Traffic Control Devices

The Oregon Traffic Control Devices Committee (OTCDC) is an advisory group to the state, cities, and counties in Oregon regarding traffic management issues.  The committee meets to discuss policy, programs, and procedures as they affect state and local governments.  The OTCDC meets every other month to exchange thoughts, ideas and practices that will act as … Read More

Statutory Obligations Under The Basic Speed Rule

The “basic speed rule” prohibits vehicle operators from driving on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent.  It also prohibits having disregard for traffic, weather, visibility, the nature of the highway, and other existing conditions.  All of these factors are equally important in evaluating whether a driver has met his/her statutory … Read More

How to Keep Your Legal Assistant Happy, Part 3

This is the final post in our short series on fostering great relations with your Legal Assistant. Again, we will be incorporating more information into the Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC blog to help make it a great resource for new and prospective personal injury lawyers, so check back soon for more professional development posts! “How to … Read More

How to Keep Your Legal Assistant Happy, Part 2

Last week we announced that we will be incorporating more information into the Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC blog to help make it a great resource for new and prospective personal injury lawyers. Our first such blog series is about fostering great relations with your Legal Assistant, and our first post in this series suggested that you … Read More

How to Keep Your Legal Assistant Happy, Part 1

We at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC would like to be more helpful as a resource for new and prospective personal injury lawyers. With this goal in mind, we have decided to incorporate professional advice into our blog, starting today with a series on how to foster great relations with, quite possibly, the most important person … Read More

“Sleep Driving” a Defense to Strict-Liability DUII in Oregon

Last week the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in “State v. Newman”, an appeal whose facts arose from a Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) conviction. In the state of Oregon, most cases require that a person act knowingly, negligently, or recklessly in order to be found guilty.  In this case, the defendant … Read More

How to be Effective in Jury Selection: Be Respectful and Personable

“You will attract more bears with honey than with vinegar.” It may be a cliche, but it is nevertheless true. During voir dire you should always be respectful of a potential juror’s opinion, no matter how much you might disagree with it. Moreover, thank potential jurors who disagree with your position for sharing their opinions. … Read More

How to be Effective During Jury Selection: Access the Reptilian Brain

The fourth tip that I want to blog about in this series of posts concerning the voir dire process at trial concerns what is called “the reptilian brain”. Recent research has been performed concerning the reptilian brain and David Ball spoke on the subject at the 2008 American Association of Justice (AAJ) Winter Convention. The … Read More

Jury Selction Trick: “Attitude” vs “Influence”

I stumbled across a trick a few years ago at a continuing legal education (CLE) class that summarized what we all do instinctively and I wanted to share it with you in this third installment of my voir dire tips blog series. Here is the trick that was articulated for us all at the CLE: … Read More