Congratulations to Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, and SNAP

Last evening, Barbara Blaine and David Clohessy of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) were honored in a gala event in Los Angeles for their service to women and all those affected by the trauma of child sexual abuse. As recipients of the 2014 Global Women’s Rights Award, the Feminist Majority Foundation recognized […]

Gilion Dumas Interview on the Boy Scout Perversion Files

The NBC News affiliate WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama recently interviewed me concerning the history of the Boy Scouts’ Ineligible Volunteer or “Perversion” Files and the successful outcome before the Oregon Supreme Court in forcing the Boy Scouts to make these internal documents public. The release of these files is one of the biggest breakthrough in […]

If You Quit Your Job, Can You Receive Unemployment Benefits? The Answer May Surprise You

As a general matter of law, someone who quits a job is not eligible for unemployment benefits in Oregon. However, there is an important exception to this law. An employee who quits for “good cause” may still be eligible to receive unemployment benefits under certain circumstances. This exception was recently demonstrated by an Employment Appeals […]

Richard Herbert Smith — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Richard Herbert Smith was a volunteer Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 269 in Tillamook, Oregon from 1981 until 1983. In July 1990, a paid Scout Executive working for the Columbia Pacific Council of the BSA sent a “Confidential Record Sheet” about Richard Herbert Smith to the national office of the Boy Scouts. The form cryptically […]

Robert Joseph Ewing — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Oregon Cub Scout volunteer Robert Joseph Ewing was kicked out of the Boy Scouts in 1991 after his sister reported to BSA that he had an interest in underage boys. Ewing had been associated with Cub Scout Pack 777 in Florence, Oregon since 1990 when his sister alerted Boy Scout officials about Ewing’s past sexual […]

Hawaii Lawsuit Shows Need for Statute of Limitations Reform

The man who sued “X-Men” filmmaker Bryan Singer for raping him as a teenager has added claims against three more Hollywood executives last week.  Michael Egan, who bravely and unusually used his own name in the litigation, alleges that he was an aspiring teen actor in Los Angeles when television executives Garth Ancier and David […]

Do You Know James Allen Wilson?

BREAKING NEWS from Oregon.gov: A Prineville, Oregon Boy Scout volunteer James Allen Wilson has been indicted on charges of Sex Abuse in the First Degree. Following an investigation by Oregon State Police, James Allen Wilson, age 36, from Prineville, was indicted by a Klamath County Grand Jury and an arrest warrant issued. The investigation involved […]

WEBSITE PICTURES: Change Your Life Butterfly

We are trying to use only our own, original pictures on the Dumas Law Group website. Here’s the story behind the butterfly picture: My sister Tennison took this picture at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco when they were having a special butterfly exhibit. I was living in San Francisco at the time, she was […]

Girl Boy Scouts? Yes, There Are Girls in the Boy Scouts

Sometime in the 1960s, the Boy Scouts commissioned a study to determine why many boys started losing interest in Scouting when they entered their teen years. This study concluded that interest in Scouting was inversely proportional to interest in girls. Go figure. (To be fair, the study reached several conclusions about how to keep older […]

We Are Proud to Announce the Official Opening of Dumas Law Group!

It’s official! The Dumas Law Group opened its doors for business on March 31, 2014. (April 1 would have been more logical, but I didn’t want anyone thinking it was an April Fools prank!) The website isn’t final yet, but soon, we hope. We are based in Portland, but handle cases across the country. After […]

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