Campaign for Equal Justice – 2015 Contribution Competition & 25th Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to the Campaign for Equal Justice for an amazing 25 years!!
Today concludes the contribution competition for the 2015 Equity and Justice Cups. The Marion-Polk region currently has a slight edge in the race for the Equity Cup (the highest percentage increase over the previous years in percentage of lawyers contributing to the Campaign).
If you have not yet donated to the Campaign for Equal Justice, please visit the CEJ’s website — help put us at the front of those supporting the Campaign.

And time to CELEBRATE
Join the CEJ for a 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
to commemorate 25 years of support for Oregon’s Legal Aid community.

February 26, 2016; cocktail hour begins at 5:00pm and dinner at 6:00pm
Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
Hear more about the great legal aid work you help support. For information on tickets, visit the CEJ registration page. You can request to be placed with other Salem attendees. Highlights of the evening will include: musical numbers by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Lane Shetterly, a comedic routine by Heather Weigler, and the presentation of the Justice Cup and the Equity Cup by OSB Presidents Richard Spier (2015) and Ray Heysell (2016).

Salem Working Parents Luncheon, February 22, 2016, 12:00-1:30 pm

Salem Working Parents Luncheon
February 22, 2016, 12:00-1:30 pm
Willamette University Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center,
3rd Floor, 900 State St. Salem, OR 97301 

The Mary Leonard Law Society (MLLS), Willamette University College of Law’s Parents Attending Law School Chapter (PALS), and the Oregon Women Lawyers Working Parents Committee (OWLS WPC) invite you to an informal, workshop-style luncheon for attorneys and law students interested in exploring working parent support in the Salem area. Join us for an opportunity to network with your peers and brainstorm around the questions:

  • Does our local legal community need additional resources for working parents?
  • If yes, what should those resources look like?

Feel free to join us for all or part of the luncheon, as your schedule allows. Questionnaires will be available for attendees interested in forming working parent networks or otherwise participating in further action to develop resources for working parents locally. Information gathered will be later used by MLLS to match participants with shared interests.

Let’s tap into our collective energy to identify lasting, meaningful actions to address the needs of working parent attorneys and law students in Salem!

Brownbag lunches encouraged, food available for purchase nearby at Willamette’s Goudy Commons and Cat Cavern.


LAWYERS LENDING A HAND, January 26, 12:00-1:00

Mark your calendars to join us for this interactive lunchtime event on Tuesday, January 26, from noon – 1:00 at the Marion County Law Library.

The Mary Leonard Law Society invites you to a lunchtime presentation by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Marion County, Liberty House, Girls on the Run Willamette Valley, and Center for Hope and Safety. This diverse group of Salem non-profit organizations will each present how you can assist them in fulfilling their missions. Participants may have the opportunity during the presentation to earn community service by assisting the organizations with a task during the presentation.

CASA of Marion County is an organization of community volunteers appointed by judges to advocate for abused and neglected children that are in the state’s care.

Girls on the Run Willamette inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Liberty House is a child abuse assessment center serving Marion and Polk Counties. It offers a safe, comfortable, child-friendly environment for children and their families who are facing concerns of abuse or neglect.

Center for Hope and Safety offers a safe refuge and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.

This is a FREE event. Brownbag lunches and covered drinks welcome. Parking is very limited, so please arrive early or commute on foot.


Lawyers Lending a Hand
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Marion County Law Library, Conference Room,
234 High Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

Join us! RSVP now for the MCBA Annual Awards Dinner

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Illahe Hills Country Club
 Judges Reception
6:30 Dinner and Awards Presentation
Cost:      $35

MCBA Members RSVP:  
You should already have received an invitation by mail with a response card.  (If you did not, please let me or Kimberly Taylor, our MCBA administrative assistant, know right away to correct our records).   Please RSVP by sending the response card in or contacting directly James Healy, MCBA Social Chair, of Garrett Hemann Robertson, PC (  You will need to let him know your choice of dinner:  Mediterranean Chicken, Poached Wild Northwest Salmon, or Ratatouille.

Not a MCBA member?  RSVP anyway!
 You do not need to be a MCBA member to join us for an enjoyable evening honoring the award recipients (see below.  But you’ll want to join the MCBA soon if you haven’t already – ask me why.)  Contact James Healy, MCBA Social Chair, of Garrett Hemann Robertson, PC (  You will need to let him know your choice of dinner:  Mediterranean Chicken, Poached Wild Northwest Salmon, or Ratatouille.
MCBA Award Recipients:
Carson Award (Service to Bar): Eric Yandell
Carson Award (Service to Community): The Honorable Lindsay Partridge
Compton Award: Drew Moneke
De Muniz Award: The Honorable Virginia Linder

Pro Bono Award Recipients:
Lawyer of the Year: Paul Saucy
Emeritus Lawyer of the Year: A. Edward Millis
Arno Denecke New Lawyer of the Year: Shelby Tilden
Tom Elden Government Lawyer of the Year: Erin N. Dawson

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: