Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) – Appellate Referral Opportunities!

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) provides free legal services for eligible low-income clients.  The LASO Salem Regional Office has a statewide appellate referral program for cases likely to have a broad impact on access to justice issues, or cases that are likely to broadly affect low-income Oregonians, survivors of domestic violence, tenants, or other clients typically served by LASO.  Appellate services include consultations with experienced attorneys and possible representation in civil and administrative appeals before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court.  You may also request LASO to appear as amicus curiae on behalf of the organization.  To make an appellate referral, please use the LASO Appellate Outreach Instructions and Form.  For more information about appellate referrals, please contact Rachael Federico at [email protected].

Now Recruiting OSB Members for Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee!

The OSB Appellate Practice Section is currently recruiting OSB members to serve as members-at-large on our 2022 Executive Committee.

The Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee manages the activities of the section. Executive Committee work ranges from planning CLE programs and networking events, producing informational newsletters and other publications, tracking relevant legislation, and developing ways to increase diversity and promote inclusion to improve the practice of law and our ability to serve our community. We work closely with members of the appellate courts and Appellate Commissioner’s Office to bring opportunities for engagement between the bench and bar, assist in the management of the Oregon Appellate Court Pro Bono Program, and publish the Oregon Appellate Almanac.

Member-at-large terms are two years. They begin on January 1, 2023.

If you are interested in serving, please email a 1-2 paragraph statement of interest, including information about your experience and your particular interest in contributing to the Section, to [email protected]. Statements of interest are due by Thursday, December 1.

Coming Soon – A New Temporary ORAP

At our recent Oregon Court of Appeals Update CLE, the court alerted all attendees to a proposed temporary ORAP related to unpublished or non-precedential opinions that is currently being drafted. It will be made available for public comment in the next few months. We will post a link to the proposed text when it becomes available

APS Business Mtg, State of the Courts Update, and CLE on Hans Linde: Nov 5

The Appellate Practice Section invites you to attend remotely their 2020 Annual Business Meeting, State of the Courts Update and CLE.

Note:  Voting for the business meeting will occur online before the meeting.  For more information, see this post TK.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 5, 2020, 3-5 p.m.

Webinar format (login instructions will be sent the day before the program).


  • Annual Business Meeting
  • State of the Courts Update by Chief Justice Walters and Chief Judge Egan
  • Panel Discussion: “First Things First: The Legacy of Justice Linde and State Constitutionalism”

*1.25-hour CLE credit will be requested.

The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register. Participants must register by noon on Wednesday, November 4 in order to receive the meeting link.

PLEASE NOTE: Information for participating in the Annual Meeting portion of the event is posted on our website here.

For questions related to the meeting link please contact Derek Green, [email protected].

For registration questions please contact the OSB CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or [email protected].

Appellate Practice Section 2020 Annual Meeting Notice

The annual meeting of the OSB Appellate Section will be conducted via electronic ballot. The survey will remain open until Wednesday, November 4 and space for write-in nominations will be provided. To place your vote on the 2021 Executive Committee slate, follow this link:

We will announce the results of the vote at the sections CLE program on November 5 at 3:00 pm. To register for the CLE, “First Things First: The Legacy of Justice Hans Linde and State Constitutionalism,” click here.


Terms ending December 31, 2021

  • Chair: Beth Cupani
  • Chair-Elect: Nadia Dahab
  • Past-Chair: Christine Moore
  • Secretary: Nora Coon
  • Treasurer: Anna Joyce


Terms ending December 31, 2022

  • Jason Specht
  • Anit Jindal
  • Tiffany Keast
  • Nathan Robert Morales

Members previously elected to the executive committee and continuing through December 31, 2021, include:

  • Jason Weber
  • Robert Koch
  • E Nani Apo
  • Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez
  • Renata A. Gowie
  • Laura Graser
  • Alycia N. Sykora
  • Jeffrey Armistead

If you would like to request accommodations for a bar meeting or event, please contact Natalie Batiste at [email protected] as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

Partial Closure of Oregon Appellate Courts and Tax Court for Mon, Sept 14

Chief Justice Martha Walters has entered CJO 20-037 directing that the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, and Oregon Tax Court be partially closed on Monday, September 14, due to continuing air quality issues in Salem.

The order provides in part:

1.This order applies to the described court operations in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Tax Court, and OSCA (Salem locations only), on September 14, 2020.


2.The courts are closed, within the meaning of ORS 1.060(3) and ORS 174.120(2), for the following purposes: staffing public counters, answering telephones, and filing documents. This closure has no impact to eFiling systems, remote access to case records, or issuance of decisions.


3.This order documents the effect that the partial closure described in paragraph 2 has on any statutory time limitation that applies to any filing on September 14, 2020, regardless of the manner of submission.


4.The following previously scheduled events shall proceed as planned, to be conducted via remote means, within the meaning of Chief Justice Order 20-016, paragraph 1.e.:


a.Tax Court case management conferences.


5.This order is not a court closure for employees of the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Tax Court, and OSCA (Salem locations only) who are authorized to work remotely or onsite.

The partial closing is noted on the Supreme Court’s webpage at and should be posted by Monday morning on the OJD’s “2020 Fire Information and Court Operations ” page: