Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2005


Among Ourselves

Ball Janik partner Sarah Ryan has been selected by the editorial board of Inside the Minds (www.Aspatore.com) as a leader in labor law and a co-author in the recently released book, Inside the Minds: Dealing with Employee Lawsuits published by Aspatore Books. The book is an authoritative, insider’s perspective on the best strategies for handling claims brought against employers.

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Chief Judge David V. Brewer of the Oregon Court of Appeals recently attended the 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice in Washington, D.C. He is the first Oregon Court of Appeals judge to attend such a program. Brewer’s attendance was supported by a scholarship awarded by the State Justice Institute (SJI), a nonprofit organization established to award grants to improve the quality of justice in the state courts nationwide, facilitate better coordination between state and federal courts and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common problems faced by all courts.

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OBS member Stuart Allen, president and founder of Allen Trust Co., was recently named chair of the trust committee of the Oregon Bankers Association. The trust committee, responsible for keeping members apprised of changes as they affect the fiduciary activities of Oregon banks and trust companies, initiates and responds to legislative proposals at the state and federal level as well as to existing and proposed rules and regulations.

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Milton R. Stewart, a partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, with 34 years of structuring merger and acquisition transactions, reorganizations and management buyouts, was recently selected as a co-author for Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for Mergers & Acquisitions (Aspatore Books, 423 pages). The book is part of a series in which C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, partner) from respected companies provide insights into various industries and professions.

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Portland attorney Jane Paulson is a new member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She was elected to the prestigious national lawyers association by the group’s national board. Paulson and her father, Chuck Paulson, are partners in Paulson Law Firm, Trial Lawyers PC of Portland. She is the immediate past-president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. She is only the third woman attorney from Oregon elected to ABOTA.

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Schwabe shareholder Brad Andersen has been elected to the board of directors of the Building Industry Association, a trade association founded in 1970 by homebuilders to provide a united voice for the building industry in Clark County, Wash. Before joining Schwabe, was served for eight years as the prosecuting attorney for Skamania County, Wash., where he represented the county in a broad range of legal matters, including numerous landmark cases involving the Columbia River Gorge Commission. Andersen has argued several cases before the Washington Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, including the landmark Bea case, where the court held that the Gorge Commission exceeded its powers.

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Robert Weiss appeared on the Fox News television program "War Stories with Oliver North" in September, in an episode entitled "Freeing France from Hitler." Weiss was interviewed in connection with his role as a field artillery forward observer with an infantry battalion that was surrounded by elite German panzer units for six days during the biggest German counterattack in France in World War II. He previously recounted the experience in his book Fire Mission! The Siege at Mortain, Normandy, August 1944.

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Portland/Clackamas attorney/arbitrator/mediator K. William Gibson recently served as editor of Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (4th edition), just published by the law practice management section of the ABA. Flying Solo contains more than 700 pages by more than 50 authors, including two chapters written by Gibson. He is a regular columnist for the ABA’s Law Practice magazine and is the author of How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice, published by the ABA in 1997 and named Best Law Book for that year by Lawyers’ Weekly. Gibson is presently writing the second edition of that book.

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Jim Hennings of the Metropolitan Public Defenders Office has been selected to receive the Ken Morrow Memorial Award by the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Hennings has served for 35 years as executive director of the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Offices in Portland and Hillsboro. During his tenure he has hired and supervised almost 300 attorneys and thousands of support staff handling approximately half a million cases.


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