Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 am
"We've had positive responses from members of the press so far, which reinforces our hunch that a legal clinic for members of the press would be welcome as a resource."
- Stephanie Routh, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
On Tuesday (4/27), local non-profits the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) will host a special legal clinic to educate members of the local media about the laws, legal rights and responsibilities of biking and walking.
Stephanie Routh is the executive director of the WPC. She hopes the clinic brings local journalists up to date on the latest biking and walking laws. "I think laws that involve pedestrians and cyclists are more complicated than most people realize... How to articulate those complex laws in context of a crash or a breaking issue is even more difficult, and we want to help provide resources for media for their future deadlines."
Routh says they've gotten a positive response from members of the press, "which reinforces our hunch that a legal clinic for members of the press would be welcome as a resource."
At the event, attendees will receive a free copy of Ray Thomas' excellent legal handbooks, Oregon Pedestrian Rights: A Legal Guide for Persons on Foot and Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists.
The clinic will be held during the lunch hour at the offices of noted Portland lawyer Ray Thomas of Swanson, Thomas, and Coon law firm. It will also be webcast for those who cannot attend in person.
- Ped/Bike Legal Clinic for the Press
Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Swanson, Thomas & Coon (820 SW 2nd Ave. Ste. 200)