Oregon Attorney Blogs: OSB Legal Publications and PLF Law Practice Managment Tips

1) Stay on top of useful Oregon law publications:

The Oregon Legal Publications blog is just entering the blawg-world and will include writing tips from their attorney editors, excerpts from books, and OSB Legal Publications department news and announcements.

2) Practice Management Tips for Oregon Lawyers:
Oregon Law Practice Management website and blog from PLF includes a wide range of blog posts on ethics, hardware, and software and a growing collection of articles and presentations on topics like “How to Fire a Client” and “Zero Tolerance for eFiling Errors.

The Law of Oregon Crowdfunding and Raising Money on the Internet CLE (1 credit)

SO YOUR CLIENT WANTS TO RAISE MONEY ON THE INTERNET
When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00
Where: Kell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR

Crowdfunding is a buzzword and, from Kickstarter to the JOBS Act, holds great promise for collective action. With both technological and social aspects, the concept seems new and exciting and its impact is expanding globally. But in the United States, crowdfunding fits within an existing legal structure that is changing more slowly than the buzz would suggest.

As far back as the Renaissance, the “subscription” was used to allow a group of like-minded individuals to raise funds to collectively accomplish something that was too big (and too risky) for one person to take on alone. So what is new about crowdfunding compared to a subscription? (1) The buzz; (2) the technology (internet platforms); (3) the speed of raising funds; (4) the JOBS Act; and (5) SEC Regulations implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act. Please join CILS for a lively discussion on the practical uses of crowdfunding, the risks of using crowdfunding sources, and what we know (and still don’t know) about the SEC regulations.”

Speakers are from Immix Law Group.

Cost:
$22 for CILS members;
$27 for other bar members and non-lawyers;
$18 for students.
This cost includes lunch.
MCLE Credit: CILS will apply for one (1) CLE credit

Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration Program for Clients and Attorneys

Fee Arbitration and Fee Mediation Program:

“The Oregon State Bar’s Fee Arbitration Program is program for resolving fee disputes between an Oregon attorney and a client, between Oregon clients with out-of-state attorneys, or between Oregon attorneys. All parties must voluntarily agree to participate.

Evolution of the Paralegal (a Master’s Degree in Paralegal Studies Online)

The paralegal profession has evolved significantly since its origin in the 1970s. While paralegals originally assisted attorneys in a secretarial capacity by formatting legal documents, they have since assumed substantive roles in legal offices, the government and corporations both large and small. Little by little, paralegals have become savvier, more educated, and more professional. Today paralegals are fully contributing members of legal teams.

Back in the early days of the profession ….” [Link to Paralegal Studies Masters website for more information and the infographic.]

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog.

How to Find Oregon Circuit Court Documents: Counting Down to eCourt (OECI) 2016

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!)

Outpacing PACER? PacerPro (free for noodling, for now)

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.

Dropbox Adding Arbitration Clause (and other Business Agreement Terms of Service changes)

“Updating our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Dropbox for Business Agreement

We’ve made a lot of changes to Dropbox since we last updated our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and online Dropbox for Business Agreements. So today, we’re starting to email users to let you know about some updates to these policies. The updates will be effective on March 24, 2014….” [Link to Dropbox blog post.]

You should probably follow this news if it is a deal-breaker.