If you’re newly admitted, recently moved, or just transitioned to private practice the best way to get connected to your new community is to join the local bar association.
A quick visit to the Oregon State Bar website reveals that not all local bars are active at this time, but don’t despair.
If your local bar association is up and running
Join! Attend events, including social gatherings and CLEs. Get involved and meet local judges and practitioners.
If your local bar association is inactive
This is your golden opportunity to get it up and running.
- Hold an open house at your office
- Organize and deliver a CLE
- Host an after-hours social event
- Invite locals to a no-host coffee hour at a local business
- Organize a themed lunch gathering where attendees share tips on marketing, technology, or other relevant subjects
Don’t let inertia prevail – find ways to connect! Get started by introducing yourself to the local judiciary and courthouse staff. Visit local law offices (if geographically feasible). Otherwise, make calls and send emails or even letters.
One easy way to find other lawyers in your area is to access the Member Directory PDF behind the secured login on the OSB website. Listings of lawyers organized by city begin on page 278. Take note that the directory does not include the latest contact information. Another option is to search by city using the online directory.
Given your objective, you should also consider contacting Member Services at the OSB. They may be willing to pull a current list of attorneys by county or city for you.
Local bar associations offer many advantages
- Local cost CLE
- Member benefits
- Volunteer opportunities
- Connection to the local judiciary (for discussion/resolution of practice issues in the judicial district)
- And more!
Join started today!
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