TABLE OF CONTENTS  (Note Foreclosure Law Articles-and on Drones Torture, Due Process -Below)


1. Welcome To A New Blog Site for Oregon Lawyers(2/4/07)
2. Opening Page -- Purpose of This Blog Site (2/4/07)
3. Update -- The Oregon State Bar's Confused Organization( 2/6/07)
4. Feedback and Leadership at the Oregon State Bar(3/28/07)
5. Packing the Court -- The Oregon State Bar is an Oligarchy(4/5/07)
6. A Monumental Failure of Leadership(4/28/07)
7. Our Judicial Emperors Have No Clothes(5/22/07)
8. Oregon's Court of Appeals Has No Clothes(5/29/07)
9. Lawyer Advertising -- Not!(6/4/07)
10. Attorneys With Kind Hearts(6/10/07)
11. To Tell You The Truth(6/19/07)
12. Judicial Emperors With Clothes of Gold(6/23/07)
13. The "F" Word(6/25/07)
14. The Strange Case of Judge Michael McElligott(6/29/07)
15. A Simple Proposal for Judicial Accountability(7/11/07)
16. Legal Malpractice Got Me To Mt. Hood(7/19/07)
17. How Much Would You Spend to Shut Me Up?(7/31/07)
18. Erased -- By the Oregon State Bar(8/13/07)
19. They Rule, But Do Judges Read What You Send Them?(8/22/07)
20. Finally, A Solution to Divorce in America(8/27/07)
21. Silence is an Accomplice to Injustice(9/4/07)
22. Oregon Lawyers and the Oregon Media(9/16/07)
23. The Oregon Federal Court -- Evaluated(9/24/07)
24. The Oregon State Bar House of Delegates Meeting(10/3/07)
25. Oregon State Bar's Member Services--The Black Hole(10/5/07)
26. Whoever Has the Biggest Megaphone Wins(10/5/07)
27. Reality Overcomes Hope at the Oregon State Bar(10/10/07)
28. Common Law Does Not Make Common Sense(1/1/08)
29. Everybody is Looking the Wrong Way for Legal Help(1/9/08)
30. Does the Oregon State Bar Make Common Sense?(1/10/08)
31. You Are Not Entitled to a Jury Trial(1/23/08)
32. Roadmap To Improve Our Legal System(1/28/08)
33. Minority ‘Rites' of Passage in Oregon(2/1/08)
34. Our Legal System Has It Exactly Backwards(2/13/08)
35. In Defense of Your Local Lawyer(2/19/08)
36. One Year Anniversary of This Blog(2/22/08)
37. A ‘Subprime' Odyssey(2/26/08)
38. Rogue's Gallery is Too Good For Some(3/6/08)
39. An Open Letter to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor(3/13/08)
40. So You Want To Be A Blogger(3/19/08)
41. The Death of Ivan Ilych(4/1/08)
42. The New Oregon State Bar Center(4/8/08)
43. Theories for Legal Improvement -- And For Revolution(4/16/08)
44. Judicial Elections -- and Judicial Evaluations(4/23/08)
45. The Real Estate Auction -- The New Kid on The Block(4/30/08)
46. The Good Lawyers Do!(5/7/08)
47. The Power at The Oregon State Bar -- Practical Magic(5/14/08)
48. Report Card on The Oregon Supreme Court(6/10/08)
49. An Open Letter to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.(7/30/08)
50. Structured Settlements(8/7/08)
51. America, The Rule of Law and Torture(8/12/08)
52. Confessions of a Court-Appointed Criminal Defense Attorney(8/29/08)
53. Yes, Virginia The Sky IS Falling(9/19/08)
54. The Master Litigator(9/23/08)
55. A Model Legal System(10/1/08)
56. The Iconoclast(10/4/08)
57. A Model Legal System -- Subpart #1(10/7/08)
58. Legal Reading Lite(10/10/08)
59. A Model Legal System -- (Subpart #2(10/15/08)
60. Legal Reading Lite(10/16/08)
61. Viewer Comments(10/18/08)
62. A Model Legal System -- Subpart #3(10/21/08)
63. Judicial Elections Anyone!(10/27/08)
64. Redistribution Anyone?(10/30/08)

65. A Model Legal System #4 -- The Judiciary

66. A Model Legal System #5 -- The Money

67. So, I Inquired Further

68. A Model Legal System #6 -- Bar Associations

69. Reuben Lenske -- On Attorney Fees

70. Civil Rights -- Before

71. Something's 'Askew' at the Bar

72. Civil Rights -- After

73. A Cry From The Wilderness

74. The Bar's Board of Director's Meeting (2008)

75. Lawyer Discipline in Oregon is Unconstitutional

76. Landlord/Tenant Litigation in Oregon

77. Oregon Courts Close Again (2009)

78. Oregon Secret Law Societies

79. Downtown Law Firms and Money

80. House of Delegates Unite!

81. Money, Minutes and the Oregon State Bar

82. Do Judges Tell the Truth?

83. Health Care Reform and You

84. Oligarchy or Democracy?

85. Impact Women!

86. Those Wonderful Supremes

87. Judicial Performance Evaluations

88. Judicial Accountability

89. Judicial Accountability - Federal

90. Civil Rights at the Street Level

91. May U.S. Presidents Legally Kill?

92. May It Please the U.S. Supreme Court

93. Race Relations Pure and Simple

94. Health Care Reform - Part Deux

95. A Broken Legal System

96. Impact Women and Quality of Life

97. Harry Truman Liked Medicare

98. Judges Pay and You

99.  Police, Power and the Public

100. Chumming the Judiciary

101. The Tort Reform Shibboleth

102. State Judicial Conference

103. Closed Judicial Meetings

104. State Lawyer Leaders Meet

105. An Ode to the Corporate Lawyer

106. Law and Justice at the Movies

107. Why are Lawyers Evil?

108. Impact Women with Courage

109. Merry Holidays from 'Bulletins'

110. An Idle Mind in the New Year

111. Bulletins v Supreme Court I

112. Bulletins v. Supreme Court II

113. Bulletins v. Supreme Court III

114. Bulletins v. Our Legal System IV

115. ADR and Supreme Court V

116. Do Judges Read...?

117. A Jury Trial...Not!

118. The Killing Fields

119. Your Appeal

120. A Bar Sinking

121. Starve the Beast

122. Shane and Police

123. Little Lawyers

124. Judicial Disqualification

125. Throw Away Lawyers

125. The Client in a Box

126. Judicial Performance Evaluations III

127. Law Schools in Training

128.  Financial Fraud in America (Bank of America)

129. Foreclosure Fraud

130. A Supreme Court Scam

131. Plato Meets Bill Haley and The Comets

132. Truth and Justice Fail -- Again

133. eCourt (Electronic Filing) Oregon Disaster

134. Hon. Donald Ashmanskas

135. Troy Davis Dies in Broken Legal System

136. Dollar Love

137. Legal Help for Self-Represented

138. Let's Occupy Wall Street

139. The 'WHY' to Occupy Wall Street

140. S. Brian Willson, Local Hero

141. Eviction Court

142. A Court at Work

143. 1986 Immigration Law O.K.

144. Oregon eCourt at Risk

145. The Mayor's Police and Occupy

146. Ninth Court of Appeals Hubris

147. Oregon's Legal Oligarchy

148. Arabian Knights

149. Foreclosure Mess Made Simple

150. Democracy is Ugly

151. Dollar Diplomacy

152. Devil Dancing

153. Veteran's Care Benefits in Big City

154. Foreclosure Mediation

155. Justice as Fairness

156. Oligarchy Near You

157. eCourt Update

158. Legal Aid Missing in Foreclosures

159. Guns and Roses

160. Foreclosures in Middle America

161. Stopping Random Violence

162. No Retreat

163. Fraud O.K. in USA

164. Aaron Swartz and Power Grid

165. Drones and Due Process

166. 1955 Fords and Due Process

167. Nuclear Waste at Hanford

168. Good Senses

169. Quiz on Legal Waste

170. Judicial Disclosure 101

171. Criminal Disorder in US Bankruptcy Court

172. Legal Rot in West U.S.

173. SCOTUS blog

174. Local Judicial Misconduct

175. Courage of Dissent

176. Women in the Military

177.  Shirl, My English Teacher

178.  A Right Reunion

179. Judge Anna Brown

180. Judge Ann Aiken

181. 'Men' in Solitary

182. Love-a Necessary Stranger

183. Bank of American in Your 'Hood'

184. Sixty Years in Iran

185. Reunion Fatigue

186. Attorney Discipline

187. Foreclosure in Land of Oz

188. Ugly Judicial Misconduct

189. Consumer Access--Not!

190. Legal Aid is a Scam

191. Judges and Their Pay

192. Innocence Lost

193. Women's Laws

194. Seeking Immortality

195. Urban Renewal--Jersey Style

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A Surprising Tale of Success 

Moving to New Jersey in the 1980’s from the West Coast, I was nervous about what I would find, never having been there before.  Sure, while in the Army at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, I traveled the New Jersey Turnpike for New York City weekends, but that tollway gives no flavor of the real New Jersey.  

On my first day, I landed at Red Bank in Central Jersey.  The Shore is nearby and soon I found paradise.  There is no place like the Jersey Shore.  It is beautiful, it is varied, it is exciting, it is fun.  The Italian sausage sandwiches delicious.  The people real.  

I took the job offer at Holmdel, New Jersey.  The Shore boardwalks were my constant visits.  I explored from Rumson, where rich people live, to Bay Head, where rich people live.  Many locals are commuters to New York City, about an hour north.

My pocketbook could barely afford the cheapest place on the water at the Shore and my hopes were dashed when a classic historic bay front home was sold from underneath me by someone who offered MORE than the purchase price.  The ill-fated transaction was for a home located in Long Branch, New Jersey.  

While the shoreline between Rumson and Bay Head is mostly upscale, Long Branch was a town in decline and almost ruins.  Unfortunately, Bruce Springsteen’s Asbury Park nearby was also in sharp decline.   

Over the next months, my visits to Long Branch were both for pleasure and for continued house hunting.  Later, although I bought elsewhere (on the water), I still continued to visit because I was noticing changes to Long Branch.  

First, hippy types were opening candle shops behind the boardwalk because the rent was cheap.  They would spruce up the window displays in cheap rental surroundings and do the best they could.  Before long I noticed other shops with artwork, jewelry and whole foods.  Soon, an upscale shop or two.  

Second, the boardwalk amusement rides started to be refurbished and new ones added.  Casual conversations with bartenders at the ubiquitous bars nearby, disclosed something beyond my ken.  Improvements were supported by local mafia money.  I saw evidence of this sort of thing closer to where I lived in Mantoloking at the local strip bar that kept growing. The strip club was owned by someone who lived in a house surrounded by higher than eight-foot fences.  And no windows facing the street, which was pointed out to me by a local.  

Then real change of another sort was evident.  Housing immediately behind the board walk and including the area of the candle shops was being gentrified.  My sources advised the money was coming from “Syrian Jews”.  Whether any of this is true is beyond my ken.  But, I was a frequent flyer at the local bars, because the area fascinated me, because I almost wound up living in Long Branch and also because the area was fun.  

After five years Long Branch sparkled.  My guess is the permit process was greased, the rebuilding money sharked and the codes not closely followed.  But, I could be wrong, because that is beyond my ken.  Urban Renewal Jersey Style.  With little bureaucracy.  No taxpayer money.  No planning studies. It all worked.  

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Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:44AM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | CommentsPost a Comment




There are Those who are Searching for Immortality instead of Truth and Justice


Upon returning to Portland, Oregon after ten years working in New York City and the East Coast, Mark O. Hatfield’s name was everywhere.  His wife had accepted funds from a Greek arms dealer who wanted Hatfield to approve funding for a $6 billion trans-African pipeline.  


Portland lawyer Ed Harnden seeks immortality of another sort. He wants the record for being photographed the most in bar publications, notably in the annual report of the Campaign for Equal Justice.  CEJ is a front for funding the Oregon Law Foundation.  A lawyer slush fund.  


Salem lawyer Mark Comstock holds the sycophant record for his willingness to do former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice, Paul De Muniz’ dirty work.  


And then there are the lawyer awards.  There are many; for doing little.  Be particularly suspicious of pro bono awards.


In 1997, Oregon’s federal courthouse was dedicated to Mark O. Hatfield and I had the pleasure of meeting him on the elevator in that building while going on a tour to visit the low-tech million dollar courtrooms.


The futility of all this may be seen in Ephesus, Turkey.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Though a secular country,  Turkey has Muslim roots.  Wandering through these Greek/Roman ruins, one finds finely carved marble detritus littered everywhere, caused by the ruinous Goth’s raids on the city.  Among the ruins is the Artemis temple.  Turkey could care less about the intrinsic value of this rich cultural location probably because of the religious alienation from anything remotely Christian.  Thus, these spectacular ruins are just that.  There was probably a Mark O. Hatfield or Ed Harnden equivalent street signs underneath some of these carved marble ruins; hoping for immortality.  But, their names are just mingling with the weeds.  Having done little for mankind. 


In 1991, it was revealed that Hatfield had failed to report receipt of expensive gifts and was rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee.  Like Artemis, Hatfield has a temple named after him, the downtown Portland federal courthouse.  It was completed in 1997 at a cost of $129 million, making it the fifth most-expensive courthouse of its size constructed in the 1990s.  Where little is being done for mankind; especially if you are poor.  


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Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:01PM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference


NAFTA (North America Free Trade Act) was signed into law during President Clinton's presidency.  The rub for the indiginous people of south eastern Mexico was that it put all the controls in the hands of the imperialists.  United States could supply subsidized food cheaply, but not buy indiginous goods.  This lead to a separatist movement by the indiginous people of Mexico which continues to this day.  As part of that movement came equality of rights for indiginous women:

Women's Revolutionary Law

From the First Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle, the Zapatistas presented to the people of Mexico, the government, and the world their Revolutionary Laws on January 1, 1994. One of the laws was the Women's Revolutionary Law, which states:

  1. Women, regardless of their race, creed, color or political affiliation, have the right to participate in the revolutionary struggle in any way that their desire and capacity determine.
  2. Women have the right to work and receive a fair salary.
  3. Women have the right to decide the number of children they have and care for.
  4. Women have the right to participate in the matters of the community and hold office if they are free and democratically elected.
  5. Women and their children have the right to Primary Attention in their health and nutrition.
  6. Women have the right to an education.
  7. Women have the right to choose their partner and are not obliged to enter into marriage.
  8. Women have the right to be free of violence from both relatives and strangers.  (Wiki)
Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:34AM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | Comments3 Comments | References65 References




Glenn Greenwald Explains The Danger of unconstrained NSA  Meta-data Collection to the European Community or…



In law school it all made sense.  The Miranda decision was relatively new.  Constitutional law is mostly common sense.  All was right with the world.

Then a naive lawyer, (me) volunteered to do Juvenile law; defending minors against state and police excess.  Now, I know that local judges have few scruples and few safeguards against their wrong-headed decisions. 

Mean-old, outa’ control Judge Michael McElligott (deceased) had just jailed (in ADULT-jail) my 14 year-old male client.  Judge McElligott’s reasons for doing things were seldom clear and often against the law.  

Processing options, I immediately filed a Motion for Habeas Corpus.  The 14 year-old was immediately released.  The system worked notwithstanding the caprice of Judge McElligott. 

Guantanamo’s victims are not getting their right to habeas corpus even though the law is clear.  Our leaders have simply done the wrong thing in establishing a prison outside the reach of our Constitution.  

Now they are doing the same wrong thing to Private Manning and Mr. Snowden.  Mr. Manning was put in solitary confinement BEFORE being convicted of anything.  Snowden has been self-exiled because he knows he likely will be subject to the same cruel and unusual punishment without being found as having done anything wrong.  

Habeas Corpus, Privacy and Free Speech now hang in the balance.

Manning, Snowden and now Glenn Greenwald have sounded the alarm. Glenn Greenwald explains why and how collection of meta-data is even a greater violation of our rights of privacy and freedom of speech. His presentation dated December 18, 2013 to the European Parliament is a seminar on the harm of the NSA’s collection of meta-data without constraint.   

It is now forty years since I finished with law school.  I would have bet all the money I have made since against the possibility we would ever have gotten to this sorry state. It is not enough to do facebook postings about holiday cookies.  It is time to pay attention to the loss of privacy and our right to free speech and Habeas Corpus. claurenpaulson2013 laurenjpaulson@gmail.com bulletinsfromaloha.org.   

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