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MLLS Membership Meeting

Tuesday, November 18th

by Lora Keenan


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 commissions. Nancy explained that the governor appoints members to more than 200 boards and commissions, ranging from the Board of Accountancy to the Youth Conservation Corps Advisory Committee.


These boards and committees have a huge impact on the everyday life of Oregonians. For example, Governor Kulongoski turned to the Board of Pharmacy to help implement policy changes that dramatically affected the methamphetamine problem in our state. Service on a board or commission also presents terrific opportunities to build knowledge about a subject and about Oregon government. Board and commission members get the opportunity to interact with other members from around the state, reflecting a variety of backgrounds, interests, and points of view. They also regularly interact with the legislature and executive branch staff.


Nancy explained that, while some positions have particular training or professional prerequisites, there are many opportunities for those with less experience. Many boards and commissions by design must include public members to make sure that the interests of Oregonians generally are represented. Nancy stressed that there are always plenty of opportunities for smart people who are willing to commit to do their homework and attend the meetings of their boards of commissions. She noted that Governor Kulongoski, a lawyer himself, views lawyers as valuable members of any kind of board or commission, because he believes that legal education provides a great frame of reference for looking at all kinds of issues.


Appointment terms range from one to four years, depending on the particular board or commission. Nancy’s office continually tracks the status of all board and commissions, and an updated list of vacancies can be viewed at You can apply for a particular vacancy or simply apply generally to serve and Nancy’s office will match your background and interests with current openings. Some board and commission appointments are subject to approval by the Oregon Senate, which can take several months, but appointments to other positions can happen in a matter of weeks.


Service on an Oregon board or commission is a great way to build skills and contacts—another building block in the MLLS program theme this year of “Empowering Women, Engaging in Leadership.”


New Admittee Luncheon

Tuesday, 10/21/08

by Lora Keenan


On October 21, 2008, the Mary Leonard Law Society hosted 20 members of the bar at our third annual luncheon for new admittees at Alessandro’s Restaurant in Salem. Our speaker was the Honorable Martha Lee Walters, one of two women justices on Oregon’s seven-member Supreme Court.

In introducing Justice Walters, program planner Jodee Jackson noted that Oregon has one of the lowest percentages of women on its high court among western states. Through its speaker series this year, “Empowering Women, Engaging in Leadership,” MLLS is exploring different avenues for women to achieve leadership roles such as judgeships.


Justice Walters welcomed the new bar members by speaking “from the hear” about what the practice of law hs been like for her. Justice Walters practiced law in Eugene for 30 years before being appointed to the bench in 2006 and has had “a wonderful life in the law.” Her practice focused on employment and disability litigation, and she spoke movingly about the challenges and satisfactions of effecting social change and vindicating personal rights through tough and compelling cases.


Justice Walters emphasized the role that “saying yes” has played in her career and her life. For instance, the day after completing a grueling trial, she was contacted regarding a disable golfer who needed to use a golf cart in order to qualify for and participate in the PGA tour. Although she had every reason at the time to say no to the case, she said yes. Because she said yes, she represented Casey Martin in a groundbreaking ADA case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although she cautioned that saying yes too much can mean spreading yourself too thin, she encouraged new lawyers to fully engage in life in the law and participate in the opportunities that come their way as a result.


Hadley Rose: A Lawyer

Helping Those Who

Can’t Help Themselves

by Jill Tanner


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.


In September, Hadley will be working in Kegali, Rwanda with the International Justice Mission (IJM), a Christian organization dedicated to fighting injustice.


Throughout the world. IJM opened the Rwanda office in 2007. In Rwanda, the government legally asserts ownership to all land and allows its citizens to assert rights of possession in the land by following certain procedures. Just having their property illegally seized, often by male relatives. Hadley’s work at the IJM office will include assisting Rwandan women to assert rights in their land and ensure that those who illegally seize property are prosecuted. In addition, Hadley will help IJM launch a sexual violence program to assist women who are victims of sexual crimes and also to ensure the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justices.


Throughout her stay, Hadley will share her experiences via email and blog, and those updates will appear on the Mary Leonard Law Society website. She is currently busy trying to raise money for her living expenses. Tax deductible contributions can be made to her work online at IJM by selecting Hadley’s name from the list.


If you would like more information about IJM and their work in 12 countries around the globe, please visit


Read Rachel’s blog

Hadley Rose