You still have to resort to the old, not so tried or true, and still time-consuming or expensive methods for locating many Oregon court documents, but that will change over the next few years.
1) By the end of January 2014 these courts will be off OJIN and on eCourt: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Crook, Jackson, Jefferson, Linn, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill.
2) By the end of 2014: Multnomah, Douglas, Josephine, and Marion circuit courts will be off OJIN and on eCourt.
3) The remainder of Oregon’s circuit courts are scheduled for eCourt implementation between 2015 and 2016.
OECI = Oregon eCourt Case Information
OLR Blog post on How to Find Oregon Circuit Court Documents (one day this blog post will be history!)
While PACER is way ahead of many state e-court systems, it is still flawed. Enter PacerPro. Give it a whirl, free (for now), and read about it in this article:
From ABA Journal: “Service offers a better way to search federal court records than PACER,” Mar 1, 2014, by Robert Ambrogi.
See the announcements at InfoDocket and at PR Newswire.
You should probably follow this news if it is a deal-breaker.
“The Oregon Cannabis Industry Association is hosting an informative seminar providing Oregon cannabis industry members, and those looking to enter the industry, with an opportunity to learn from professionals across the legal spectrum. Attorneys and professionals will cover basic business law, employment law, tax law and more. A representative from the Oregon Health Authority will be on hand to answer questions about the application process and rules for the upcoming state-licensed medical marijuana facilities.
Tickets are $150. (Approval for CLE credits pending for practicing Oregon attorneys.)….”
Link to Oregon Cannabis Industry Association (OCIA) program webpage for more information.
Do you want more information about Limited License Legal Technicians:
1) Link to our previous post on the Washington State LLLT program.
2) Attend a Town Hall:
Join the OPA and PNPA for a Town Hall meeting on January 29, 2014, 6:00 to 7:15 pm, at Vestas-American Wind Technology, 1417 NW Everett, Portland, Oregon, to discuss the development of the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT):
“The Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA) and Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association (PNPA) invite you to attend and hear the latest on what is happening in Oregon and Washington related to non-lawyer limited practice (aka Limited License Legal Technician). The invited commentators include representatives of the Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, educational programs, OPA, PNPA, access to justice and other stakeholders from the legal community….” [Link to PNPA post.]
Visit the OJD website for information about the UTCR and proposed changes.
This is also the website you check for Interim Chief Justice Orders (CJO) and Rules Adopted Out-of-Cycle.
Just like the Rule of Real Estate: Location, location, location,
Just like the Rule of Carnegie Hall: Practice, practice, practice,
There might soon be a Rule of Law School Without Debt: Read, read, read.
1) California: See “Intent to Study Law in a Law Office or Judge’s Chambers” for rules on reading the law”
2) Maine: Read the Maine Bar Admission Rules – see section on bar examination education requirements for rules on reading the law
3) New York: Read “combination of law school study at an ABA approved law school and law office study,” in section on “qualifying to sit for the bar examination”
4) Vermont: 4 Year Law Office Study program (and here)
5) Virginia: Law Reader Program (and here)
6) Washington State: Law Clerk Program
7) Wyoming: See “educational requirements” in the Rules and Procedures Governing Admission to the Practice of Law
Public libraries have some of the best buyers’ guides for e-Reading devices. Check at your own public library or start with this one to find links to reviews, consumer tips, and more:
Washington County (Oregon) Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), “Choosing a table or e-reader” (and check out their Library2Go help pages – or visit your own public library’s eBook pages)
Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship
The flip side of ”too many lawyers“: Some reports estimate that 55% of attorneys are baby-boomers. If that % is correct, and the tail end of baby-boomer-dom was 1958, it’s quite possible we’ll need a lot of replacement lawyers really soon.
Some lawyers retire in order to do other things, but many lawyers will retire because the practice of law isn’t much fun anymore (e.g. legal research has become no “more than a google box on top of a legal database.”