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 (

Brown Bag with Probate Commissioner, Angela Keffer – March 30

The Marion County Circuit Court invites you to a brown bag lunch to meet our new Probate Commissioner, Angela Keffer.

The brown bag will be held in the 5th floor jury assembly room from noon to 1 PM on March 30, 2016.  Angela will introduce herself and offer an update on how things are being processed.

If you have questions or issues related to probate you would like to see discussed, feel free to submit them in advance to Angela at

Justice Trivia – March 15, 5:30pm

The Campaign for Equal Justice and the Oregon New Lawyers Division
invite you to join us at Justice Trivia,
featuring Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum as Trivia Master!

March 15, 2016
Taproot Lounge & Cafe
(356 State Street, Salem)
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Trivia Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Donation $10 per individual*
*$5 suggested donation for law students,
legal aid lawyers and staff, and unemployed lawyers.

Teams of up to five people are welcome. Teams will also be forming at the event.
Appetizers provided.
Prizes for trivia winner and best team name!

Generously sponsored by Garrett Hemann Robertson PC

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