This article was published in the Juvenile Law Reader, Volume 15, Issue 1, Spring 2018. The State of Oregon is failing to protect the legal rights of children who are harmed due to acts or omissions of the Department of Human Services (DHS). The rights of children to seek justice for their injuries fall through[…]
The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. With motor vehicle fatalities up 14 percent since 2014 (more than 40,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2017,) it is more important than ever to remember that if your hands are holding anything other than the steering wheel, the[…]
When a lawyer is appointed to represent a child client in a dependency case, the lawyer may discover that, in addition to the circumstances that brought the child before the court in the first place, the child also may have experienced abuse, neglect or other injuries while in the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).
“I just looked down for a second.” “I looked up, and there he was.” “I turned to look at my kid, and when I turned back, I didn’t have time to stop.” Unfortunately, these kinds of statements are all too common. They frequently are offered as excuses by distracted drivers for an inexcusable act—the act[…]
On January 1, 2016, a new law goes into effect that creates some exciting new changes to Oregon’s automobile insurance law. SB 411, which was signed earlier this year by Governor Kate Brown, allows consumers to finally get the full benefit of the insurance coverage they have been paying for. But you must act. The[…]