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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It's Primary Election Time!

It's primary election time in Oregon.

If you have registered to vote you should have received your primary ballot already. If you have not contact your county elections office right away.

2016 Oregon Primary Election Important Dates
If you have your ballot and are making up your mind you can review the voter pamphlet. You should have received a pamphlet in the mail but if you do not have one you can get them online. 
Once you've filled out the ballot you can mail it or drop it off at a drop box. Use the state drop box locator to find one near to you.

If you have not registered to vote remember you can register for the general election up to October 18th. Since Oregon is now a Motor Voter state you are automatically registered if you have a ID or license through the Oregon DMV. You can check your registration online at any time.

If you are not registered through the Motor Voter law you can register online

You can also register by mail or by visiting your local county elections office

If you are homeless or wish to apply to register without revealing your address you can do so using these instructions

Happy voting fellow Oregonians!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Oregon Appellate Court Oral Arguments -- Week of April 25th

The Oregon Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments the week of April 25th.

The Oregon Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on April 26th and 28th in the Supreme Court Courtroom.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Oregon Public Records Orders Database

The State of Oregon Law Library is excited to unveil a new online database of the Oregon Attorney General’s public records orders.

For those unfamiliar with public records orders, a person who has been denied the right to inspect or receive a copy of a public record of a state agency may submit a petition to the Attorney General. The Attorney General reviews the public record to determine if it may be withheld from public inspection and issues an order responding to the petition. Public records orders are the Attorney General's interpretation of the Oregon Public Records Law, ORS 192.410 to 192.505, as applied to the records being sought.

The new free public tool allows for full-text searching of orders issued 1981-present. The database also gives users advanced searching capabilities to locate statutes based on the petitioner’s name, the agency whose records are being sought, or the date issued. SOLL worked closely with the Oregon Department of Justice to provide online access to these documents.

Visit and explore the new database at:

For more information on Oregon Public Records and Meetings Law, please visit the Department of Justice Web site:

Friday, April 8, 2016

Oregon Reports Extras

Historical legal research is often vital to making a convincing legal argument. A point of law can often turn on a statute or rule that is decades old.

A particularly difficult area of this research is Oregon court rules. If you are lucky enough to well stocked library you may have access back to Merrill's 1981 manual of Oregon Civil procedure. Finding historical Oregon court rules prior to 1981 can be difficult.

The Oregon Reports can help! The official reporter of the Oregon Supreme Court published court rules staring with it's first volume in 1852. You can find Oregon Court rules through 1979 published alongside the court opinions. The Oregon Reports also contains a number of other interesting sets or rules. You can find the US District of Oregon court rules from 1862 and state circuit court rules from 1872.

It has also been the practice of the court to publish memorials to certain persons. Generally the court has included memorials of Justices and Judges of the Oregon appellate courts. There are a few other non-judicial memorials, including a memorial to the long serving State of Oregon Law Librarian Edward N. Gillingham. These memorials are interesting in themselves but also provide insight into the court's history.

I have compiled the work of Mary Bauman, Pat Zollner, Mary Yunker into a spreadsheet that details in what volumes you can find these useful records. Click on the link below to download the spreadsheet.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Irish Reporters

Saint Patrick's Day is a time for everyone to reflect on connections with Ireland and the Irish people. The Oregon State Law Library is no exception. Our library and the Oregon legal community has a ancient connection with Ireland. Oregon and Ireland share the legal tradition known as the Common Law.

It is a partial measure of the Common Law's grandeur that places so distant can share a mutually comprehensible conversation about a topic as intimate as the law. The State of Oregon Law Library even has a extensive collection of Irish caselaw reporters.

Here are the title pages from two reporters. Can you tell what is different about the two books and how it reflects on Irish history?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SCOTUS Nomination Debate

The current vacancy on the United States Supreme Court has sparked a heated controversy between Republican Senators and the President. The President and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa have each written blog posts on SCOTUSblog making their respective arguments. They make a concise and informative introduction to the controversy.