Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2003

Among Ourselves

Stoel Rives received the Silver Award for 2003 in recent website ratings among the 250 largest law firms in the United States, ranking among the 30 highest-scoring firms. The survey, conducted by marketing attorney Micah Buchdahl of InternetMarketingAttorney.com, was based on design, content, usability, interactivity and intangibles.

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The book by Robert Weiss of Holland & Knight about the World War II Battle of Mortain in Normandy has been republished by White Mane Publishing company of Shippensburg, Penn., under the new title Fire Mission!, including new material, a new cover and new format. The original publication has been featured in television programs on the History Channel and on C-Span 2.

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Miller Nash is one of five small- to mid-size law firms receiving a platinum ranking for its website from the Internet Marketing Attorney (IMA) (www.internetmarketingattorney.com/2003smallmidrev.php). Other firms receiving platinum rankings for their websites are: Schwabe Williamson, Siskind Susser, Parker & Waichman, and Edgar Snyder. This is the fourth national website award Miller Nash has received since early 2002.

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Albert A. Menashe, managing shareholder with Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe, has been appointed as chair of the Oregon’s Joint Bench/Bar Commission on Professionalism. The commission consists of lawyers, judges, law school deans and members of the general public appointed by the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon State Bar. The commission promotes professionalism and organizes continuing legal education programs.

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The American Jewish Committee has nominated Jeff Nudelman, partner at Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue, to be a member at large of its national council, which has ultimate authority for the business and affairs of the AJC. Locally, through the Portland Jewish Coalition for Literacy, AJC participates in the SMART reading program and is a leader in organizations such as the Coalition Against Hate Crimes and the Oregon Holocaust Educational Memorial. In 2002, the AJC was the lead sponsor of the 'Anne Frank: A History for Today' exhibit.

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Christopher Hall, an associate with Perkins Coie in Portland, has been appointed to the Resource Development Board of CARES Northwest, a center for the assessment and intervention of child abuse and neglect. The board focuses on raising funds to ensure that CARES Northwest can continue its critical role in child abuse intervention and providing a plan for an abused child’s immediate and long-term health and safety.

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Thomas E. McDermott, a partner with Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler, recently received an Angel in Adoption Award from the 2002 Congressional Coalition on Adoption. He was nominated by Sen. Gordon Smith for his efforts defending Oregon’s Measure 58, which allows adoptees access to their original birth certificates. Since passage of Measure 58, more than 6,000 adult Oregonians have obtained their original birth records.

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Lori S. Rubenstein, attorney, mediator and life coach, will appear on the talk show, 'America’s Best Coaches' on Sky Radio. The program will air on American Airlines in April 2003 and on Northwest Airlines in May 2004. Rubenstein trained as a mediator in 1994 with Confluence NW in Portland. In 2002, she became a certified professional coach and is now coaching people through divorce individually and through her class, Dare to Transcend Through Divorce.

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Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, DuPriest, Orr & Sherlock has been selected by Oregon Business magazine as one of the 100 best places to work in Oregon. The firm was rated in the top 25 of all small businesses out of 193 companies that submitted applications for the survey. In the leadership category the firm was the No. 1 rated law firm; it was rated No. 3 in leadership among all small businesses. Oregon Business magazine gave recognition at a recent annual luncheon in Portland.

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Peter A. Haas, co-founding member of J&H Law, has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. His admission complements eight years of experience as an engineer in diversified technologies, including marine engines, automotive loud speakers, electro-mechanical devices and simulation software.


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