The Foundation occasionally organizes and hosts special events related to recognizing the contributions of women and minorities in the justice system.
Selected Past Events
Pay Up: Negotiating Your Worth at Work (held September 20, 2013, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm) was presented by the Foundation and the Multnomah Bar Association and co-sponsored by MBA YLS and OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department. Attendees included lawyers who wanted to learn strategies and tactics for negotiating their compensation, including appropriate timing for negotiating, how to prepare to negotiate and what to negotiate. The panelists will also addressed pay inequity that women and minorities face.
Annual MBA Family & Friends Golf Event (held in July) was co-sponsored by the Foundation and the Multnomah Bar Association, benefiting the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. This is an annual event, so check back for updates.
Using the Power of Nonverbal Communication for Professional Effectiveness CLE (held February 11, 2010 at Garvey Schubert Barer; Co-sponsored with the OWLS Leadership Committee) Sari de la Motte, CEO and founder of Nonverbal Solutions, offered a dynamic presentation on using nonverbal strategies to increase effectiveness with clients, colleagues and in court.
Celebration of the Women’s History Display, (held May 17, 2007 at the Oregon State Bar Center; Co-sponsored with Queen’s Bench). On February 22, 2007, a museum-quality wall display was installed at the Oregon State Bar center, featuring many women lawyers from all around Oregon over the course of our history (since 1885). The creation of the display was a project of the Queen’s Bench Historical Perspectives Committee over the course of the last 3 years. On May 17th, members of the Bar and the public had an opportunity to view the display (a total of 24 feet in length) — and to meet many of the women who are featured in the display, including Hon. Betty Roberts, Norma Paulus, Hon. Susan Graber, Hon. Virginia Linder, Hon. Ellen Rosenblum, Noreen Saltveit McGraw, Carlotta Sorensen, Hon. Julie Frantz, and many more. Over 50 people attended the event, including many family members of the women featured, including family of the late Hon. Jean Lewis and the late Hon. Mercedes Deiz. View Photos.
Vernellia Randall Book Reading & Signing Reception (held May 3, 2007 at the Governor Hotel; Co-sponsored with Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon Women Lawyers, and Oregon Minority Lawyers Association). The event included a reception, a short reading, and book signing by Vernellia Randall, who authored the book, “Dying While Black”. The book examines the disparities in health and health care for minorities, particularly African Americans. In her book, Randall proposes a specific program of equitable, rather than compensatory, reparations including a comprehensive health care civil rights law. View Photos.
CourtCare Reception at the Multnomah Co. Courthouse (held November 30, 2004) to allow attorneys to tour and celebrate the work of the child care facility for children of litigants and witnesses at the Multnomah County Courthouse. The Foundation is a significant supporter of the CourtCare program.
“Celebrating 25 Years of Women on the Oregon Appellate Bench” (held November 20, 2002; co-sponsored with OWLS), a Continuing Legal Education seminar featuring a panel of the five women who then served, or previously served, on the Oregon Appellate Bench, followed by a reception honoring the women. This event also included, as the keynote speaker, former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh, the first Oregon Governor to appoint a woman to the Oregon Supreme Court.
Hon. Jean Lewis celebration (held April 5, 2001) commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the swearing-in of Judge Jean Lewis, the first woman circuit court judge in Oregon. This event also included, as keynote speaker, former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, the first Oregon Governor to appoint a woman to a circuit court in Oregon.