About Michael Romano

Michael Romano is an Oregon lawyer and attorney focusing on criminal defense, divorce, DUI, and family law. He has law offices in both Portland and Bend Oregon.

Teaching children to be kind & empathetic

Washington Post writer Amy Joyce has written articles on teaching children to be empathetic and teaching children to be kind. Her latest article contains recommendations based on the work of Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project. The Making Caring Common project contains resources for parents and educators on how to raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities. Their latest research report-- The Children We Mean to Raise-- highlights the problem of children prioritizing individual achievement and personal happiness over concern for others. The report is based in part on information analyzed from a diverse cross-section of youth from across the nation-- including a survey of 10,000 middle and high school students from 33 schools and on hundreds of conversations with and observations of youth, parents, and teachers over the last 10 years. Richard Weissbourd's book titled "The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development" can be purchased on  

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 July 19th, 2014|Categories: Divorce, Family Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Texas Police Officer Kills For Jesus

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Patrol Sergeant Charlie Eipper of the Wichita Falls Police Department believes that God, Jesus Christ, and the Scriptures support his use of a rifle and sniper scope to kill anyone he finds threatening, and he's written a book called "Jesus Christ on Killing." Eipper  is quoted as saying, “When Jesus comes back, he will be the man of war. When he comes back, there will be a whole lot of killing going on. Scripture says that (Jesus) is going to be the one doing it. Our Savior will be going to battle. Finally, Israel will see their national salvation occurring.”        

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 July 19th, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense, DUI|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Married Couples With Daughters Are More Likely To Divorce

  Marriages in the United States producing firstborn daughters are more likely to end in divorce than those producing firstborn sons. It's been generally assumed that this is evidence of fathers’ preference for a son. Scientists have recently published a study in the journal Demography that challenges the conventional belief. The study-- co-authored by Duke University economist Amar Hamoudi and University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Jenna Nobles-- suggests that female embryos are actually hardier in the womb, and therefore more likely to reach full term if the expectant mother is in a stressful relationship. 'Girls may well be surviving stressful pregnancies that boys can't survive,' Hamoudi said in a press release. 'Thus, girls are more likely to be born into marriages that were already strained.' The researchers based their research on longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of U.S. residents from 1979 to 2010-- the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79).

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Categories: Divorce, Family Law|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tour the 4th Dimension nonprofit sober club – July 16, 2014 – 6:00PM – 7:30PM

From the City Club of Portland website: "4th Dimension is a place for recovery in the real world. It is an alternative social club that is dedicated to bettering the lives of those who inhabit it. Their mission is simple: to provide a safe and fun environment for the recovery community. The 4th Dimension is a recovery and entertainment hang-out for teens and young adults who are recovering from addiction problems. Many of these people still want a social life, but where can they go that doesn't serve alcohol? 4th Dimension is the answer. We will have a tour of the facility and then a discussion with a panel including their Executive Director Winston Murray; Eric Martin, Executive Director of Addiction Counselor Certification Board; Erin DeVet, De Paul Youth Director of inpatient treatment; and people who's lives have been impacted by the program." Advanced M&D 2410 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227 July 16, 2014 Time: 6:00 PM PST - 7:30 PM PST        

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 July 13th, 2014|Categories: DUI|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tour the 4th Dimension nonprofit sober club – July 16, 2014 – 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Is Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate) legal heroin?

In October of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) for patients with pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment that cannot be treated with other drugs. The active ingredient in Zohydro is the opioid hydrocodone. However, unlike Vicodin, Zohydro can be taken without the threat of severe liver damage, which can occur with medications that combine hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The drug has reportedly been approved in large part on the claim from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a report titled "Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research" that "100 million people suffer from chronic pain." However, Forbes, MedPage Today, and the Wall Street Journal have all questioned whether that number is accurate, or whether it's exaggerated and misleading. Approximately half of the experts on the IOM panel that produced that report had connections to companies that manufacture narcotic painkillers. From a DUI standpoint, central nervous system depressants like opioids present a problem when the effects of the drugs prevent a driver from being able to operate a vehicle safely. Symptoms or side effects such as drowsiness, respiratory depression, nodding off, and slower reaction times can all increase the risk of an accident, serious physical injury, or even death. From a criminal defense standpoint, this new drug also presents a very high risk for abuse. It's been described as "heroin in a pill." Unlike other prescription opiates, it does not contain safeguards or countermeasures designed to prevent users from crushing the pills for snorting or injecting in a liquid solution. It's unfortunately quite common for some patients addicted to prescription opiates to turn to non-prescription opiates (namely heroin) when either the prescription opiate no longer provides relief (due to tolerance or increased pain), or the [...]

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 July 8th, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense, DUI|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Is Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate) legal heroin?

Oregon Maps

If you're wondering where a particular event took place in Oregon, or where your case is going to be heard, a good rule of thumb is to find the county seat on an Oregon map. Here are some excellent maps of the State of Oregon: Map of Oregon counties with county seats from Map of Oregon counties without county seats but with "clickable" county details from Oregon Blue Book Oregon Official State Highway Map (front) from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oregon Official State Highway Map (back) from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) For several more Oregon maps, visit the Trans Dev / Transportation Data page of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), or for detailed driving directions or "Street Views," visit Google Maps.

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 July 8th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Oregon Maps

Powdered Alcohol Approved by Federal Government

On April 8th, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved a powdered version of alcohol called Palcohol for sale. You can read more about how the substance is made and works at WFTV, or at the BevLaw blog. Instructions have also popped up recently for how to make your own powdered alcohol. To be clear, the only way to have pure unadulterated alcohol in a powder form would be to have in a solid state, meaning it would need to be frozen at a temperature of approximately-173.2 degree Fahrenheit. Eating or "drinking" anything at this temperature would destroy your mouth and stomach. Powdered alcohol isn't really dry or solid alcohol, but is rather a modified modified starch, a maltodextrin made from tapioca. Liquid alcohol is mixed in with the powder and-- because of the molecular structure of the powder-- the powder absorbs alcohol well and still retains a powdery appearance. Keep in mind that any high concentration of alcohol raises concerns about flammability. While many beers hover around 5% alcohol content, you've likely seen high-proof spirits used to light desserts on fire at fancy restaurants. Powder alcohol is very flammable and should not be used around cigarettes or other open flames. There are no details yet as to how this relatively new form of powder alcohol will interact with Oregon's DUI statutes concerning "intoxicating liquor."    

By | 2016-10-13T00:19:30+00:00 April 21st, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense, DUI|Tags: , |0 Comments