Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2003

Among Ourselves

Black Helterline partners Robert Donaldson, Paul Hriberneck and David Newhall were faculty members for the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Meeting held June 18-22 in New Orleans. Their respective topics are consular processing, business visitor issues and correcting case denials. All three are members of Black Helterline’s immigration practice group. Donaldson and Hriberneck were also selected as faculty members for the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2003 Northwest meeting held in February in Portland. Hriberneck also served on the faculty of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference held April 25 in Los Angeles.

• • • • •

David A. Bledsoe, a partner with Perkins Coie, was awarded the Federal Bar Association’s Hon. James M. Burns Federal Practice Award at the FBA Judges Appreciation dinner on April 14. Bledsoe was recognized for his many contributions to improving the quality of federal practice in Oregon, including his service as Oregon chapter president, his service to the U.S. District Court of Oregon Local Rules Advisory Committee, his work as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and his service on the Federal Practice and Procedure Committee.

• • • • •

W. Eugene Hallman has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, composed of experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Hallman is a partner in the firm of Hallman & Dretke and has been practicing in Pendleton for 28 years.

• • • • •

Carol A. Emory has been elected to the board of trustees of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. The four-year liberal arts college for women provides a program for exceptionally gifted high school students from around the world who study at the high school and college level concurrently. Emory currently chairs the ABA Task Force on Revision of the Code of Ethics for Commercial Arbitrators, working with the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution as co-sponsors of the Revision to the earlier 1977 Code.

• • • • •

Leslie R. Weatherhead has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at an induction ceremony which took place recently before an audience of 850 persons during the recent 2003 spring meeting of the College in Boca Raton, Fla. Weatherhead is a partner in the firm of Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole and has been practicing in Spokane, Wash., for 19 years.

• • • • •

Washington state assistant attorney general Simon ffitch received the Northwest Energy Coalition’s coveted Conservation Eagle Award for 2002 on April 21 in Seattle. ffitch, who heads the attorney general’s public counsel section, has long championed energy efficiency, renewable energy development and consumer protection, including low-income energy services – all core concerns of the Northwest Energy Coalition. In 2002, ffitch brought those concerns to his role as lead attorney in the Puget Sound Energy rate case.

• • • • •

Portland elder law attorney Mark Williams was recently appointed to the University of Portland national alumni noard, representing ’70s era alumni. He joins attorneys and fellow alumni Steven Taylor and Bill Valent on the 25th reunion committee for the University of Portland class of 1978.

• • • • •

Oregon Women Lawyers announces its new officers for 2003-2004. Sarah Crooks (left), OWLs’ new president, is an associate at Perkins Coie and previously served as vice president and secretary to the board. Former treasurer Jennifer De Wald, who practices in the Law Office of Craig Dorsay, will serve as vice president. Kate Thompson, who practices at Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott, will continue as secretary. Deanna Wray, who practices at Bodyfelt, Mount, Stroup & Chamberlain, will join the executive committee as treasurer. And Kathryn Ricciardelli, who practices at Johnson, Nyburg & Andersen, will serve as the new historian. Chapter representatives will be: Mary Bruington, representing Washington County; Lynda Clark, representing Linn/Benton counties; Laurie Craghead, representing Cascade Women Lawyers in Deschutes County; Kimberly Kaminski, representing Queen’s Bench in Portland; Ellen Jones, representing Mary Leonard Law Society in Salem; and Heather Young, representing Lane County Women Lawyers. Board members are: Pat Sullivan of Pendleton, Alice Bartelt of Salem; Diane Henkels of Newport; and Beth Allen, Norma Freitas, Leslie O’Leary, Darleen Ortega, Cecil Reniche-Smith, Joanne Southey and Jeanette Thomas, all of Portland.

• • • • •

The Multnomah Bar Association presented its MBA Professionalism Award May 22 to Sandra Hansberger, clinical professor, Lewis and Clark Law School Legal Clinic. Hansberger has spent most of her 20-year career on the clinical faculty at the Lewis and Clark Law School. Before that, she spent two years as staff attorney/volunteer coordinator/associate director for St. Andrew Legal Clinic in Portland, after a brief stint in private practice and as public affairs research assistant for the Oregon State Bar (OSB). A member of the initial board of directors for Oregon Women Lawyers, Hansberger also served on the board of Oregon Legal Services. Her professional presentations and publications run the gamut from CLE’s and clinical workshops on professionalism to programs on consumer issues, unemployment compensation and Oregon administrative law.

• • • • •

Nine volunteers were honored recently for their contributions to the Multnomah Bar Association and to pro bono services. The MBA Award of Merit is presented for outstanding voluntary service to the profession, justice system and/or the community and were presented to: Hon. Jean Kerr Maurer for her many years of service on the MBA CLE Committee, her service as a CLE presenter, her efforts in last fall’s campaign against Measures 21 and 22 and her support of the MBA; and to Jeff Crawford, OSB Professional Liability Fund, for his service as chair of the MBA Insurance Committee. The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Award of Merit was presented to: Heather W. Decker, attorney at law, member of the YLS Service to the Public Committee since 2001 and chair of the 2003 Community Law Week subcommittee; David J. Malcolm, attorney at law, who serves on the YLS Professional Development and Insurance committees, and has repeatedly volunteered for the Drop-Out Prevention Program and regularly donates pro bono work with the Senior Law Project in Portland; and Jenna L. Mooney, chair of the YLS Pro Bono Committee during 2002-03 and coordinator of the Non-Profit Project, which pairs volunteer attorneys with non-profit corporations in need of legal help. The Pro Bono Award is given by the Multnomah Bar Association, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center. Mark M. Williams, attorney at law, received the Senior Law Project (SLP) Outstanding Volunteer Award. He has volunteered for the SLP since 1987 and participates in the North Portland YWCA Senior Center at least once a month, assisting up to six clients per clinic. In 2002, he helped 36 clients. He also visits homebound seniors. He speaks at elder law discussion groups and mentors and trains volunteers. Christian A. Hatfield is a recipient of the Michael E. Haglund Pro Bono Award. He has volunteered with the Domestic Violence Project since 2001, participated in the Attorneys for Youth program for homeless and at-risk youth, assisted in editing a guidebook for victims of domestic violence, among other YLS Pro Bono Committee projects. He has assisted 16 clients with contested restraining order hearings and regularly schedules for the Domestic Violence Project. Laura L. Takasumi, Miller Nash, also designated a recipient of the Michael E. Haglund Pro Bono Award winner, has volunteered for the YLS Non-Profit Project since 2000 and donated 119 hours pro bono hours last year. She always immediately accepts projects offered to her and completes them quickly. Takasumi has assisted local symphony orchestras, an arts association, as well as other non-profits. Kathleen J. Hansa was honored with the Pro Bono Award of Merit, which is given to lawyers who have contributed significant time to legal services. She coordinates Cosgrave Vergeer & Kester’s work with the Oregon Law Center (OLC) Neighborhood Legal Clinic in Southeast Portland. She also donates numerous pro bono hours of legal services, typically seeing up to eight clients twice a year. Hansa is the current president of the JOIN board of directors, a non-profit which advocates for homeless individuals and families to make successful and lasting transitions off the street.


return to top
return to Table of Contents