• December 26, 2017 10:31 AM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors of the Marion County Bar Association invites you to attend the MCBA Annual Awards and Pro Bono Awards Dinner on January 25, 2018, at Illahe Hills Country Club.

    For more information and to RSVP, click here. 

  • December 18, 2017 1:06 PM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    Season’s greetings from Mid-Valley CourtCare!

    Mid-Valley CourtCare is a partnership between Marion and Polk Counties to provide free, quality childcare in a safe, licensed, and fun environment so parents and guardians can attend court proceedings, handle court-related business, or access other government services in or near the county courthouse.  Mid-Valley CourtCare opened its doors in Marion and Polk Counties on September 5, 2017, and since that date has served over 100 children at its two locations.  Here is what families are saying about Mid-Valley CourtCare:
    “Being able to have a loving place for my children during court is a huge stress off of me as a single father.”

    “I am so grateful for your services.  It is making it possible for me to be on time to court and gives [my daughter] the chance to get in the routine of being around other people and kids in a safe environment.”

    This holiday season, please add Mid-Valley CourtCare to your gift list.  Here is how to help:
    * Donate to Mid-Valley CourtCare! 
    o Click here to donate to Marion County and select “CourtCare” from the list of campaigns and “Natascha Cronin” from the list of campaigners.  The first $1000 in donations to Marion County will be matched by the board of directors!  
    o To donate to Polk County, send your check to “Polk County,” c/o Brent Demoe, 182 SW Academy Street, suite 220, Dallas OR 97338.  Write “CourtCare” in the memo line.  Donations of diapers (all sizes) and scent-free wipes are also needed.
    * Visit our website and like us on Facebook
    * Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about Mid-Valley CourtCare!  Locations, hours, brochures, and registration forms are available on our website.

    For questions or more information, email us at

    Happy holidays to you and your family.  Thank you for supporting Mid-Valley CourtCare!

  • October 24, 2017 11:05 AM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    Judy Stanfill died on October 15, 2017.  Judy was a long time OJD employee.  She was beloved by co-workers.  She provided excellent customer service throughout her career.  We miss her dearly.

    A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2pm at Golden's Funeral Home, 605 Commercial St SE in Salem.  All are welcome.

    A benefit account has been set up at Maps Credit Union under Judy's name.  This account was established to help her parents, sister and daughter with expenses for her memorial service.  The family has requested in lieu of flowers a donation to Judy's account would be appreciated.

    Donations can be made in person at any Maps location or by mail with the following account information: 

    Benefit Account Judy D. Stanfill

    Maps Credit Union
    P.O. Box 12398
    Salem, OR  97309

  • September 15, 2017 3:30 PM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    The 2017 Biennial MCBA Memorial Service is scheduled for November 3, 2017 from 3:00-4:30pm at the Marion County Court House Courtroom 2-A, 100 High St. NE, Salem, Oregon.  At this memorial service, the Marion County Bar Association recognizes members that have passed in the past two years for their significance to the Salem legal community.  Families of deceased members are invited to attend this ceremony.

    If you are aware of members who have passed and should be included in this list please contact Ryan W. Collier,; 503-485-7224.

  • September 13, 2017 11:16 AM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)


    Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

    Location: 1859 Cider Company, In the Alley at 249 Liberty Street NE, Suite 140, Salem (the alley runs between Liberty and Commercial, just north of Court Street)

    With Marion County CourtCare opening its doors this month, now is the perfect time to celebrate. OWLS Mary Leonard Chapter will host the second in its Night Out for CourtCare series with a focus on the grand opening! 

    This event will be held at 1859 Cider Company, an amazing local craft cider producer.  Children cannot enter the cider house, but we will close the alley for games and other fun activities that children are welcome to join.  Although RVSPs are not required, feel free to indicate your interest at the OWLS MLC facebook page to help share the event info with others.

    A portion of the sales for the evening will benefit CourtCare and donations will be accepted on site. Come out and celebrate with us!

  • September 12, 2017 9:01 AM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted through October 1 for two federal judicial vacancies.  

    The first judicial vacancy is for the Oregon seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second judicial vacancy is for the U.S. District Court for Oregon.

    Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and application found here to the attention of Elise Downing, in Senator Wyden’s office by the October 1st, 2017 deadline. 

    Finalists will be chosen by a selection committee for the pair of federal court positions and will be forwarded to the White House for consideration.

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacancy arose when Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain took senior status at the end of last year. The vacancy for the U.S. District Court for Oregon was created when Judge Anna Brown took senior status in July.

  • September 03, 2017 2:12 PM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)
    Marion County CourtCare is excited to open its doors at the Salem YMCA on September 5 -- offering CourtCare services in Marion County is a dream realized for many. 

    We could use your help to offer our CourtCare kids engaging resources during their stay with us. We are seeking donations of classroom supplies, and what better time than as we head back to school. Supporting CourtCare is as easy as adding an extra set of markers to your school shopping list! 

    Below is our list of needed resources:
    • Markers 
    • Crayons
    • Pencils
    • Colored pencils
    • Foam building blocks
    • Puzzles (for older children)
    • PlayDoh and accessories
    • Chapter books (for older children) in English and other languages
    • Gently used Laptop (this is a big need!)

    Please feel free to leave supplies at the Salem YMCA (marked as "CourtCare"), or email Erin Dawson ( if you would like to have someone stop by to pick up donated supplies.

    For information about Marion County CourtCare, visit

    Thank you for your continued support of CourtCare programs in all of our communities!

  • August 23, 2017 4:00 PM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
    Location: Marion County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room (5th Floor)

    Join Courthouse Connections for a conversation with Presiding Judge Tracy Prall (Marion County Circuit Court), Judge Channing Bennett (Marion County Circuit Court),  Misha Isaak (General Counsel to Governor Kate Brown) and Gina Johnnie (Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP) about pursuing a circuit court judgeship.   

  • August 22, 2017 11:12 AM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    CourtCare in Marion and Polk Counties

    Marion and Polk County will now be offering CourtCare to anyone conducting business with the courts beginning September 5, 2017. CourtCare is a no-cost drop-in childcare program that is funded by House Bill 3067 and donations from community partners.  Many of our customers have no childcare options while conducting business at the courts and would otherwise have to choose between keeping their kids in the courtroom, unattended in courthouse hallways or at home without proper supervision.   CourtCare offers a safe, supportive environment and a full range of enriching, age-appropriate activities for young children to enjoy while their parents are involved in court. There is no charge to parties utilizing these services. 

    In Marion County, CourtCare will be offered at the YMCA (685 Court Street, Salem) on Monday - Thursday from 8AM-5:15PM for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Services in Marion County are only available to those that are conducting business with the courts at any of our three locations. Children are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis so parties are urged to make a reservation (503-399-2753) as soon as possible.

    In Polk County, CourtCare provides free childcare for parents & guardians who need to conduct business with the court system or local social service agencies including, but not limited to: Polk County Behavioral Health, Public Health, DHS, or Housing. Care will be offered at Family Building Blocks (182 SW Academy Street Suite 216, Dallas) on Tuesday & Thursday from 1-5:30PM and Wednesday from 8AM-5:30PM for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Please call FBB (503) 623-9664) to make a reservation or if you are unsure if your childcare need qualifies.

    Soon the YMCA, Family Building Blocks and the courts will be distributing flyers and brochures.

    Please consider including information about CourtCare in letters to your clients who may need this service.

    If you would like a copy of the CourtCare brochure or any additional information, please visit For questions specific to Marion County, feel free to contact Andrea Riley (

  • July 23, 2017 5:13 PM | MCBA Admin (Administrator)

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
    Location: Marion County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room (5th Floor)

    Courthouse Connection is pleased to offer its annual review of highlights from the United States Supreme Court term.  Join us as Judge Claudia Burton (Marion County Circuit Court), Judge Erin Lagesen (Oregon Court of Appeals), and Justice Rives Kistler (Oregon Supreme Court) discuss several important SCOTUS opinions from the Court's recent term. 

    Attendance is free; one MCLE credit will be sought. 

    To RSVP or with questions, please visit the Mary Leonard website

Marion County Bar Association
PO Box 333
Salem, OR 97308

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