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The IMAGE Program
Inspiring Minority Attorneys Toward Growth and Excellence”

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Standard Building

900 SW Fifth Avenue | Portland, OR 97204



The Oregon Minority Lawyers Association is pleased to invite you to the 2015 Image Program - “Inspiring Minority Attorneys Toward Growth and Excellence” -a retention program designed to build skills, network and leadership for racial and ethnic minority attorneys as they begin their legal careers in Oregon.


Who Should Attend


This program is for you if you are:

  • a self-identified racial or ethnic minority attorney;

  • admitted to the Oregon State Bar; and

  • within your first three years of law practice in Oregon.


Goals of the Program


  • Help prepare racial and ethnic minority attorneys new to the Oregon legal community for the culture of their particular employment setting and the legal profession generally.

  • Teach survival skills for entering and excelling in the profession as diverse lawyers.

  • Provide a safe space for new attorneys to ask questions, share concerns and discuss unique issues faced by racial and ethnic minority attorneys.

  • Build a support network for racial and ethnic minority attorneys with their peers as they start the practice of law in Oregon.

  • Introduce lawyers to ways to develop leadership skills to cultivate the next generation of racial and ethnic minority leaders.

  • Increase retention of racial and ethnic minority attorneys practicing in Oregon.

  • Create a legal community that better reflects the diversity of the community at large.




8:15 – 9:00

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00

Welcome and Introductions


10:00 – 11:30

Opening Plenary Session:

Defining Your “IMAGE”? Fit, Authenticity, and Image in the Legal Profession

How much are you willing to do or change to meet other people’s expectations of a “lawyer”?

  • ·        Liani Reeves, Moderator
  • ·        Professor Jeff Jones
  • ·        Parna Mehrbani
  • ·        Joseph Pugh

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 12:45

Lunch and Keynote Speaker Judge Ricardo Menchaca

12:45 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Breakout: Private Practice Roundtables

Small group discussions about the challenges and successes of racial and ethnic minority attorneys in private practice.

  • ·        Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga, Moderator
  • ·        Naomi Levelle Haslitt
  • ·        Chris Ling
  • ·        Julia Markley
  • ·        Ramon Pagan

Breakout: Public Practice Roundtables

Small group discussions about the challenges and successes of racial and ethnic minority attorneys in public practice.

  • ·        Simon Whang, Moderator
  • ·        Tyler Anderson
  • ·        Derily Bechthold
  • ·        Roland Iparraguirre
  • ·        Kellie Johnson

2:00 – 2:15


2:15 – 3:15

Taking Charge of Your Career

Hear from a panel of experienced attorneys who have made deliberate choices to chart their careers in the direction they want to go.

  • ·        Liani Reeves, Moderator
  • ·        Terrence Green
  • ·        Toan Nguyen
  • ·        Yumi O’Neil
  • ·        Judy Parker

3:15 – 3:30


3:30 – 5:00

Looking Back a Few Years

Hear from a panel of 4-7 year attorneys reflect on their first three years of practice and give their tips for survival.

5:15 – 7:00

Networking Reception



Registration Fees and Process


Space is limited to 50 participants! Registration is on a first come, first served basis with geographic exceptions for participants outside the Portland-Salem-Metro area.




Private Firm (Large)


Private Firm (Medium)/In-House Counsel


Private Firm (Small)/Government/Public Interest


Sole Practitioners/Unemployed



You may apply for a financial hardship reduction/waiver by attaching an explanation of 200 words or less.


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Our Mission

OMLA is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to making the legal community of Oregon a welcoming environment where people of all colors, races, and ethnic backgrounds can excel academically, professionally, and personally.