If you’re an Oregon lawyer, the best legal research tools are only a mouse-click away on the OSB website. Best of all, they’re free thanks to the revamped BarBooks platform.
From the Member Login link on the OSB home page, select Enter BarBooks, and choose Explore. In addition to the familiar OSB Legal Publications – 44 books that cover everything from Administering Oregon Estates to Worker’s Compensation – you will also find:
Other OSB Publications
Disciplinary Board Reporter (1998 – 2015)
Oregon Formal Ethics Opinions (2016 rev.)
Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated (2016 edition)
Oregon Legislation Highlights (2005 – 2016)
UPL Advisory Opinions (2013-2014)
OSB Seminar Handbooks
A whopping 132 handbooks from OSB CLEs. Here are just a few of the topics covered:
Advanced Estate Planning
Advanced Topics in Nonprofit Law
Bankruptcy Basics: The ABCs of Filing Chapter 13
Basic Estate Planning and Administration
Defending DUII Cases in Oregon
Deposition Techniques and Strategy with David Markowitz
Drafting Family Law Documents
Evolving Issues of Labor and Employment Law in the Modern Workplace
Fundamentals of Oregon Civil Trial Procedure
Intellectual Property Review
Legal Ethics—Best Practices
Litigation Institute and Retreat
Northwest Bankruptcy Institute
Real Estate and Land Use Fall Forum
Click the nifty download button to save any of these publications or handbooks to your desktop.
While logged into BarBooks, you can also search the Oregon Statutory Time Limitations Handbook from the Professional Liability Fund (PLF). BUT, the best place to download PLF handbooks is still the PLF website, where you have four to choose from – all available at no cost to Oregon lawyers:
A Guide to Setting Up and Running Your Law Office
A Guide to Setting Up and Using Your Lawyer Trust Account
Oregon Statutory Time Limitations Handbook
Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is urging the Oregon legislature to update Oregon’s data breach law:
“Data breach and the distribution of personal information is a growing risk for Oregonians. Nationally, data breaches in 2013 exposed an estimated 546 million piece of personal information. The Oregon Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2007 requires businesses and governmental agencies to notify consumers of digital data breaches and develop safeguards for personal information but provides no protection for medical, insurance or biometric information. By extending enforcement power to the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon will be able to use the effective enforcement tools of the already-existing Unlawful Trade Practices Act .” Read more here.
Track the status of legislative action on this issue and in other areas that affect your practice by using the Oregon State Bar 2015 Regular Session Bill Tracking tool.
The 2015 Oregon State Bar Law Improvement Proposals are found here. The 2015 Oregon State Bar Legislative Priorities include improvements to court funding in general, eCourt funding in particular, and legal services to the poor. Read more here.
From the Editor: This special issue focuses on some of the significant changes made by the 2013 Oregon Legislature. Bills are listed by area of law. Some bills pertain to more than one practice area, so practitioners are encouraged to look through all the sections.
The new legislation takes effect January 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. In addition the PLF published “2013 Oregon Legislative Session – ‘Emergency Legislation'” in the September issue of In Brief, focusing on some of the bills that became effective last year. Those bills are NOT reprinted in this issue, so practitioners are encouraged to consult that document as well.
The following practice areas are covered in this special issue:
Among the proposed changes, LC 2764, requiring that escrow trust accounts held by title companies be set up similarly to lawyers’ IOLTA accounts, with interest going partially to funding legal services.