Forensic Science: Challenging the Government’s Soft Science

Sept. 13-14, 2019 • Agate Beach Inn, Newport

The state relies on junk science in so many cases where they seek to incarcerate your clients. What do you need to know to challenge the state’s "science"? Join your Oregon colleagues and out-of-state experts to understand the science and what defense counsel needs to do during discovery, in pretrial motions, and at trial to address it. Program and Registration here.


Sunny Climate Seminar

November 7–11, 2019 • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, HI

Please join us for a seminar in a tropical place!

Whether it’s a dip in a luxurious hotel pool or a hike in the remote and wild Wai‘ānapanapa State Park on the other side of the island, Maui has what you’re looking for!

Sign up today for OCDLA’s November 7–11 Sunny Climate Seminar and travel package at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Go here for travel & hotel package details. Or download a PDF.

The CLE program takes place on Saturday, November 9. See confirmed speakers (click Agenda).


BRAND NEW 2019 Silver Edition Felony Sentencing in Oregon

Author Jesse Wm. Barton has brought 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.



The 2018 Legislative Analysis of Criminal and Juvenile Laws contains summaries and complete enrolled versions of new criminal and juvenile legislation. Edited by OCDLA Legislative Representative Mary A. Sofia. Summaries and outlines of 18 bills from the session, along with background information, practice tips, and clickable hyperlinks. Read about the expansion of hit & run (HB 4055) and strangulation (SB 1562), the criminal justice omnibus bill (SB 1543), Rep. Jennifer Williamson’s Plea and Release Agreement Waiver (HB 4149), and OCDLA’s own bill for the reinstatement of parental rights after TPR—HB 4009. arrow Download here.



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Library of Defense Case Summaries