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343 ABA Journal Oregon articles.

Lawyer gets reprimand for responding to negative online review with embarrassing client information

A lawyer who revealed a client’s criminal record and name when countering a negative online review violated an ethics rule that bans revelation of information relating to a representation, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled.

State supreme court asked to consider new licensure paths for lawyers

The Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners has adopted a task force report suggesting supervised practice or law school experiential-learning programs as bar exam alternatives for attorney licensure.

Top Wisconsin court narrowly approves bar admission of woman convicted in pot plot

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that a woman convicted in a plot to smuggle marijuana to the state from Oregon should be allowed to practice law.

Woman who led police on low-speed chase on her mobility scooter wins reversal of her conviction

A woman who led police on a low-speed chase on her electric mobility scooter wasn’t operating a motor vehicle and should not have been convicted for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, an Oregon appeals court has ruled.

Requirement for jury unanimity in serious cases isn’t retroactive, Supreme Court rules

The requirement for unanimous jury verdicts in serious criminal cases doesn’t apply retroactively to overturn final convictions on federal collateral review, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Lawyer gets 5-year suspension for firing gun into colleague’s law office

A lawyer who practices in Portland, Oregon, has received a five-year suspension for firing six bullets into the law office of a colleague, narrowly missing the law firm manager who was in the building.

Prosecutors move to drop charges against former Littler associate charged in Portland demonstration

Prosecutors are asking a federal court in Oregon to drop charges against a former Littler Mendelson associate accused of disorderly conduct on federal property during demonstrations in Portland last summer.

9th Circuit revives Oregon lawyers’ freedom-of-association challenge to mandatory bar membership

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a First Amendment challenge to the Oregon State Bar's mandatory membership requirement.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer regrets pepper-spray incident; ex-FBI lawyer avoids prison

Lawyer expresses regret after he is pepper-sprayed by mayor

A lawyer who was pepper-sprayed by the mayor of Portland, Oregon, has expressed regret for the incident that provoked the response.…

Mayor of Portland, Oregon, pepper-sprays lawyer in parking lot

Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a lawyer who confronted him in a restaurant parking lot Sunday about COVID-19 risks, according to police.

Charges tossed against hammer-attack suspect after accuser refuses to testify without a mask

An Oregon judge dismissed charges against a suspect in a hammer attack Monday after his accuser refused to testify against him without a mask.

Voters across US approve measures on police reform and criminal justice

Ballot measures intended to reform policing gained approval in jurisdictions across the country last week, while several other criminal justice reforms also won approval.

Oregon voters legalize psychedelic mushrooms, decriminalize drugs; 4 other states OK recreational marijuana

Voters in several states loosened drug laws Tuesday, going so far in Oregon as to legalize psychedelic mushrooms and to decriminalize small amounts of heroin and other drugs.

Oregon Supreme Court rejects climate change lawsuit that cites public trust doctrine

The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected claims that the public trust doctrine imposes broad duties on the state to protect the environment from greenhouse gas emissions.

Oregon and Louisiana grapple with past criminal convictions made with split verdicts

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Ramos v. Louisiana that split verdicts in state trials for serious criminal offenses violated the Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial, overturning a high court ruling in 1972 that upheld them. The effect of the court’s ruling in Ramos is that state courts will now vacate cases with split verdicts on direct appeal. Prosecutors will next decide whether to retry them. What is unclear is whether the ruling will apply retroactively.

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