Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved with an MBA or YLS Committee

What better way to get acquainted with your colleagues than to join a committee.

Volunteering Rewards

Personal fulfillment, making dreams realities, meeting new people and expanding personal perspectives are just a few of the reasons members cite for serving on committees.

And, there is power in numbers. The more MBA members involved, the more the profession and the MBA are perceived to have clout. Those who are perceived to have clout, do!

As a committee member, you become part of a team of colleagues. As you contribute your own particular strengths to the work of the committee, you also learn from other members.

Committee Information

MBA Committee appointments are made mid-year for three-year terms. Committees meet September - May, so committee appointments are made over the summer. To volunteer for an MBA committee, please complete this form and fax it to the MBA office at 503.243.1881 or scan and email it to mba@mbabar.org.

The MBA has seven standing committees and the YLS has five. Most of the MBA and YLS work is done through its committees and depends on hundreds of attorney volunteers. In addition to committees, members are encouraged to volunteer time to pro bono projects. To view a list of opportunities locally, please see the list sorted alphabetically or organized by substantive practice area. To view opportunities throughout Oregon, please visit the OSB Pro Bono website.


MBA Committees

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

This committee develops topics and recruits speakers for all CLE seminars presented by the MBA. CLE classes are designed to address the varied areas of law in which MBA members practice. If you have a suggestion for a CLE speaker or topic, call the MBA at 503.222.3275. Committee roster.


Court Liaison

The goal of the Court Liaison Committee is to foster constructive dialogue with the judiciary and court administrator with regard to rules or procedural changes and to assist the court in educating members about court issues. In addition, the committee surveys members on issues regarding the Multnomah County Circuit Court, writes the Multnomah Lawyer "News from the Courthouse" column and the profiles of local judges and full-time referees. Committee roster.

Equality

The Equality Committee is dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession and justice system. The committee identifies ways for the MBA to promote diversity in the practice of law in the metro area, and works with other ethnic minority and/or women lawyer organizations to assist them in promoting diversity. Committee roster.

Golf

The Golf Committee plans and publicizes a series of golf outings throughout the year to benefit the Volunteer Lawyers Project at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Committee roster.

Group Insurance

The Group Insurance Committee reviews rates from current health insurance providers and negotiates with them to provide members with a range of health insurance plans and a variety of benefits. In addition, the committee assesses alternative coverage options and any additional programs for the members. Committee roster.

Judicial Screening

Made up of 18 lawyer and three public members, the Judicial Screening Committee screens judicial appointment and pro tem candidates using the current MBA process. Committee roster.

Membership

The Membership Committee plans networking events including the annual WinterSmash event which benefits CourtCare, the free, drop-in childcare program provided in the Multnomah County Courthouse. Committee roster.

Professionalism

The Professionalism Committee fosters professional conduct in the legal profession. The committee administers a large firm professionalism training program, distributes the professionalism statement, works with the MBA Young Lawyers Section and staff on the MBA Mentor Program, administers the MBA Professionalism Award Nomination & Selection Process and writes the "Corner Office" column for the Multnomah Lawyer. The committee also works to increase members' formal commitment to providing pro bono legal representation for those who are in need by encouraging members to sign the Pro Bono Pledge. Committee roster.


YLS Committees

Professional Development and Education

Organizes all CLE seminars presented by the YLS and assists young lawyers in developing their careers. The non-CLE topics include contract lawyering, client development, financial planning, and setting up a practice. These seminars address the needs of attorneys in practice less than five years.

Pro Bono

Encourages lawyers to donate their time and legal skills to the poor; publishes Youth Faces the Law: A Juvenile Right Handbook, Domestic Violence: A Guide to Your Rights, and List of Pro Bono Opportunities in Multnomah County; coordinates volunteers for at-risk youth programs; and sponsors a nonprofit project pairing volunteer attorneys with nonprofit organizations.<

Service to the Public

Informs, educates and serves the general public, to improve the public image of lawyers. The committee plans and conducts Community Law Week, coordinates the Imprint Program at local schools, presents a dropout prevention video at local schools and provides Multnomah County Animal Services volunteer hearings officers. The committee also schedules community service days, which pairs volunteer lawyers with local nonprofits.

Membership

Encourages members to participate in the YLS with activities and services designed to increase the personal and professional interaction of YLS members. The Committee sponsors the New Admittee Social, a social for third year law students, a meet-the-judges social and several additional drop-in socials held throughout the year. The committee also publishes the New Admittee Survival Guide.

YOUthFILM Project

Plans, organizes and implements the annual YOUthFILM Project. The project, a part of Community Law Week, is a student film-making contest that encourages local youth to express themselves creatively, while learning more about our government and justice system.

Futures

This new committee is working to identify and study issues surrounding the "Generation Gap." The Committee writes articles for the Multnomah Lawyer and is developing model policies in order to help the MBA, YLS and the local practice of law evolve smoothly and efficiently.