MBA committees create and manage various projects and offer tailored volunteer opportunities for MBA members. Some volunteer commitments involve limited time and activity while others involve monthly participation. If you are interested in getting involved in an MBA committee, see the May Multnomah Lawyer
or complete this form
and fax it to 503.243.1881.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee
This committee plans, conducts and evaluates 30-35 CLE seminars, focusing on members' dominant areas of practice. If you have a suggestion for a CLE speaker or topic, call the MBA at 503.222.3275. Committee roster
Court Funding Committee
This committee works to increase public and legislative awareness about the importance of a fully-funded court system. Members help maintain a sustained educational effort focused on four key areas: vulnerable citizens, family law, civil disputes and public safety. Committee roster.
Court Liaison Committee
The purpose of this committee is to foster constructive dialogue with the Multnomah County Circuit Court presiding judge and court administrator with regard to current practices, or to rules or procedural changes before they are implemented by the court. Committee roster
CourtCare Fundraising Committee
The committee's primary goal is to run the annual CourtCare Fundraising Campaign, held in the spring of each year, to raise money for the free, drop-in childcare center at the courthouse. Committee roster.
The committee is developing a plan with other stakeholders, including the presiding judge, court administrator, state, county, city and local officials and staff, law enforcement, developers and local businesses, and MBA members, to effectively support and advance the ongoing efforts to build a new courthouse or renovate the current courthouse. Committee roster.
Equality & Diversity Committee
The Equality and Diversity Committee
's mission is to foster and expand diversity, inclusion and equality in the MBA and Multnomah County legal community, and to create and strengthen a relationship of mutual support between the MBA and its diverse lawyers and bar organizations. Committee roster
The committee plans and conducts 4-6 golf events between April and October, including the MBA Championship, which benefits the Volunteer Lawyers Project at LASO. Committee roster and photos
Group Insurance Committee
The committee negotiates low-cost, quality, group insurance rates for members on the MBA insurance plans. Committee roster
Judicial Screening Committee
This 21-lawyer and three public member committee reviews applications of pro tem and judicial appointment candidates confidentially, and reports its recommendations as called for by the MBA's board-approved process
. Committee roster
The committee organizes and plans social events, including WinterSmash, Battle of the Lawyer Bands, Bench, Bar & Bagels, and a First Thursday Social with specialty bars for the MBA membership at large. Committee roster
The committee promotes principles of professionalism within the Multnomah County bar, through the professionalism statement
; works with the MBA Young Lawyers Section and staff on the MBA Mentor Program; administers the MBA Professionalism Award Nomination
& Selection Process and writes the "Corner Office" column for the Multnomah Lawyer
. The committee also works to increase members' formal commitment to providing pro bono legal representation for those who are in need by encouraging members to sign the Pro Bono Pledge
. Committee roster