OJIN and OECI Access in Oregon County Law Libraries

The following Oregon County Law Libraries have in-library public, or staff-assisted, access to OJIN, OECI, or ACMS (court dockets). (But these locations do not necessarily have access to the full-text of filed documents. You may need visit the Circuit Court records offices for those documents.)

Contact information for the following Oregon county law libraries is at the OCCLL website.

Clackamas (OJIN & OECI)
Josephine (OJIN & OECI)
Lane (OJIN & OECI)
Marion (OJIN & OECI & ACMS)
Multnomah (OJIN & OECI)

The other county law libraries do not have these court records database, which is not to say you can’t ask your court’s Trial Court Administrator or Presiding Judge if they would allow for access from your county law library.

For more information, link to OJCIN OnLine (Oregon Judicial Case Information Network) and the OJD eCourt homepage.

Fourth Annual Oregon Archives Crawl (10/18/14)

Fourth Annual Oregon Archives Crawl (Portland-based)
Saturday, October 18th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Everyone is invited to join us for the 4th Oregon Archives Crawl this October in celebration of Oregon Archives Month. Travel between the Portland Archives and Records Center, the Multnomah County Central Library and the Oregon Historical Society. At each location there will be a variety of activities to choose from so you might want to start early.

The Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) is happy to be hosting nine organizations this year ….” [Link to website for full details.]

Oregon Supreme Court: LLCs, Workers Comp, and Tort Claims: Cortez v. Nacco (2014)

Antonio Cortez v. Nacco Material Handling Group, Inc.et al (TC 0503-02632) (CA A144045) (SC S060604)

“On review from the Court of Appeals in an appeal from the Multnomah County Circuit Court, Michael H. Marcus, Judge. 248 Or App 435, 274 P3d 202 (2012). The decision of the Court of Appeals is reversed. The judgment of the circuit court is affirmed in part and reversed in part, and the case is remanded to the circuit court for further proceedings. Opinion of the Court by Justice Rives Kistler.

Today, the Oregon Supreme Court concluded that neither the limited liability provision in the statutes governing limited liability companies (LCCs) nor the exclusive-remedy clause in the workers’ compensation statutes barred plaintiff’s claims for negligence and violations of the Employer Liability Law (ELL) against the member-manager of the LLC where he worked. The Court also ruled that, although plaintiff had not presented sufficient evidence to show that the member-manager could be held liable for negligence, he had presented enough evidence from which a reasonable juror could find that the member-manager was liable under the ELL….” [Link to full case and Oregon Supreme Court 2014 opinions.]

How to Find Recent Oregon Attorney General Opinions (if you’re a mere mortal)

Assume for the purpose of this blog post that you want (and need) to find yesterday’s (August 11th) Very Important, Big News AG opinion about Treasurer Ted Wheeler. (Legal researchers are funny that way. We can’t rely just on news stories. Go figure.)

Here’s the Willamette Week story: Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016*

Here’s the Stateman-Journal story: AG: Wheeler can’t run for reelection in 2016

Now, neither newspaper publishes (as of this moment) or links to the opinion. They may in time. But what if you need the actual opinion now?

Are the newspapers relying on a DOJ release – or do they have the actual opinion? Hard to tell, so let’s visit the DOJ website, because, maybe, it’s 2014 and this is exactly the sort of thing that websites are handy for: communication.

Let’s see if we can find that (yesterday’s) AG Opinion, at the DOJ/AG’s website:

  • Does the DOJ’s homepage help us find the AG opinion? (Nope.)
  • How about if you click on “What Can We Help You Find?” (Nope, not for this question of ours.)
  • What about that list of “Legal Resources” on the right side of that page or the Legal Resources page itself? (There is a link to AG Opinions, but ….)
  • From the Attorney General Opinions webpage? (Searching the word “wheeler” didn’t work. And a search using 2014 brought up only something as recent as June, but when I narrow it to AG Opinions, I get “No results.” Not helpful. And searching Summaries reveals that there aren’t any 2014 opinions here – and there likely weren’t any so maybe nothing is missing. (So why don’t they say, “No opinions have been issued in 2014″ so we don’t all wonder – and have to call to make sure?)
  • Maybe if we go directly to the Office of the Attorney General’s webpage itself. (Nope, no luck here.)

Maybe they give opinions out to the Media? So let’s try the 2014 Media Releases page. Nope, nuttin’ honey. The most recent entry was June 6th. Today is the 12th and the opinion was “released” early on the 11th. But this is a public agency, this decision affects everyone, and they have a public website – maybe it’s like some of those Dilbert cartoons. (Like the one (from 12/8/11) where Dilbert wonders if he has to meet up with a “newly discovered stone age tribe that has never used Skype” Like Dilbert, “I’m totally confused.”) Maybe I’m missing something here, so I’ll give them a call.

So, it took me 3 transfers and I got to a super-helpful person (hi Nancy!). She said that the opinion was sent over for posting and that should happen shortly. (It was not for me to nag her, who has no control over such matters, why an important decision like this one wasn’t posted yesterday, immediately after the affected parties were notified, which they were first thing in yesterday morning.)

So keep an eye on Opinion Summaries. The AG Opinion may appear any moment.

And then again, this is a reminder that my guide to legal resources Not Online has a growing list of new entries to add and I plan to update the last version (2013) by early September. (And this includes some of the DOJ Public Records Orders, not all of which seem to be online. But maybe that has changed in recent months. I’ll check on that before I write that blog post.)

As for us mere mortals, well, this is a problem not just at the DOJ. There are plenty of public-record court documents that appear on the very expensive court records databases, for purchase if you have the money, and way ahead of them being accessible publicly, even if you visit the courthouse itself. (This will change in time, with the advent of eCourt, but mere mortals are for now outside of that loop, too.) And not all CJ Orders are online either, by the way.

Yes, I clearly ate my Cranky Flakes this morning, but really! Really! Really! I’m totally confused.

*The Willamette Week often includes this disclaimer regarding the current AG: Full disclosure: Rosenblum is married to WW publisher and co-owner Richard Meeker. (Maybe they, and the Statesman Journal, got an early look at a press release or the opinion? Sigh.)

Why You Need to Call the Police if Your Caregiver or Employee Steals From You

Hat tip to Law for Real People blog: Why You Need to Call the Police if Your Caregiver or Employee Steals From You

Excerpt: “I just had a call from a very nice person who needs caregivers around-the-clock, 365 days a year. One of these caregivers recently stole money from from my friend. My friend said it happened about six weeks ago, and that the person was no longer serving as a caregiver, so she was just going to let it go.

I had to explain to her why it was so important that she call the police:

Because other people looking to hire caregivers are going to look at the home-care workers’ registry and look at the results of the criminal background checks, and if she doesn’t file a police report about the theft, this caregiver will appear to have both a lot of experience and no problems in her background….” [Link to full blog post.]

Oregon Adds Statewide Abuse Reporting Line: (855) 503-SAFE

You may also need to call the Medicaid Fraud Unit (MFU) at 971-673-1971 (see also the DOJ Medicaid Fraud website.)

Oregon 2014 Legislative Session Preview

From Oregon Legislative Administration Committee Services:

“To encourage transparency, public participation, and efficiency in government, the Oregon Legislative Assembly is making available the 2014 Senate and House Legislative Measures prior to the official start of the legislative session.

Access the 2014 Legislative Bills

A list of committee (only) legislative concepts with the corresponding measure numbers is available by clicking here.

Library Management in the Age of MOOCS

Expertise needed by 21st Century Library Managers: Money, Privacy, Copyright, Licensing, and Education Law … that is, the same skills professional librarians needed in the 20th and 19th centuries!

But user, funder, and governing body assumptions and expectations of what libraries can be and knowledge of how libraries are managed have changed:

“Libraries in the Time of MOOCs,” by Curtis Kendrick and Irene Gashurov, in Educause, Monday, November 4, 2013

“....  Soon, librarians might be asked to provide access to copyrighted, licensed electronic resources for MOOC students around the world. Will we be equipped with the technology to accommodate unprecedented numbers of students inside and outside the university? We will also have to deal with legal issues related to MOOCs, such as intellectual property rights, privacy issues, and state regulations. After exhausting the many ways of saying no to difficult change, perhaps we can find a way to work with all the stakeholders and help shape the rapidly changing MOOC model in concert with our own needs while we still can….”

Wikipedia MOOC article.

Hat tip to Library Link of the Day (11/6/13)