Recent Events

Gender-Inclusive Language: A Court Perspective (featuring the National Center for State Courts)

November 15, 2023

Online Fall CLE


Oregon’s Court’s: A Judiciary for the Next Generation

June 22, 2023

Judicial Recognition Ceremony and CLE

Unpacking Equity: Language Access

January 13, 2023

Winter CLE


How to Evaluate and Sustain a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in Your Organization

November 7, 2022

Online Fall CLE


Aspects of Access: Addressing Roadblocks to the Legal System for Practitioners and Litgants

June 7, 2022

Online Summer CLE


Decennial Convocation on Equality – Charting the Way Forward

November 4, 2021



The Road to the Bench & The First Year: New Judges Share Their Stories

February 13, 2020

Judicial Recognition Ceremony and CLE


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

December 11, 2019

Fall CLE and Networking Reception

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

Is there a First Amendment Problem?

February 13, 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

Judicial Recognition Ceremony and Road to the Bench CLE

February 8, 2019

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.