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Friday, May 8, 2015

New CLE Materials available at the SOLL for May 2015 – Including Elder Abuse Reporting Credits

We have acquired 9 new Oregon CLE programs here at the State of Oregon Law Library. Included in these CLEs are 2 programs that satisfy the new Elder Abuse Reporting requirement. These programs are:


Oregon elder abuse reporting requirements. (2015)(1 Elder Abuse Reporting Credit)

Elder law 2014 : emerging challenges. (2014) (3.75 general CLE credits, 1 ethics CLE credit, 1 elder abuse CLE credit)

The new elder abuse reporting requirement requires Oregon attorneys to obtain 1 elder abuse reporting credit in reporting years 2015, 2016 and 2017. Thereafter the elder abuse reporting credit requirement alternates with the child abuse reporting credit.

If you need to review Oregon’s CLE rules the Oregon State Bar has a comprehensive set of rules and FAQs on it’s webpage here:


You can view our new CLEs in the catalog here:

As always you can view our entire collection of CLE materials here:


Remember you can click on specific titles to see if that particular CLE is available for checkout.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day and Labor History


Title: Work pays America! Prosperity. Creator(s): Bock, Vera, artist Date Created/Published: [New York] : Federal Art Project, [between 1936 and 1941] Medium: 1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color. Summary: Poster for Works Progress Administration encouraging laborers to work for America, showing a farmer and a laborer. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ds-04632 (digital file from original item) LC-USZC2-837 (color film copy slide) LC-USZ62-51257 (b&w film copy neg.) Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: POS - WPA - NY .B635, no. 12 (C size) [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA 

 Work pays America! Prosperity. - Vera Bock


On May 1st in 1886 more than 200,000 workers across the United States started a three day strike and demonstration in favor of an 8 hour work week. The nationwide demonstrations would be fixed in the national memory by events in Chicago on May 3rd. Time Magazine described what would be called the Haymarket Affair in it’s 1938 May edition:

A few minutes after ten o’clock on the night of May 4, 1886, a storm began to blow up in Chicago. As the first drops of rain fell, a crowd in Haymarket Square, in the packing house district, began to break up. At eight o’clock there had been 3,000 persons on hand, listening to anarchists denounce the brutality of the police and demand the eight-hour day, but by ten there were only a few hundred. The mayor, who had waited around in expectation of trouble, went home, and went to bed. The last speaker was finishing his talk when a delegation of 180 policemen marched from the station a block away to break up what remained of the meeting. They stopped a short distance from the speaker’s wagon. As a captain ordered the meeting to disperse, and the speaker cried out that it was a peaceable gathering, a bomb exploded in the police ranks. It wounded 67 policemen, of whom seven died. The police opened fire, killing several men and wounding 200, and the Haymarket Tragedy became a part of U. S. history.

In the wake of the strike and the violence the 1889 Socialist International’s First Congress declared May 1st International Worker’s Day.  Since then May Day has been associated throughout the world with the Labor Movement and worker’s rights.

The Labor movement has a rich history in the United States and in the Pacific Northwest. If you are interested in researching the history of the Labor movement the following are some excellent resources.

·         Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

o   University of Oregon Labor History Project

o   University of Washington Pacific Northwest Labor History and Civil Rights Projects

o   University of Washington Labor Archives

·         National Resources

o   NYU’s Labor History Guide (Thanks to librarian Kate Donovan for creating this excellent guide)

o   The Library of Congress’ Labor History Guide

o   Records for the Study of Labor and Business History in the National Archives at San Francisco

§  This is an good place to start when identifying federal resources related to Labor history

Happy May Day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Obergefell v. Hodges - SCOTUS hears same sex marriage oral arguments today

SCOTUS is hearing argument in Obergefell v. Hodges et all today on two questions presented:

1.     Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

2.     Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

You can listen to the oral arguments on the SCOTUS website. 

[Edit] If you don't want to listen to the whole argument SCOTUSblog has made a 30 min audio super cut.

If you are interested you can read all the merits briefs on the American Bar Association webpage here

SCOTUSBlog has a analysis of the arguments up here


Oregon Appellate Oral Arguments - Week of April 27th

Oregon Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Oregon Court of Appeals Oral Arguments