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Press Releases

MBF Announces 2015 Officers, New Directors

MBF Announces 2015 Grants Cycle, Invites Letters of Inquiry

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


January 2015

New Officers, Directors in 2015

Bonnie Richardson, Folawn Alterman & Richardson, has been elected President; Amy L. Angel, Barran Liebman LLP, will serve as Vice President; Dana S. Scheele, Cambia Health Solutions, is Secretary Treasurer; and Timothy R. Volpert, Attorney at Law, is Past President. New directors are Hon. Cheryl A. Albrecht, Multnomah County Circuit Court; Tyler E. Anderson, Oregon Department of Justice; J. Matthew Donohue, Markowitz Herbold PC; Susan D. Marmaduke, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC; and Mary Jo N. Miller, Stoel Rives LLP, who is finishing Brad Tellamís term. Continuing board members include Scott T. Downing, Scott Downing PC; Melvin Oden-Orr, Oden-Orr Law; and Charles S. Tauman, Charles S. Tauman PC.

December 2014

Year-End Appeal - Please Support the MBF with Your Tax-Deductible Charitable Donation

Your year-end gift allows the MBF to continue funding civic education and engagement programs in the community, facilitating programs such as voter education forums, voter registration programs and civic engagement programs that reach underrepresented groups. It will provide student education about the rule of law and the importance of civic involvement, taught through student-led programs, peer court, filmmaking projects, mock elections and mock trials. To make a tax-deductible, charitable donation, please use the donation form, donate online or call us at 503.222.3275.

"Race and the Law" Roundtable Discussion with Hon. Adrienne Nelson, Simon Whang and Ramon Pagan, Moderated by Bonnie Richardson

With a Civic Education Grant from the MBF, MetroEast Community Media has created "Legal Logic: Race and the Law." This roundtable discussion highlights the issues that surround race and the judiciary. Moderated by Bonnie Richardson, Folawn Alterman & Richardson, guests include Hon. Adrienne Nelson, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Simon Whang, Deputy City Attorney, Portland and Ramon Pagan, The Law Office of Ramon W. Pagan. Watch online or check the schedule below to view the program on cable TV.

These will all air in Portland and East County, the Channel 11 airing will reach Multnomah and Washington County (cable broadcast only).

  • Friday 12/5/14, 6pm on Comcast 29
  • Monday 12/8/14, 6:30pm on Comcast 29
  • Saturday 12/13/14, 2pm on Comcast 11

Legal Logic is a public affairs style television mini-series that informs and educates the public about the valuable role the legal system plays in maintaining a safe and peaceful society. It focuses on such topics as intellectual property rights, family law and the constant struggle to maintain an impartial judiciary, and includes well-researched topics, dynamic guests representing diverse interests and field interviews. The goal of the series is to foster an increased understanding of the legal system and empower people to be more civically engaged. Legal Logic was created and produced by MetroEast Community Media and funded by the MBF through its Civic Education Fund. 

MBF Civic Education Grant Reaches Over 10,000 Oregon Students in Mock Election Program

With MBF grant-funding, more than 10,000 Oregon high school students participated in the Oregon Student Mock Election programThe program teaches students, through experience-based education, about the elections process and the importance of voting. Participation is free and includes curriculum materials that are aligned with Oregon Social Studies Standards. This four-time national award-winning program is coordinated by the League of Women Voters of Oregon and championed by the Oregon Secretary of State and the Oregon Department of Education. Read a letter of thanks.

November 2014

League of Women Voters of Portland presents "Election Decompression" - November 11, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. at Lucky Labrador Brewing Company

Join the League for a post-election social and panel discussion. Part of the Government in our Daily Lives series, this event is open to the public and will be an opportunity to consider what the election results mean for Oregon and democracy - not just who and what won, but how and why. More information.

October 2014

Fifth Annual MBF Fall Social - October 7, 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wright Tremaine

The legal community celebrated civic education grant recipients, foundation supporters and a successful CourtCare Campaign at the annual MBF Fall Social, hosted by MBF President Tim Volpert and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.


MBA President Dana Sullivan (pictured with MBF President Tim Volpert) accepted the CourtCare trophy on behalf of Buchanan, Angeli, Altschul & Sullivan.

Paul Southwick accepted the CourtCare trophy from Tim Volpert on behalf of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Paige Lancourt and Rebecca Gladstone, League of Women Voters of Oregon, with Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

August 2014

League of Women Voters of Portland presents Is Portland the City that Works? September 9

League of Women Voters of Portland will host "Is Portland the City that Works?" as part of the Government in our Daily Lives series on September 9, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Multnomah County Building Board Room, located at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard. The speakers are Professor Chet Orloff, City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Professor Steve Johnson. Learn and Discuss Portland's "commission" form of government. For more details, please see the event flyer.

2013 Grantee Elders in Action Promotes Civic Engagement through Civics 101

Through Action, Passion & Talent, a five-session weekly series in April and May of 2014, 2013 MBF Grantee Elders in Action explored civic engagement in our community during Older American's Month. The program invited those who were new to the community or to civic engagement, who were passionate about neighborhood issues or matters of concern to older adults, who had experience in community engagement or who wished to speak with elected officials to participate in the discussions and learn how to be active and effective members of the community.


CourtCare Program Expands to East County Courthouse

Multnomah CourtCare provides free childcare for individuals who have business at the downtown courthouse. The successful program is now expanding to East County in order to meet the growing needs of those who are handling legal matters related to expanding county services, particularly in family court. A family court judge will now conduct hearings all day Wednesdays and in the afternoon on Mondays. The CourtCare room will be open during these times.

March 2014

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

League of Women Voters of Portland has produced a short video from Lewis & Clark professor Paula Abrams' September 2014 presentation on the General Welfare Clause, part of the speaker series Government in our Daily Lives - Foundations and Today. Funded by a Civic Education grant from the MBF. View the video.

November 2013

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

With a grant from the MBF, City Club of Portland created Civic Awards to shine the spotlight on individuals and organizations that are advancing civic participation at the high school level and encourage the development of new and innovative programs. The Friday Forum event featured presentations by the recipients and speaker Dr. Nancy Golden, Chief Education Officer of the Oregon Education Investment Board. Watch the Friday Forum.

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 producedThe Jury Through TimeandThe 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.