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[UPCOMING EVENTS] 2017 OMLA IMAGE Program (Inspiring Minority Attorneys Toward Growth and Excellence), Friday, October 20, 2017

IMAGE Program - Friday, October 20, 2017

The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA) is pleased to present the fifth year of The IMAGE Program (Inspiring Minority Attorneys Toward Growth and Excellence). This special retention program is designed to promote the building of skills, network, and leadership for racial and ethnic minority attorneys as they begin their legal careers in Oregon.  This program is targeted to (1) self-identified racial or ethnic minority attorneys; (2) admitted to the Oregon State Bar; and (3) within their first three years of law practice in Oregon.

  • Where: The Standard Building | 900 SW Fifth Avenue
  • Program Time: 9:00am-4:15pm Program
  • Reception Time: 4:30-5:30pm Networking Reception. Everyone is invited to this networking reception, sponsored and hosted by Markowitz Herbold at the end of the day. To register for the networking reception only please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Who Should Attend

 This program is for you if you are:

  • a self-identified racial or ethnic minority attorney;
  • admitted to the Oregon State Bar; and
  • within your first three years of law practice in Oregon. 

Goals of the Program

  • Help prepare racial and ethnic minority attorneys new to the Oregon legal community for the culture of their particular employment setting and the legal profession generally.
  • Teach survival skills for entering and excelling in the profession as diverse lawyers.
  • Provide a safe space for new attorneys to ask questions, share concerns and discuss unique issues faced by racial and ethnic minority attorneys.
  • Build a support network for racial and ethnic minority attorneys with their peers as they start the practice of law in Oregon.
  • Introduce lawyers to ways to develop leadership skills to cultivate the next generation of racial and ethnic minority leaders.
  • Increase retention of racial and ethnic minority attorneys practicing in Oregon.
  • Create a legal community that better reflects the diversity of the community at large.

I attended a prior year's IMAGE program. May I attend again?

You are welcome to attend IMAGE any and all of your first three years of practice of law in Oregon. The program content and speakers change slightly from year to year, as do the participants, so each year is unique. 

I am new to the Oregon State Bar, but not new to the practice of law.  Is this program for me?

The program is more tailored towards lawyers new to the practice of law so much of the content may not be as applicable. However, the program is also largely designed to provide a network to diverse attorneys so anyone new to the state may benefit. If you fit the stated criteria above, you are more than welcome to register.

 I am within the first three years of law practice in Washington or another jurisdiction, but I practice in Oregon. May I attend?


I am a law student and I am interested in attending. May I attend?

Space is limited and priority will go to new lawyers. However, if you are a law student interested in attending, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about availability. In any event, we encourage you to attend the networking reception immediately following the Program.

Will the program provide CLE credits?

Because the program is exclusive to racial and ethnic minority attorneys, the program does not quality for CLE credits.

Is there a cost to attend?

There is a registration fee depending on your type of practice:

  • Private firm (large 20+ attorneys) $75.00
  • Private firm (medium 11-19)/in house counsel $60.00
  • Small firm (2-10 attorneys)/government/public interest $50.00
  • Solo practitioners/unemployed/underemployed $40.00
  • A limited number of scholarships are also available courtesy of Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP. 
    • Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP is providing five scholarships in support of a more diverse bar and to provide resources for attorneys who do not have the benefit of corporate backing or firm support. To apply for the scholarship, please register and indicate you are seeking a financial scholarship and indicate that you fall in one of the listed categories. Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP will provide five scholarships to attorneys who fall in one of the following categories to attend the IMAGE Program for FREE:
      • (1) Small firm (2-10 attorneys)/government/public interest; or
      • (2) Solo practitioners/unemployed/underemployed
    • A word from our generous sponsor: We recognize that navigating the legal field for diverse attorneys can be tough enough as is and we do not want costs to deter good attorneys from attending a great program. Our hope is that those who take advantage of this scholarship will continue to advocate and support the diverse community and pay it forward in the future to those in need.

      THANK YOU Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP!   To register:   https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=2T2VJH7



8:15 – 9:00

Registration & Breakfast


9:00 – 10:00

Welcome and Introductions



10:00 – 11:30

Opening Plenary Session:

Defining Your “IMAGE”?

Fit, Authenticity, and Image in the Legal Profession

How much are you willing to do or change to meet other people’s expectations of a “lawyer”?


Derily Bechthold, Portland City Attorney’s Office Moderator

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis, K&L Gates

Sebastian Tapia, Lane County Counsel’s Office

Judge Ulanda Watkins, Clackamas County Circuit Court



11:30 – 12:00




12:00 – 1:15

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Judge Xiomara Torres, Multnomah County Circuit Court


1:15 – 1:30



1:30 – 3:45

Finding Your Place

Ted Talk style presentations from diverse lawyers who have found their place.


Simon Whang, Portland City Attorney’s Office  



Ron Cheng, Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP

“Jury Trials as a Minority Lawyer –

What the Majority Miss”


Claudia Groberg, Oregon Department of Justice

“How to Succeed as a Diverse Lawyer in a Not So Diverse Legal World”


Judge Steve Powers, Oregon Court of Appeals

“Seventh Time is a Charm: A Circuitous Route to Becoming a Judge”











3:45 – 4:15




4:30 – 5:30

Networking Reception

Hosted by Markowitz Herbold PC

1211 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900

See you at IMAGE! 


Our Mission

OMLA is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to making the legal community of Oregon a welcoming environment where people of all colors, races, and ethnic backgrounds can excel academically, professionally, and personally.

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