Local Fourth of July Events

With a long Fourth of July weekend, people will be celebrating with outdoor gatherings, fireworks, and traditions.  If you haven’t decided what your plans look like this weekend, here are some local happenings (some related to the holiday and some not) to get you started: Portland Craft Beer Festival Waterfront Blues Fest (includes fireworks on July 4) Paul Rodeo (i...
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Client Tip: Ask!

The legal process is overwhelming – especially for people who have little or no interaction with it until something unexpected pops up.  It is not uncommon for clients to have tons of questions – some they are willing to ask and others that they keep to themselves. For an attorney, it is very helpful for clients to simply ask their questions – no matter how big or how small....
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Client Tip: Don’t be an Ostrich!

Over the course of many legal matters, issues come up that are unexpected or cause stress for clients.  Some clients tackle these matters head on, but it is not uncommon for others to stick their head in the sand to avoid conflict or difficult issues – sometimes with their own attorney, other parties to the case, etc. Common “ostrich” red flags are: Dragging feet. This ...
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Happy (belated) Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!  Hopefully everyone had an opportunity to appreciate their fathers, grandfathers, and other positive paternal influences yesterday. Unlike Mother’s Day, which is observed across the globe often as a public holiday, Father’s Day does not get the same recognition and lacks some of the traditional gifts and observations.  Instead, take this opportunity to cr...
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Surviving Summer Get-Togethers

As summer swings into full gear and the sunshine comes out, there is an increase in planned get-togethers with friends, families, and others to enjoy and, in some cases, to simply survive as challenging people try your patience. Here are 9 tips to help get you through the most challenging get-togethers: If you drink, have a drink or two, but stop there. A little social ...
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Local Baby and Me Ideas to Meet New People and Explore the Region

I’ve received some inquiries recently about “Baby and Me” Groups in the Metro area for new-ish parents to get out and meet other families.  Luckily, the Metro area has a lot of options for parents with a wide variety of interest areas to get out with their babies and little ones and do some exploring: Hike It Baby – Provides opportunities for families to get out into natur...
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Schools Out for Summer! Now What?

So school is just letting out for summer and maybe you’ve realized that your behind the ball on scheduling fun things for your children to do.  Don’t panic!  The Portland-Metro area is full of adventures for little ones. If you need a starting place, check out: Trackers Earth Camps – Offering week-long camps throughout the summer, including archery, magic, and zombie su...
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Extra Time on Your Hands? Volunteer!

If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands heading into summer and/or if you are looking for a good way to give back to your local community, now is the time to look into volunteer opportunities around town. Here are three sources to get you started: Need a project that can be done in a day? Check out Volunteer Match.Org and Hands On Portland – Both of thes...
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Death Row Inmate Race Discrimination Case

Last week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Timothy Foster, an African-American death row inmate in Georgia, allowing Mr. Foster to return to state court and argue for a new trial based on racial bias in the selection of his jury. Mr. Foster was convicted of the 1986 murder of Queen Madge White, an elderly white woman.  An all-white jury convicted him. A previous 1986 S...
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