Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2003


Among Ourselves

Beth A. Allen, an attorney in the labor and employment practice group of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, has been appointed as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School. Allen will be teaching a course in the spring semester entitled, 'Sexual Orientation and the Law.'

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Daniel B. Burg of Portland has been named second vice chair of American Mensa, Ltd., the high-I.Q. society. Burg, an intellectual property attorney, has been a member of Mensa for more than 20 years.

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Garvey Schubert Barer announces that Edward J. Sullivan has been nominated secretary to the council of the State and Local Government Section of the ABA. Sullivan will assume that office in October 2003 for a one-year term. Sullivan, whose practice emphasizes land use matters involving planning, administrative and municipal law, serves as city attorney for several Oregon cities and acts as special counsel for other local governments.

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The Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners has awarded Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice R. William Riggs with its Robert E. Bennett Professionalism Award in recognition of Riggs’ contributions to family law in Oregon. The academy presented its award on Oct. 2.

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D. Lawrence Wobbrock, a Portland attorney who specializes in medical negligence and product safety litigation, has been named the 2003 Distinguished Trial Lawyer by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. The award was presented at the association’s annual convention held in August. Wobbrock was cited for his dedication to consumer rights and open access to civil courts. Wobbrock, who served on the OTLA board from 1982-92 and as association president in 1992-93, is a long-time advocate for consumer access to the civil justice system.

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The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association gained a new president and officers and elected new board of governors members at its annual convention held in August. Kathleen Dailey, partner in the Portland firm of Williams, Dailey, O’Leary, Craine & Love, was named president, succeeding J. Michael Alexander, partner in the Salem firm of Swanson Lathen Alexander & McCann. Other board officers are: Jane Paulson, partner in the Portland-based Paulson Law Firm, president-elect and OTLA delegate to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; James Egan, workers’ compensation attorney with the Albany firm of Kryger, Alexander, Egan, Elmer & Carlson, secretary/treasurer; and Derek Johnson with the Eugene firm of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corso, parliamentarian. Those elected or appointed to serve on the OTLA board of governors are: Stephen Hendricks, Steven Hill, Dana Sullivan, Nyla Jebousek, William Gaylord, Jennifer Kampsula, Robert Carlson, Leslie O’Leary, J. William Savage, Paul Bovarnick, Michael Wise, Mark Bocci and Neil Jackson.

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Charles J. Merten, a long-time public interest attorney based in Portland, and the Oregon Advocacy Center were named recipients of the 2003 Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. The awards were presented at the association’s annual convention held in August.

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Bond Buyer magazine has ranked Preston, Gates & Ellis No. 1 among law firms providing bond counsel services in Oregon for the first half of 2003. The rankings show that the firm’s bond transaction activity topped $2.4 billion, a record amount for the state of Oregon and the firm. Among the transactions was $927 million bond issuance for the Oregon School Boards Association, the largest in Oregon history.

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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has appointed Luella E. Nelson to a four-year term as the public member of the Employment Relations Board, effective Sept. 1. As such, she will no longer be available to provide arbitration and mediation services for parties located in Oregon for the duration of her service on the board. She thanks her clients for the trust they have placed in her over the past 17 years and looks forward to seeing those who are in the public sector in her new role.

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Portland attorney Walter D. Alley has been elected president of the Friends of the Branford Millar Library at Portland State University. Alley is currently a member of the national committee on endowments, wills and gifts for the Shrine Hospital Systems and an emeritus member of the board of governors of the Portland Shrine Hospital for Children and past potentate of Al Kadar Shrine Center in Wilsonville.

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Anastasia Yu Meisner of Guyer Meisner, attorneys in Lake Oswego, has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski as a public member of the Oregon Board of Accountancy. The appointment was confirmed by the Oregon Senate on Aug. 23, 2003. The board is responsible for licensing and regulating certified public accountants and public accountants in Oregon.

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The Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) recently elected new officers and board members. The new president is Robert J. Neuberger, attorney at law; president-elect, Sylvia E. Stevens, assistant general counsel, Oregon State Bar; secretary, Jeff Matthews, Yates, Matthews & Morasch; and treasurer, Kelly T. Hagan, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. New directors include: Peter H. Glade, Agnes Sowle, Diana I. Stuart and Jennifer K. Oetter. Continuing as directors are Thomas M. Christ (also MBA delegate to the ABA), Hollis McMilan, Kathryn L. Villa-Smith, Lori E. Deveny, Simeon D. Rapoport and Helen T. Smith. Robert D. Newell serves as immediate past president.

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Dennis Rawlinson, a partner and co-chair of the litigation department of Miller Nash, has been appointed to chair the Trial Evidence Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Section and to serve on the ABA’s Civil Discovery Practice Standards task force. The task force will be updating guidelines used by courts and counsel for the handling of discovery issues that are not covered by federal and state rules.

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Laura Takasumi, an associate in the business department of Miller Nash, has been elected as a board director of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger for 2003-2006. She is also a new member of the networking and career development committee of the OSB Section.

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Beaverton attorney Don Bourgeois has been elected to the board of the Oregon chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, a national organization for veterans who participated in the air war against Germany from bases in England from 1942-45. It is dedicated to the development and preservation of the historical record of that conflict.

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Black Helterline has received the U.S. Defense Department’s Patriotic Employer Award for its recognizing the firm’s commitment to and support of employees who choose to serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Eric TenBrook, is an associate with Black Helterline, and a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Naval Reserve. He has served several terms of active duty recently, including an extended assignment in the Iraq war.

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Lake Oswego attorney Peter Glazer was elected recently to the Royal Rosarian Council, the governing body of the all-volunteer organization. Glazer will serve the 2003-04 year as master of ceremonies. Knighted as a Rosarian in 1998, Glazer served this past year as royal chaplain.

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Prof. Richard B. Hagedorn has been appointed to the Van Winkle Melton Endowed Professorship at Willamette University College of Law. The professorship, which recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship, is named for Isaac Homer Van Winkle, a 1901 Willamette graduate who served as the sixth dean of the law college for 14 years and as Oregon’s attorney general for 23 years.

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Clifford J. Villa, assistant regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, authored an article published in the latest volume of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. The article, entitled 'Superfund vs. Mega-Sites: The Coeur d’Alene River Basin Story,' recounts EPA’s efforts over the last several years to address massive mining contamination in the Coeur d’Alene basin of northern Idaho.


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