OTLA Sidebar May/June 2020

15 • SIDEBAR • May–June 2020 Encore Performance: OTLA’s Lidya Stamper Returns Y ou probably remember Lidya Stamper from previ- ous summer Conven- tions. Stamper first joined OTLA to help with Convention in 2018 and pretty much nailed it, so we brought her back in 2019 and now she’s returned once more to help with membership renewals, prospective member outreach and to help ensure our first ever Zoomven- tion goes off without a hitch! Stamper has long cultivated a strong interest in studying both do- mestic and international policy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Inter- national Relations and Public Policy with a minor in Computer Science. Born in Ethiopia and adopted at a young age, Stamper was raised in an environment encouraging the explora- tion of different cultures, peoples and ideas. With a focused interest in the international field, she spent several summers abroad in South Africa and has interned for Senator Jeff Merkley in his Portland office. She also just recently returned to Portland after completing an eight-month Ful- bright grant and spent the past year working as a re- search fellow with a human rights NGO in South Africa, researching equitable access to sexual and repro- ductive health services for vulnerable women in the country, specifically those who had been internally displaced. Following this summer, Stamper will head to the London School of Economics to begin her MSc in Gen- der, Peace and Security as a Rotary Scholar. When she’s not working to be the best possible OTLA intern ever, she enjoys hanging out with cute dogs and hiking around the beautiful Pa- cific Northwest. To reach Stamper, email lidya@ oregontriallawyers.org or call her at (503) 342-8098. Lidya Stamper W ondering how best to advocate for the rights of Oregonians and ac- cess to justice in your practice? OTLA is offering some upcoming education opportunities based around civil rights and advocacy. Tuesday, June 16th The Minority Caucus will host “Using the Legal System to Combat Racial Injustice: Taking Civil Rights Cases and Other Ways to Fight for Change” from 12- 2pm by Zoom. Our speakers are Nkenge Harmon Johnson, Presi- dent and CEO of the Urban League of Portland; Guardian Erious Johnson , founder/partner at Harmon Johnson LLC; and Guardian Juan Chavez , Di- rector of the Civil Rights Project at the Oregon Justice Resource Center. This is FREE and you can REGISTER HERE. Topics will include: (1) histori- cal racism in Oregon and barriers to change; (2) police officer qualified immunity and the movement to end or minimize it; (3) how to evaluate and Upcoming Civil Rights Education With OTLA handle civil rights cases; (4) protecting the rights of protestors and those in custody; and (5) how to fight for racial justice in a non-lawyer capacity. Wednesday, June 17th Join us for a webcast Civil Rights sec- tion meeting, taking place from 12–1pm and featuring member John Burgess. Burgess will present an hourlong CLE on his excellent trial result in which a federal jury granted $350,000 in dam- ages to inmate Skyler James Floro. You can read more about the case here in advance. REGISTER HERE to attend. Coming Soon: Civil Rights/1983 CLE Series In 2016, members Michelle Burrows and Elden Rosenthal taught a much- lauded CLE series on Civil Rights and 1983 Claims. Rosenthal is putting to- gether an updated series, scheduled for mid-September to mid-October. Keep an eye on the listservs for final dates, speaker lineup and registration details to come soon.

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