Among Ourselves

Oregon Women Lawyers has new officers for 2001-2002. Lori E. Deveny, OWLs new president, is a sole practitioner in Portland. President-elect Elizabeth Schwartz is an associate at Perkins Coie. Jennifer DeWald, who practices with the law firm of Craig J. Dorsay, is the new treasurer. Sarah Crooks, judicial law clerk to the Hon. Owen Panner, will continue as secretary, and the Hon. Virginia Linder of the Oregon Court of Appeals will continue to serve as the OWLs historian. OWLs has new directors: Mindy Wittkop and Kate Thompson of Eugene and Norma Freitas and Lauren Winters of Portland. Continuing as directors are Kathryn Bourn of Astoria, Julene Quinn and Mary Mertens James of Salem and Caroline Carey, Kimberly Kaminski, Marilyn Litzenberger, Kathryn Ricciardelli, Ruth Spetter and Deanna Wray of Portland.


On May 30, more than 100 women executives, entrepreneurs and lawyers attended the fourth annual Executive Forum for Women in Business, which is sponsored annually by the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine. Approximately $3,500 in proceeds was donated to Bradley-Angle House, a Portland-based domestic violence prevention agency that also runs the oldest emergency shelter in Portland (and on the West Coast) for abused women and children. This is the second consecutive year Bradley-Angle House has been the recipient of proceeds from this event. This year's event featured NPR journalist Renee Montagne, a host on the popular radio show, 'Morning Edition.'


Mary Mertens James, shareholder in the law firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, was recently elected to a four-year term as a member of the American Inns of Court board of trustees. The role of the trustee, given to select members of the American Inns of Court, includes managing the affairs and controlling the overall policy and business of the National Inns Foundation. James currently serves as president of the Willamette Valley American Inn of Court.


Gerald H. Itkin, deputy Multnomah County attorney, has had the recent privilege of leading groups to the top of 19,450 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, on foot across the Cotswolds of Britain and ridges of the New Hampshire White Mountains, as well as by bike around the peninsulas of southwest Ireland. He is putting together a return trip to Africa to again climb Kilimanjaro as well as go on safari in February 2002 and a return to bike Ireland in June 2002 - and he is looking for interested traveling companions. The last Kilimanjaro trip included people who had never before climbed a mountain. He may be contacted at (503) 233-1514.


Assistant Attorney General Bill Cloran of Salem has been elected a member of the board of directors of the United States Figure Skating Association for the 2001-2002 skating season. USFSA is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating on ice in the United States and is a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. Cloran serves as the attorney-in-charge of commercial and environmental litigation for the Oregon Department of Justice.


Doug Swanson of Swanson, Thomas & Coon received the Douglas Daughtery Award of Merit at the OSB Workers' Compensation Section's annual Salishan conference held last June. The award is given annually to a section member who adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics while making outstanding contributions to the Workers' Compensation Section and hearings process. Swanson has represented injured workers in both the state and federal forums for the past 21 years.


Michael Greene of Rosenthal & Greene is the new president of the Multnomah Bar Association. Greene is a graduate of Stanford University and Law School who practices personal injury, litigation and civil rights law and is the co-chair of the Oregon Diabetes Coalition. Other new MBA officers are: president-elect, Robert Newell of Davis Wright Tremaine; treasurer, Robert Neuberger, attorney at law; and secretary, Sylvia Stevens of the Oregon State Bar. Newly elected board directors are: Kelly Hagan, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Kristin Hazard Hamilton, Standard Insurance Co.; Jeff Matthews, Yates, Matthews & Morasch; and Kathryn Villa-Smith, Gevertz, Menashe, Larson & Howe. The MBA Young Lawyers Section also has elected new officers and directors: Kristin Hazard Hamilton, president; Catherine Keenan, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, president-elect; Adina Flynn, AMEX Financial Advisors, Inc., treasurer and Jennifer Oetter, Hoffman, Hart & Wagner, secretary. Cecily Becker of Greene & Markley, W. Todd Cleek of Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue and Natalie Hocken of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, are new board members.


Donald B. Bowerman, Oregon City attorney and immediate past chair of the Aviation Section, has been awarded the Jim Barron Award for distinguished service in the advancement of aviation law, aviation safety and the resolution of aviation disputes.


Chrys A. Martin has been elected president of the Professional Services Coordinating Council of Oregon. She is a shareholder in the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey. Her practice focuses on employment law and employee benefits, representing employers, insurers and third-party administrators. The PSCC is a not-for-profit business association composed of member firms and associations representing six professions within Oregon's professional services industry.


The Eugene SouthTowne Rotary recently honored Eugene attorney Stephen A. Hutchinson for his leadership as the first president of the Eugene SouthTowne Rotary Foundation. The foundation, which was started in 1996, provides scholarships for Eugene high school graduates. Hutchinson is a shareholder in the law firm of Hutchinson, Cox, Coons & DuPriest, and current chair of the OSB Law Practice Management Section. +


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