Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2004


Among Ourselves

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has been ranked seventh among large companies in Oregon Business magazine’s '100 Best Companies To Work For in Oregon.' The rankings, determined by surveys of a company’s employees and management, recognize Oregon companies for their commitment to employee workplaces. Schwabe ranked seventh in the large-company category for organizations with more than 250 employees (more than 200 survey participants).

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The Oregon Gay and Lesbian Association announces the election of its 2004 board of directors: George Eighmey and Mary Overgaard, co-chairs; Debra Sirotiak, secretary; Yi Hu, Geoff Bosmans, Erin Kirkwood, Sandra Naranjo, Jeff Payne, Jamie Troy, Geoff Wren and Erin Zemper, members of the board.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt attorney Román Hernández has been asked to serve on the Access and Affordability Working Group, a committee of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education that examines issues related to Oregon’s colleges and universities. Hernández is an advocate for the Hispanic community as a board member of Portland’s Hispanic Chamber and as regional president and board member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. He also volunteers at El Programa Hispano, a pro bono legal clinic staffed and funded by Schwabe, serving Spanish-speaking residents in the Portland area.

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Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School welcomes two new members to its board of directors: James E. Mountain Jr. and the Hon. Marilyn E. Litzenberger. Mountain specializes in appellate and administrative litigation, regulatory law and government relations at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick in Portland. He served as Oregon’s solicitor general, special counsel to the attorney general and deputy attorney general. He is past president of the Marion County Bar Association and a member of the Willamette Valley Inn of Court. Litzenberger is a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge. She serves on the Oregon State Bar’s uniform civil jury instruction committee and future of the legal profession task force. She has served in the OSB Products Liability Section and is a past chair of the Unlawful Practice of Law and Balacing Personal Life, Family and Career committees. She is a past president of Oregon Women Lawyers and the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation.

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Portland attorney and community activist Stephen R. 'Skip' Frank has been named 2004 president of the Multnomah Athletic Club. Frank has served the MAC in other capacities over the years, including as chair of both the Athletic and Cycling committees. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Frank has actively practiced law since 1967, handling a wide variety of civil, administrative litigation, and appellate cases.

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Garvey Schubert Barer has received the 2004 'Your Honor' award from the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), taking first place in the 'identity launch' category. The award, bestowed in March at LMA’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla., recognizes Garvey’s development of the firm’s marketing campaign, including logo design, stationery, marketing brochure and other collateral material.

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The Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation introduces its 2004-2005 board: Laura Caldera Taylor, president, Carolyn W. Miller, president-elect; Libby Davis, treasurer; Ann Postlewaite, secretary; Trudy Allen, historian; Nell Bonaparte, Sarah Hawkins, Terri Kraemer, Janet Kreft, Karen Lee, Phylis Myles, Kathryn Root and ex officio members Diane Rynerson and Jennifer DeWald. They also introduce four new members: Tonya Atwell, Nanci Klinger, Kristin Larson and Kathleen Bricken.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Nancy Erfle was honored as one of the Portland Business Journal’s 'Forty Under 40.' The award honors 40 of the most accomplished and influential young executives in Portland, selected from nearly 250 nominees. Erfle chairs Schwabe’s business & products liability litigation group and specializes in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers and agricultural chemical manufacturers. She is past president of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and a past member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners.

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Four Oregon State Bar members currently serve on the Friends of Timberline board of directors. Chuck Mitchell, Oregon City, is president. Mike Gentry, Portland, is vice president. Randy Weisberg and Robert Repp are board members. The 26-year-old organization protects the artistic and architectural treasures of Timberline Lodge in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and RLK and Co. Major projects include the redesign of the lodge entry way and rehabilitating the amphitheatre.


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