Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2002

Among Ourselves

In June, the Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed Gilion Dumas, Hon. Dennis Hubel, Stella Manabe and Hon. Roosevelt Robinson to the Alumni Association board of directors. The four will serve as part of the board that advises the alumni department in a variety of areas and works with the department to plan and host several events each year, including the first night school reunion.

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Milton R. Stewart, partner at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, has been elected to the board of directors of the Indiana University Foundation, one of the 10 largest public university foundations. Stewart is also a member of the board of directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is currently a member of the IU School of Law board of visitors, and he established the Milton R. Stewart Scholarship at IU in 1992. He holds a B.A. in government and a J.D. from Indiana University.

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Lawyers in a landmark domestic abuse/housing case were among those in the spotlight at the annual Oregon Trial Lawyers Association awards luncheon, receiving a 2002 OTLA Public Justice Award. The OSB members receiving the award were Ellen Johnson, Hillsboro Regional Office of Legal Aid; Ron Silver, assistant U.S. attorney, Portland; and Micky Ryan, Oregon Law Center. They were honored for their legal assistance with Tiffani Alvera, who was beaten by her husband. After the attack Alvera obtained a restraining order and told her landlord about the assault. Two days later, she was evicted because of a zero-violence policy. The legal team representing Alvera reached a settlement with the landlord and the landlord’s parent company, CBM Group, that states the landlord and CBM Group can no longer evict victims of domestic violence because of domestic abuse.

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Black Helterline partner David Newhall has been invited by the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association to serve on the 2003 annual conference committee. He is one of six lawyers planning the program on business immigration and nonimmigrant visas. Next year’s conference in New Orleans will be attended by more than 3,500 immigration lawyers.

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Edward L. 'Ted' Simpson, associate at the law firm of Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad, has been appointed as the treasurer of the board of directors of CCI Enterprises, a non-profit organization that provides vocational, social and personal development services for developmentally disabled adults. Simpson’s practice focuses on tax law, business law, estate planning and retirement planning.

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Oglesby Young, of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, who chairs the Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws, has been elected treasurer of the National Conference on Uniform Laws. Young is also Western chair of the Legislative Council, and is responsible for the enactment of uniform laws in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. He is a founder of the Uniform Law Foundation, which has raised $2 million, and serves as a foundation trustee.

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Jean M. Lawler of Los Angeles has been elected to the position of secretary-treasurer of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) at the federation’s 2002 annual meeting, recently held in Sun Valley, Idaho. Lawler has served as a member of the federation’s board since July 1996 and is a former chair of its excess/surplus lines substantive law section. As the first woman to be elected to an executive officer position of the organization, Lawler will become federation president in 2004.Lawler is chair of the insurance law and risk management practice group of Murchison & Cumming in Los Angeles.

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Leonard D. DuBoff of the DuBoff Law Group, will be a featured speaker for the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) to be held in Dallas, Texas, this November. DuBoff, who, with the assistance of Lawrence Locke, has just completed the second edition of High Tech Law (In Plain English), An Entrepreneur’s Guide, will discuss recent developments in technology law at the Dallas convention.

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Derek Johnson, a principal in Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson, has been re-elected to a three-year term to Oregon Trial Lawyers Association board. Johnson is the only Eugene representative now serving on the OTLA board.

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Don Corson, a principal in Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson, was a featured presenter at the National Crime Victim Bar Association meeting in Washington, D.C. He spoke about the firm’s recently settled case involving the publisher of 'Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors.' Although the case drew national attention for its First Amendment issues, the lawsuit boiled down to whether the publisher conspired or aided in a 1998 attack on a Springfield woman.

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Washington County Circuit Court Judge Gayle A. Nachtigal was elected first vice president of the American Judges Association at the organization’s annual convention in September. She is a past president of the American Judges Foundation and past AJA secretary and second vice president. Judge Nachtigal was further honored with the Judge William H. Burnett Award, which recognizes an AJA member for outstanding service to the association. Also attending the convention were Multnomah County Circuit Court Judges Kimberly C. Frankel and Sidney A. Galton.

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Dirk L. Edwards, certified public accountant and attorney was named as one of the top 100 financial advisers in the country in the September 2002 issue of Mutual Funds magazine.

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Oregon Women Lawyers has elected officers for 2002-03. Elizabeth Schwartz (left, above), OWLs president, is an associate at Perkins Coie and previously served as president-elect to the OWLs board. President-elect Sarah Crooks (left, lower) is an associate at Perkins Coie. Kate A. Thompson, who practices at Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott, is the new secretary. Jennifer DeWald, who practices with the law firm of Craig J. Dorsay, will continue as treasurer. OWLs also welcomes new directors: Norine Ask of King City, Diane Henkels of Newport, Patricia Sullivan of Pendleton, and Jeanette Cotting, Leslie O’Leary and Joanne Southey, all of Portland. Continuing as directors are Laurie Craghead of Bend, Julene Quinn of Salem, Mindy Wittkopp of Eugene and Norma Freitas, Kimberly Kaminski, Kathryn Ricciardelli and Deanna Wray of Portland.

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Catherine L. Keenan, supervising attorney in the pro bono unit of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, is the new president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Other new officers are: president-elect Jennifer K. Oetter of Hoffman, Hart & Wagner; treasurer Adina R. Flynn of American Express; and secretary Natalie L. Hocken of PacifiCorp. Newly elected board directors are: Gregory C. MacCrone of Staffing Solutions/K-Counsel; Tamara E. Russell of Miller Nash; and Steven L. Shropshire of Jordan Schrader. Continuing board directors are Cecily A. Becker of Greene & Markley; W. Todd Cleek of Dunn Carney; Kristin Hazard Hamilton (past president) of Standard Insurance Co.; and Peter S. Leichtfuss of Davis Wright Tremaine.

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Millernash.com, website for Miller Nash, was named 2002’s best website for a large law firm by Law Office Computing magazine. It also received an 'Outstanding Web Site' award from the Web Marketing Association.

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Chin See Ming, partner in Perkins Coie’s Portland office, has been appointed by the Oregon Supreme Court to be the vice chair of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners for 2002-03. He has been a member of the board since 2000.

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Steven F. Hill of Miller Nash has been named president of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra board. The 70-member professional orchestra presents guest artists and programs September through June in a six-concert season.

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Mark Fucile, a partner in Stoel Rives’ Portland office, was recently named chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. Fucile, who will serve for a one-year term, was appointed by WSBA president J. Richard Manning. The committee responds to inquiries from WSBA members and advises the WSBA Board of Governors on ethics issues.


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