Among Ourselves

Portland attorney John M. Wight has returned from two years of service in the Peace Corps. He worked with Paraguayan educators to start a before- and after-school reading program and worked on building a public library. Now back in Portland, Wight plans to continue to work part time on educational and development programs in Latin America. Those interested in finding out more about his experiences in Latin America or in supporting this type of work may contact him at (503) 229-0610 or by e-mail at

Miller Nash attorney Bill Masters has learned that the International Association of Defense Counsel will include his article, 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for the Defense,' as Chapter XI in Advocacy in the 21st Century, to be published and marketed on the Internet at Masters also authored chapters on epidemiology and clinical immunology, published in another IADC book, Challenging Expert Witness Testimony (Lexis 2000).

Nancy Tauman, an attorney with Ramis, Crew, Corrigan & Bachrach, received the Joyce Ann Harpole Award from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in October. Tauman's active litigation practice has included school law, health law, employment law, civil rights litigation, personal injury work and contracts. From her past service in the Peace Corps to her work as a teacher in the inner city of Chicago and a poor mountain community in California, Tauman has demonstrated a commitment to helping others. The mother of two, Tauman is described by her peers as a person whose personal and professional integrity is above reproach.

Robert E. Maloney Jr., a partner in the litigation department of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, has been appointed to the board of the Children's Cancer Association. The Children's Cancer Association has committed to expand its volunteer leadership to meet the needs of 8,500 children facing serious illness in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Judge Allan H. Coon of the Josephine County Circuit Court attended a criminal justice workshop on obtaining better results for adult and juvenile female offenders. The workshop was hosted by the Idaho Department of Corrections in Boise, Idaho on Sept. 9-12. His attendance was supported by a scholarship from the State Justice Institute (SJI), a non-profit organization established to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts nationwide.

Portland attorney Angela V. Langlotz's article, 'Tying the Knot: The Tax Consequences of Marriage' was published in Vol. 54, No. 2 of The Tax Lawyer, publication of the ABA Taxation Section . Langlotz's practice emphasizes estate planning, tax planning and charitable organizations.

Clifford J. Villa, assistant regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, authored an article that was published in the latest volume of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. The article discusses a recent settlement among EPA, the state of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Union Pacific Railroad, which demonstrates the potential synergies between the federal Superfund statute and federal Rails-To-Trails Act. Through the settlement discussed in the article, Union Pacific will conduct extensive cleanup activities along its 72-mile railroad right-of-way across northern Idaho, and pay for the conversion and maintenance of the right-of-way as a recreational trail. The article, 'Cleaning Up at the Tracks: Superfund Meets Rails-To-Trails,' may be found at 25 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 481 (2001).

Ronald S. Grossmann, chair of the 15-member employee benefits practice group of Stoel Rives, has become a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a nationwide professional organization that recognizes distinguished service and professional attainment in the field of employee benefits. Since 1970, Grossmann has practiced tax and corporate law. During most of his career he has placed special emphasis on a broad range of employee benefits matters, including pension, profit sharing and stock bonus plans, deferred compensation and other executive compensation programs and employee welfare benefit plans.

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