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Jeff Merrick
Attorney and Mediator, 503-665-4234
Attorney and Mediator, 503-665-4234
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When done right, voir dire is a facilitated discussion. Inadvertently, I learned some tips on voir dire by attending a seminar for mediators entitled “Five Star Facilitation.” One tip is so effective and practical that trial lawyers will use it the very next time they talk with potential jurors.

I discuss it in the following blog post.

http://merrickmediation.com/voir-dire-tip/
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EEOC Settlement Data.

Employer pays $150,000 for wanting one hair follicle instead of another. Is "English only" policy on the job discrimination based on National Origin? A wellness plan sickened employer, and what's the $1.9 million “Rosebud" mystery? I report these stories plus summarize all 32 resolutions announced by the EEOC last quarter.

http://merrickmediation.com/eeoc-settlements-last-quarter/
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Today, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled President Trump exceeded Presidential authority on travel ban. Opinion here: http://bit.ly/2sl8V5U.

Court’s summary:
“In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority: The President must make a sufficient finding that the entry of these classes of people would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” Further, the Order runs afoul of other provisions of the INA that prohibit nationality-based discrimination and require the President to follow a specific process when setting the annual cap on the admission of refugees.”


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Today, Governor Brown signed my bill to help vulnerable people in small claims mediation and trial. Details here. http://bit.ly/2s9Kd8c.

Unfortunately, they passed only one of my proposals. More work needed to balance the scales of justice.

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The vitriol of public discourse plus the Portland murders of opponents of racism got me thinking about personal responsibility for de-escalating conflict. I found 11 good quotations on the topic.

http://merrickmediation.com/11-quotations-on-deescalating-conflict-through-respectful-communications/
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Ninth Circuit rules in favor of salmon. Washington must fix salmon-blocking culverts. Thank you tribes and treaties. http://bit.ly/2rmrrtN

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Senate Judiciary hears my bill on small claims mediation and trial on 5/16, which permits one spouse to appear on behalf of both. Important for fairness: no default and other spouse may work or take care of kids.

Please show your support by E-mailing the committee at: sjud.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov.

My testimony is here: http://merrickmediation.com/testimony-in-support-of-reform-to-small-claims-mediation/
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I drafted a law to make a few improvements to mediation and litigation in small claims. One of the improvements is to allow one spouse to appear for both (so the other can work or take care of the kids). It passed Oregon’s House 59-0. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears the bill on May 16th.

If anyone wants to submit testimony in favor, the place to E-mail it is: sjud.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov
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Oregon Court of Appeals says ILWU should have been able to seek order to compel Port’s public records w/o waiting for a formal denial.

A 2017 ruling on a 2012 request, which emphasizes the need for reform of Oregon's Public Record Act.

http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/docs/A157602.pdf
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