Theresa M. Kohlhoff was elected to the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar in October 2011 and has been in office for the years 2012 and 2013. She will continue in 2014 and 2015. In order to maintain a license in the state of Oregon, a lawyer must be admitted to the Oregon State Bar and maintain good standing. There is considerable staff at the OSB, about 83 FTE, but the governing is done by 18 Board members, 4 of whom are public members and 14 of whom are lawyers. The purpose of the Bar is fundamentally to regulate lawyers: making certain they are competent and ethical. However many other activities the Bar undertakes and it does have a widespread reach, the central focus and mission is justice and access to justice. Kohlhoff & Welch is a law firm that takes its purpose and profession very seriously, even as we try to put our clients at ease. We want nothing to do with cynicism. We maintain passion about the cases we take. And through our professional associations we keep one ear to the ground in North Portland and one on the state and higher level to help promote strong, smart and economical representation.