Belated Note: Hon. Richard C. Baldwin Retires from Oregon Supreme Court

The appointment of the Hon. Meagan A. Flynn to the seat on the Oregon Supreme Court that had been vacated by the retirement of the Hon. Richard C. Baldwin reminds yr. hmbl. crspndt. that he had failed to note in these pages Justice Baldwin’s retirement.  In a belated correction of that oversight:

Justice Richard C. Baldwin retired from the Oregon Supreme Court effective March 31, 2017. He joined the Court in January 2013. He formerly served as a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge from 2001 to 2012.

During his trial court tenure, his assignments included presiding over drug treatment courts and Multnomah County’s first Mental Health Court. His prior legal experience also includes:

* Law clerk to the Honorable Robert Foley, Oregon Court of Appeals (1975)
* Staff Attorney, Multnomah County Legal Aid (1976 – 1980)
* Trial Attorney, Baldwin & Brischetto (1983 – 1991)
* Director of Litigation, Multnomah County Legal Aid (1991 – 1995)
* Executive Director, Oregon Law Center (1996 – 2000)

Judge Baldwin has worked extensively with community nonprofits and civil rights organizations, including the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Uniting to Understand Racism during his legal career. He served on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (1996 – 2000; Vice President, 2000), and the Oregon Judicial Department’s Access to Justice for All Committee (1998 – 2002; Chair, 2002).

Judge Baldwin grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated from San Jose State University (B.A., Philosophy, 1970). He received his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College (1975).

Supreme Court Adopts Permanent Amendments to Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure

The Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals have adopted permanent amendments to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (ORAP). The amendments will become effective on January 1, 2015. The rules that have been amended, added, or deleted are:
Rules amended:1.15, 1.35, 2.05, 2.15, 3.05, 3.07, 3.15, 3.25, 3.33, 3.35, 3.40, 5.05, 5.10, 5.70, 5.80, 5.85, 5.95, 6.05, 6.10, 6.25, 7.05, 7.10, 7.55, 8.05, 8.15, 8.20, 8.50, 8.52, 9.05, 9.10, 9.17, 9.20, 9.25, 10.15, 10.25, 11.05, 11.10, 11.15, 11.20, 11.30, 11.32, 11.34, 11.35, 12.05, 12.07, 12.08; 12.09, 12.20, 12.25, 13.05, 13.10, 16.03, 16.05, 16.10, 16.15, 16.20, 16.25, 16.30, 16.40, 16.50; Appendix 2.05, 3.30, 3.33-1, 7.10-1.
New rules added:1.32; Appendix 3.33-2, 3.35, 16.50.
Rules deleted:16.35, 16.60.
The details of the amendments are available online in PDF format at Click the link for “ORAP Amendments effective January 1, 2015.”
If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Armitage, Supreme Court Staff Attorney:

2014 Oregon Appellate Court Dinner

The Clackamas County Bar Association cordially invites its members, non-members, and guests to the 2014 Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Dinner!

What:   2014 Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Dinner

When:  Thursday, October 30, 2014
             5:30 p.m. Cocktails; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Where: Lake Oswego Country Club
20 Iron Mountain Blvd.
             Lake Oswego, OR 97034

RSVP Deadline: October 22, 2014

Menu Options
  • Roasted Beef Prime Rib
    • Whole roasted beef boneless rib, hand carved, with an Oregon Pinot Noir sauce and creamy horseradish.
  • Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
    • Fresh Hawaiian Mahi Mahi topped with crushed macadamia nuts and citrus beurre blanc.
  • Wild Mushroom Strudel
    • Mix of sautéed forest mushrooms, Chevre, Parmesan and aged Gouda cheeses, baked with fresh herbs and wrapped in Filo pastry with a Truffle cream sauce.
  • Delectable Dessert – Seasonal Trio

Cost per person for CCBA members and guests: ……..$48.00

Cost for non-CCBA members and guests: …………….$54.00
Please complete and return your reservation with your name, telephone number, email address, and dinner selection, and payment (Check or PayPal Confirmation No.) to:
– CCBA Court Dinner, PO Box 852, Oregon City, OR 97045
– Email RSVP: [email protected]
– Fax RSVP: 503-658-7394

Mandatory eFiling Coming to a Court Near You!

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer has approved a plan for a mandatory eFiling requirement for attorneys filing cases in Oregon’s circuit and appellate courts. The Oregon Judicial Department will circulate proposed court rules in the upcoming months for comment. The plan calls for a mandatory date of December 1, 2014 for the eleven circuit courts that currently have the eFiling component of the Oregon eCourt system, and includes a transition plan for those courts implementing the system later.

Mandatory eFiling for attorneys filing in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court is expected to begin in the spring of 2015, following an amendment to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure. Mandatory eFiling for the Oregon Tax Court will be assessed at a later date.

Click here for more information from the Oregon State Bar.

American Constitution Society Event!

The Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society presents U.S. Supreme Court Review and Preview. Please join the society to hear a distinguished panel dissect the United States Supreme Court’s decisions from this past term, debate the direction of the Court in the upcoming term, and provide their views on what the that means to lawyers and lay people alike.

What:  U.S. Supreme Court Review and Preview

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Perkins Coie 

             1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor 
             Portland, Oregon
Please RSVP here.


Scott L. Nelson, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Mr. Nelson, a litigation attorney specializing in civil appellate practice, brings experience practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court. His clients have included a former President of the United States, a sitting United States District Judge, the American Bar Association, and the American Historical Association.

Paula Abrams, Edward Brunet Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
Professor Abrams worked in Washington, D.C., for the Executive Office of the President, Council on Wage and Price Stability, and later as an attorney for the Office of Legal and Enforcement Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her primary research areas are in constitutional law and her recent scholarship focuses on reproductive rights and population policy.

Scott A. Shorr, Attorney and Managing Shareholder, Stoll Berne
Mr. Shorr is a trial and appellate attorney who handles a variety of complex business, securities and class action litigation. Scott was the arguing counsel before the United States Supreme Court in GEICO General Ins. Co. v. Edo and Safeco Ins. Co. of America v. Burr.

The event will be moderated by Jay Austin, Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute.

1.5 hours of CLE credit is pending.