District 1 Candidates
(Counties: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler)
Richard L. Garbutt, Klamath Falls
I am seeking appointment to the District 1 board seat. I formed and have worked with Klamath Defender Services for 32 years. We started with five member attorneys and now have 17 in two counties. I also implemented our own social worker corps for dependency case management. We have two for the parents, two for the children and one who operates our newly formed own Attachment Center, known as OUR House (Opportunity, Understanding and Responsibility) for infant children in state custody. Read more.
District 2 Candidates
Elizabeth Baker, Eugene
Clayton M. Tullos, Eugene
District 4 Candidates
(Counties: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill)
Jennifer Robins, Hillsboro
I am asking for the pleasure to serve as OCDLA Board Member for District 4. I started practicing law in 2005, working for, what was then Morris, Olson, Smith and Starns, P.C., in the Columbia River Gorge. This position was a hybrid of court-appointed and retained criminal defense, as well and juvenile delinquency and dependency. The firm is the primary contractor for the Seventh Judicial District, so I represented clients in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler Counties. I was also appointed on conflict cases in Umatilla, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes Counties. Read more.
Nicole E. Schaefer, Lincoln City
I wish to serve on the OCDLA board because I believe it is important to represent the interests of “new” lawyers such as myself. I also believe that in order to exact change in any way one must become involved.
My board experience consists of serving on the board of a nonprofit organization and serving as a board assistant prior to law school. I obtained a Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure at Lewis & Clark Law School and I remain interested and involved in criminal law, as well as trying to practice it now.
Neal Weingart, Portland
I began my criminal defense career with the help and guidance of OCDLA and our OCDLA lawyers. I spent the first five years of my career as a public defender, and I learned to be a criminal defense lawyer, largely through the assistance of OCDLA. I’ve never missed an Annual Conference. Now, out on my own, I devote a huge portion of my private practice in criminal defense, and though I dabble in other areas of the law, my heart lies in defending those accused of crimes from our government. Read more.
If you are a private attorney and work in Districts 1, 2, or 4 you are eligible to run for one of the district positions. Any private attorney may run for the At-large position.
To nominate yourself or someone else, send the name of the nominee to Executive Director John Potter, firstname.lastname@example.org,
June 13 — Deadline to declare and appear on the printed ballot.
May 2— Deadline to submit 500 word candidate statement and photo for inclusion in the Oregon Defense Attorney journal which will be published prior to the Annual Conference.
Candidates make brief statements during the business meeting on Friday, June 17 at the Annual Conference. Elections are held during lunch on June 17.
Officers are elected at the board meeting held on Friday afternoon of the Annual Conference.