Oregon

330 ABA Journal Oregon articles.

Lawyer gets prison time for shooting into another lawyer’s office

A lawyer who practiced law in Portland, Oregon, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday for firing shots into the office of another lawyer.

The lawyer, Erik Graeff,…

Lawyer stole money to pay for plastic surgery, overdue income taxes, party with Hawaiian band and more

An Oregon attorney who pleaded guilty to stealing money from client trust accounts and her law firm, and not paying income taxes for six years, was sentenced Thursday to serve…

When judges get angry, the most vulnerable suffer; one judge sees his behavior as reminder

Trial judges should be “a model of dignity and impartiality” who are able to control their tempers and emotions, according to ABA standards on special functions of trial judges.

As judges rule for sanctuary cities, Chicago sues Sessions for blocking new public safety grants
Litigation over President Donald Trump's order restricting federal grants to sanctuary cities continues, despite several rulings favoring the cities and other jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Suspended judge won’t be tried on weapons charges after witness refuses to testify
An Oregon judge who faced ethics charges after refusing to perform same-sex marriages won’t be tried on criminal charges of letting a felon handle weapons.
Supreme Court is asked to rule Oregon bakers had a right to refuse to make cake for same-sex wedding

The former owners of an Oregon bakery are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to accept their appeal and decide that they had a First Amendment right to refuse to bake a custom cake for a same-sex wedding.

Judge dismisses Trump from climate change suit, says case can go to trial

A lawsuit blaming the federal government for failing to take action to stop climate change can proceed to trial, but the plaintiffs must proceed without President Donald Trump as a…

House of Delegates urges end to mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims

After a year in which sexual harassment in the workplace has taken center stage, the ABA House of Delegates voted to urge legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of such claims.

Oregon lawyers sue over mandatory bar dues in wake of Supreme Court’s union dues decision

Diane Gruber and Mark Runnels argue in a suit filed last Wednesday in federal court that paying compulsory dues infringes on their First Amendment rights because it helps pay for political and ideological speech they disagree with.

Louisiana, Oregon should require unanimous juries for felony convictions, ABA House urges
Only two states, Louisiana and Oregon, permit felony convictions by a less than unanimous vote. At Monday’s meeting, the ABA House of Delegates voted to urge those states to end the practice, raising concerns about how well it serves justice.
Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who inspired Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff
President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, the Oregon ranchers whose arson conviction inspired the 40-day standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The Hill and the Washington Post have stories.
1881 Initiative aims to increase the number of female AGs

The Democratic Attorneys General Association has launched an initiative to elect more women to an underestimated position: state attorney general. DAGA’s 1881 Initiative is named for the first year two women ran for—and lost—state AG seats. The goal is to ensure that by 2022 at least half the Democratic attorneys general will be women.

Suit claims landlord didn’t see lawyer’s clause freezing his rent in perpetuity

A lawsuit filed against an Oregon lawyer claims he drafted a clause in his lease that freezes his rent at $1,550 a month in perpetuity.

Landlord Angela Bell says in…

Judge orders teen to pay nearly $37M in restitution for starting wildfire

An Oregon judge has ordered a teen to pay $36.6 million in restitution for tossing fireworks in the Eagle Creek Canyon last September and sparking a wildfire that spread to…

Suit argues animals have the right to sue their abusers

A horse named Justice is entitled to recover the costs of his medical care and damages for pain and suffering from his alleged abuser, according to a negligence suit filed…

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