MBF Karaoke Night - November 2
Join us for karaoke, food and drink. Adults 21 and over only. All are welcome, but space is limited. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more and register here.
MBF Social - October 11
Learn about our new civic outreach program, help us celebrate a successful CourtCare campaign and meet our 2017 civic education grant recipients. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. For more information and to RSVP.
Mid-Valley CourtCare Program Opens - September 5
As the only Oregon CourtCare program outside of Multnomah County, Mid-Valley CourtCare is pleased to announce its upcoming opening. The program will be operated by the Salem Family YMCA in Marion County and by Family Building Blocks in Polk County. More information here.
Grant-Funded Video Receives National Award - July 13
MetroEast Community Media's La Experiencia Voluntariado (The Volunteer Experience) was awarded top honors in the Community Impact Category at the 2017 Hometown Media Awards, a national competition that recognizes the best in community media programming. La Experiencia is a Spanish-language short video and public service announcement that promotes civic engagement and volunteerism. View an English-subtitled version.
CourtCare Fundraising Campaign May 1 - 19
The annual MBF campaign is underway. Your contribution supports operations of the free childcare program in the downtown and East County courthouses. Every dollar helps, and we appreciate contributions of any size. The campaign goal is $100,000. You may make a tax-deductible charitable donation online or print the CourtCare Donor form and send it with your contribution. Read more from Holly Johnston, CourtCare Campaign Chair.
Please Consider a Year-End Charitable Contribution to the MBF Civic Education Fund
Election Methods, Is There a Better Way to Vote? - Monday, November 14, 7-9pm
Presented by the League of Women Voters of Portland and funded by a civic education grant from the MBF. Location: Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. See the flyer for details.
Let Your Voice Be Heard! - Wednesday, November 2, 5:30-8pm
Let your voice be heard this election season! Join us at Trio Club for a fun night of karaoke, food and drink and raise money for the MBF Civic Education Fund. Adults 21 and over only. Details.
MBF Grant-Funded MBF Grant-Funded Spanish-Language Voting Video and PSAs Receiving Local and National Attention
With a 2016 civic education grant, Metro East Community Media produced a Spanish-language voting video and two Public Service Announcements, one for Oregonians and one for a national audience. Watch a subtitled version of the video, local PSA and national PSA.
MBF Director Records a Voting Promo for Cable Access TV
MBF Director Mary Jo Miller, Ball Janik LLP, recorded a message for the public to get out and vote this season! The short video is distributed through cable access television, primarily in Multnomah County.
MBF Video Shares Civic Education Update
The MBF reported on its recent civic education and engagement efforts in this short video.
MBF Past President Awarded the MBA Professionalism Award
Bonnie Richardson, Folawn Alterman and Richardson and MBF Immediate Past President, received the MBA Professionalism Award at the May 19 MBA Annual Meeting & Dinner and Judges Reception.The award is one of the most highly regarded honors an attorney in our area can receive.
Primary Election Forums and Voter Information Offered by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Portland
MBF grant recipient LWV of Portland is offering April candidate forums and an issue forum, as well as online and televised candidate interviews, and their Voters' Guide in both Spanish and English. Forums are free and open to the public. See the press release for details.
Civic Education Speaker Series - Great Schools, Great Communities! - Tuesday, March 8, 6-8:30pm
Offered by the League of Women Voters of Portland. Quality and funding issues for K-12 public schools and community colleges. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Contact the League of Women Voters of Portland at 503.228.1675 or email@example.com to reserve a seat.Location: First Unitarian Church of Portland, Eliot Center, 3rd floor, 1226 SW Salmon St, Portland. See the flyer or Spanish flyer for details.
Civic Education Series Offered by MBF Grant Recipient League of Women Voters of Portland
Upcoming events include, "Portland Harbor Superfund Site," Tuesday, February 9 and "Funding Oregon's Public Schools, K-12," Tuesday, March 8. Programs are open to the public and also available online. Held from 7 - 8:45 pm at the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland. For more information, 503-228-1675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Officers, Directors in 2016
MBF Holiday Showcase Message
Director Melvin Oden-Orr, Oden-Orr Law, represented the Multnomah Bar Foundation in MetroEast Community Media's annual holiday showcase. The brief spot will air over the holidays and throughout the coming year.
MBF Invites Letters of Inquiry for 2016 Grants
Local nonprofits interested in receiving grant funding for their civic education or engagement programs are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry to the Multnomah Bar Foundation.
MBF Fundraising Campaign for 2016 Grants
The MBF has set a goal to raise $50,000 for 2016 grantmaking. The Civic Education Fund provides grants to local nonprofit programs that promote understanding of the rule of law and the political process, and the importance of voting and juries. Donate here or contact Pamela Hubbs (503.222.3275, email@example.com) for more information.
CourtCare Grand Opening Event June 24
The MBF celebrated the grand opening of the CourtCare room in the East County Courthouse with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring remarks from Presiding Judge Nan Waller, Commissioner Diane McKeel and Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Snodgrass. Multnomah County article. Learn more about CourtCare.
CourtCare Fundraising Campaign May 4 - 22
The MBF runs an annual campaign and encourages all Multnomah Bar Association members and others with business in the courthouse to support CourtCare. Every dollar helps, and we appreciate contributions of any size. The 2015 campaign goal is to raise over $100,000 for operations at the downtown and newly opened East County courthouses. You can make a tax-deductible charitable donation online or print the CourtCare Donor Card and send it with your contribution. Read more from Amy Angel, CourtCare Campaign Chair and MBF Vice President.
Multnomah CourtCare Opens its Doors in East County
Multnomah CourtCare is a project of the Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF) that improves access to justice by making free, drop-in childcare available for families who have business at the court. The program is located at the downtown Multnomah County Courthouse and the newly opened room at the East County Courthouse. The East County program is open on Mondays from 1 - 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. This schedule coincides with the court's regular docket for FAPA hearings and family law matters. Learn more about CourtCare.
New Officers, Directors in 2015
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 503.222.3275.
"Race and the Law" Roundtable Discussion with Hon. Adrienne Nelson, Simon Whang and Ramon Pagan, Moderated by Bonnie RichardsonWith 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.
- 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
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 program. The program teaches students, through experience-based education, about the elections process and the importance of voting. Participation is free and includes curriculum materials that arealigned with Oregon Social Studies Standards. Thisfour-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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Press release.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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. Questions?
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.