Past Events

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

After Resegregation

November 10th, OSB Diversity Section Annual Meeting

Pursuant to the bylaws of the Diversity Section of the Oregon State Bar, you are notified that the Section’s annual business meeting will be held on

November 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM at
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC
1211 SW 5th Ave Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97204

The Section is now offering complimentary membership for judges-staff, new admittees and law students. Enrollment applications can be found on the Bar’s forms website at Please note that 2015 Section enrollment will end as of October 31, 2015. New admittees admitted after October 1, 2015 can instead enroll for 2016 for a full year’s complimentary membership.

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.

Please click here for more information.

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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.

oapaba_logoOregon 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.

Lillian A Tsai

Lillian A. Tsai will be presenting “Communication Across Cultures.”

For the program schedule, registration information, and more, please visit the Salem Diversity Summit page at the Mary Leonard Law Society.

confJune 13 to June 15, 2014

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA)  is hosting the 2014 NAPABA Western Regional Conference.  Please see the following link for registration:

-Early Bird Registration Deadline is May 17th


Congratulations to Judge Cheryl Albrecht for being awarded the Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award. The award will given on February 7, 2014 at the Annual Public Interest Law Project Auction at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

NEWS RELEASE –JANUARY 8, 2014 gavel[2]

Governor Kitzhaber Announces Washington County Circuit Court Vacancy

Judge Cobb to Retire from Washington County Bench

(Salem, OR) —

Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Washington County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rita Batz Cobb. The Governor thanked Judge Cobb for her service to Washington County and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Cobb’s retirement takes effect February 28, 2014. Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the form to: Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 16, 2014. The form may be faxed or emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to be considered received as long as the original signed form is postmarked by the closing date. Interested applicants who submitted a completed application in 2013 may rely on their earlier submission if they send a new cover letter that attests that the information in the previously submitted application is accurate and complete. The new cover letter and any updated information must be received by the deadline listed above. ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041(2) further provides: “[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district.” Washington County has a population in excess of 500,000. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements. To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jen Andrew at 503-378-6246. The Interest Form is also available online at ###



Governor Kitzhaber Announces Union County District Attorney Vacancy

(Salem, OR) —

Governor Kitzhaber today announced he is accepting applications for Union County District Attorney to fill the vacancy created by DA Tim Thompson’s retirement. The Governor thanked DA Thompson for his service to Union County and said that he will fill the position by appointment. Mr. Thompson’s retirement takes effect February 28, 2014. The Governor will fill this vacancy by appointment based on merit. He encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Oregon law requires that at the time of appointment, the appointee must be admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Oregon (ORS 8.630 and 8.640). The Governor’s Office is now accepting applications. Applicants must submit a District Attorney Interest Form to the Governor’s Office. Please note that the District Attorney Interest Form is a distinct form and not the same form that is used for judicial vacancies. The District Attorney Interest Form is available online at Questions regarding the appointment process should be directed to Jen Andrew at 503-378-6246. District Attorney Interest Forms must be received by the Governor’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the forms to: Steven R. Powers, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. ###


Openings at the Oregon State Bar

Assistant General Counsel and Client Assistance Office Attorney (open until filled) Referral & Information Services Manager (open until filled) The Oregon State Bar (OSB) regulates the practice of law in Oregon and provides a variety of services to its members and the public. We are looking for people to join our dedicated team.


Save the Date!   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.

Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs MeetingDate: Wed. Jan. 15thTime: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PMLocation: Willamette University, Salem, OR 97301 (Exact building and room number to be announced)The meeting will cover Commissioners’ reports and other subjects of interest to the Commission.Izzy Ventura of the Equity Foundation will speak with the OCAPIA Commissioners about marriage equality in Oregon. Public may attend the meeting.The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. ADA access is through the parking garage elevator. Requests for accommodations for people with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Please contact Nancy Kramer about this or any other questions at (503) 302 -9725 or [email protected]


Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs Strategic Planning SessionDate: Thur. Jan. 16thTime: 6:00PM – 8:00PMLocation: Leftbank Building, Room 215, 240 N. Broadway, Portland OR 97227The meeting will be a continuation of the Strategic Planning session held in December 2013. The public can attend this meeting.


Oregon Commission on Black Affairs Legislative Committee MeetingDate: Fri. Jan. 17thTime: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AMLocation: Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak St., Oak Room, 1st Floor, Portland, OR 97204 The meeting will cover quarterly Legislative Committee meeting goals, a debrief of meeting with Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum, and other items of interest to the Committee.The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for people with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Contact Nancy Kramer at [email protected] or 503-302-9725 to request accommodations for people with disabilities or for additional information.