Seeking New Executive Board Members!

If you’ve ever thought that an OSB leadership position would be a nice addition to your resume, or you’d just like to be more involved with the bar and your disability law colleagues, now is your chance! The OSB Disability Law Section Executive Board is currently seeking new members. The time commitment is small (we meet online for one hour every other month), and the opportunity to make a difference is BIG.

 About the Section: The OSB Disability Law Section supports bar members who are interested in disability law. This section seeks to keep members updated and educated on developments in disability law, offers an annual CLE, and provides opportunities for collaboration and professional development on topics and issues related to disability law.

If you are interested in joining our board or would like more information, please email our Chair Debra Maryanov at [email protected].

Zoom Event: Settlements for Individuals on SSI: What Should They Look Like?

Join the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) via Zoom to discuss: Settlements for Individuals on SSI: What Should They Look Like?

Description: This will be an open discussion/Community of Practice to share information learned regarding the impact cash settlements have on individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income.  We hope that individuals who have obtained successful settlements can help staff understand the best way to structure the settlements.  Can funds be directly deposited into such things as ABLE accounts, thereby minimizing the any resource limits?  We hope new and experienced staff will join this dialog/discussion.

Date: 5/11/23

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


Linda Landry, Disability Law Center, MA

Cheryl Bates-Harris, NDRN

Registration Link:

2023 Executive Committee Announcement

The Disability Law Section is pleased to announce our 2023 Executive Committee members and meeting schedule.

2023 Executive Committee

Chair – Debra Maryanov

Vice Chair – Rebecca Babarsky

Treasurer – Emily Fox

Secretary – Emily Cooper

Members at Large – Tiffany Blackmon, Terisa Page

Meeting Schedule

The Executive Committee Meetings will be held virtually from 12:15 – 1:15pm on the second Wednesday of every other month, beginning on February 8, 2023. Meetings are open to the public, and time is reserved during the meeting for input/questions. To join the meeting, please email a current executive committee member or the Bar for the Zoom link.

OMLA 2022 Social & Fundraising Auction!

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association’s 2022 Social & Fundraising Auction!

Save the date for the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association’s 2022 Social & Fundraising Auction! OMLA is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that supports Oregon’s minority legal community. This event raises funds to provide scholarships to minority law school graduates dedicated to serving the people of Oregon.

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30pm
Place: Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
1211 SW 5th Ave #1900
Portland, OR 97204

For more information and to register, visit

Disability Law Section Annual Meeting

The Disability Law Section will hold our annual meeting on Friday, September 23, at Sellwood Park from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Join us for appetizers from Nicholas Restaurant.

Family members, including children and pets, are welcome.

We have tables reserved in Picnic Area I, located in the far northeast corner of the park near the parking lot on SE 7th. The site is wheelchair accessible. A map of the park can be found here: DLS Annual Meeting Map

We look forward to seeing you!



988 – Mental Health Crisis Alternative to 911 is Live

“People experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help in the U.S. Starting [July 16th, 2022], they can simply call or text the numbers 9-8-8.

Modeled after 911, the new three-digit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is designed to be a memorable and quick number that connects people who are suicidal or in any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.”

For further information:


Lane County Bar Association Affinity Bar Event 6/16/22

The Lane County Bar Association’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee is hosting an event 6/16/22 from 5-7PM, for affinity bar members to meet and enjoy refreshments and music. Family members, including children, welcome. The event will go forward rain and hopefully shine.

Respond here if you haven’t RSVPed yet to let them know you are attending, and they will send you directions and the location. Questions? Contact Felipe Alonso III at [email protected] or 541-346-3809.

9th Cir. case addressing the appointment of the SSA commissioner issue

Many Social Security reps have been appealing cases on the issue that appointment of the former SSA commissioner was tainted by an unconstitutional  statute that governed the President’s removal authority over the Commissioner. The 9th Cir. has now held that claimant must demonstrate that the unconstitutional provision actually caused the claimant harm. Without demonstration of such harm, a claimant is not entitled to a remedy, despite the unconstitutionality of the statute. Read the case: Kauffman v.
Kijakazi, — F.4th –, 21-48844, 2022 WL 1233238 (9th Cir. April 27, 2022);