Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2003

Among Ourselves

Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School has welcomed three new members to its board of directors. Jeffrey G. Condit is special counsel at Portland's Miller Nash. He was previously city attorney for the city of Lake Oswego and served as county counsel in Benton County. Jeffrey S. Jones practices law in Canby, with an emphasis on criminal defense. He has been an adjunct law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1984. Agnes Sowle is assistant county attorney for Multnomah County, where she specializes in employment litigation. She is a member of the OSB House of Delegates, and from 1997 to 2001 was a member of the OSB Board of Governors. The board also elected new officers: Jeffrey M. Batchelor, president; Bradley F. Tellam, vice president; Hon. Jack L. Landau, secretary-treasurer; Jere M. Webb, member-at-large; and Hon. Elizabeth M. Welch, member-at-large.

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An article featuring Eugene attorney William S. Labahn appeared in the Dec. 9, 2002 National Law Journal. 'The Practice' section of NLJ regularly profiles solo practitioners around the country.

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Milton R. Stewart, partner with Davis Wright Tremaine, was recently awarded the Rella Lossy Professional Achievement Award by the Legal Marketing Association's Bay Area chapter. This award recognizes professionalism and career-long contributions to the practice of law firm marketing. Recently appointed to the firm's newly created position of business development partner, Stewart works with DWT attorneys on an individual, office-wide and practice group basis in the areas of client and practice relations and development. He has been with the firm since 1986 and has served on the executive committee for the past 13 years.

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Former Oregon assistant attorney general Doug Dawson and former U.S. Bancorp corporate secretary division manager Sheryl Dawson are among the 14 artists invited to exhibit in 'Salem Masters Series II: Northwest Landscapes.' The show runs through June 21 at A.N. Bush Gallery, 600 Mission St., S.E., Salem.

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An independent panel of corporate judges from the United States and Canada has awarded Miller Nash’s client extranet second place in the electronic media category in the annual Legal Marketing Association’s 'In Your Honor' awards. The client extranet allows firm clients to view, download, upload and comment on documents that they are working on with the firm’s lawyers. This marks the second year in a row that Miller Nash has been recognized as a national leader in law-firm electronic marketing. The firm’s website, Millernash.com, was awarded first place in the electronic media category in 2002.

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Erin Kearney-DeClark has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a member of the board of directors for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI). Kearney-DeClark joins 17 other women directors. WPI’s board represents a cross-section of leaders in women’s philanthropy from across the nation. Kearney-DeClark is currently employed as a trust officer with U.S. Bank’s charitable services group in Portland.

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Steven C. Alberty, a practicing attorney with decades of experience in the LLC area, is the author of Limited Liability Companies: A Planning and Drafting Guide. It is published by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) Committee on Continuing Professional Education. The book focuses on the practical, day-to-day issues attorneys need to cover to develop the LLC that best suits clients’ needs.

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Alex Johnson, principal of Portland law firm Marger, Johnson & McCollom, has been appointed to the Portland State University College of Engineering and Computer Science Industry Advisory Board. Johnson has joined the board for a five-year term beginning January 2003. He has more than 30 years experience as an engineer and intellectual property attorney.

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Rees C. Johnson, a lawyer in private practice in Portland, announces the publication of the sixth edition of his book, Wills and Estate Planning: Oregon Handbook. It is a lay person’s guide to wills, probate and estate planning for Oregon residents. It may be purchased from Hara Publishing at (800) 461-1931.

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The Oregon Department of Education acknowledges the significant contributions of three Oregon attorneys: Graham Hicks of Miller Nash; Dana Taylor of Duffy Kekel; and Jim Wrigley of the Oregon Advocacy Center. In June 2003, these attorneys will conclude their four years of representation on the Office of Special Education’s Dispute Resolution Committee, a group of educators, parents, attorneys and other stakeholders. These attorneys have worked hard to ensure a fair, equitable, accessible process and a broader array of options for resolving special education disputes in Oregon.

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Oregon City attorney John Henry Hingson III delivered a presentation on field sobriety testing at the 'Mastering Scientific Evidence' seminar in Atlanta, Georgia in April. Hingson is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science and the past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

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Steven Charles Smith, a Portland attorney and chartered arbitrator, was named a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England. Fellowship is awarded only to those arbitrators with 10 years or more experience, and a demonstrated understanding of international commercial arbitration and related international law and treaties. In addition to practicing complex commercial litigation, he has taught business law and real estate law at Loyola~Marymount University, UCLA and PSU. For domestic or international arbitration, he can be reached at sc.smith@ CommercialADR.com or (503) 222-3342.

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At the 28th annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference recently held in Albuquerque, N.M., Howard Arnett of Karnopp Petersen delivered a lecture on tribal litigation relative to breach of trust at the federal level. More than 800 attorneys and tribal leaders attended the conference.


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