Among Ourselves

Beaverton lawyer Charlie Ringo was sworn in Jan. 8, 2001 to represent Washington County's District 6 in the Oregon State House of Representatives. Representative Ringo is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, the Civil Law Subcommittee and the House Ways and Means Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee. He can be reached in Salem at (503) 986-1406.

The Oregon chapter of the American Judicature Society announces election of the following officers: Mary Ellen Farr of Kell, Alterman & Runstein, president; David Denecke of Harrang, Long, Gary & Rudnick, vice-president; Heather Van Meter of Ater Wyne, secretary; and Craig Murphy of Wood, Tatum, Sanders & Murphy, treasurer. The chapter would also like to express its appreciation to Judge Sidney A. Galton, the chapter's past president, for his outstanding efforts throughout the 1999-2000 term. Judge Galton will continue to serve on the executive committee. The American Judicature Society is a national organization dedicated to preserving judicial independence.

Ausey 'Rusty' H. Robnett III, a partner with Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke & Miller in Coeur d'Alene, has been elected president of the Idaho State Bar Association. Robnett is a member of both the Idaho State Bar and the Oregon State Bar. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Robnett's practice focuses on employment, railroad and personal injury litigation.

Eugene attorney Brian M. Thompson's article, 'Installment Obligations in Estate Administration,' was published in the November/December issue of Probate & Property. He serves as vice-chair for an ABA community property division committee. Thompson's practice emphasizes estate planning, tax planning and charitable organizations.

Prof. Valerie J. Vollmar of Willamette University College of Law appeared as an invited guest on CNN's Larry King Live program Feb. 14. The show featured an exclusive interview of Patricia Shannon, who for 29 years was the intimate companion of television personality Charles Kuralt. After Kuralt died in 1997, Shannon claimed that a handwritten letter he wrote to her from the hospital was a valid codicil to an earlier formal will leaving all his property to his family. In December 2000, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that Shannon was entitled to 90 acres of land on the Big Hole River, worth about $600,000. Shannon's Montana lawyer, New York divorce attorney Raoul Felder, and Vollmar discussed legal aspects of Shannon's case.

The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council announced the recent appointment of Marjorie Miller for a two-year term. An attorney and CPA, Miller is principal partner of The Miller Group, a national tax consulting practice specializing in research tax credits, headquartered in Portland. Miller will also serve on the Large & Mid Size Business Subcommittee, one of four operating divisions of the recently reorganized IRS. The council reports directly to the Commissioner of the IRS. Miller is on the Bar Counsel Panel of the Oregon State Bar. She has been an adjunct professor at Marylhurst College Graduate School of Business and at Concordia University.

Everett Jack, a partner with the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, has been elected to the board of directors of The Boys & Girls Aid Society of Oregon. Additionally, Jack has been appointed to the board's program planning and development committee. His law practice focuses on litigation, including premises and products liability, commercial, real estate, construction and contractual disputes. He received a juris doctor from South Texas School of Law and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Portland.

After serving for 16 years as Oregon Tax Court Judge, Carl N. Byers will retire on April 30, 2001. He will serve as a senior judge of the court until such time as his successor is appointed.

Miller Nash has been included in The National Law Journal's 23rd annual survey of the nation's 250 largest law firms, one of only six other Northwest firms listed. Miller Nash serves clients locally and throughout the world from its offices in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Wash. The firm represents clients in 30 areas of law, including agriculture, banking and finance, business, construction, education, emerging business, energy, forest products, health care, high tech, labor and employment, land use, manufacturing, real estate, retail, shipping, telecom, transportation and utilities. +

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