Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30.
Join the more than 1250 members who support the Oregon Women Lawyers mission to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession. OWLS is a great way to develop a network of support and make meaningful connections with other professionals with similar interests. There is a unique camaraderie that can be found in a predominantly female professional organization. OWLS offers the opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues in a variety of ways. OWLS welcomes women, men, lawyers, judges, law students, nonlawyers, and those who live or practice in other states. Law students are eligible for free yearly membership. Anyone who supports the mission of Oregon Women Lawyers is welcome to join. Memberships range from $40 to $500. Regular membership dues are $125. Law students join for free.
- Individuals: Join or renew online. This link will take you to our membership renewal portal where you will first update your member information, then you will be taken to a payment page to submit your member dues via credit card or check (electronic). Current OWLS members will find a personalized renewal link in their inbox which saves time by pre-filling out the fields with their existing data. Memberships range from $40 to $500. Regular membership dues are $125. Law students join for free.
- Firm Processing: Members whose firms process their membership may also choose to update their data via the online system and then have their firm mail a check with their name and bar number in the memo line. Be sure to complete the entire first page of the online form, then exit once you have clicked through to the payment page; your membership will be processed upon receipt of dues. There is no need to send additional material with the dues, only the memo of member name and bar number.
- Also, if you are an administrator responsible for renewing the membership for all the members at your firm, contact Cassondra Sumrall (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503 841 5720) for a quick and easy method of renewing all your attorneys at once.
- Paper Form (Snail Mail): Members who are unable to complete the online registration and payment system may use the printed 2019 membership application available here. Instructions are on the form.
For more information, send us an email. OWLS memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have any problems with your renewal call Cassondra at 503.841.5720.
Many members consider one of the greatest member benefits to be the opportunity to join the OWLS email listserv, which connects participants to over 1000 OWLS members. Credited with helping to create a “culture of support” in the Oregon legal community, the listserv is an excellent forum for referrals, legal questions, and job announcements. You can set the listserv to allow individual messages or a once-a-day digest. If you have a Yahoo ID, you can do this yourself. If you don’t, it’s easiest just to send us an email and ask us to make that change. Instructions for posting to the listserv and listserv etiquette are available by clicking here. For more assistance send us an email.
OWLS members, with the exception of student members, are listed in an online directory. The directory is searchable by such fields as areas of practice, foreign language proficiency and law school. Adding a professional .JPG photo to your listing is only $25. Contact Cassondra for more information.
OWLS members receive the AdvanceSheet, the Oregon Women quarterly newsletter. This 16-page publication contains interviews, information on OWLS events and members, book reviews and in-depth articles on topics relevant to women in the legal field. Production of the newsletter is overseen by the AdvanceSheet Committee. OWLS invites businesses to support our work by advertising in the quarterly AdvanceSheet newsletter. Ads reach about 1800 attorneys, judges, and others in the legal community. Legal employers and others use AdvanceSheet advertising to announce new hires, promote services, and build name familiarity. For advertising information, click here.
Oregon Women Lawyers members receive a monthly electronic newsletter with information about upcoming events, chapter activities, and member career moves. Please share your news with us. Email us.
Contract Lawyer Referral Service
For an additional annual fee of $20 (not pro-rated), OWLS members may choose to join the Contract Lawyer Referral Service. A separate Contract Lawyer listserv is available for job postings and information specifically relating to contract lawyering. For more information about the service, click here.