CARLO CASINO NIGHT, June 10

The Mary Leonard Law Society and Surety Solutions present a

Monte Carlo Casino Night
to benefit the formation of Marion County CourtCare

June 10, 2016
Eola Viticulture Center
215 Doaks Ferry Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304
6:30-10:00 pm

Tickets are $50 at the door, discounts for early registration online. Tickets on sale now at:

What is CourtCare? CourtCare provides free, quality child care in a safe, licensed, fun environment so parents or guardians can attend court proceedings. CourtCare keeps children from witnessing tense and disturbing court proceedings. CourtCare protects children, permits caregivers to focus on court-related business, and reduces disruptions in the courtroom.

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Platinum Presenting Sponsor:
Surety Solutions

Gold Sponsor:
Saalfeld Griggs

Silver Sponsor:
Withnell Dodge-Hyundai

Bronze Sponsors:
Heltzel Williams
Evergreen Income Taxes
Law Offices of Keri Trask Lazarus
Michelle Vlach-Ing
Willamette Valley Bank
Wandering Aengus

Three-part wellness event in May – Meditation, Seated yoga, Tai Chi

Working in Wellness: An Intro to Meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi

The Mary Leonard Law Society invites you to a three-part wellness event in May. Join us after work on Wednesdays in May, when Rev. George “Kosho” Finch, JD, of the Foundation for Shingon Buddhism, will lead three introductory classes focused on wellness issues that affect legal practitioners.

  • May 4 – Meditation: straightforward stress relief for adversarial situations
  • May 11 – Seated yoga: stretches to relieve tension and the pain for desk warriors
  • May 18 – Tai Chi: simple movements for increasing circulation, energizing the mind and body

Register for one class or for the entire series. Cost is $7 per class or $15 for the series.

Rev. Finch leads the Foundation for Shingon Buddhism. Rev. Finch was ordained in 2006. Since then he has taught yoga, led meditation groups in Portland, Oregon, and served as assistant minister with the Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii.

  • When: May 4, May 11, May 18, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Collier Law, 1020 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97302

Questions? Contact

Media Release: Proposed Changes to the UTCR – Request for Public Comment

Request for Public Comment

April 15, 2016
Contact: Bruce C. Miller 503-986-5500

We are seeking comment on a proposed out-of-cycle revision of Uniform Trial Court Rule (UTCR) 5.100 (Submission of Proposed Orders or Judgments). A proposed revision was adopted out-of-cycle by Chief Justice Order 15-058, effective January 1, 2016, and was circulated for public comment that closed on March 18, 2016; the version now being circulated contains proposed amendments in response to comments received during the earlier circulation. You can view the proposal at .

You may submit your comments by:

Please submit your comments so that we receive them by 5:00 pm, on May 31, 2016.

NHL Star Sheldon Kennedy & Exclusive Screening of Swift Current – April 19, 4:30 p.m.

You’re invited to attend this exclusive screening of the thought-provoking documentary Swift Current. The film tells the story of Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL hockey player, who was sexually abused and went on to become a leading advocate for victims of child abuse. Stay after the film for a 20-minute Q&A with Mr. Kennedy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ford Hall 122, Smullin Film Studies Theater
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments in the lobby to follow screening.

CLE CREDIT: The Oregon State Bar has approved 1.75 hours of general CLE credit for this event.


  • Liberty House
  • Not Alone Student Action Committee
  • Sexual Assault Response Allies (SARA)
  • Student Support and Standards Office
  • Willamette University Athletics
  • Willamette University Film Studies Department

MCBA Spring Social April 28th, 4:30 – Save the Date!

The MCBA invites you to its spring social and networking event, sponsored by the Heltzel Williams Law Firm.  Join us for a delightful time catching up with one another!

MCBA Spring Social
Sponsored by the Heltzel Williams Law Firm
Thursday, April 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Ike Box, Upstairs, 299 Cottage Street
Drop-in and stay a while

Is your firm interested in sponsoring an MCBA social?  Contact Deb Lush, MCBA President (, or William Boaz (, MCBA Social Chair.

Late on dues?  Contact Kim Taylor, MCBA Assistant (