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Read on for a bit of Oregon “Civics Education” from me:

Senate Bill 513 A (2021) requires that Oregon high school students receive one half-credit in civics education prior to graduation. It has been approved by both legislative chambers and will (we assume) be signed by the Governor. (Visit the Governor’s homepage, look under the Administration tab, and click on the Bills Signed link for a list.)

How this law will be implemented will be fun, um, interesting to watch. It appears everyone is fairly realistic about the speed of this process. The bill says: “Applies to high school diplomas awarded on or after January 1, 2026.”

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Portland, Oregon: CLASSROOM LAW PROJECT is looking for a PROGRAM MANAGER

Excerpt: “POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Program Manager (PM) will lead the collaborative CLP team effort to develop and deliver our Mock Trial program, including statewide student competitions and showcases, as well as related professional development workshops, and collaboration with teachers to support their implementation of these active-learning strategies in their classrooms. In addition, the PM will serve as the instructor for the Street Law seminar at Lewis & Clark Law School, which places law students in high school classrooms to teach lessons in practical law. The PM will also oversee our annual Law Day Conference for Students and We the Readers Book Club for teachers, and contribute to development and implementation of our major annual events for teachers, the Oregon Civics Conference for Teachers and the Summer Institute, as well as our online Educator Resource Community. They will provide active support across all CLP programs including teacher, student, and volunteer recruitment, relationship development within the legal and education communities, and representation of CLP and its civics education mission in a variety of public venues.

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Memorandum on Restoring the Department of Justice’s Access-to-Justice Function and Reinvigorating the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (MAY 18, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS)

Excerpt: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to increase meaningful access to our legal system and an array of Federal programs, it is hereby ordered as follows: ….” [Link to the Memorandum at the Whitehouse website or Briefing Room or at the Federal Register (and eventually the CFR) website.]

Legal Research Tips: Researching Administrative Law: Federal and State

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Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) News: OHSU to pay more than $2,000 per hour to investigators of sexual harassment, discrimination claims,by Meera Powell, April 17, 2021.

Excerpt: “Investigators, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, will be paid as much as $2,000 per hour or more to look into claims of sexual harassment, racism, discrimination and retaliation at Oregon Health & Science University….

According to the contract between Covington & Burling and OHSU obtained by OPB, Holder’s hourly rate is $2,295.

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The Classroom Law Project will be presenting the 2021 Law Day Conference for Students as a virtual event April 26, 2021.

The 2021 Law Day Conference for Students will take place online the week of April 26-30, 2021.

We are offering a slate of resources to help facilitate Law Day engagement with your students, including:

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Pandemic Rapid Response Team (RRT) Eviction Diversion Lab, a National Center for State Courts (NCSC) webinar:

The looming risk of an explosion in eviction filings remains ever-present, and state and local courts across the country have begun planning for what happens when their local regulations and/or the CDC moratorium expire.

The RRT’s Eviction Diversion Lab invites you to a policy briefing with officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who will offer insights about and answer questions concerning a recent Interim Rule issued in support of the CDC’s eviction moratorium. This Interim Rule requires debt collectors to provide written notice to tenants of their right under the eviction moratorium and provides other protections, as well as penalties for landlords who do not comply….” [Link to webinar page for registration and related info.]

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If you want to know more about legislative redistricting in Oregon, talk to your state legislator and visit the Oregon Legislature Redistricting information website.

If you want to read the April 9, 2021, Oregon Supreme Court case on how the Legislative Assembly and the Secretary of State will meet deadlines for decennial reapportionment of state legislative districts set out in Article IV, section 6, of the Oregon Constitution, given the federal government will not meet its own statutory deadline to produce federal decennial census data:

Short case name: Advance Sheet*: State ex rel Kotek v. Fagan, 367 Or 803 (S068364) (April 9, 2021)

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The City Club of Portland has released a new report: The Future of Money in Oregon Politics: Recommendations for policymakers (January 6, 2021).

They have made it available in front of their paywall so you can read it without being a City Club member. (Thank you to City Club members!)

City Club research tip: Portland State University has a collection of City Club of Portland 1920-2007 reports via PDX Scholar.)

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Librarians may now qualify for FOIA fee exemption as educational institution requesters:

Excerpt from Wisblawg, 12/21/2020, blog post:

Librarians now qualify for FOIA fee exemption as educational institution requesters,” December 21, 2020

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