Marijuana vs. Voodoo Donuts: A Visual Aid

What does an ounce, 8 ounces, or a pound of marijuana look like – relative to a Voodoo (Doll) Donut?

Portland Police Encouraging Community Members to be Responsible and Considerate with Recreational Marijuana (Photo) (link directly to JPG)

A picture sometimes is worth a thousand words. In this instance, though, courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau, it’s worth a pink box full of laughs.

The times they are a’changing.

(I saved this Portland Police Bureau page in the Wayback Machine.)

What if Readers Turned Pages for the Sake of Turning Pages?: Amazon, Taylor Swift, and Big Brother

Do writers need their own “Taylor Swift” to protect their right to be paid for their labor? (See NPR’s story about Swift, Apple, and right to be paid.)

The latest Amazon plan to pay authors based on pages turned (and presumably read?), makes me wonder if all readers shouldn’t just start turning those pages, whether you read them or not. We can only hope that the Amazon eyes “watching” you turn pages aren’t also able to tell if you have actually read the words. (No, maybe we don’t want to know that.)

“What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?” by Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, June 20, 2015

By the way, Amazon is not the only corporation reading you as you read their products.

I’ve been following these stories on various websites, but hat tip to Library Link of the Day for the link to The Atlantic article.

Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide

We try to update this Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide at least twice a year (you can also find the guide from the WCLL Legal Research Resources website), but additions, corrections, and suggestions are always welcome. You can “Leave a reply” to this blog post or you can “Contact Us” via email.

How to Serve (Deliver) Legal Papers in Oregon

There is a new Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court FAQ guide on “How to Serve (Deliver) Legal Papers in Oregon.” (We thank Judge McKnight and her family law team* for this guide! They say “[i]t was developed for family law cases but we included Plaintiff/Defendant terms so that usage could be general.“)

Link from Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court website, if that direct PDF link is not working. Today the FAQ number is 23, but that could change as new tips and answers to questions are added.

You will need to refer to the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure, which are referenced in this guide. You can find the ORCP at the OJD Court Rules website or link directly to them at the Legislature’s ORCP website. (For the most recent proposed and adopted ORCP rules, visit the Council on Court Procedures website.)

*The booklet was written by the Self-Representation Subcommittee of the State Family Law Advisory Committee for the Oregon Judicial Department in June 2015.

Private For Hire Transportation (Uber, Lyft, Taxis) Forum (Portland, OR)

If you think this June 16, 2015, PFHT Open House sounds boring and you live in the Portland-metro area, you haven’t been paying attention to Sharing Economy news:

Portland’s Private For Hire Transportation (PFHT) Program and the Task Force Meeting Schedule.

From the Open House notification sent to NextDoor members:

Many of you have read in the paper about the arrival of peer to peer transportation companies like Uber and Lyft who have arrived in Portland. New regulations are being created this summer around this. It has been a controversial issue and the task-force of community members working on it are having a forum to hear from the public. There is still debate about if it should be allowed and what regulations need to be in place to make it work. This issue is particularly import for people with disabilities who have historically not had great access to private transportation. If you know of people in your neighborhood please pass this information on. I am including all the details I know below but please understand this is a Bureau of Transportation event so if you need an accommodation to attend or you would like more information about the forum or the issue contact Jody @ 503 823 1769 “

PFHT Community Open House
June 16; 4:00-7:30 pm
Meeting Room C, 2nd floor
Portland Building – 1120 SW 5th
Program
4:30–5:00 General circulation
5:00 Plenary Session
– Welcome: Commissioner Novick, Chair Greenfield
– Overview of process
– Why are we here today; what input we’re seeking
– Format for open house
– Field limited number of questions about today’s event
5:20-5:30 Circulation
5:30. Subcommittee programs
– Introduction by convener to topics being addressed
– Set of questions to be developed for each subcommittee
7:00 Report outs
7:15 Wrap up and circulation
7:30 Adjourn
Jun 9 in General to all areas in City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Legal Publishers and Audio News: Where’s the Playlist?

From Dewey B Strategic (always worth reading – not sure if there is an audio version):

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: “Listen up: Isn’t it time for Legal Publishers to Offer Audio News Playlists? Modio Legal Is Open and Ready For Business” (And read the Comments, too.)

Superseded Oregon Revised Statutes 1953-1993: Update

The Oregon Legislature (via Legislative Counsel) has now posted all the superseded ORS volumes we scanned (1953-93). They already have 1999-2011 ORS.

Note: It’s not very easy to find the 1953-93 archives because you have to click on some very tiny print on a different screen in order to get there. Here are my instructions from a September 2014 Gutbuster blog post: Superseded ORS on the Oregon Legislature’s Website: 1953-1981:

…. Indirect link: Visit the ORS Archives 1999-2011 webpage and click on the text (in tiny print): “Older editions of the ORS are available here and more are being added as time and resources allow.

We’re still awaiting 1995 and 1997. The Legislature has those digital files and it’s only a matter of time before those show up on the website.

(Yes, there will be a few missing pages from the ORS volumes we scanned. We found a lot of those pages after combing through dozens of ORS duplicate sets and are only waiting for the end of the current Legislative Session to send them on. Legislative Counsel has enough on their plates right now.)

Does This Blog Answer Readers’ Questions?

Short answer: No. (But your questions do give us ideas for future blog posts!)

Longer answer: The two professional law librarians currently posting to this blog serve a county of 500,000+ residents (and the rest of Oregon – and other states and countries on occasion) and run a public law library so we just don’t have the time to answer everyone’s questions. (But you can visit your own county’s Law Library and research your question!)

Longest, and perhaps more useful, answer for those with legal reference or research questions: Please read the legal research tips we provided in our August 2010 blog post:

Responses to “Oregon Legal Research Blog” Reader Legal Questions

LAST, keep in mind, this is a Legal Research blog, NOT a fee-based or free legal research service. It does not perform your legal research or provide you with legal advice, legal analysis, or legal interpretations. For those services you’ll need to talk to your elected officials or an attorney. (See also our Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide.)

Other Disclaimers:

It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (ORS 9.160, 9.166 and 9.21). They may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights. They may, however, assist patrons in locating materials or links that would aid in individual research.

If you have a legal problem, please consult an attorney. The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service has a toll free number to call to get names of attorneys in your area; call their referral service at 503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636.

Grandparent Custody and Visitation Rights in Oregon: 2015 HB 3014

2015 House Bill 3014 signed by the Oregon Governor. (Keep an eye on OLIS to find the Oregon Laws Chapter number when it is assigned.)

See the Oregonian article: Oregon grandparents rights” by Amy Wang, 6/3/15:

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will maintain grandparents’ legal rights if parents’ legal rights are terminated.

Currently, if a child’s parents have their rights terminated, the child’s grandparents also lose their legal rights to be in the child’s life. House Bill 3014 redefines the word “grandparent” to mean “the legal parent of the child’s or ward’s legal parent, regardless of whether the parental rights of the child’s or ward’s legal parent have been terminated.” [Link to Oregonian article.]

Open Source, Lawyers, and Beer: FOSS+Beer, Beryl’s, and a Legal Talk Network Podcast

A podcast from LawSites (Robert Ambrogi): A Most Unusual Episode of Lawyer2Lawyer (Hint: It Involves Beer)

Excerpt: “It is not every day that I get to record a podcast episode in a brewery…. But for our interview with the hosts of the FOSS+Beer podcast, we set up our mikes in Beryl’s Beer Co. in Denver ….

I previously wrote about the FOSS+Beer podcast, which I described as A Podcast About Law, Tech and Open Source. And Beer. Craft Beer. Since I was in Denver and the FOSS folks are in nearby Boulder, we invited them down to talk about open source software, podcasting and, yes, beer….” [Link to full Open Source and Beer podcast]