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Member Categories & Dues

OTLA's membership year runs from July 1st of the current year to June 30th of the following year. Renewal notices go out each year beginning in April to remind you of your end-of-year expiration. Dues can be paid online or by check in the mail prior to the June 30th deadline each year. 

For members joining OTLA after the year begins, dues are prorated quarterly. In the final quarter of the membership year, dues will be fully prorated to cover the entirety of the following membership year.

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Membership Categories
For attorneys, membership dues are based on years admitted to practice in any state bar. 

Regular Attorney Membership (voting)

New Admittees                    Free membership for the first year

1-3 years practicing             $115/year

4-6 years practicing             $225/year

7-9 years practicing             $330/year

10-14 years practicing         $450/year

15+ years practicing            $575/year

Legal Aid attorney               $85/year

To qualify for OTLA membership, you must be an attorney that is: 1) in good standing with the Oregon State Bar; 2) of good moral character; 3) committed to the principles of fundamental fairness, trial by jury and the civil justice system, and 4) does not, for the most part, represent the defense in personal injury, civil rights, employment, workers’ compensation or business tort litigation.

Legal Aid/Public Interest applications must meet the above criteria and be employed a legal aid program or a non-profit, non-governmental public interest legal program.

Associate Membership (non-voting)

Dues: $195/year.

Language about out-of-state member requirements here.

Public Agency Membership (non-voting)

Dues: $85/year.

In addition to the above listed requirements for attorney membership, Public Agency members must be working in public or nonprofit agencies in Oregon.

Legal Staff Membership (non-voting)

Dues: $85/year.

For legal assistants, paralegals, legal secretaries and legal researchers. Applicants must be: 1) employed by an active OTLA attorney member; 2) of good moral character; and 3) committed to the principles of fundamental fairness, trial by jury and the civil justice system.

Legal Staff members may be added to the Legal Staff listserv upon request.

Emeritus Membership (non-voting)

Dues: FREE

Applicants must be 1) a former OTLA attorney member who has retired from the practice of law; 2) of good moral character; and 3) committed to the principles of fundamental fairness, trial by jury and the civil justice system.

This membership category does not include access to OTLA listservs which are reserved for actively practicing attorney members.

Neutral Membership (non-voting)

Dues: $150/year.

For mediators and arbitrators. Applicants must be: 1) a full-time arbitrator, mediator or reference judge in the state of Oregon; 2) of good moral character; and 3) committed to the principles of fundamental fairness, trial by jury and the civil justice system.

Law Student/Law Professor Membership (non-voting)

Dues: FREE

Applicants must be: 1) a law student or law professor in an accredited law school; 2) of good moral character; and 3) committed to the principles of fundamental fairness, trial by jury and the civil justice system.

This membership category does not include access to OTLA listservs which are reserved for actively practicing attorney members.

 

To join OTLA today, click here and fill out your online membership application. You may also print out the membership application here and submit it by mail if preferred. 

Questions? Contact Membership Director Kathleen Bergin at (503) 223-5587 ext. 108 or kathleen@oregontriallawyers.org

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