Among Ourselves

Portland attorney Walter D. Alley has been elected to the board of directors of the Friends of the Branford Millar Library at Portland State University. Alley is currently a member of the national committee on endowments, wills and gifts for the Shrine Hospital Systems and a member of the board of governors for the Portland Shriner Hospital for Children. He is a past potentate of the Al Kadar Shrine Center in Portland.

Douglas G. Houser of Bullivant Houser Bailey has been appointed to the ABA's standing committee on judicial independence. Houser will work to promote public awareness for the values of an independent, accountable and efficient judiciary. In addition, the committee will assist bar associations in responding to unwarranted criticism of judges. The committee focuses on five major areas related to the issue of judicial independence: public awareness, judicial awareness, legislative awareness, state judicial selection and public financing of judicial campaigns.

Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have joined its board of directors: Steve Berman of Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter; John Coletti of Baisch & Coletti; Sam Kauffman, a sole practitioner; Tim Sullivan of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt and Megge Van Valkenburg of Bullivant Houser Bailey.

The DuBoff Law Group is pleased to announce that two of its principals, Leonard DuBoff and Christy King, have completed work on the second edition of The Law (In Plain English) for Photographers, published by Allworth Press. This popular text was first written in 1995. The newest edition will be on the fall list of Allworth Press.

Richard L. Fortner, associate partner at Miller Nash, was recently elected to the local and Northwest Affiliate boards of the American Heart Association. Funded by private contributions, the organization's mission is to reduce disability and death from heart disease and stroke, the nation's number one and number three killers.

Robert A. Shlachter was recently elected president of the Jewish Federation of Portland for a two-year term. Shlachter is a partner in the Portland-based law firm of Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter and has been active in the Jewish community for several years in many leadership capacities. Founded in 1920, the Jewish Federation is dedicated to building and strengthening the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in Israel. In recognition of his achievements, the National Law Journal recently recognized Shlachter as one of the 10 top litigators in Oregon. For the last five years, Shlachter has been the head coach of Catlin Gabel's high school mock trial team. This year, the team won the Oregon state championship and represented the state at the national competition in May.

Portland attorney Samuel W. Asbury is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was recently selected to be the commanding officer of an inshore boat unit. Inshore boat units provide port security for the protection of U.S. and allied military assets and personnel in foreign ports. Asbury was also recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his community service over the past three years.

Eugene attorney Robert D. Lowry recently completed his term as chair of the lawyer representatives of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He was formerly chair of the lawyer representatives from the District of Oregon. At the 2001 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference held this past July at Big Sky, Mont., he shared a panel with Chief District Judge Michael R. Hogan and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kim M. Wardlaw, asking questions of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Steven Breyer, during which Judge Hogan made the now famous query to the two justices (before a hushed crowd) 'So tell us please about Gore vs. Bush.' At the conclusion of the conference, Lowry received two separate Award(s) of Merit from Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Counsel.

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. Funds for the library came from U.S. taxpayers through USAID (40%), unsolicited funds from friends and relatives of Wight (25%) and the local community (35%). 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 which were published in another IADC book entitled Challenging Expert Witness Testimony (Lexis 2000).

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