Fall 2015 CLE

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

OSB Diversity LogoOregon State Bar Diversity Section Presents
2015 Fall CLE & Social

Create, Connect, Contract: 
The Nuts & Bolts Of Public Contracting for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. CLE (1 hour Access to Justice MCLE credit pending)
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Catered Social

Hotel Monaco — Lipman Wolfe Conference Room
506 SW Washington, Portland OR 97204

Join panelists Melvin Oden-Orr (former Assistant General Counsel to the Portland Development Commission)  & Lisa Gramp (Deputy Portland City Attorney) as they discuss how minority and women-owned businesses can effectively procure and manage contracts for governmental projects.  The presentation will also address important new legislation that impacts projects utilizing certified firms in Oregon.
Please RSVP to Carlos Rasch at [email protected]

$25 (includes CLE & Catered Social)
$15 for Diversity Section members**

$10 (Catered Social only)
No cost for members to attend Social only

Advanced payment preferred, but you may pay in cash or check at the event.
Please mail checks payable to OSB Diversity Section to:

OSB Diversity Section –c/o Carlos Rasch
Houser & Allison APC
9600 SW Oak Street, Ste 570
Portland, OR 97223

**New Diversity Section members can get the discounted price
by signing up for membership at or before the event!


Melvin Oden-Orr
is the principal attorney with Oden-Orr Law.  A former corporate counsel for several years with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) and the Portland Development Commission (PDC), his firm focuses on providing high-quality legal services to entities and individuals, as well as governmental bodies, engaged in business transactions and other matters in a wide-variety of practice areas, including real estate sales and development, construction, secured lending, general corporate, municipal and public law, and administrative law.  Prior to joining Tri-Met, Mr. Oden-Orr was an attorney in the business department of Tarlow Jordan & Schrader, a prominent Portland construction law firm.  Prior to that, he was an associate with the firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1993 from UCLA and is a 1996 a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a recipient of the esteemed Rickert Award.   Mr. Oden-Orr has also served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

Lisa Gramp serves as Deputy City Attorney with the Portland City Attorney’s Office where she focuses on public contracting, construction, and affordable housing finance and development matters. In her previous role of Assistant General Counsel to the Portland Development Commission, Lisa worked on projects ranging from the agreement implementing funding for development in the South Waterfront (including the Aerial Tram) to the acquisition of affordable housing sites. Lisa’s former practice with the Boston law firm of Goodwin Procter LLP focused on land use, real estate and construction law, where she represented Habitat for Humanity Boston and the Trust for Public Land. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lisa received a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. After working in traditional architecture firms, she served as a tenant advocate for public housing residents in conjunction with a major HUD rehabilitation project in Boston. That experience led to her study of law at Northeastern University School of Law.