Section Meetings & Continuing Legal Education

Executive Committee

Monthly Meetings

The Executive Committee meets the third Tuesday of every month (except December) at noon in the offices of the Oregon State Bar in Tigard, Oregon.  The executive committee meetings are open to the public.

Effective March 12, 2020, until further notice, the monthly meetings of the executive meeting are by telephone/Zoom only while Covid-19 restrictions are in effect. Contact Chair Leah Watson or Secretary Leslie Nelson if you would like to participate.

Annual Meeting Information

The Section’s annual meeting is held in November, just before the November Executive Committee meeting. The annual meeting is open to the public. The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held near November 15, 2022, starting at 12 noon. The meeting will be via Zoom. Details to follow or contact Secretary Leslie Nelson for details.

During the annual meeting, nominations will be made for next year’s Executive Committee positions. Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor.


At the November 2021 Annual Meeting, section members voted for the following positions:


Chair: Ms. Leah Eccles Watson
Chair-Elect:  Mr. Ryan Adams
Secretary: Ms. Leslie A. Nelson
Treasurer:  Mr. Ross Neher

Current members who will continue to serve on the Executive Committee: Dan Schmidt, Ryan Adams, Josh Stevens, and Rowan Hardenbrook. and Past-Chair Michael Hajarizadeh.

Elected members to the Executive Committee: Tracy E. Connor (CLE subcommittee Chair) and Mr. Trevor R. Caldwell (Legislative subcommittee Chair)

2022 Advisory Members are Mr. Jess Barton, Mr. Mark John Holady, Mr. James Rice, and Mr. Wesley A. Hill

Fiscal Information

The Section’s fund balance as of October 31, 2021, was $1,650. All Section financial statements can be found at here.


Continuing Legal Education Classes

Upcoming Events:

See the Events page

Past Events:

Serving Justice Involved Veterans

July 20, 2021

Presenter – Michael Hajarizadeh – the Director of the Veteran’s Defense Resource Center

Learn about:
DD 2-14s
Other issues that will help you represent veterans involved in the criminal justice system

Representing Veterans and Their Families—VA Accreditation

October 27, 2020

Speaker – Mary Markovich.
Topics: Representing before the VA, Veterans Health Administration, National Cemetery Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration, Claims procedure, Appeals procedure, VA accredited agents and attorneys duties.

Justice Involved Veterans

November 10, 2020 (a virtual CLE)

COVID Update—Eviction Moratorium, Employment/Unemployment Law, and VA Update

September 14, 2020

Eviction moratorium, Employment/unemployment update and VA benefits update. Speakers were Juhi Aggarwal, Heather St. Clair and Renaye Murphy.

Veteran Defense and House Bill 2462

December 2019

PresenterL  Jesse Wm. Barton

Slides are available here.


Effective March 12, 2020, until further notice, all in-person continuing education classes are on hold while Covid-19 restrictions are in effect. Check back for details about other classes or call Leslie Nelson, the Military and Veterans Law Section Continuing Legal Education Coordinator.