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2014 MBF Grant Recipients Announced - $40,000 Awarded for Civic Education and Engagement

MBF Announces 2014 Grants Cycle, Invites Letters of Inquiry

League of Women Voters of Portland Announces "Government in Our Daily Lives" Series

2013 MBF Grant Recipients Selected - $44,000 Awarded for Civic Education Programs

March 2014

League of Women Voters of Portland Oregon Produces United States Constitution General Welfare Clause Video 

MBF grantee, The League of Women Voters of Portland Oregon, has produced a short video with footage taken from the LWV Portland Education Fund General Meeting held on September 24, 2014. The video features Professor Paula Abrams' explanation of the General Welfare Clause, one of the enumerated powers granted to Congress. To view the video and learn more, click here

November 2013

Civic Awards, Celebrating Excellence in Youth Civic Engagement - November 8 at City Club

Attend the City Club Friday Forum and celebrate the recipients of the first City Club Civic Awards. This MBF grant-funded recognition will shine the spotlight on individuals and organizations that are advancing civic participation at the high school level. The forum will feature presentations by the winners and speaker Dr. Nancy Golden, Interim Chief Education Officer of the Oregon Education Investment Board. 12-1 p.m. at City Club, 900 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 1900, Portland. Contact Krystine McCants for details.

October 2013

Social - October 2 at Stoel Rives

Join us and celebrate our generous supporters, CourtCare and the good work being done by our grant recipients. Meet our grantees and catch up with friends and colleagues over refreshments. Wednesday, October 2, 5-6:30 p.m. at Stoel Rives, 900 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900, Portland. Please RSVP to Pamela Hubbs at

Battle of the Lawyer Bands - October 3 at the Kennedy School

Bands comprised of at least one Oregon lawyer will compete for the title of "Best Oregon Lawyer Band." Judges from the MBA legal community will decide the winner at the end of all the performances. Bring your family and friends and cheer for your favorite band! Crowd applause is a part of the judging criteria. Suggested donation: $10. Benefits the Multnomah Bar Foundation Civic Education Fund. Details.

League of Women Voters presents Communications: Freedoms, Limitations, Responsibilities - October 29 at Multnomah County Building

In history, whoever controlled communications, controlled the world. Where does the government enter the picture? Is it the government's responsibility to control access and content or to assure total freedom? What does the future hold? The League of Women Voters of Portland invites you to attend a panel discussion with William Bernstein, co-founder Efficient Frontier Advisors, Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland, Mike Dewey, Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association and Sheldon Renan, filmmaker and author. The second in the MBF grant-funded series Government in Our Daily Lives - Foundations and Today, the League has developed a free, current, monthly program with expert panelists examining the legal, political, economic and social aspects of various general civic issues. Meetings are open to the public and will be shared statewide via TV, web streaming and YouTube. Tuesday, October 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Multnomah County Building. View the flyer for more information or contact Marnie Lonsdale at 503.285.0104 or Press release.

September 2013

City Club of Portland Seeking Nominations for New Civic Award - Deadline Extended to September 24

City Club and the Multnomah Bar Foundation present Civic Awards, Celebrating Excellence in Youth Civic Engagement, a new MBF-funded program that recognizes the innovative work of organizations, community leaders, teachers and students to engage high school students in civic participation. Learn more or submit a nomination here. Recipients will be featured at the November 8 City Club Friday Forum. Contact Krystine McCants at City Club for details.

League of Women Voters presents Is the Constitution Fulfilling its Promise to Provide for the General Welfare? - September 24 at Multnomah County Building

With a $4,000 grant from the MBF, the League of Women Voters of Portland presents Government in our Daily Lives - Foundations and Today, a free, current, monthly program with expert panelists examining the legal, political, economic and social aspects of various general civic issues. Meetings are open to the public and will be shared statewide via TV, web streaming and YouTube. The first presentation is led by Professor Paula Abrams, Lewis and Clark Law School. The topic "Is the Constitution Fulfilling its Promise to Provide for the General Welfare?," explores the general welfare and how it has been interpreted over time. Tuesday, September 24, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Multnomah County Building. See the flyer or contact Ann Mulroney at 503.226.7825 or for more information.

Summer 2013

MetroEast Community Media Releases New Episodes of Legal Logic

With a grant from the Multnomah Bar Foundation, MetroEast Community Media produced The Jury Through Time and The Role of the Jury, two new episodes in their Legal Logic public affairs series about the judiciary. The programs will be available online and will reach 350,000 households through cable TV and KZME radio. Find the cable playback schedule here

Spring 2013

Voting 101 Video Awarded First Place in National Competition

The Alliance for Community Media has announced the winners of its 2013 Hometown Media Awards. The national competition recognized the best community media programming of 2012 and awarded the MBF civic education video, Voting 101, first place in the "Democracy in Action" category. The award-winning video was produced in partnership with MetroEast Community Media, with the participation of The Bus Project and League of Women Voters of Portland. Voting 101 is both a short video with the message "Register, Engage, Vote" and an "I vote because" PSA. The target audience is students, young voters and new citizens. The video was one of 800 entries received in seven categories. ACM is a public, education and government channel advocate and promotes civic engagement through community media.

Watch Voting 101 here. To see the complete video series, visit MBF Civic Education.

Final videos in the MBF Series Completed

Civil Discourse 101 and Civic Engagement 101, the final videos in the MBF civic education video series, have been completed. Generously funded by MBA member through the MBF Civic Education Fund, the series will be shared statewide with middle and high school teachers and is currently reaching a wide, general audience via cable access TV, YouTube and various educational, news media and civic groups' websites. To learn more and to see all the videos, visit MBF Civic Education or contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.

Fall 2012

MBF Civic Education Videos Take Top Honors

The Court System and The Courthouse videos were award winners at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Government Programming Awards in New Orleans."The Multnomah Bar Foundation Board is delighted that MetroEast Community Media won the first place NATOA Public Education award for The Court System video, and the second place Community Awareness award for The Courthouse video" said Ed Harnden, 2012 MBF President. "The goal is to educate the public as to how our courts work, and the importance of the court system in a functional democracy. Our hope is that the videos will reach schools, households statewide via cable, online, and through other distribution channels. Civic education communications are central to the MBF mission of increasing the public's understanding of the legal system, promoting civic education, public participation and respect for the law, and improving the quality and administration of the legal system."

These are the first videos in the civic education video series, created and funded by the MBF and produced by MetroEast Community Media. MBA volunteers are included in the interview segments and among the actors.

Watch The Court System and The Courthouse videos here.

Your Continued Support

The creation of this important resource is made possible by the support of the legal community. Your tax deductible charitable donation to the Civic Education Fund will help us continue this good work. Please consider a donation to the MBF, one of the best investments MBA members can make in the future of their profession and community.


To learn more, visit our home page or contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.