Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2003

Among Ourselves

Two Miller Nash lawyers have been elected to OSB section executive committees. Partner D. Gary Christensen has been elected to the executive committee of the Construction Law Section. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with emphasis in construction law, public procurement and creditors’ rights law. Teresa H. Pearson, an associate in the business department, was elected to a two-year term on the executive committee of the Debtor-Creditor Section. Person’s practice focuses primarily on creditors’ rights, insolvency and reorganization.

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Peter A. Haas, member attorney of J&H Law, has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. Haas is also admitted to practice law in Oregon, Wisconsin and the U.S. District Courts.

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Esperti Peterson Institute and Quantum Press announce that Salem attorney Eden Rose Brown is a contributing author and editor of Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone, the eighth book in the institute’s contributory series. Brown was selected for her background in the field of philanthropic and charitable planning.

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Jack Hoffman, a partner at Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue, has been elected to a second four-year term to the Lake Oswego City Council. Hoffman’s main areas of interest are land use and public art, and he is responsible for the Lake Oswego downtown Public Arts program. Hoffman is also a member of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), which advises the Metro council.

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The Perkins Coie law firm has been named one of Fortune magazine’s 100 best companies to work for. It is one of only three law firms on the nationwide list. Robert E. Giles, Perkins Coie’s managing partner, credits the firm’s collegial work place as a key factor. The firm has grown to 60 lawyers in Portland; internationally, the firm has grown to nearly 600 lawyers in 14 offices.

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LeRoy Wilder, a lawyer in private practice in Portland, is one of six recipients of the 2003 Spirit of Excellence Award of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. The award was presented Feb. 8 at a luncheon during the 2003 ABA Midyear Meeting in Seattle. Initiated in 1996, the Spirit of Excellence Awards honor lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

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John D. Ryan of John D. Ryan P.C. announces the second printing of his book, Cooking with John Ryan, a compendium of favorite recipes, available at Phil’s Meat Market in the Uptown Shopping Center in northwest Portland.

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Roderick A. Boutin, who practices in Oregon City, is the new president of the Clackamas County Bar Association for 2003. Brent G. Summers from Lake Oswego is the vice president. The secretary is Daniel P. Woram of Oregon City and Milwaukie’s Mari Redman Ives is the treasurer. The Clackamas County Bar Association sponsors several judicial, civic, social and athletic events and activities throughout the year. Inquiries about membership can be directed to any officer.

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The Judicial Council of California has announced that Professor Jay Folberg is the recipient of the Bernard E. Witkin Award, which honors persons who are not current members of the judiciary for their outstanding contributions to the California courts. Folberg was honored for his leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and for his contributions over the past decade to the ADR accomplishments of the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Mark Fucile, a partner in Stoel Rives’ Portland office, was recently appointed by the board of governors of the Washington State Bar Association to a special committee that will review proposed changes to the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct. Fucile is currently the chair of the WSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and is a member of the OSB’s Legal Ethics Committee as well. Fucile practices in the firm’s litigation department and co-chairs the Stoel Rives Professional Responsibility practice group.

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Salem estate planning attorney Eden Rose Brown was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. Brown served as an active duty Judge Advocate (JAG) during the Gulf War and in Honduras and most recently served as the State Judge Advocate for Air and HQ Staff Judge Advocate in the Oregon Air National Guard. President Clinton and Gov. John Kitzhaber awarded then Major Brown the United States Meritorious Service Medal and Oregon Meritorious Service Medal for her exemplary service to state and country.

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Benjamin G. Wolff, a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine who splits his time between the firm’s Seattle and Portland offices, has been selected as one of the 45 leading lawyers under the age of 45 by The American Lawyer. At 34, Wolff is one of the youngest on the list, one of the few from the West Coast and the only lawyer from the Northwest. A corporate lawyer, whose clients include a number of national and international companies including Starbucks Coffee Co. and telecommunications industry pioneer Craig McCaw’s Eagle River Investments, Wolff concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and on assisting companies to leverage their assets through strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities.

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Thirty-seven Stoel Rives attorneys were recognized in the Multnomah Lawyer publication for their dedication and participation in the 2002 pro bono programs operated in Multnomah County by Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and the Oregon Law Center: Kyle Anderson, Bethany Bacci, Todd Barker, Ruth Beyer, Ryan Bounds, Jennie Bricker, Chad Chambers, Kenneth Childs, E. Joseph Dean, Margaret Finnerty, George Galloway, Andrew Gardner, Rene Gonzalez, Michael Hallinan, Ellen Hawes, Henry Hewitt, Jennifer Horan, Scott Kocher, Doug Kusyk, Gary Lau, Dennis Leybold, Paul Logan, Steve Lovett, Mark Morford, John Motley, Greg Mowe, Philip Nelson, Beverly Pearman, Kevin Pearson, David Reese, Daniel Reising, Katherine Rosenbaum, Nichol Starr, Micah Stolowitz, Sandra Szcerbicki, Robert Van Brocklin and Darren Weirnick.

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On Jan. 22, the Oregon Human Society honored Portland attorney Alan Jensen and his wife Marilyn for their ongoing efforts to improve animal welfare in the state of Oregon. Jensen, on behalf of the Oregon Humane Society, has drafted key pieces of successful legislation that allows pet owners to create enforceable trusts on behalf of their animals and exempts pets from probate to help expedite the transfer of custody. Marilyn Jensen has been an animal advocate and friend of the Oregon Humane Society for decades, using her graphic design and event planning skills in behalf of OHS.

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Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers is 2003 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service, presented by the University of Oregon School of Law. The award recognizes a graduate, faculty member or friend whose public service brings honor to the school. The public service award was given last year for the first time to Dave Frohnmayer who, like Myers, served as Oregon attorney general and state legislator. The award subsequently was named in honor of Frohnmayer, who presented it to Myers at an April banquet. Myers, who is in his second term as attorney general, graduated from the UO Law School in 1964. He represented northeast and southeast Portland during five legislative terms and was speaker of the house from 1979 to 1983. Myers served on the Portland Planning Commission and the predecessor of Metro and had a distinguished career with Portland’s Stoel Rives law firm. He has been a successful law and policy reformer throughout his career.

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Stoel Rives partner Greg Macpherson was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives from District 38 in November 2002 elections; he was sworn in Jan. 13, 2003. He has been appointed to two committees: the Judiciary Committee and a new committee focused entirely on the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

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Oregon Women Lawyers announces the recipients of the 2003 Justice Mercedes Deiz and Justice Betty Roberts Awards. Diana Craine has been selected to receive the Justice Betty Roberts Award for the promotion of women in the law, and Adrienne Nelson will receive the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities in the law. The award recipients were honored at an awards dinner March 14 in Portland. Craine leads both by offering her individual support to women in the law and by presenting herself as a visible example of a successful woman lawyer: an active trial lawyer, a participant in many facets of OWLS and a regular CLE speaker. Craine and partner Linda Love opened one of Portland’s first all-women law firms, committed to the concept that women could not only succeed in law but do so without sacrificing their families. She is noted for mentoring women to pursue and succeed in careers in law. Nelson has been a longtime advocate for minorities both in and before the law. As a public defender working for Multnomah Defenders, Inc., and later in her private practice, she has represented countless members of minority groups, including racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities. She has also been a leader in the legal community, having been elected twice to a statewide seat in the ABA House of Delegates, where she participates in the Minority Caucus. She is also an active member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and her local chapter of OWLS, and an active and accessible mentor for minority law students.

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David Van’t Hof, associate at Stoel Rives, was one of the three named to Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s natural resources policy team. Van’t Hof will primarily focus on energy and water policy. His practice at the firm concentrated in the areas of natural resources, land use and administrative law, with an emphasis on major project permitting and siting. He served as the chair of the Wind Energy Working Group of Oregon and worked on multiple projects in the renewable energy arena. Van’t Hof is a former clerk for then Supreme Court Justice Kulongoski.

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Erinn Kelley-Siel, associate at Stoel Rives, was named to Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s health and human services team as his senior policy adviser. She will advise the governor on policy issues involving health and human services. Her practice at the firm was focused in the energy and telecommunications practice group. Siel, a former judicial law clerk for the then Supreme Court Justice Kulongoski, graduated from Texas A&M University and has a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Kimberly Medford, associate at Stoel Rives, has accepted a six-month position as committee administrator to the Oregon House Trade and Economic Development Committee and expects to return to the firm in June. She will be assisting the committee members with policy research and formation, preparation of legislation and work with citizens, interest groups and agencies to inform the committee about their areas of interest and policy proposals. Her prior experience includes clerkships with the Marion County District Attorney’s office and the Oregon Department of Justice, Appellate Division; legislative assistant to an Oregon state senator and campaign manager for members of the Oregon legislature.

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Robert W. Nunn has been appointed to a three-year term on the Corporate Investment Committee of Legacy Health System. He has also been appointed to Legacy’s Retirement Trustee Committee for the same term. Nunn is a corporate and tax attorney with Sussman Shank. He serves in similar community service roles as the chairman of the Willamette University Endowment Committee and as chair of the Investment Committee for the OSB’s Professional Liability Fund, where he is also chair-elect of the board of directors.


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