STOP TO NOTICE

BUTTERFLYS WERE THE FIRST INDICATION

If One Just Stops to Take Notice

 

Nothing Special brought me here.  To Eileen’s Garden.  A tattered chaise lounge, a small table supporting red wine.

The still deer hid in the dense garden paradise.  Hummingbirds partake of sprinkler water.  

But that isn’t what I came to talk to you about:

 

 

 

 

THE ROBIN’S NEST

The tilt of my chair matched perfectly an upturned chin quaffing the red nector.  As my neck rocked my head back I saw it.  Complete with nature’s paradise I saw it just as Mom arrived.  Then two upturned small beaks opened as Mom fed them just was we learned.  Quiet though.  

Mom flew away and Papa arrived as all was right with the world.  A grey digger (Western tree) squirrel loomed.  His interest took him to an opposing branch then off.  More butterflies framed Eileen’s Garden.  The deer meandered off.  The robin babies’ heads dipped below the nest’s edge.

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DEFROCKED LAWYER

 

 

 

COUNTRY LAWYER LAUREN (Pug) PAULSON, THE TWO ‘JEFF’S’AND THE OREGON STATE BAR

 

This is a tale of how the Leading Lawyers in Oregon dither while the 13,000 loyal lawyers of the Oregon State Bar suffer; suffer greatly.  Included, is how the media; here The Oregonian specifically, does their job reporting on Oregon’s legal community.  Poorly.

 

1973  —  Lauren Paulson graduates from Lewis & Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, passes the state bar exam and proudly becomes an Oregon lawyer. 

 

1996  —  Lauren Paulson is elected President of the Washington County Bar Association.

 

2001  —  Lauren Paulson makes a formal bar complaint against Oregon State Bar (OSB) Disciplinary Counsel Jeff Sapiro for over a year delay of a disciplinary investigation involving Paulson.

 

2001  —  Jeff Sapiro brings a formal disciplinary complaint against  Lauren Paulson for an alleged illegal attorney fee charge of $67.50.  It goes to a full scale trial.  

 

2001   —  As an Oregon State Bar House of Delegates member, Lauren Paulson votes to implement a study of the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary process.

 

2002  —  Lauren Paulson attends all meetings and provides input to the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Task Force Report. It is approved by the House of Delegates in October, 2002 with Lauren Paulson as a voting member.  The new system removed Jeff Sapiro from the intake process of disciplinary complaints and creates a Client Assistance Office to screen and triage Oregon attorney disciplinary complaints.  

 

2002 to 

2007  —  Jeff Sapiro brings eight (8) new disciplinary charges against Lauren Paulson.  Paulson had never had a disciplinary complaint filed against him from 1973 to 2001.  

 

2004  —    Lauren Paulson is elected  to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors; the governing body of the Oregon State Bar.  Lauren  commences a constituent newsletter to his Washington County fellow lawyers regarding Board of Governors happenings.  Bar leadership wants to pre-approve (censor) said newsletter to ensure it is following the ‘party’ line.  Paulson refuses censorship and continues his constituent newsletter under a novel concept known as free speech.  

 

2004-

2006  —  Lauren Paulson blows the whistle on the former OSB Executive Director’s attempt to secretly get the Oregon State Bar to purchase her church building in Tualatin, Oregon. She is a creditor of her own church.  It is later learned that the church is financially underwater.  The church founder’s husband is eventually found guilty of money laundering church and other funds.  He is sentenced to ten (10) years in jail.  

 

2006  —  The Oregon State Bar Board of Governors writes a new rule  that defrocks any Board of Governor member  who is subject to a disciplinary complaint.  Lauren Paulson is removed as a Board of Governor of the Oregon State Bar under this new rule.  He is later disbarred on the multiple bar complaints filed against him by Jeff Sapiro.

 

November 21, 2007    ——  Jeff Manning of the Oregonian reports that the State disbars Aloha lawyer, Lauren Paulson, citing numerous violations.  

 

 

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February 19, 2009  —  laurenjohn (Lauren Paulson) reports in his blog bulletinsfromaloha.org and subsequently in The Oregonian’s Oregon live that Lawyer discipline in Oregon is unconstitutional.

 

September 21, 2011  —  Therese Bottomly, Editor of the Oregonian, attends an Oregon State Bar meeting on why and how the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court is wasting $200 million taxpayer dollars on an abortive attempt to facilitate electronically filed pleadings with the courts called eCourt.  She is unsure why she is there.  (Think ‘Cover Oregon’)  Lauren hands her his business card on the issue of the Broken Legal System in Oregon.

 

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April 28, 2012  —  Lauren Paulson wrote to the former members of the 2002 Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Task Force of 2002 to point out how the House of Delegates 2001 Resolution was never implemented by the Oregon State Bar in general and Jeff Sapiro specifically.  

 

August 12, 2012   —  Reporter Jeff Manning leaves The Oregonian to work for newly elected Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

 

August 29, 2012  —  Lauren Paulson wrote a formal letter to Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Balmer outlining the Hon. Balmer’s statutory responsibility for attorney discipline in Oregon and how the present system is unconstitutional in twenty (20) specific ways.  (See Appendix below)

 

January 4, 2013   —  Jeff Manning Reports on new  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

 

 

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January 30, 2013  —  Lauren Paulson files a Class Action lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Oregon against the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer and Jeff Sapiro alleging Oregon’s Disciplinary regulations and laws against Oregon lawyers are unconstitutional.  Case No. 13-00175

 

February 28, 2013  —  Jeff Sapiro, OSB disciplinary counsel and director of regulatory services from 1989 to February 2013 retires.

 

April, 2013  —  The Oregon State Bar welcomes John S. Gleason as the new OSB disciplinary counsel and director of regulatory services. He was formerly regulation counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court. In February, he received the National Organization of Bar Counsel 2013 President’s Award, honoring his many years of dedication and noteworthy contributions to the legal profession.

 

October 17, 2013  —  Jeff Manning leaves the Oregon Attorney General’s office to head back to the Oregonian.  

 

 

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January 10, 2014  —  John Gleason, Director of Regulatory Services & Disciplinary Counsel files a formal proposal with the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors to invite the American Bar Association to conduct an on-site review of the Oregon State Bar discipline system.

 

 

 

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January 10, 2014  —  The American Bar Association Journal wrote in January of 2014:  

 

“John Gleason, who in March became disciplinary counsel and director of regulatory services at the Oregon State Bar, says that even non-“death penalty” states require disbarred lawyers to wait a number of years before seeking reinstatement. In Colorado, where he previously served as attorney regulation counsel, the waiting period can be up to eight years.

 

“My experience is that lawyers who are disbarred are generally unhappy with their work as a lawyer. They’ve probably found a position they’re happy in and have no interest in coming back,” says Gleason. “It’s a fairly low percentage of lawyers who seek reinstatement.” 

 

April 23, 2014    —  Jeff Manning writes about Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Counsel John Gleason’s ‘controversial’ tenure and departure.  “On his way out, Gleason wrote a memo outlining his dim view of the Oregon bar's current disciplinary process and the bar's disciplinary lawyers.”

 

Gleason also suggested his reforms were backed, or even suggested by the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon’s Chief Justice Thomas Balmer specifically.

Reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, Balmer said that's not the case. "It is not accurate to say the Supreme Court gave him a directive and that Gleason was implementing that," he said. "What is accurate, at least from my perspective is that there are aspects of the bar's regulatory function that have not really been looked at it in a long time. It's open to question whether that's the best way to do things."

April 30, 2014  —  Lauren Paulson issues press release regarding the lawyer Class Action lawsuit against the Oregon State Bar on their unconstitutional lawyer discipline program.

 

May, 2014  —  New OSB Disciplinary Counsel Appointed

Dawn Miller Evans a lawyer from Texas and Michigan, has joined the Oregon State Bar as Director of Regulatory Services and Disciplinary Counsel. She replaces John Gleason, who served in the position from February 2013 through March 2014.

 

 

APPENDIX

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Lauren Paulson

827C Ransom Ave

Brookings, OR 97415

laurenjpaulson@gmail.com  bulletinsfromaloha.org

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hon. Thomas Balmer 

1163 State St.
Salem, OR 97301-2536

Re:       Lauren Paulson
          Oregon State Bar Reinstatement Application

Dear Chief Justice Balmer:

Please accept this as my Application for Reinstatement to the Oregon State Bar under ORS 9.529 which states:

 9.529 Status of proceedings relating to discipline, admission or reinstatement. Bar proceedings relating to discipline, admission and reinstatement are neither civil nor criminal in nature. They are sui generis and within the inherent power of the Supreme Court to control.

I am not submitting this Application for Reinstatement under normal Oregon State Bar procedures for this reason. Following my unceremonious removal from the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors in 2004 Jeff Sapiro, Disciplinary Counsel for the Oregon State Bar, admitted in his deposition that he was biased against me. All this may be found in the record of those proceedings that actually began in 2001 when I first filed a bar complaint against Mr. Sapiro for delay.

Realizing this Application for Reinstatement may cause an administrative burden on the Supreme Court of Oregon which it may not relish, may I propose the following:

Recommendation -- The Supreme Court of Oregon appoint a Referee under ORCP 65 to perform the administrative function normally accorded through the good offices of the Oregon State Bar.

Moreover, I recommend that the appointment be made for a Referee from outside the State of Oregon. You see, following what I maintained was an unconstitutional Bill of Attainder in the “Paulson” Bar Rule 18.6 that cancelled me off the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors; I sued the Bar and Jeff Sapiro in U.S. District Court of Oregon. Therefore, it is unlikely that any member of the Oregon State Bar, including the judiciary can be unbiased toward me.

However, in view of the stakes involved, I am willing to waive that bias that undoubtedly presents itself in the Supreme Court of Oregon, provided we can follow this alternative process.

My goal is not to practice law again. My goal is to clear my name.

As you can see from the attached, I regard Oregon’s Disciplinary Process as patently unconstitutional. If the Supreme Court of Oregon is willing to ameliorate my situation in the legal profession then I am willing to work with the Oregon State Bar to ameliorate the defects in the Bar disciplinary process. It is my understanding that the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors is planning to look into the disciplinary process anyway and perhaps, I can lend positive input into that endeavor.

I look forward to hearing from you in these regards. Thank you in advance for your interest and consideration.

Very truly yours,

/S/Lauren Paulson

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LAWYER LAWSUIT AGAINST THEIR OWN BAR

PRESS RELEASE  ********  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 

FROM: Lauren Paulson

 

TO: OREGONIAN/Media

 

RE: OREGON STATE BAR, OREGON SUPEME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE Thomas Balmer

 

CONTACT: Lauren Paulson

    827C Ransom Ave

  Brookings, OR 97415

   laurenjpaulson@gmail.com                                           503 470 9709

bulletinsfromaloha.org

 

Katerie Walsh

Oregon State Bar

 

Marc Abrams

Department of Justice

 

Hon. Thomas Balmer

 

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On April 30, 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit, in Case No. 13-35672 reinstated the Class Action lawsuit filed against The Oregon State Bar, The Supreme Court of Oregon and that Court’s Chief Justice, Thomas Balmer.  The case had been dismissed by federal U.S. District Court of Oregon’s Chief Judge Ann Aiken in June of last year in Case No. 13-cv-00175.    

 

The Class Action lawsuit filed by former Oregon lawyer, Lauren Paulson, sought to correct alleged multiple deficiencies in how the Oregon State Bar operates their lawyer disciplinary process.  Jeff Sapiro, the former Regulatory Counsel for the Oregon State Bar is also a defendant.  He retired last year.  His replacement, John Gleason resigned several months ago after less than a year in the job. The newest Regulatory Counsel for the Oregon State Bar has just been hired. 

 

Paulson, a lawyer from Aloha, ran afoul of Oregon’s disciplinary process just as he began a four year term on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors.  He had participated in a previous Oregon State Bar disciplinary process study task force in 2002.    

 

There are about 14,000 lawyers in Oregon.  

 

Sylvia Stevens, the third Executive Director of the Oregon State Bar in the last three years, has recently announced that the American Bar Association is going to evaluate the Oregon State Bar’s lawyer disciplinary system and a task force is presently forming to supplement that process.  

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OCCUPY REDOUX

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AT OCCUPY in 2014

 

Aaron Swartz and Eric Hoffer Have Those Answers…

 

………….But who will see…or listen?

  

“A movement is pioneered by (people) of words,  materialized by fanatics and consolidated by (people) of action.”  The True Believer by Eric Hoffer (1951) at page 134.  

The Occupy movement has gone into eclipse.  Aaron Swartz,  activist ‘braniac’, and longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer have the key to unlock this movement and send it on a road to successful change.  

OPDX AS A SIGNAL EVENT

Occupy Portland 2011 to 2012

Or Finding Those Little Green Girl Shoes

Occupy Portland Eviction Night:  It was about 8 p.m. on November 13, 2011.  Surveying the abandoned jetsam and flotsam, I saw something that was so graphic, it took my heart.  Little green shoes.  It was as though, a medium size girl had literally stepped out of them in her haste for safety.

People were seeking safety because Mayor Sam Adams had drawn his line, had his national mayor’s conference call on how to deal with ‘Occupy’ miscreants and outfitted Portland Police with their Ninja Turtle outfits.  A sobering and scary prospect.  No wonder this little red-headed (she had to be red-headed in those green shoes) girl had fled right out of her shoes. 

October 6, 2011  --  Revolution Truth is headed by Tangerine Bolen.  I had no sooner adjusted to being at OPDX on that first day, than I found myself chanting.  A significant band of Occupiers were in full chant: “This is what Democracy Looks Like...........!!!!!”, being led by Tangerine.  Tangerine is now one of the Plaintiffs along with Chris Hedges in the lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows for indefinite detention. 

Such is the power of Tangerine’s charisma. We were engaged in a full-throated chant about what “....Democracy Looks Like.”, and I didn’t even know we were there for that very moment.  Happily, I made a 6 second movie of this episode.  

The very next week Occupy Elder Council (now Elder Caucus) was formed and sported involvement by a true believers, Brian Willson (Blood on the Tracks) and Nan Wigmore (Grateful Great Grandma gets arrested in Chicago at the NATO protest).  Elder Caucus has over 100 elders on their mailing list.  We can all be proud for what Occupy Portland has done in those beginnings and the beat goes on. 

In October and November of 2011 as I wandered through ‘Camp’, I was struck by two things.  The first was the Kitchen by Uta.  I have been in many chow lines; none better organized than this.  The second was the unvarnished enthusiasm of All there.  All of them, regardless of age, race, creed, mission or detachment.  There was a special spirit there and all felt it.  Nobody could wander through the two park blocks and not feel it.  The police noticed it.  The Portland Media could only talk about the fictitious damage and the aroma of dedicated, wonderful people.  Dedicated, wonderful people.   

The overwhelming winners of these last years are not the Occupy lawyers who keep a sterile distance.  Not the Teachers who are there as unwanted parents.  The overwhelming core fires are burning in the bellies of the houseless, homeless and otherwise dispossessed.  If you haven’t met Tim, Bob, 99 and Michael D then you have missed out on a piece of the movement that will not be denied.  Cameron is an example we all are proud by not giving up; not letting the dream die.   

So, How About It, Mayor of Portland  --    Can’t we find five city blocks within walking distance of City Hall to be donated to the dispossessed, for their use without a rule-making parent along?  It is all they need.  A small place to pitch their hootch, to make a sandwich, to stay out the rain and everybody’s way.  Five acres, not out-of-sight.  But, in plain view for their use as proud citizens of America.  Somewhere close.  Just for them.  For us.

Somewhere out there is that little red-headed girl looking for those green shoes and a place that is safe from those in power who want to use their homeland security toys on the hard heads of Portland Occupiers.   

Somewhere there is a fanatic, a person of words, an idealist who can consolidate this movement.  But wait there is a roadmap below:

Aaron Swartz provided us with a roadmap on how to effect a successful mass movement to effect change.  He did it with SOPA He did a video which succinctly tells us how to do it  —  (Aaron’s video summary which follows is stunning and simple).

Hear How to Do It in Aaron’s Own Words 

Occupy and Occupy Portland missed the boat by trying to fix too many things and by being too scattered.  Aaron’s message is to pay attention to one issue and commence an unstoppable tsunami to change the world, but on one issue at a time — in a full court press.  Tsunami’s get a politician’s attention.  Tsunami’s get the attention of those in power.  

 

Splintered Occupy effort’s don’t.  

 

 

 

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bulletinsfromaloha.org                        theforeclosureombudsman.wordpress.com

 

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MEDIATE OR SPEND CLIENT'S MONEY

Monday, May 12, 2014

 

Hon. Thomas Balmer

Oregon Supreme Court

1163 State St.

Salem, OR 97301-2563

 

OSB President Thomas Kranovich

Oregon State Bar

P.O. Box 231935

Tigard, OR 97281

 

Re:  Paulson v. OSB, et al.

        Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Case No. 13-35672

 

Dear Judge Balmer and OSB President Thomas Kranovich:

 

A short time back, I made several peace overtures to the Supreme Court of Oregon and the Oregon State Bar regarding the Bar’s dysfunctional and pernicious disciplinary system. See below, for example. 

In that same recent time-frame, the Oregon State Bar has been through three Executive Directors and three Regulatory Counsels. * 

Now, it appears that the Oregon State Bar is inviting the American Bar Association to perform the very same evaluation of the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary process that James Hennings proposed in 2001The Bar never complied with the legal mandate of that 2001 Oregon State Bar House of Delegates Resolution. Bar members just turn away.   The Supreme Court of Oregon turns a blind eye.  Shame. 

I am a friendly fellow.  Following my multiple overtures to ‘parley’ at the commencement of this lawsuit; each of you steadfastly refused.  I have tried everything.  It is remarkable to me that even though Oregon statutes require litigants to ‘parley’; the very agencies of Oregon government charged with enforcing that law — refuse to talk.  (ORS 36.100)   They have refused to talk ‘on the record’.   

It is hereby proposed that we have a formal mediation with the Hon. Sue Leeson or through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals mediation program.

This is my final overture to each of you to sit down, like adults, and talk.  It is ironic the Bar is planning to now do; what Mr. Henning’s Resolution required and what I recommended over ten years ago.  Meanwhile, many innocent Oregon lawyers have suffered from your lash. 

 

Let’s talk.  It can’t hurt, can it?  

                                                     

Very truly yours, 

 

  /S/Lauren Paulson

 

Oh, Sure #2 Will Do at the OSB!

 

*The Bar replaces its executive director: no one is called, and no. 2 is chosen.

Lawyers' tongues are buzzing, in a quiet and nonbillable way, about the sudden departure of Teresa Schmid, who from January 2009 until last month was the executive director of the Oregon State Bar.  The Oregon State Bar is an unusual entity: it's both the trade association for Oregon's lawyers (all of whom must join to be able to practice) and a state agency, part of the judicial department.  The Bar's board comprises twelve persons elected by the state's lawyers and four public members appointed by the governor.  The board appoints the executive director.

The Bar's board hired Ms. Schmid after the previous executive director, Karen Garst, retired.  Unlike Ms. Garst and her predecessors, Ms. Schmid was herself a lawyer, and most recently the executive director of the State Bar of Arizona.  (The idea that the Oregon State Bar was at long last administered by a lawyer reminds me of a headline that Mrs. Laquedem noticed a while back: "Rocket scientist to head NASA.")  The Oregon State Bar conducted an intensive search to replace Ms. Garst, and Ms. Schmid narrowly won out over two attorneys who were then working for the Bar.

Faced with Ms. Schmid's resignation, the governors of the Bar chose not to hold another search, but offered the job to one of the runners-up from the 2008 search, Sylvia Stevens, a longtime member of the Oregon Bar.  The buzz is not so much why the governors picked Ms. Stevens -- she was apparently the close second choice in 2008 -- but what, if anything, the governors will tell their members about why the winner of the first search didn't hold the job for even two years.

 

(At least Ms. Schmid was  brave enough to meet with me face-to-face regarding my dilemma at the OSB—while she was there!  LP)

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hon. Thomas Balmer 

Supreme Court of Oregon 1163 State St.
Salem, OR 97301-2536

Re:       Lauren Paulson
          Oregon State Bar Reinstatement Application

Dear Chief Justice Balmer:

Please accept this as my Application for Reinstatement to the Oregon State Bar under ORS 9.529 which states:

 9.529 Status of proceedings relating to discipline, admission or reinstatement. Bar proceedings relating to discipline, admission and reinstatement are neither civil nor criminal in nature. They are sui generis and within the inherent power of the Supreme Court to control.

I am not submitting this Application for Reinstatement under normal Oregon State Bar procedures for this reason. Following my unceremonious removal from the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors in 2004 Jeff Sapiro, Disciplinary Counsel for the Oregon State Bar, admitted in his deposition that he was biased against me. All this may be found in the record of those proceedings that actually began in 2001 when I first filed a bar complaint against Mr. Sapiro for delay.

Realizing this Application for Reinstatement may cause an administrative burden on the Supreme Court of Oregon which it may not relish, may I propose the following:

Recommendation -- The Supreme Court of Oregon appoint a Referee under ORCP 65 to perform the administrative function normally accorded through the good offices of the Oregon State Bar.

Moreover, I recommend that the appointment be made for a Referee from outside the State of Oregon. You see, following what I maintained was an unconstitutional Bill of Attainder in the “Paulson” Bar Rule 18.6 that cancelled me off the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors; I sued the Bar and Jeff Sapiro in U.S. District Court of Oregon. Therefore, it is unlikely that any member of the Oregon State Bar, including the judiciary can be unbiased toward me.

However, in view of the stakes involved, I am willing to waive that bias that undoubtedly presents itself in the Supreme Court of Oregon, provided we can follow this alternative process.

My goal is not to practice law again. My goal is to clear my name.

As you can see from the attached, I regard Oregon’s Disciplinary Process as patently unconstitutional. If the Supreme Court of Oregon is willing to ameliorate my situation in the legal profession then I am willing to work with the Oregon State Bar to ameliorate the defects in the Bar disciplinary process. It is my understanding that the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors is planning to look into the disciplinary process anyway and perhaps, I can lend positive input into that endeavor.

I look forward to hearing from you in these regards. Thank you in advance for your interest and consideration.

Very truly yours,

/S/Lauren Paulson

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Task Force

Re: Class Action 

Dear Task Force Member:

It was with a satisfying glow; not of smugness, rather for the happy fact that the system worked, that I left Eugene in the Fall of 2002. I was heading towards the Oregon Coast where I was late for a ‘Chill’ reunion with grade school classmates.

The Disciplinary Task Force (DTF) of the Oregon State Bar had done its job. In a plenary way. Because Ed Harnden had left a troublemaker like me off the DTF, I decided to follow the process anyway. But, this is not about me.

It is about over 13,000 Oregon lawyers who are being made fools of by a small knot of people without integrity who somehow made their way to the top of our local legal profession. And those same people have made fools of you too. For the last ten years.

I watched carefully as each of you did your job then. In fact, your efforts should be the prototype for all such efforts at the Oregon State Bar. This compliment comes from one who entered that process beginning in September, 2001as a cynic. I also observed, as a member of the House of Delegates (HOD), as Bar leadership tried to rig the crucial HOD vote when delegate James Hennings bravely provided a blue print for your task.

During the nine-month long process I attended every meeting, read every report, watched with admiration as each of you gallantly did your job. Watched again when Oregon State Bar Executive Director Karen Garst brought sycophant William Carter into your midst to try to sway you from establishing a ‘Consumer’ Assistance Office. And I watched other attempts at subversion.

On that point there is some bad news. A principle objective of Mr. Henning’s Resolution, adopted by the Oregon State Bar membership, was “....the appropriate speed” ....of the disciplinary process. Equally important, your task was to discern whether there was bias in Oregon’s lawyer disciplinary process. Do the little fish get caught while Charlie Tuna swims cheerfully away? Forty seven (47) Oregon lawyers took the time to write to you about their tales of bar retaliation. Nobody (except Charlie Williamson) looked into any of them. Does Sally Leisure ring a bell? Or Charlie Isaak? Or…………? 47% of Bar members opined in the DTF survey that there is bias in the system. This elephant is still in the $20 million dollar Oregon State Bar Center living room ten years later.

You examined neither the issue of delay in the handling of disciplinary matters nor the issue of bias in the system; notwithstanding formal reminders that this part of your task was never addressed by you nor anyone.

There is worse news. Not only did the Oregon State Bar ignore the statutory obligations here; the Bar also ignored the formal mandates prescribed in the 2002 report and subsequently adopted in the Bar Rules; notably mediation. Jeff Sapiro is making a fool of each of you right before your adverted eyes. All while thousands of Oregon lawyers suffer because Jeff Sapiro, Oregon’s Disciplinary Counsel enjoys prosecuting erstwhile lawyers so much. The little fish.

Thus, it is time to provide a forum to assuage the grievances of all those lawyers in Oregon who you and the the Oregon State Bar leadership have let down. Only now there is much more at stake.

Very truly yours, 

/S/Lauren Paulson

(May 12, 2014)  —  ……And by the way, do you-all feel a little bit remorseful about what the Bar did to me in 2004-6 as I was earnestly serving the Bar?  Just asking.  If you do, a letter to Chief Justice Balmer wouldn’t hurt.  Just asking.  Thanks, L.P.

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