Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2004


Among Ourselves

Portland attorney Robert B. Smith was recently elected chairman of the board of regents of the Museum at Warm Springs. The Museum at Warm Springs, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history and culture of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs.

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Thomas C. Sand, a member of Lewis & Clark Law School’s board of visitors, has received the school’s distinguished graduate award. The award is presented to individuals who have used their Lewis & Clark law degree to make a positive mark on the community and the legal profession and whose contributions have brought honor and distinction to the law school. Sand is managing partner of Miller Nash, where his areas of interest include general trial practice and civil litigation, with an emphasis on securities, employment and other commercial matters.

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The Deschutes County Bar Association announces its new officers for 2004-05: Laurie Craghead, Deschutes County assistant county counsel, president; Alison Hohengarten, Edwards Widmer, vice president and Alycia Sykora, Edwards Widmer, secretary-treasurer.

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The Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association in October elected the following new officers: Karsten H. Rasmussen, president; Mark C. Gardner, vice president; William D. Cramer Jr., treasurer; Daniel L. Harris, secretary; and Richard L. Barron, representative to the Judicial Conference executive committee.

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The American College of Trial Lawyers announced the appointment of William B. Crow to serve as co-chair of its Access to Justice and Legal Services Committee. Crow, an attorney with the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, will share the committee chair position with Christine Carron of Montreal, Canada. Together they will preside over the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Access to Justice and Legal Services Committee.

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Attorney Allan B. deSchweinitz of Klamath Falls has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The forum is limited to attorneys who have won million- and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. It was founded in 1993, and there are approximately 2500 members throughout the country. deSchweinitz is a graduate of Willamette University Law School and specializes in serious injury and wrongful death claims. He also provides mediation and arbitration services for all types of civil liability claims.

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Frank C. Gibson, a shareholder with the law firm of Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, DuPriest, Orr & Sherlock, was awarded the 2004 Community Partnership Award presented annually by the Lane County Law and Advocacy Center and the Lane County Legal Aid Service. Gibson, who has practiced law in the Eugene area for 25 years, was cited for his "dedicated service in building a community that strives to ensure justice for all Oregonians." He currently serves on the board of the Lane County Law and Advocacy Center and regularly does pro bono work through the Lane County Legal Aid Service.

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The Children’s Relief Nursery recently welcomed new board member, Jody Stahancyk, of Stahancyk, Gearing, Rackner & Kent. The Children’s Relief Nursery is a community based non-profit organization whose mission is the prevention of child abuse and neglect in high-risk children from birth to four years of age.

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Associated Oregon Industries has appointed Perkins Coie partner Tom Lindley to chair AOI’s water resources committee. That committee addresses issues covering water quality and availability throughout Oregon. Lindley’s experience includes water, air, solid and hazardous waste permits, water quality and rights, site investigations and remediation and defense of Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act citizen suits. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

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The Arc of Oregon (formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens) announces that Lake Oswego lawyer Roger Hennagin has been elected president, effective July 1. The Arc of Oregon advocates to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities and protect the rights of persons with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families.

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Shannon M. Connelly, a partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, was recently named as fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national association of more than 2,700 lawyers who are recognized for their contributions to the field of trust and estate law. Connelly, a trusts and estates attorney, regularly advises clients regarding estate and business succession planning and estate administration, federal estate and gift taxation and audits and general business issues.

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Alan McCollom, a shareholder with intellectual property law firm Marger Johnson & McCollom, has been appointed to two panels of distinguished neutrals for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. McCollom will serve on CPR’s technology panel and on the regional panel for Oregon. McCollom’s intellectual property law background includes infringement and validity studies and opinions; infringement litigation and U.S. Patent and Trademark inter partes proceedings, and service as an arbitrator and special master in federal patent infringement disputes.

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Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Sidney A. Galton was re-elected president of the International Association of Lesbian & Gay Judges for 2004-2005. Also, Galton was elected chair of the OSB Diversity Section for 2004-2005.

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The ABA has appointed Hon. Jerome LaBarre as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the National Conference of State Court Trial Judges of the ABA’s Judicial Division. LaBarre is a circuit court judge on the Multnomah County bench. He is also the judicial representative on the ABA Special Committee on Bio-Ethics & the Law and one of Oregon’s three judicial delegates to the ABA’s Judicial Division.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt attorney Kirk Johansen was named chair of the board of directors for Friends of the Children’s Portland chapter. Friends is a national non-profit organization that has revolutionized mentoring to improve the lives of at-risk children. This is Johansen’s third year on the Friends’ board, and he chaired its development committee for the past two years. Johansen represents Schwabe clients in the forest products industry. His peers have recognized him as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of natural resource and environmental law for 12 straight years.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt attorney Román Hernández is the first-ever recipient of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Oregon Chapter’s emerging leader award. In its first year, the award recognizes outstanding emerging leaders in the legal profession. The event will also honor University of Oregon president David Frohnmayer with the Judge Learned Hand lifetime achievement award.

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In November, Portland attorney Philip Jones argued an income tax case, Banaitis v. Commissioner, in the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue was the taxation of contingent attorneys fees. Jones is a partner in the firm of Duffy Kekel.


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