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Message From the President

Dear Members,


Fall is on its way, and with it a new season of activities for Mary Leonard members and lawyers in the Salem community. Our first Courthouse Connection, co-hosted by the Marion County Bar Association, was held at the Marion County Courthouse—be sure to read judge Tanner’s article about this great event and our host, Judge Lynn Ashcroft. Next up is our first monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, September16, at Goudy Commons at Willamette University, where delicious desserts will be provided. This meeting will serve as a kick-off point for this year’s theme, “Empowering Women, Engaging in Leadership.”


Topics for this year’s monthly meetings are designed to inform our members about the necessary building blocks for running for office and provide inspiration to do so. This year’s historic national elections serve as a relevant and exciting backdrop to our theme. According to the Oregonian, “Women make up about 16 percent of both houses of the [United States] Congress, 24 percent of state legislators and 16 percent of mayors of cities with populations over 30,000.”  If we want those statistics to improve, we need to be aggressive about putting our names into the political hat.


Lastly, MLLS will be hosting a table at the annual Marion-Polk Campaign for Equal Justice Luncheon in Salem on September 25, 2008. This great event helps to support Marion-Polk Legal Aid, and will be held at the Mission Mill Museum in the Spinning Room, from noon to 1 p.m. Last year, MLLS members donated more than $1500. We hope you will join us!



Shannon Terry




Recent Events and News

Membership Meeting, November 18, 2008


At our November meeting, Nancy Goss Duran, Executive Appointments Director for Governor Kulongoski, introduced us to opportunities available through service on one of Oregon’s many boards and commissioners...


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Hadley rose: A Lawyer Helping Those Who Can’t Help Themselves


In May, 2008, Hadley Rose graduated from Willamette University College of Law. After serving as Editor in Chief of the Willamette law Review and spending a summer working at the Grameen bank in Bangladesh, Hadley plans to continue her tradition of helping others, specifically those who live in hostile and undeveloped areas of the world…

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This week was my first full week in Kigali and at work. The week was very busy because we spent Monday through Thursday in Jali sector, a more rural part of the city, to perform training on land rights. The training sessions were theater performances depicting vulnerable women having their land forcibly taken….. read Hadley’s blog





Practice Tips: Advice from Marion County Judges and Court Staff. The following practice tips, Tips For Law Clerks, reflects a “polling” of judges and staff over a number of years and may not reflect the opinions of all members currently on the bench.

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Upcoming Events


· Oregon Legislators Panel:  State Senator Jackie Winters,     Representatives Tina Kotek and Betty Komp


                          December 2, 2008


· Courthouse Connection, December 9, 2008