Upcoming Events

    • 07 Dec 2016
    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 11 sessions
    • Barran Liebman LLP 601 SW 2nd Ave #2300 Portland, OR 97204

    Monthly meeting of the board of directors for OPA

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • US Bancorp Tower, 1st Floor Conference Center, 111 SW Fifth Ave


    Join us for the first OPA Leadership Workshop

    What it means to be a leader beyond the title

    September 9, 2017


    8:30-9:00 - Light Breakfast

    9:00-9:15 - Introductions

    9:15-9:45 - Board Meetings; Structure and what to expect at a Board Meeting, Roberts Rules of Order                          Presented by Brenna Dickey, RP®

    9:45-10:30 - History of OPA & Positions within Association                                                                           Presented by MaryAnn Ivie, RP® and Tom Holmes, RP®

    10:30-12:00 - Team Building and Conflict Resolution        Presented by Guest Speaker, Sgt. Troy King, Portland Police Bureau


    ***If you are interested in a leadership role within OPA, serving on a committee, or would just like to know more about the association, please join us. 

    Register at: https://oregonparalegals.org/event-2622594


    Please contact Sam Blair, CRP™ at sblair@dunncarney.com or Mary VanKleeck, CRP™ at mvankleeck@bpmlaw.com if you have any questions. 


     US Bancorp Tower                                                                  1st floor Conference Center Training Room                          111 SW Fifth Ave                                                                    Portland, OR 97204

    -All day parking is available for $3.50 in the lot across the street from the US Bancorp Tower at  121 SW 4th

    -Breakfast sponsored by: Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S.

    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Marco Polo Global Restaurant 300 Liberty Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97301



    Brought to you by the

    CLE Program Committee & Regulation Committee

    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    11:30 to 4:00 p.m.

    Marco Polo Global Restaurant

    300 Liberty Street SE

    Salem, Oregon 97301


    11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Registration

    12:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    CLE: Law Office & Case Practice Management

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    CLE: Legal Ethics Updates & Best Practices

    2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.    Break   

    2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    TOWN HALL: Current Certification/Regulation Trends & Updates

    Topic #1:


    RACHEL EDWARDS: Professional Liability Fund Practice Management Advisor.

    Ms. Edwards joined the Professional Liability Fund in 2016, and was previously in private practice for four years. In her role as a practice management advisor for the PLF, Ms. Edwards provides practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims and enhance their enjoyment of practicing law. Law firms, especially solo and small firms, unfortunately have become a target for cyber criminals because of the confidential data often stored by firms such as bank statements and social security numbers. Learning how to create and implement proper security protocol can aid in becoming part of that statistic.

    Topic #2: 


    TOM KRAMER: Attorney, Bullard Law.

    Mr. Kramer has been an attorney in private practice in Oregon for the past 35 years, practicing primarily in the area of employee benefits law. For the past five years, Mr. Kramer has served as internal General Counsel at Bullard Law, a management-side labor and employment law firm in Portland. In that role, Mr. Kramer, with help from colleagues and outside counsel, addresses ethics issues arising under the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct. This session will attempt to provide an overview of ethical issues you and your attorneys may face and offer suggestions and resources you might use to address those issues.

    Town Hall:

    This portion of the event will answer tough questions those in the legal community have. We will address how it will improve and advance the profession, and much more .

    Panel: Oregon Certified Paralegals will lead a discussion of the OCP Program to educate and answer questions about why the Program was established and how this affects the legal community.

    Presentation: Blazing the trail – A look at our history, present and future as Oregon Paralegals.

    Lunch:Appetizers: Crab Puffs and Chicken Potstickers; Buffet: General Tso’s Chicken, Veggies in Black Bean Sauce with Tofu, VeggieYakisoba, Rice. Dessert and Ice Tea are included. 

    This CLE is sponsored by:

    Northwest Medical Experts Inc.

    The Trusted Source for IME Services

    Seattle, WA 98101


    If you prefer to mail your registration payment, you may download and mail the registration form with your payment to: Oregon Paralegal Association, Attn: Michele Davis CP, OCP, PO Box 28264, Portland, 97228.

    Contact Michele Davis, CP, OCP (503-515-9248; redcoach99@aol.com) for more information!

    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • US Bancorp Tower, 1st Floor Conference Center Training Room, 111 SW Fifth Avenue

    The Art of the Litigation Hold

    Abstract – Most lawyers know that relevant evidence must be preserved for litigation, but surprisingly few have implemented an effective litigation hold process. Without a workable approach to litigation holds, the entire discovery process is subject to collapse, leaving organizations vulnerable to data loss and court sanctions. Indeed, splashed across the legal headlines on a frequent basis are tales of companies that failed to deploy an operative hold and thereby preserve relevant data. To reverse this trend, lawyers must spearhead among their clients and within their firms the development of a defensible hold process. Topics covered include:

    • The basic requirements for establishing a defensible litigation hold process
    • The state of the law on litigation holds in 2017, including the judiciary’s expectation for how litigants should preserve new and dynamic sources of relevant information
    • Tips for successfully satisfying the duty to preserve relevant information
    Presented by: Philip Favro, Driven, Inc.

    Location: US Bancorp Tower, 1st Floor Conference Center Training Room

    Time: 12:00-1:00pm

    *** Lunch will be provided
    ** 1 hr CLE Credit
    * Space is limited, so be sure to register

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • (CDT)
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • (CDT)
    • New Orleans

    Registration is now open for the 2017 NFPA Annual Convention and Policy Meeting, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Astor Crowne Plaza.  A link to the registration brochure can be found here: https://www.paralegals.org/files/NFPA%2017%20Registration%20Brochure_FNL.pdf.  NFPA is offering a wide variety of excellent CLEs to cover many areas of law for attendees.

    NFPA's annual convention is a fantastic opportunity to meet other local paralegal leaders, meet vendors with products to help you do your job, and learn more about NFPA.  It is also a great opportunity to see how NFPA policy is made.  If you've never attended, we highly recommend attending the NFPA annual convention.   Want to sign up for the NFPA annual convention?  You can register online here: https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/ams/meetings/?controller=meetings&action=startRegistration&conferenceID=153&reginit=1
    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • US Bancorp Tower- Conference Center, 111 SW 5th Avenue

    A Paralegal's Guide to Case Management

    **details to follow**

    Presented by Tim Heinson, Heinson & DeDobbelaere, LLC, Attorney, Arbitrator, & Adjunct Professor at Portland Community College

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 11 Nov 2017
    • Monarch Hotel 12566 SE 93rd Avenue Clackamas, Oregon 97015

    Join us for a fun meet and greet with our legal service providers during happy hour on Thursday.  We have a special keynote speaker to help us celebrate Veteran’s Day at lunch on Friday,  CLEs Friday and Saturday, and OPA’s Annual Business meeting followed by dinner and trivia games on Friday evening.  We have also arranged for a Wills for Heroes volunteer opportunity on Friday.

    Please watch for registration and CLE information coming soon!

    • 16 Nov 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • US Bancorp Tower- Conference Center, 111 SW 5th Avenue

    Investigation Through Social Media

    **details to follow**

    Presented by William Teesdale, Chief Investigator, Federal Public Defender and Adjunct Professor at Portland Community College

Past events

17 Aug 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Forensic Engineers Can Be Fun
27 Jul 2017 South of Portland Paralegal (SOPP) Meeting and CLE
25 Jul 2017 Mentor Mentee- Summer Social
19 Jul 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting- Unique Deposition Scenarios
27 Jun 2017 Estate Planning/Administration Specialty Group Meeting
23 Jun 2017 Paralegal Day
21 Jun 2017 SW Washington Specialty Group - Certification
15 Jun 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Civil Trials for Paralegals
03 Jun 2017 NFPA Region I Meeting
18 May 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Civil Processes and eFiling
17 May 2017 SW Washington Specialty Group CLE - Entity Formation
12 May 2017 Corporate Specialty Group Networking Event
11 May 2017 Overview of the Oregon Land Use Process - Real Estate Specialty Group CLE
28 Apr 2017 NFPA Joint Conference (Leadership, Regulation and Certification)
20 Apr 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Discovery to Verdict Technology
19 Apr 2017 SW Washington Specialty Group - Technology - A Round Table Discussion
19 Apr 2017 South of Portland Paralegals -CLE and Social
13 Apr 2017 Legal Descriptions, Title Reports and Exceptions; Real Estate Specialty Group CLE
12 Apr 2017 Mentor/Mentee Social
16 Mar 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Legal Business Associates: Who Us?
15 Mar 2017 1st Quarterly Business Meeting & CLE
15 Mar 2017 SW Washington Specialty Group CLE - Depositions in Washington
14 Mar 2017 Real Estate Specialty Group Lunch CLE
09 Mar 2017 South of Portland Paralegals Meeting
16 Feb 2017 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Protecting Work Product in the Age of eDiscovery
15 Feb 2017 SW Washington Specialty Group
11 Feb 2017 2017 OPA Spring Certification Workshop
08 Feb 2017 Leadership Retreat
23 Jan 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
12 Jan 2017 (Postponed due to Inclement Weather) - Corporate Specialty Group Meeting
07 Jan 2017 (Postponed due to inclement weather) Leadership Retreat
21 Dec 2016 SW Washington Specialty Group
16 Nov 2016 SW Washington Specialty Group
04 Nov 2016 37th Annual Meeting
20 Oct 2016 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting-Cancelled
19 Oct 2016 SW Washington Specialty Group
15 Sep 2016 Litigation Specialty Group Meeting
31 Aug 2016 2016 OPA Certification Scholarships Application Deadline
19 Jul 2016 3rd Quarterly Business Meeting & CLE
06 Jul 2016 Board of Directors Meeting

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