Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New website for pro bono attorneys

The Oregon State Bar and the three Oregon Law Schools proudly announce a new tool to both support lawyers who provide pro bono services to clients and to give law students an additional venue to work with practicing attorneys: 

This website is designed to connect lawyers handling a pro bono matter with law students who can provide pro bono student help. Lawyers from across the state, as well as students from all three law schools—Lewis and Clark, University of Oregon and Willamette—have access to the website.
The site is user-friendly for both lawyers and law students. Lawyers can list the help they need by area of law, then answer a series of questions including the level of law student whose help you’d prefer, special skills needed, and how soon the project needs to be completed. Law students from all three schools can access the site by contacting their career services office for a password.
Attorneys receive capable assistance that allows the attorneys to offer more complex legal services for free. Law students receive an opportunity to gain real-world experience while helping the underprivileged obtain desperately-needed legal services.

Monday, December 6, 2010

12/6/10 - CLE Child Abuse Reporting with Helen M. Hierschbiel, General Counsel to the Oregon State Bar, noon - 1 pm

Location: Ford Hall Board Room, Willamette University
Price: $15 for non-MLLS-members; $10 for MLLS members; $5 for post-graduate law clerks; and free to students and others not-seeking credit.

This year's MLLS holiday charity is Liberty House, Marion County's only child abuse assessment center, the only place providing special medical assessment services for children. Liberty House is a neutral child abuse assessment center. It also provides information and support for non-offending caregivers. An opportunity to donate to this worthy organization will be provided at the end of the CLE.

Biography of Helen M. Hierschbiel

Helen M. Hierschbiel is General Counsel of the Oregon State Bar where, among other things, she gives ethics guidance to lawyers.  She started working at the Oregon State Bar in December 2003 in the Client Assistance Office, screening complaints against lawyers.  While at the bar, she has written numerous articles and given dozens of presentations regarding lawyers' ethical obligations.  Prior to working for the Oregon State Bar, she worked at Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue in Portland, Oregon and for DNA-Peoples Legal Services on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations in Arizona.  She received her JD from Lewis & Clark, Norwesthern School of Law, in 1991.

CLE Materials

Questions and (Some) Answers About Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting
Child Abuse Reporting Phone Numbers
Child Abuse Reporting Hypotheticals