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.

Supreme Court Building Turns 100!

February 14, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the historic Oregon Supreme Court Building.  In honor of the occasion, the court will have a brief program in the third floor courtroom at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the lobby and tours of the courthouse.  I hope members of the section will be able to participate. Feel free to invite your colleagues, friends… and valentines!


The Classroom Law Project Celebrates Jake Tanzer

The Classroom Law Project has chosen Jake Tanzer to receive the 2014 Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award.  In celebration of Mr. Tanzer, an award dinner will be held April 23, 2014 at The Governor Hotel.

For information on attending, please see the formal announcement.

To sign up, please visit

New Oregon Appellate Filing Fees Effective October 1, 2013

The Oregon appellate courts’ appellate filing fees have changed:

Civil Appeals and Judicial Review (ORS 21.010)

  • Appellant (or Cross-Appellant) Fee $373
  • Petitioner (or Cross-Petitioner) Fee $373
  • Respondent Fee $373

Original Jurisdiction Mandamus, Habeas Corpus, and Quo Warranto Proceedings (ORS 21.010(5))

  • Plaintiff or Petitioner $373
  • Defendant or Respondent $373

Motions in Civil Appeal or Judicial Review 

  • Motion to Dismiss – Filing (by Respondent) $50
  • Motion to Dismiss – Response/Answer $50
  • Motion to Determine Jurisdiction – Filing $50
  • Motion to Determine Jurisdiction – Response/Answer $50
  • Motion to Continue or Extend Time – Filing $50
  • Motion to Continue or Extend Time – Response/Answer $50
Please consult the Oregon Judicial Department’s website for additional fee information.