Feeling lost in a complex case? Join us at the Winter Conference for strategies on finding your way through. Whether you’ve practiced for one year, 40 years, or some number in between, this CLE will provide useful, current and relevant information that you can use right away. More information and registration.

Ken Morrow Award Dinner Honoring Susan Elizabeth Reese
Friday, December 6 • 6:00 p.m. • The Benson Hotel

Susan is the 17th recipient of the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award, which dates back to 2001. The award was created by OCDLA following the passing of renowned Eugene attorney Ken Morrow to recognize the lifelong commitment and significant achievements of attorneys who have worked in the defense community, and those who have made important contributions to the administration of justice.

The evening include special guest speakers and a short, fun, live auction to benefit OCDLA's legislative work in Salem. Buy tickets.



2019 Silver Edition Felony Sentencing in Oregon

Author Jesse Wm. Barton brings us this sixth edition — the manual’s “silver anniversary” — now in its 25th year of existence.

This version analyzes the Oregon Felony Sentencing Guidelines from their November 1, 1989 inception through their 2018 version, along with related statutes and constitutional provisions. The manual also analyzes significant case law issued through April 30, 2019.

This is the best sentencing resource around for Oregon lawyers. In it you’ll find answers to complex sentencing questions that would otherwise require hours of research, plus practice pointers and detailed challenges that can be raised on constitutional and other grounds. Read more / order.


Defending Sex Cases

Ever feel like you’re fighting a Hydra-headed prosecution when defending sex crime allegations? Being double or triple teamed by the Multidisciplinary Team? Facing child complainants contaminated by ongoing prosecution interviews? Fighting motions to admit prior bad acts?

So many questions when you’re looking for answers!

The answers are here. OCDLA is proud to release the long-awaited Defending Sex Cases manual! You will find it was worth the wait. telling the defendant’s story, evaluating physical findings, challenging hearsay and other act evidence, false memories, how to try the case: jury selection, cross-examination, jury instructions – and so much more! Lessons about handling complex, difficult cases — information you can use in other types of cases — from people who’ve been in the trenches. Three years in the making! Read more.


library of defense

Library of Defense Case Summaries