OCDLA Board of Directors

Candidates, 2018 Election

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 seek re-election to the OCDLA Board for a second term. My first term was interesting and productive. The confluence of splinter groups, fiscal struggles and the emergence of new and progressive service delivery protocols present the potential for significant and positive change for our organization. Juvenile representation in both the delinquency and dependency arenas is becoming more and more critical to our members. “One size fits all” client representation is “old school” and fails to address the modern needs of this client base. To effectively and efficiently represent this population will require creative and cutting-edge approaches.

Traditional business models for delivery of public defense services may need examination and adjustment to best continue the high level of professionalism that has always been the hallmark of OCDLA.

Now may be the time to perform a “top to bottom” review of who we are and where we need to go.

District 2 Candidates

(County: Lane)

Elizabeth Baker, Eugene
Current Board member; current member of the Education Committee; past member of the Pay Parity Committee. I am a contract capital defense attorney, and rabid soccer fan. I’m currently attending the Region 4 Far West Championships in Hawaii, where, I hope – my GK 14 year old daughter is keeping it out of the net.
I’ve enjoyed being an active part of the board, and helping develop resource education for criminal defense attorneys. I have a secret goal, that is to completely inundate Shaun and the Board with ideas and research about how Oregon criminal defense attorneys and specifically the OCDLA, need to work with the ORCP/UTCR committees at the State Bar to  develop and implement an Oregon Rules of Criminal Procedure. The framework is already with us in the form of the FRCP. This is one change our legislature/State Bar can implement to ensure uniform procedure across the state and safeguard Due Process. As it stands, we have almost no rules, with even less consequence for violations. As civil litigants, Oregonians have more procedural protection than the average defendant in a criminal case. Wouldn’t it be great if prosecutors had to follow the VERY SAME rules regarding responses; proposed orders; ex parte contact; and deadlines.

District 4 Candidates

(Counties: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill)

Jennifer Robins, Hillsboro

It has been my dear pleasure to serve as your OCDLA Board Representative for District 4 the past two years. I would be honored to serve another term as your Board member.
The last seven years of my practice have allowed me to travel to all the counties in District 4 and I have met so many dedicated attorneys and OCDLA members. Our organization is extremely talented and strong, and I would like to continue to work to increase our membership and spread our vast resources of knowledge to our members.
We have achieved a great deal in the two years since I joined the Board of Directors, including hiring our new legislative lobbyist and gaining tremendous support for important legislation such as our grand jury recording bill. However, there is more work to be done. We are the protectors of rights and freedom, often for those who have no one else on their side. I look forward to continuing our ever important work and reaching out to more members to make sure that you are getting the best from OCDLA. Thank you.

At-large Candidates

(Any county)

Neal Weingart, Portland

It’s been more than a decade since I first became an OCDLA member.  I feel that my abilities as a defense attorney exist, in large part, because of 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 to criminal defense, and though I dabble in other areas of the law, my heart lies in defending those accused of crimes by our government.  

In my spare time over the past few years, I’ve served with our Legislative Committee, advocating for laws that provide us with fair fights in courtrooms. I want to help our criminal defense organization any way I can, and I feel that I can assist the Board of Directors in championing justice and protecting the rights of individuals across Oregon. 

Because of the great assistance that OCDLA has given to my career, I’d like to continue to serve our organization in my capacity as a board member. That’s why I’m hoping you’ll support me by voting for me for this position on the Board of Directors.