MBA Committees

MBA committees create and manage various projects and offer tailored volunteer opportunities for MBA members. Some volunteer commitments involve limited time and activity while others involve monthly participation. If you are interested in becoming involved in an MBA committee, please complete the volunteer form and email it to

Plan, conduct and evaluate 40 CLE seminars, focusing on members’ primary areas of practice.​ 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. 

2020-21 Chair: Eryn Hoerster, Foster Garvey PC,, 503.228.3939

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.

2020-21 Chair: Cynthia Newton, Thomas Coon Newton & Frost,, 503.228.5222

The mission of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to foster and expand diversity, inclusion and equality in the MBA and Multnomah County legal community and to create and strengthen a relationship of mutual support between the MBA and diverse bar organizations. The committee administers the LSAT scholarship program and MBA Diversity Award Nomination & Selection Process. 

2020-21 Chair: Whitney Stark, Albies & Stark LLC,, 503.308.4770.

Conducts member-outreach activities and drop-in socials. Plans Bench Bar & Bagels, Battle of the Lawyer Bands and WinterSmash, which benefits Multnomah CourtCare. 

2020-21 Chair: Mindy Stannard, Morris Stannard & Batalden Family Law PC,, 503.461.0244

Made up of lawyers and as many as three public members, the Judicial Screening Committee confidentially reviews applications of pro tem and judicial appointment candidates and reports its recommendations as called for in the MBA's board-approved process.

2020-21 Chair: Renata Gowie, US Attorney's Office,

This Multnomah Bar Foundation committee conducts an annual fundraising campaign for Multnomah CourtCare, which provides free childcare in the downtown courthouse.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Pamela Hubbs at

The committee promotes principles of professionalism within the Multnomah County bar, through 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.

2020-21 Chair: Brook Wood, Smith McDonald Vaught & Rudolph LLP,, 503.248.9535

Exploring new ways for lawyers to assist those in need in the community, in partnership with the court, pro bono and social service providers, and other stakeholders.

2020-21 Co-Chairs: Jeffory "Jay" Johnston, Attorney at Law,, 503.226.4181 and Kevin McHargue, St Andrew Legal Clinic,, 503.281.1500

The committee focuses on programs and services that are of value to small firms and solo practitioners.

2020-21 Chair: Christopher Bergstrom, Furniss Shearer & Leineweber,, 503.665.9299