Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2003


Among Ourselves

'Small Wonders,' a collection of miniature pastel and acrylic landscapes by husband-wife artists Doug Dawson and Sheryl Dawson, will be featured during the Bush Barn Art Gallery Holiday Show. Doug Dawson is a former Oregon assistant attorney general, and Sheryl Dawson is a former U.S. Bancorp attorney and corporate secretary division manager. The holiday show will run from Nov. 15 through Dec. 28 at Bush Barn Gallery, 600 Mission St. S.E., Salem.

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Will Aitchison of the Portland law firm Aitchison & Vick has completed work on The FMLA — Understanding The Family and Medical Leave Act, published in September 2003 by the Labor Relations Information System. The book is Aitchison’s eighth, with other titles including The Fair Labor Standards Act — A User’s Manual, and The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers.

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Sonia A. Montalbano’s poetry has been selected for publication in the October issue of the Legal Studies Forum, of the West Virginia University College of Law. The October issue of the journal focuses on poetry written by attorneys. In previous years, Montalbano has been a participant of the Portland Poetry Slam, in which poets write and perform their work in competitions in front of live audiences.

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Portland attorney Sally Landauer has been elected to a four-year term on the Whitman College Board of Overseers. A 1961 graduate of Whitman College, Landauer has been an attorney concentrating in estate planning and administration for 25 years, the last 15 years as a partner with Ball Janik. She is a member of the Portland Estate Planning Council, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the OSB Estate Planning and Administration Section.

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Peter Robinson, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the district of Oregon, is defending the former president of the Rwanda National Assembly on genocide charges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, located in Arusha, Tanzania. The trial, which began Nov. 3, 2003, is expected to last one year.

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OSB general counsel George A. Riemer has been invited to attend the annual meeting of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Nov. 8, 2003 in Victoria, B.C. He will participate in a panel discussion on recent developments in the multijurisdictional practice of law in Canada and the United States.

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Don Corson, a shareholder at the Eugene-based trial lawyer firm of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson, has been appointed by the OSB Board of Governors to the Council on Court Procedure. The council, established by the state legislature, is charged with ensuring equitable and fair procedures for all people participating in civil court cases. (Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson represents Oregonians hurt by dangerous conduct and defective products.)

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On Sept. 30, 2003, Bullivant Houser Bailey partner Franklin Hunsaker received on an Angel in Adoption Award from the 2003 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. He was nominated by Sen. Gordon Smith for his pro bono work in 1998-2000, representing a group of Oregon birth mothers who challenged the constitutionality of an Oregon law that retroactively opened sealed adoption records, and also for his work both as an adoptive parent and in facilitating adoptions.

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At the 43rd Annual Educational Conference of the American Judges Association (AJA) in Montreal in September 2003, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Gayle A. Nachtigal, became president-elect of the AJA. She will become AJA president at next year’s annual conference in San Francisco. Also attending the conference in Montreal were Multnomah County Circuit Court Judges Kimberly C. Frankel, Sidney A. Galton and Jerome LaBarre.

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Oregon criminal defense attorney and best-selling novelist Phillip Margolin will give a talk on Writing Legal Thrillers for Fun and Profit at a special dinner and benefit auction for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Friday, Dec. 5 at the Benson Hotel in Portland. All eight of his novels have been New York Times best-sellers, including the most recent, Ties That Bind. Margolin will also be honored with a special president’s award for his contributions supporting the OCDLA scholarship fund.

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D. Michael Dale, a longtime public interest attorney in Portland, and Mia Butzbaugh, a former associate at Stoel Rives, have won two-year fellowships from Echoing Green, a social change foundation based in New York. Dale and Butzbaugh applied for the fellowship to launch the Northwest Workers Justice Project (NWJP), whose mission is to improve enforcement of the workplace and organizing rights of low-wage, contingent and immigrant workers in the Northwest, and especially metropolitan Portland. Echoing Green funded only 10 of 1000 projects that applied. As of Oct. 1, Dale and Butzbaugh will staff NWJP, and their practices will focus on assisting worker organizations with legal advocacy and representing low-wage workers in organizing and other employment cases.


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