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.
Diversity is defined as “The fact or quality of being different; having a variety.” It can only be applied to a group of things or people in order to highlight the presence or absence or difference or variety.
The reality is that a roomful of black women is no more diverse than a roomful of white men. And yet, we tend to describe programs as being aimed at “diverse attorneys” and state that we would really like to make a “diversity hire” in this position. But when you stop to think about it, what do we really mean?
If a program is for diverse attorneys, it must be for all attorneys and hopefully the group will represent a large variety of people. Is that really what we mean? No, it isn’t. What we mean is that the program is for attorneys who are underrepresented or marginalized in the field of law. Why not say that? Or better yet, let’s actively state what we mean. Is the program really aimed at women and people of color? Then let’s just say so. Let’s not seek a diversity hire; let’s seek to create a diverse workforce. Or we can talk about diversifying our employees.
August has been a big month for lawyer well-being! In a previous post, we reported on some comprehensive new recommendations for a variety of legal stakeholders created by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. Since their release, a number of news outlets, magazines, blogs and bars have taken notice, including: Official ABA Press Release: Growing […]
In the August edition of bar news, the OSB announced that all passwords will be reset this fall. Lawyers, law librarians, and others who have access to the OSB member site will be required to create new passwords “that meet modern security standards.”