Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2004


Among Ourselves

Ky Fullerton, an associate in Miller Nash’s litigation department, has been appointed to the board of governors of the Heart Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University. He also serves as secretary of the OSB Admiralty Section, is a member of the Oregon Golf Association’s tournament advisory group and sits on the steering committee for the Portland lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society.

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Miller Nash partner D. Gary Christensen has been presented with the 2004 Presidential Award of the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. Christensen recently completed two years of service as legal counsel to the group’s board of directors, during which time he administered major revisions of the chapter’s bylaws, the formation of political action corporations and the pursuit of civil claims and appeals for the chapter.

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The Coos-Curry Bar Association has elected officers for the 2004-2005 year: Circuit Court Judge Martin Stone, president; Paul Burgett, vice president; and Ron Cox, secretary-treasurer.

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Mic Alexander has been selected as the recipient of the OSB Litigation Section’s 2004 Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award. The award is named for the respected former U.S. District Court judge for Oregon, and presented annually. Alexander, immediate past president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, was chosen for his leadership, community and bar service, professionalism and the role model he presents for younger attorneys.

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Jeff Bachrach, partner at Ramis, Crew, Corrigan & Bachrach, has been elected vice chairman of the board of commissioners of the Housing Authority of Portland. He was appointed to the commission by Mayor Vera Katz in 2002. The Housing Authority owns and manages about 6,700 multi-family housing units throughout Multnomah County and administers federal rent subsidies for more than 7,500 local households.

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Gresham lawyer David R. Ris has been elected as president of the Multnomah County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy to the mentally ill and their families. Ris has been a senior assistant city attorney for the city of Gresham since 1997.

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Oregon Women Lawyers in March presented its 2004 Justice Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities in the law. The award went jointly to Pamela Jacklin of Stoel Rives and her husband, retired lawyer Leonard Girard. Jacklin and Girard co-founded the Oregon branch of the 'I Have a Dream' program, through which mentors provide counsel and scholarships to low income (principally minority) students – adopting an entire class of children in elementary school and committing to remain involved in their lives for a minimum of 10 years, and to provide financial assistance for education after high school. Through the years, Jacklin and Girard have particularly encouraged their mentees to consider legal careers and encouraged the belief that such a career was attainable. Unrelated to their I Have a Dream work, Jacklin and Girard also have opened up their own home to provide housing and personal support for minority students attending law school and studying for the bar exam. For their extraordinary personal commitment to expanding the role of minorities in the law in Oregon, they have received the 2004 Judge Mercedes Deiz Award.

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Oregon Women Lawyers in March presented its 2004 Justice Betty Roberts Award to former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Susan Leeson for the promotion of women in the law. Leeson, who currently serves as a judge pro tem, has been a particularly visible woman lawyer, both as a professor of law and political science at Willamette University, and as one of the first women to serve on Oregon’s highest courts. Justice Leeson has touched the lives of many women in the profession through her visible achievements and her consistent commitment to mentoring other women lawyers. The award recognizes her ground-breaking career and her consistent support of other women in the profession.

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Portland attorney Jonathan Cohen has been elected president of the Bridlemile Foundation. The foundation provides ongoing financial support for Bridlemile Elementary School and the Portland Schools Foundation to help ensure quality education for all students. Cohen, a sole practitioner, practices in all aspects of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business reorganizations, and commercial and secured transactions.


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