A Brighter Future: Oregon Families in the Spotlight
October 21-22, Valley River Inn, Eugene
Mental Health & Access to Justice Credits • Senator Floyd Prozanski • Senior Judge Maureen McKnightLegislative & Appellate Updates • The Family First ActLGBTQ Youth

Also, significant changes are coming to Oregon as a result of the federal Family First Act. Children’s attorneys and representatives from DHS, DOJ and providers will discuss practice changes in light of the new law. Find out more.

A seminar is for all juvenile court stakeholders including attorneys for children, parents and the government, DHS child welfare staff, CASAs, and CRB members. Sponsors: Juvenile Court Improvement Project, OSB Juvenile Law Section, Office of Public Defense Services, OCDLA; with invaluable assistance from: CASA Program, DHS Child Welfare Program, Dept. of Justice, Marian Co. District Attorney's Office, UO School of Law, and Youth, Rights and Justice Attorneys at Law.


Important Updates  •  Reception Connection  •  Beach Break

Get the latest on what the future holds after the six month extensions, client file requests, .370 order (aid & assist) litigation, the Forensic Justice Project, the ABA Workload/Caseload Study (why & how of timekeeping), the OPDS complaint policy. Plus a legislative upudate, staff & attorney breakouts, and participation in the Public Defense Services Commission Meeting.    Registration and more information.


As you well know, 2019 is a year of BIG changes for the death penalty in Oregon, as well as in the federal courts. If you handle death penalty cases, register now to attend our 34th annual seminar. Don’t miss a special award presentation to Dennis Balske, to honor his lifetime of work defending capital cases. Read more.


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 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