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OSB Consumer Executive Committee

November 28, 2018

  • Members Present (in person or telephonically)
    • Jeremiah Ross
    • Matt Kirkpatrick
    • Jordan Roberts
    • Michael Fuller
    • David Venables
    • Amy Zubko
    • Colin MacDonald
    • Kelly Jones
    • Joel Shapiro
    • Kevin Mehrens
    • Eva Novick
    • Chris Mertens
    • April Kusters
    • Also Present: Rich Parker
  • 2018 Annual Meeting
    • Motion to add Hope Del Carlo to the slate as a member at large.  Passes.
    • Vote on proposed slate of candidates, as amended to include Hope Del Carlo.  Vote passes without objection.
    • Annual Report on Years Activities
      • reserve funds to send consumer attorney to NCLC Consumer Rights Conference
      • Organized annual day-long CLE in October related to Elder Law and Consumer Law in Oregon with key note address by Oregon Attorney General
      • Annual luncheon with Attorney General
      • Staffed table at Bar swearing-in ceremonies in spring and fall to conduct Consumer Law related outreach.
      • Held social event in summer for consumer law attorneys networking.
      • Maintained Consumer Law website and list serv.
      • Membership slightly declined over the year but CLE funds exceeded expectation.  Fund balance remained steady despite expenditures for scholarship fund and donations.
      • Provide input and feedback on legislative issues that affect consumers.
    • 2019 Goals and Plans:
      • Put on full-day long CLE on consumer issues
      • Maintain list-serv and website.
      • Continue to provide input on legislative issues.
      • Continue to hold social events to encourage networking.
      • Provide services to members including an annual luncheon with Oregon Attorney General.
      • Continue to fund scholarship and encourage outreach in the consumer-law community.
    • Annual Meeting Adjourned.
  • November, 2018 Monthly Meeting
  • Presentation on upcoming legislative session.
    • Session starts earlier than normal, which changes other relevant deadlines.
    • Bill tracking will proceed as historically done with bills the consumer section may be interested in sent to the chair and legislative contact.
    • OSB public affairs contact is Susan Grave.
    • Two BOG bills including Legal Aid statutory allocation, and a house keeping bill relating to IOLTA accounts.
    • Discussion of other bills from other sections.
    • Proposed changes to UTCR related to debt buyer issue from last legislative session.
  • Vote to approve October meeting minutes.
  • Subcommittee Reports
    • Website: Up to date on submissions.  Newest submission in process of review and will be up by end of week.
    • Legislative: Covered by previous report.
    • CLE: CLE was successful.  Broke even with expenses.  Approved for credits by the bar.  MCLE gave access to justice credits for two of the presentations.  Discussion of need to start prep earlier in the year in order to improve outreach for next year’s CLE.  Discussion of desire for October date for 2019 CLE.  NCLC conference set for November 14 – 17, 2019.  Discussion of website CLE or recordings to improve outreach to consumer attorneys outside the tri-county area.
    • Treasurer: No news to report.
    • Volunteer and Social: Will at tempt to schedule something for December or January.
    • Scholarship: Received receipt from NCLC for payment.  NCLC received four applications for the scholarship.  Discussion of how to increase applications for next year’s scholarship.
  • Old Business
    • Discussion of bylaws.
      • Would need to provide justification for multiple representatives from same company or organization.
      • Discussion of possible readings of Section 9 and whether it applies only in cases of contested election.
  • New Business
    • Discussion of changing meeting dates.
    • Discussion of organizations for donations.
      • discussed organizations include Legal Aid Campaign for Equal Justice, Classroom Law Project, and Oregon Consumer League.
    • Motion to donate $1,000 to Class Room Law Project.  Motion passed.
    • Motion to donate $500 to Legal Aid.  Motion failed.
    • Motion to donate $1 to Legal Aid.  Motion failed.
    • Motion to donate $250 to Legal Aid.  Motion failed.
    • Discussion of whether it is possible to donate to Legal Aid with condition that it not be deposited in a Wells Fargo bank account
    • Motion to condition $1,000 donation to Legal Aid on the money not being deposited in Wells Fargo bank account.  Motion passed, subject to approval from the bar.
  • No meeting in December.
  • Adjourned.