Tonkon Torp partner Parna Mehrbani presented a CLE program on professionalism for the Lincoln County Bar Association, along with two co-presenters, Judge Sheryl Bachart, presiding judge of the Lincoln County Circuit Court, and Justice Rebecca Duncan of the Oregon Supreme Court.
The program focused on defining what professionalism means and why it matters for attorneys. Exemplary professionalism is an essential component to a thriving legal system, especially important in these politically charged times of doubt and distrust in our legal institutions. Parna and her co-presenters offered tips on being professional, such as being mindful of cultural and generational differences, and maintaining formality and a respect for the process when working with the courts. They also offered tips on how to respond to unprofessional conduct by others, including judges.
Mehrbani is a member (and past chair) of the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism. She is a frequent speaker on professionalism, as well as on such topics as diversity and inclusion, information privacy, and intellectual property. She is Co-Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Intellectual Property and Information Privacy & Security practice groups. Her practice is focused on intellectual property, trademark registration and enforcement, and advising and litigating trademark portfolios for local, national, and international companies at all stages of growth.