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OSB Consumer Executive Committee

November 17, 2020

Via Zoom Videoconference Only

  • Attendance

    Present: Chris Mertens, Amy Zubko, Matt Kirkpatrick, Kevin Mehrens, Emily Rena-Dozier, Young Walgenkim, Hope Del Carlo, Jessica Nomie, Jeremiah Ross, Terry Scannell, Anna Braun, Kelly Jones, Anthony Estrada, Bret Knewtson.

    Not Present: Michael Fuller, Colin McDonald, Jordan Roberts, April Kusters.

    Approval of October Minutes

    Emily moved to approve the October executive committee meeting minutes, seconded by Colin. October Minutes approved unanimously.

    Subcommittee Reports

    Treasurer’s report: We still need to approve a final 2021 budget. Update from Young: he received input from Matt Kirkpatrick on the long-range plan. As for the budget itself, he received no comments so concluded everyone probably approves it. Young highlighted some changes for 2021. Because our spending has been so successful, we don’t need to have a line-item for scholarships anymore. Oregon Consumer Justice has been providing scholarships for consumer lawyers to attend CLEs, so we’ll eliminate that from our budget. Contributions will be the same, $2000. We are increasing gifts and awards. Even with those changes, our spending should get us to a target of about $5000 at end of 2021, which is under the threshold to not have OSB tax us so much.

    CLE subcommittee: We discussed the Last Dollar Scams CLE scheduled for Dec. 3, 2020, as well as the results of the landlord/tenant CLE we co-sponsored with OSB on October 16. The bar must provide registration services for the 12/3 CLE. We voted to approve paying the $150.00 fee for registration charges. Emily moved to approve, Hope seconded. Majority vote to approve payment of $150.00, two abstentions.

    There were 156 registrants for the October CLE, however, the bar has decided is not doing revenue share with the sections for co-sponsored programs if it’s a virtual event. Only time the bar does that is for in-person programs. Normally would do 10% of the gross, but they decided not to do revenue share for virtual programs. [I checked the guidelines from the bar after our meeting and saw that revenue sharing is at the bar’s discretion.]. Young thought we’d get about $500 from the CLE; he adjusted the budget to account for that change, which is the only change that we made from the budget. Young shared his screen to show 2021 worksheet. Motion carried and the 2021 budget was unanimously approved. $11,328.00 ending fund balance. No new members.

    Website: Reminder to members to submit articles. Try to get articles in if you owe them.

    Legislative: We received a letter from the bar giving us instructions if we want to make comments or testify at the hearing on our bill; if you want to do that, please let Young know and he’ll share the letter.

    The bill allows a court, in considering the amount of attorney fees in the award, to factor in whether the case was pro bono or the client was represented by legal aid as factor to increase fees. If you testify in support, you can appear as a private attorney, or appear on behalf of our subcommittee. If anyone is interested, reach out to Young.

    Next year is a full legislative session; there are bills on the pre-term slate that will come out. We can talk about what will happen when they start going into session. He will send out anything he becomes aware of in the meantime.

    General information from Emily: there will probably be another tenant relief bill that may have extended repayment terms, converting rent into consumer debt. For any of us who might practice in that area, Emily can tell us about how that might play out.

    Scholarship & Awards: We presented our two awards at the CLE. The bar sent us a bill for publication costs for our announcement in the Bar Bulletin: $950.00. We still owe an award presentation to Mike Baxter.

    Membership and Outreach: Nothing to report; we’ll continue trying to bring people in, perhaps through the Learning the Ropes CLE.

    New Business: We discussed donations. Kelly Jones proposed Oregon Consumer League; last year we looked into this–they were not a 503(c)(3) so we couldn’t donate to them.

    There was discussion about making contributions to Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ) and Classroom Law Project (CLP), and the role of the Scharfstein cy pres funds directed to Legal Aid. Bret moved to donate $2000 to Classroom Law Project; Kevin seconded. Kevin, Bret, Young, voted to approve. Emily abstained. Anthony, Hope, Chris, Matt, Jeremiah. voted against.  Motion doesn’t carry. Chris moved to vote on the proposal to donate $1000 to CLP and $1000 to CEJ; Emily abstained. Motion approved by majority to donate $1000 to each.

    Adjourn.

OSB Consumer Law Section Annual Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Noon

Via Zoom Videoconference Only

Attendance

Present: Chris Mertens, Amy Zubko, Matt Kirkpatrick, Kevin Mehrens, Emily Rena-Dozier, Young Walgenkim, Hope Del Carlo, Jessica Nomie, Jeremiah Ross, Terry Scannell, Anna Braun, Kelly Jones, Anthony Estrada, Bret Knewtson.

Not Present: Michael Fuller, Colin McDonald, Jordan Roberts, April Kusters.

Annual report:

The section chair reported on our accomplishments this year. He gave special thanks to April Kusters for her time as secretary, and those who are leaving the executive committee. Mike Fuller has timed out, but we’ve been happy to have a trailblazer like him involved in this process. We put on a successful CLE, and did a good job staying connected to the Oregon DOJ and federal agencies this year. We also made efforts to expand the scope of consumer law to embrace landlord/tenant law.

 Election of Officers:

Those present elected the Executive Committee for 2021. The slate was presented as follows:

Terms ending December 31, 2021

  • Chair: Kevin Mehrens
  • Chair-Elect: Emily Rena-Dozier
  • Past-Chair: Chris Mertens
  • Secretary: Hope Del Carlo
  • Treasurer: Young Walgenkim

Members-at-Large

Terms ending December 31, 2022

  • Matthew Kirkpatrick
  • Bret Knewtson
  • Jordan Roberts
  • Tim Eblen

Members previously elected to the executive committee and continuing through December 31, 2021, include:

  • Joel Shapiro
  • Kelly Jones
  • Jeremiah Ross
  • Anthony Estrada
  • Colin MacDonald

 The following nomination was received from the floor:

 Member at Large: David Venables (nominated by Jeremiah Ross, seconded by Matt Kirkpatrick). David’s nomination was added to the slate.

A motion was made to approve the amended slate, with the addition of David Venables. Unanimous vote to approve the amended slate by the executive committee.

Kelly Jones offered thanks to Chris Mertens for being chair during this difficult year.

The annual meeting was adjourned, and the November meeting of the executive committee began immediately thereafter.