Thursday, November 29, 2012

MLLS & WUCL Present Annual Child Abuse Reporting CLE

Please Join Mary Leonard Law Society and Willamette University College of Law Career and Professional Development for our annual Child Abuse Reporting CLE, presented by Katie Suver of the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Where:  Willamette University College of Law, Room 218, 245 Winter Street SE, Salem OR 97301

When:  Monday, December 10 from 12:00pm to 1:15 pm

Cost: CLE is $15 for OWLS members; $20 for non-OWLS members; $10 for Judicial Clerks; and free to students, WUCL staff and professors, and to those not seeking CLE credit.  Brownbag lunches are encouraged.  Email for more information. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2012 New Admittee Luncheon will feature Interim Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Don't forget to mark your calendars for this year's Mary Leonard Law Society New Admittee Luncheon!

What: New Admittee Luncheon
When: Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00 noon
Where: Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant

MLLS is honored to welcome Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum as this year's keynote speaker. The 2012 essay contest winner will also be announced. The luncheon is from noon to 1:00 pm. General admission is $15, payable by cash, check, or credit card at the door or by mailing a check beforehand to Mary Leonard Law Society at PO Box 773, Salem, OR 97308. For new admittees, the luncheon is free! Lunch will be served buffet style with a vegetarian option available. To RSVP or for more information email us at We hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Courthouse Connections CLE, August 15: US Supreme Court Term in Review

The Marion County Bar Association and the Mary Leonard Law Society proudly present:
A Courthouse Connections CLE:  The United States Supreme Court - The Term in Review (2011-2012)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Marion County Courthouse, 5th floor Jury Assembly Room

Featured panelists the Honorable Rives Kistler, Oregon Supreme Court; the Honorable Rebecca A. Duncan, Oregon Court of Appeals; and the Honorable Claudia M. Burton, Marion County Circuit Court, will discuss several of the many notable cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during the 2011-2012 term. 1.0 hour of general CLE credit pending.  This is a free event!

The following cases may be discussed during the CLE:

1.         Arizona and immigration:  Arizona v. United States (No. 11-182)
2.         Federal habeas: Martinez v. Ryan (No. 10-1001)
3.         Health care:  National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (No. 11-393)
4.         Life terms for juveniles:  Miller v. Alabama (No. 10-9646)
5.         Confrontation clause:  Williams v. Illinois (No. 10-8505)
6.         Ministerial exception:  Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC (No. 10-553)
7.         Rights of accused during plea negotiations:  Missouri v. Frye (No. 10-444) and Lafler v. Cooper (No. 10-209)
8.         Prosecutorial misconduct:  Smith v. Cain (No. 10-8145)
9.         Role of juries:  Southern Union Co. v. United States (No. 11-94)

To reduce event costs and conserve resources, printed materials will not be provided to CLE attendees.
All cases are available for free on the U.S. Supreme Court's website:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Another great year for the Salem Imprint Program!

Do you remember “Animal Farm”, “Anthem”,  “Children of the River”, “Lord of the Flies”, “Of Mice and Men”, and “To Kill a Mocking Bird”?  Well, 31 local volunteers recently read one or two of those books with a North Salem High School student through the Imprint Program, a program that matches an attorney with a student so that they can form a one-on-one relationship over a semester through reading a book and exchanging letters about the book.  The Imprint Program provides the student an opportunity to interact with a positive adult role model and encourages the student’s interest in learning.

Each of the students who participated in the program is involved in AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) at North Salem High School.  AVID students have the intellectual capacity to attain college entrance, but tend to have barriers, such as economic or language barriers or the lack of a support system, that may prevent them from going to college.  AVID helps students develop the critical thinking and organizational skills they'll need to attend college, acquaints them with the college environment and advanced courses, and assists them with college and scholarship applications.  

Most students sailed through the semester and the Imprint Program.  Other students faced challenges: an unanticipated mid-semester move out of the country, dropping out of the ninth grade, and truancy.  The volunteers answered the call and remained committed, dedicated, and flexible throughout the semester.  

The highlight of the program occurred in May when the students and volunteers met face to face at North Salem High School for a party.  For fifty minutes room 219 was filled with happy chatter.  Many letters and doughnuts later, all participants had grown a bit from sharing themselves with one another.  

We extend a special thank you to the Marion County Bar Association, Mary Leonard Law Society, and Willamette University College of Law for funding the spring program. 

-Co-coordinators Shannon Reel and Heather Vogelsong
 Photo (from left to right):  Heather Vogelsong, Aireanne Chapman, and Shannon Reel

Mary Leonard Goes to Monte Carlo
A first for the Mary Leonard Law Society, this year’s spring charity event was a Monte Carlo Casino Night.  With the generous support of Entertainment Sponsor, Saalfeld Griggs, PC, the support and ongoing partnership of the Marion County Bar Association, and the support of table sponsors Hetzel Williams law firm and Dean L. Allen, CPA of Pacific Valuation and Forensics, the fourth annual MLLS spring fundraising soiree, held on the beautiful and summer-like evening of May 11, was successful once again.

In addition to raising thousands of dollars for the worthy causes of Liberty House and Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, the event was very well received by its guests. They enjoyed the lovely setting of the Creekside Golf Course for casino games, hors d’oeuvres, and wonderful local wines and micro-brews; they also embraced the evening’s theme by appearing in attire worthy of any Bond film. Additionally, both the raffle and silent auction were popular, with a wide variety of items available for bid or chance, from celebrity swag and beauty treatments, to weekend getaways and athletic event tickets. Spirited rivalries even erupted over some of the more sought-after items!

Although the casino night was an evening of entertainment and glamour, MLLS was proud to host an event that was, at its heart, one to benefit worthy organizations that support women and children who have endured trauma.  Liberty House has been Marion County’s child abuse assessment center since 1999, providing compassionate and skilled assessment of children who may have suffered from many types of abuse or neglect. Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service provides shelter and a variety of support programs for women and children survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence.  For those who were unable to attend Monte Carlo Casino Night but are interested in becoming involved with these charities, as well as for event guests who would like to establish an ongoing sponsor or volunteer relationship with them, please call Liberty House at 503-540-0288 or click on; please call Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service call 503-378-1572, email, or click on for their “wish list” of items for the women and children they serve. 5

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mary Leonard Law Society 
Hosts Speaker Series On Work-Life Balance

In the month of February 2012, we will explore the elusive goal of balancing responsibilities both at work and at home. Whatever your goals, these speakers can bring enormous benefit to your professional and personal life.

Julie Muller, owner of West Linn's Peace of Mind, opens the three-week series. Julie is a life coach with years of experience showing frazzled, disorganized work-a-holics the light. The following week, our topic
focuses on the how-tos of creating a more zen-like work life as Alice Phalan of Indigo Wellness demonstrates step-by-step methods for focusing and soothing your over-stressed brain.

The series concludes with a lively discussion with Jenny Foss, founder of and headhunter extraordinaire. Jenny will share her tips and techniques for using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging to
tailor your networking and job hunting efforts to your own needs and availability.

Julie Muller: Peace of Mind
February 13, 2012; Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Hearing Room, Oregon Civic Justice Center
Willamette University

Alice Phalan: Indigo Wellness
February 21, 2012; Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Hearing Room, Oregon Civic Justice Center
Willamette University

Jenny Foss:
Feburary 27, 2012; Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Hearing Room, Oregon Civic Justice Center
Willamette University

For questions or to RSVP, email

Co-Sponsored by WUCL Career & Professional Development Center

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The January Meeting of the Mary Leonard Law Society:
Spotlight on Online Image Management
Co-Sponsored by WUCL Career and Professional Development

Tuesday, January 24, 2012; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hearing Room, Oregon Civic Justice Center
Willamette University Campus, Salem
Mary Louise VanNatta of VanNatta Public Relations - one of Oregon's most established public relations firms - will share her expertise with us and offer helpful tips on managing yourself in the ever-expanding online world that no attorney should ignore.  The discussion will focus on online reputation management and how to build your personal brand for online usage.  Please join us as we discover what it means to manage your professional image online.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Mary Leonard Law Society at

Sunday, October 30, 2011

As the newest members of the 
Oregon Court of Appeals
the Honorable Lynn R. Nakamoto and 
the Honorable Erika L. Hadlock
will each share with us a unique 
Road to the Bench

From those contemplating a career on the bench to those who appear in front of the bench, this discussion will offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions in an informal and friendly atmosphere.  Please join us as we enjoy stories and thoughts from these honored guests. 

NOVEMBER 15, 2011; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oregon Civic Justice Center, Hearing Room
On the campus of Willamette University
Admission is free and attendance is open to all. 
Brown bag lunches welcome.

Most recently the managing shareholder of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C., Judge Nakamoto has also represented the interests of clients at Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service and Bronx Legal Services.   A founding member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Judge Nakamoto has served as a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners and the OSB Affirmative Action Committee. 

After receiving degrees from universities on both coasts, Judge Hadlock entered private practice and later served as an administrative law judge, a federal law clerk, and an AAG and Deputy Solicitor General with the Department of Justice.  Judge Hadlock is active with the Oregon Women Lawyers, the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association.

 **This event presented in conjunction with WUCL Career and Professional Development **

Please note: the Oregon Civic Justice Center is housed within the Carnegie Building on the corner of State and Winter Streets across from Willson Park.