We are excited to announce that David Rosen, injury attorney and founder of High Desert Law, has been elected to serve on the 2021 Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (OSB BOG).
The Oregon State Bar’s (OSB) more than 15,000 active members vote by region to decide who will oversee the legal profession in Oregon. A nineteen-member volunteer Board of Governors oversees the activities of the OSB. David was elected to serve for Region 1, which encompasses 17 Oregon counties – making it the largest region in our state.
A STRONG LEADERSHIP BACKGROUND
David brings to the position a very strong leadership background in local and state efforts regarding Access to Justice; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Lawyer Wellness.
“The Bar – through its mission, goals, and programs – has taken great strides to reduce the Access to Justice gap, to make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a priority and to emphasize the importance of Lawyer Wellness in our practice. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to help to carry this work forward.”
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
David’s efforts to reduce the gap in Access to Justice (ATJ) has manifested on a local level where he sits as the chair, and co-founder, of the Deschutes County Access to Justice Committee. Several years ago, the Committee established a Lawyer in the Library program, providing free consultations every week to help participants with potential legal issues determine their next steps.
Another project headed by the ATJ committee, is the push for access to court documents. This program, in partnership with the Oregon Judicial Department, provides individuals easy access to their court documents from all 6 of the Deschutes county public libraries and residents will be able to print legal papers and track recent developments in their cases.
At the foundation of this work is lawyer wellness. Rosen states, “I believe that a focus on lawyer wellness has the power to change the profession. Finding a healthy work-life balance is perhaps the most challenging task of our careers.”
PROGRESS FOR OREGON
As a member of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, David is hopeful about expanding these efforts in creating access to justice throughout Oregon, “I see opportunities to expand programs like the Lawyer in the Library program and library access to court documents throughout the State.”