CLEs for Oregon Solo and Small Firm Practitioners: Legal Lunchbox Series

The OSB Sole and Small Firm Practitioners’ Section executive committee is starting a series of free or low-cost (for non-SSFP members) CLEs that may be of interest to solos or small firm practitioners. The series starts Wednesday, January 21, 2015, and are free to OSB SSFP Section members. Please visit the OSB SSFP website for more information or the SSFP Section website (under construction) for additional contact information.


The Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section of the OSB is pleased to invite all members to attend a series of free seminars/CLEs, to be held from 12:00 p.m. -1:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. You can participate via webcast, but members in the Portland area are encouraged to bring your lunch and meet your colleagues at Kafoury and McDougal, who have graciously provided their conference room for our series:

January 21, 2015: Business Planning for Solos and Small Firms – presented by Scott Schnuck
February 18, 2015: Privacy 101 – presented by Lauren Wallace
March 18, 2015: Elder Abuse Issues for Solos and Small Firms – Victoria Blachly and Ellen Klem
April 15, 2015: Before You Hire Your First (or Next) Employee – presented by Elizabeth Inayoshi
May 20, 2015: Lawyers and the ADA – presented by Dennis Steinman



From Westlaw to CardMunch

Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites is always interesting and he travels the same roads all legal researchers do: legal research, law libraries, law practice management, solo and small law firm practioners, big law, etc.

His list of “Most Popular Posts (Published Any Year)” is interesting and humorous, especially the: Top 4 from Any Year:

What Do You Pay for Westlaw or LexisNexis? (July 13, 2011).
How to Find if an Attorney Has Been Disciplined (July 7, 2010).
Problems with Adobe Acrobat X Pro (Jan. 21, 2011).
Has LinkedIn Abandoned CardMunch? (Dec. 23, 2013)”

(Our own top blog posts remain constant, i.e. anything we post about when, where, and how to leave kids home alone. Yikes.)

It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build a Digital Law Library

“It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build A Digital Law Library: 12 Critical Components For Digital Law Library Transformation.” from Dewey B Strategic,

“.… For the past two decades law librarians and legal information professionals have been assessing products and developing in house solutions to support virtual library resources. We have been sharing best practices and advising legal publishers on how to build the next generation of products that lawyers will be willing to use ….” [Link to full blog post.]

ABA 2014 Commission on the Future of Legal Services

Commission on the Future of Legal Services website and report.

Background: Easy access to affordable legal services is critical in a society based on the rule of law. Yet our courts are seriously underfunded. Legal proceedings are growing more expensive, time-consuming, and complex. Many who need legal advice cannot afford to hire a lawyer and are forced to represent themselves….” [Link to website and report.]

eCourt Questions (and answers) for Oregon Lawyers

Oregon eCourt Meltdown? Breathe deeply and:

1) Please contact the OJD eCourt helplines – because they can’t fix eCourt problems if they don’t know about them! Link to OJD and Tyler Technologies support services from these OJD websites:

OJCIN ONline and OJD eFiling

2) PLF Practice Management Advisors and their Oregon Law Practice Management Blog, which has lots of useful eCourt information (and it’s not behind a firewall so your legal assistants can get to it easily). The PLF advisors may also refer you to a fee-based service that can provide even more assistance.

Start with this OLPM eCourt blog post or review all OLPM blog eCourt posts, which are updated regularly.

3) Ask your county bar association to set up an eCourt CLE. You can be sure you’re not the only person with eCourt questions!

4) Ask questions on your Oregon lawyer listserves. But don’t forget, not all counties have migrated to OECI so you still need OJIN access – and your question(s) should identify the relevant county.

5) Last, but not least (or until I update this blog post with additional information), several Oregon county law libraries have OJIN, OECI, and ACMS workstations. While law librarians do not generally have eCourt filing (or full-text document retrieval) privileges, you can use the workstations for docket searches and training.

CLEs and Books for Oregon Contract Attorneys, and the Lawyers who Hire Them

PLF has this contract attorney CLE at their website, in CD, DVD, Streaming video, and MP3 formats. We have the CD & print coursebook in our collection (Washington County Law Library).

Contract Attorneys: Managing Expectations and Getting Paid
Date: 11/19/2013
Topic: Practice Management
Credit:2 – PS
OSB CLE Program No.: 1024*109

(PLF may also still have this one: “Oregon Contract Lawyers: Independent Contractors or Employees?“)

We also have these contract attorney books (other Oregon county law libraries may have them as well):

  • The complete guide to contract lawyering: what every lawyer and law firm needs to know about temporary legal services,” Arron, Deborah, 2004
  • The freelance lawyering manual : what every lawyer needs to know about the new temporary attorney market,” Alderman, Kimberly L., 2011

And don’t forget the OWLs Contract Lawyer Service!

Oregon Attorney Fee Codebook and Compilation (2014)

From OSB: Oregon Attorney Fee Codebook and Compilation, Vols. 1 and 2

Oregon Attorney Fee Codebook, 2014 Edition
This handy spiral -bound volume includes Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure, Uniform Trial Court Rules, and Oregon Revised Statutes that govern attorney fees. The relevant ORS provisions are pulled from each of the 17 volumes of the statutes ….”

Oregon Attorney Fee Compilation, 2014 Edition
This handy spiral-bound companion to the Oregon Attorney Fee Codebook contains excerpts from 11 of the most recent OSB Legal Publications books….”

Link to OSB Legal Publications blog for more information.

Mandatory eCourt Filing in Oregon (selected counties)

Oregon Law Practice Management blog has lots of eCourt info and links:

Submitting Your First eCourt Filing

Are you eCourt Ready?

On December 1, 2014, eCourt will become mandatory for the eleven circuit courts that currently have the Oregon eCourt system, including the eFiling requirement….” [Read the whole post.]