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Text Message Reminders for Hearings
The Oregon Judicial Department is launching a new service in all three Central Oregon counties to provide case parties with the opportunity to receive text message reminders for court hearings and changes.
The goal is to improve communication with parties directly involved in the case – including defendants, petitioners, respondents, and others – and reduce instances of “failure to appear.”
CLE Discount Sale
Starting today through December 31 get 50% off all CLEs by entering the code SAVE50 at checkout! Visit Oregon Law Practice Management On Demand CLE and choose from any of these programs:
Oregon-Specific Ethics Credits
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- Ethical Guidelines for Client Files
- Fee Agreements – Ethical Dos and Don’ts
- Effective Conflict Systems
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- 7 Steps to Building Better Client Relationships
- Best Practices for Client Intake, Engagement, and Workflow
- Best Practices for Docketing, Conflicts, Disengagement, and File Retention
- eCourt Malpractice Traps
- Getting Paid
- Oregon eService
- Technology Tips for the Busy Legal Professional
Personal Management Assistance Credits
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Claims Attorney Opening
The OSB Professional Liability Fund is seeking a full-time claims attorney to join its Claims Department.
Responsibilities include managing a caseload of lawyer professional liability claims and working with covered attorneys and outside counsel on a broad range of matters involving lawyer professional liability.
Oregon State Bar membership, a minimum of five years of private practice experience in the State of Oregon, and proficiency in MS Office applications. Insurance coverage experience is helpful.
Competitive salary, plus excellent retirement, health insurance, and other benefits.
Application deadline is December 11, 2020.
How to Apply
Applications will not be accepted via telephone calls or inquiries.
Please email cover letter and resume to:
PLF General Counsel
About the PLF
The Oregon State Bar Board of Governors created the Professional Liability Fund in 1977 pursuant to state statute (ORS 9.080) and with approval of the membership. The PLF first began operation on July 1, 1978, and has been the mandatory provider of primary malpractice coverage for Oregon lawyers since that date. Learn more here.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The PLF is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at the PLF are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or identity, age, disability, family or parental status, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
New ABA Study on Malpractice Claims
Approximately every four years since 1985, the American Bar Association has published a “Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims.” Plaintiffs’ personal injury and family law are the most frequent source of claims, according to the latest profile. Although the Profile does not correlate the severity of claims by practice area, the Profile’s “anecdotal observations” section suggests that business and commercial law have traditionally been higher-risk areas on this score…Risk Management by the Numbers: New ABA Study on Malpractice Claims — NWSidebar
Closer to Home
It is no particular surprise that Oregon mirrors the national statistics.
In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, personal injury, domestic relations, and bankruptcy/debtor-creditor law top the list for frequency of claims in our state. They do not, however, represent the biggest payout. In fact, they don’t make the list.
If your concern is cost, look to business transactions, securities, other civil litigation, tax/non profit law, intellectual property, and construction.
Here are the details:
Don’t become a statistic
The risk of a legal malpractice claim can be greatly reduced by taking advantage of practice management resources. HOW you run your practice matters as much – or more – than the area of law you choose. Reading blogs, getting advice, and scheduling a webinar are all ways to educate yourself on malpractice traps.
Learning to manage your workflow and properly track deadlines is a must. So is managing your time. Reach out if you need help or have questions. Take advantage of PLF and OAAP resources. Getting your systems and procedures in order is the single most effective step any lawyer can take to manage the risk of a claim. This applies to those practicing in larger firms too. Your firm supplies the software and procedures, but when it comes down to managing your personal caseload that’s up to you.
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