Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2005


Among Ourselves

Retired Wilsonville attorney William R. Benedetto announces the publication of his first book, Sailing Into the Abyss: A True Story of Extreme Heroism on the High Seas, by Kensington Publishing Corp. The book tracks the voyage of the merchant ship Badger State sailing from Seattle in 1969 to carry bombs to Vietnam, a voyage that ended up crossing into the history books. The book is available at bookstores and online booksellers. Further information can be found at www.williambenedetto.com.

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James D. Zupancic, a partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, was recently elected chairman of the Counselors of Real Estate’s (CRE) Oregon chapter. Zupancic is a general business and real estate attorney. He regularly advises clients regarding strategic business and corporate issues, real estate acquisitions, development, planning and complex transactions. He has been a member of CRE since 1998 and has also served on many boards or committees for the American Electronics Association, and was the former chairman of the Lake Oswego School District.

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Bruce C. Hamlin, partner at Lane Powell and chair of the firm’s products liability and catastrophic injury practice group, has become a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC). Hamlin’s practice concentrates in the areas of product liability, catastrophic injury and commercial and insurance litigation. PLAC is a non-profit association of corporate members representing a broad cross-section of American and international product manufacturers.

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Newport attorney Michele Longo Eder has been appointed by President Bush for a four-year term to the bipartisan U.S. Arctic Research Commission. The commission makes recommendations to the president and Congress on arctic policy. Eder graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1979, and has practiced law in Lincoln County for 25 years.

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Robert E. Maloney, partner at Lane Powell, has been appointed chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Portland. The University of Portland has council members from each of its colleges, each advising the president on university operations.

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Dunn Carney announces that partner Jack Hoffman has been elected chair of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) for 2005. Hoffman, a Lake Oswego city councilor, has been a member or alternate member of MPAC for five years. MPAC is a 28-member charter-mandated committee of local government representatives and citizens that consults and advises on policy issues, especially those related to services provided by local governments. Hoffman is a litigator and land use attorney at Dunn Carney.

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U.S. Arbitration & Mediation announces the appointment of attorney Allan B. deSchweinitz to its panel of mediators and arbitrators for Oregon and southwest Washington. deSchweinitz is a partner in the firm of deSchweinitz and Hamilton, with offices in Medford and Klamath Falls, and has practiced law primarily in southern Oregon since 1969. He has participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations throughout the years as a party and as a mediator/arbitrator.

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Stahancyk, Gearing, Rackner & Kent is being featured on the Apple website, www.apple.com, for its innovative management of documents and cases. Read more about it at www.apple.com in the Customer Profiles section under the business tab.

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William Rutherford, president of Rutherford Investment Management of Portland, was the featured speaker at the Management Forum for Chief Investment Officers, sponsored by U.S. Institute in New York, Jan. 24. The topic of Rutherford’s speech was "Who Shot Goldilocks," his analysis of the market crash of 2000-2002, based on his book of the same title (published by Crown Point Press, 2004). Further information about the title is available at www. whoshotgoldilocks.com, the book’s official website.

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The International Association of Sports Law honored Willamette University College of Law professor James Nafziger with its first-ever AISIMNITIS award for contributions to the development of international sports law. The award, a large silver plate with a relief of an ancient Greece games judge, was presented to Nafziger at the association’s annual meeting held Nov. 25-27 in Athens, Greece. The IASL, which is comprised of individuals in sports federations and the Olympics as well as sports law attorneys, law faculty and scholars interested in international and comparative sports law, also announced that Nafziger has been elected as its new president. Nafziger, who was presented with a mounted replica of an ancient Greek urn in recognition of his election, will serve as president for a three-year term.

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Robin Morris Collin, a law professor at Willamette University College of Law, has been appointed to the membership review committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), a private organization of American and Canadian law schools. The organization bases membership of law schools on ABA acceptance, faculty commitment to scholarship and research, successful preparation of law students for bar exams and other rigorous, qualitative standards. Willamette has been an AALS member since 1946. Morris Collin, who is an African American woman, says AALS has the power to shape institutional and organizational expectations.


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