The Oregon State Bar or OSB is a legal association that is integrated and requires membership of all attorneys who practice in the state. It operates under the authority of the Oregon Judicial Department. It is a public entity and is recognized as government agency in the state of Oregon.
OSB was founded originally in 1890. By 1922, the group began adopting educational and professional standards used by other law associations around the country. In 1935, the state’s legislature gave the organization the authority to investigate and discipline attorneys who practiced in the state. It formally adopted a requirement for all members to have a law degree in 1941.
By 1972, OSB adopted a national examination used by other states and began requiring members to take the test every two years. To make the testing process easier for prospective members, the OSB worked with Idaho and Washington’s bar associations to allow members to join in these states without having to take an additional exam.
Since then, the OSB has grown to more than 18,000 members. It receives all of its funding from members’ dues that are paid on a yearly basis.
The yearly dues are spent on a wide variety of programs for attorneys and the public. For attorneys who pay their dues on time each year, they can take advantage of the Fastcase legal research option on the OSB website. Fastcase allows members to look up case law and access legal documents without having to pay for the research. They can find what they need to represent clients and cases of their own.
They also can shop on the OSB Attorney Marketplace, which offers services ranging from accounting services to court bonds. These services typically come at a lower rate than what non-members would have to pay.
The OSB website also is there for the public who want to look for attorneys who practice around the state. Like most bar associations, OSB maintains an active member directory. The attorneys listed in it are categorized by area of specialty as well as in what cities they practice law.
The OSB website also has a juror handbook that people can download and read prior to serving on a jury trial. People can likewise use the site to read about attorney misconduct before they hire a lawyer to represent them. The OSB’s location is at 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road in Tigard, 97224.