Among Ourselves

Susan D. Marmaduke of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, Portland, was recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a research center for the study of law, legal institutions and legal processes in society. Marmaduke received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1977.

Laraine McNiece has been appointed municipal court judge for the city of Oregon City. She is a partner in the law firm of Schneider & McNiece in Oregon City.

Judge Jerome LaBarre of the Multnomah County Circuit Court has completed the advanced evidence course held Feb. 26-March 2 at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev. The course is designed for law-school-trained trial or administrative law judges and analyzes selected evidence topics, with the Federal Rules of Evidence being a common focal point.

Portland attorney Gretchen E. Buehner was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Portland Baroque Orchestra for a four-year term.

Ron Dwyer of Bend participated in a four-week, 1,200-mile adventure by bicycle in Vietnam. The bicycle portion of the trip began in Hanoi and ended in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). A portion of the cost of the trip went to a fund to help four schools in the poorest provinces of Vietnam, which the group visited. The money went to help dig wells, build toilets and classrooms. The trip was sponsored by Common Ground Journeys Inc., of Portland. This is an annual trip, and the next one is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2002.

The Oregon chapter of the American Judicature Society is proud to announce that Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. will receive the chapter's Robert E. Jones Justice Award for outstanding efforts in support of Oregon's judiciary. Oregon lawyers are invited to join the chapter in celebrating Justice Carson's achievements on May 17, from 4-6 p.m., in the 16th floor ceremonial courtroom of the Mark Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, 1000 S.W. Third Ave., Portland. In addition to the awards ceremony, the chapter will present a panel discussion on 'The Importance of Supporting Judicial Independence.' Speakers will include Allan D. Sobel, executive director of the American Judicature Society. One hour of CLE credit is pending.

Tuck Wilson, formerly with TriMet and now with CH2M HILL, recently became acting director of Sound Transit Link LRT project in Seattle.

The Juvenile Rights Project was recently awarded the Commitment to Excellence Award by the Oregon Foster Parent Association. The award recognizes unselfish, dedicated commitment to service for Oregon's children and families served by the child welfare community. The Juvenile Rights Project is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to promoting the rights of children and families through advocacy, education and high quality legal services, including individual representation of indigent children.

Jody Stahancyk of Portland will be honored May 11 at the 19th annual White Rose Luncheon, 'A Salute to Women of Achievement,' presented by R.B. Pamplin Corporation and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. The White Rose honorees were selected on the basis of volunteerism, professional excellence, commitment to improving the status of women in the region and contributions to the community as a whole. Stahancyk provides free legal counsel for children in troubled circumstances in exchange for their participation in community service. Under her direction, her law firm of Stahancyk, Gearing and Rackner, hires high school students who need work. She also helps them find scholarships for college. Stahancyk formed 'Pride in Athletics,' which recruits previously uninvolved parents to celebrate sporting events with their children.

Judge F.J. Yraguen retired in January after 24 years of service on the circuit court. He was elected circuit judge for the 9th Judicial District (covering Malheur and Harney counties) in 1976 and served as circuit judge from 1977 until his retirement this year. Judge Yraguen has been a member of the Oregon Legislative Task Force on Juvenile Law, the Task Force on Sentencing, the Oregon Prison Overcrowding Project and the Advisory Commission on Prison Terms and Parole Standards. He was also a member of the Oregon Criminal Justice Council and the Oregon Community Corrections Advisory Committee. In addition, he has been active in civic, governmental, school and church activities in Vale during his long tenure on the bench. He attended Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore., graduating in 1970. After working as a clerk for then Justice Alfred T. Goodwin of the Oregon Supreme Court, Yraguen went to Douglas County and worked as a deputy district attorney. In 1971 Gov. Tom McCall appointed him district attorney of Malheur County, and he served in that position until 1976. +

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