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Allard Reappointed to Oregon State Bar House of Delegates

May 2, 2011

Varnum partner Mark Allard has been reappointed as a member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates (HOD) for the third consecutive term, which starts this month.

Allard is a partner on Varnum's Litigation and Trial Team and concentrates his practice on insurance claims. He also serves as Varnum’s lead attorney in litigation matters dealing with employee benefit claims pursuant to ERISA. In addition to his practice, Allard coordinates the firm's pro bono services program, which he has done for 11 years.

Raised in the Northwest, Allard attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate degree and moved to Michigan to attend the University of Detroit Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the Michigan, Washington and Oregon.

The HOD is the governing body of the State Bar of Oregon and is responsible for making recommendations to the Bar's Board of Governors. Before the HOD was established, the Oregon State Bar held an annual townhall meeting open to all state bar members. However, as the Bar grew, so did the size of the townhall meetings. In 1996 the Bar established the HOD as a representative assembly.

Members meet annually and participate in conference calls quarterly. The HOD is made up of:

  • the chairperson of each section of the Oregon State Bar
  • the president from each county bar association
  • one representative from each of the seven in-state board regions
  • one public member from each in-state board region
  • a representative from each region outside the state of Oregon
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