Past Events

OSB Diversity Section Fall CLE and Networking Reception

Building Trust: How Racial Realities Impact the Attorney-Client Relationship

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the OSB Diversity Section hosted a 3-credit Access to Justice CLE workshop by Julieanna Elegant focused on building trust by understanding how race—from an historical, institutional and personal level—can impact the attorney-client relationship. Client-centered lawyering is only possible when trust has been built between the client and the attorney. Unfortunately, outside factors and factors within an attorney’s control but outside of their awareness can greatly impact a client’s feeling of trust and connection.

Participants: examined a judicial timeline of key judicial events relating to race in this country; engaged in critical dialogue about those judicial events and how they affect cultural identities in this country; and participated in exercises designed to help better understand realities outside of their control and to practice using tools to work on habits within their control that can lead to better cultural competency and client representation.

Following the CLE was a hosted reception in the University of Oregon White Stag Building. This event was organized by Executive Committee members Kelsey Heilman and Melina Martinez.

The Diversity Section would like to thank the following reception sponsors:

University of Oregon School of Law

Richardson Wright

Tonkon Torp

Troutman Sanders

Streamline Imaging

2019 Judicial Recognition Ceremony and

Road to the Bench CLE

On February 8, the OSB Diversity Section, OWLS, and the Lewis & Clark chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted a two-hour CLE and reception celebrating diversity on the Oregon bench. Panelists included law professors and diverse judges from across the state, who shared personal accounts of their journeys to the bench and insights into the importance of enhanced diversity among the judiciary. Despite progress in recent years, there is still more work to be done to ensure that Oregon’s bench reflects the diversity of the bar and community. Want to help? Mentor diverse attorneys and law students. Discuss a career path that includes judicial service, and normalize the vision of that service. Then, encourage talented, diverse lawyers to apply for open seats. The appointment process is a challenging one. Be there to offer support for diverse candidates during and after the process, regardless of the outcome. We each have a part to play in diversifying our judiciary, and these small investments can yield big returns.


2019 Spring CLE & Networking Reception

Free Speech Hate Speech CLE

The Diversity Section would like to thank the following reception sponsors: 

Hershner Hunter

Hutchinson Cox

Lane County Bar Association Diversity Section 

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

University of Oregon School of Law



October 20th Symposium: After Resegregation: Imagining Alternative Racial Futurities in Education

After Resegregation


November 11th and 12th: Black Lives Matter talks in Portland and Eugene
CLE Available



Black Lives Matter: Race and Justice Across America
Featuring Charles Ogletree,
Harvard Law



Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, Portland

Thursday, November 12, 12-1 p.m.
Giustina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center, Eugene

Both events are free and open to the public, registration is required. One CLE credit is available with registration.

Charles Ogletree is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. A legal theorist with an international reputation for his work in securing equal rights for all, Ogletree has written extensively on race and justice, his most recent book being Punishment in Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2015), which he co-edited with Austin Sarat.

Among his many honors and awards, Ogletree has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100+ Most Influential Black Americans every year since 2006. Ogletree was the Wayne Morse Chair in 2001-02 as part of the theme on Race and Criminal Justice. This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series.

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Oregon 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.



Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association Presents

Friday, September 18, 2015 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Propeller Conference Room, Lobby Level
200 SW Market Street, Portland, Oregon

Do you want to learn how to become a more effective public speaker and gain practical
public speaking skills? This Program is designed for you!

Participants will hear from a panel of diverse speakers on different approaches to public
speaking; learn tips on how to gain valuable experience doing different types of public
speaking; and practice public speaking skills in small groups.

Speakers Include:
Judge Mustafa Kasubhai, Lane County Circuit Court
Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto, Oregon Court of Appeals
Yumi O’Neil, Associate General Counsel and Manager, Moda Health
Douglas Park, University of Oregon Interim General Counsel
Liani Reeves, Of Counsel, Bullard Law
Moderated by Derily Bechthold, Deputy City Attorney, Portland Office of the City Attorney

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Coni Crone at:
[email protected].
Please pay online at:

Sponsored by Bullard Law.


September 9, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:45pm

Salem Diversity Summit
Mary Leonard Law Society and Saalfeld Griggs PC proudly present a 3.25-hour Access to Justice CLE on diversity in the Salem legal community.  This event will feature a 3.25 hour program followed by a networking social generously hosted by Saalfeld Griggs PC.  Learn about the advantages of building a diverse team at your workplace; gain practical tips on cross-cultural communication and creating a workplace that incorporates diverse perspectives; and join the discussion on how to attract and retain diverse attorneys in Salem.



The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s 8th Annual Dinner:

February 21, 2014 5:30 p.m. at the Nines Hotel in Downtown Portland

Come celebrate with the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association as we present 2014’s Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award to the Honorable Marco A. Hernandez, with a presentation by our keynote speaker, Dolores S. Atencio.