Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2005


Among Ourselves

Tara M. Hendison, vice president and trust officer for Allen Trust Co. and a Willamette University College of Law alumna, was recently named to the board of the Albertina Kerr Centers. She will serve a three-year term.

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The Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) recently selected three recipients for the 2005 MBA Merit Award. The 2005 Merit Award winners include the Hon. Ellen F. Rosenblum, Michael A. Greene and Theresa L. Wright. Also, two MBA Young Lawyer Section volunteers received awards for their contributions to the section. Sherilyn Holcombe Waxler was honored for her involvement with the pro bono committees of Miller Nash, the MBA YLS, the OSB New Lawyers Division and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Marc E. Jolin was also honored (see separate item below).

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The Oregon Senate has confirmed Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s nomination of Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, charged with developing long-term criminal justice policy as well as setting sentencing guidelines for the state, overseeing forfeiture and other duties. Marquis will serve a four-year term ending in April 2009.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Water H. Grebe received the Multnomah Bar Association’s highest honor, the MBA Professionalism Award, at the association’s annual meeting on May 18. Grebe has a long history of volunteerism and leadership in professional organizations and served as president of the MBA in 1985. He is a former editor-in-chief of the OSB publication, Advising Oregon Businesses, and served as chair of the OSB’s Continuing Legal Education committee, in addition to serving on several other OSB committees. He is a past president of Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, former director of the Cascade Pacific Council of Boy Scouts of America and a former trustee of the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt received the MBA’s 2005 Pro Bono Award for its partnership with the Oregon Law Center’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Schwabe shareholder Margaret Hoffmann and associates Jeff Jones and Brien Flanagan were recognized for leading the firm’s pro bono efforts. Schwabe’s partnership with the OLC’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic project began in the early 1990s. Since then, the clinic has ensured that more than 1,000 low-income and Hispanic clients receive bilingual legal counsel and representation on issues ranging from fair housing to consumer protection. It is the only clinic in Oregon to be staffed and funded by a single law firm. Schwabe serves approximately 70 clients annually through the clinic, making it the largest individual pro bono case commitment of any law firm affiliated with the OLC.

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Portland attorney Mark M. Williams of The Elder Law Firm, Davis Pagnano & Williams, was a panelist on "Recent Developments and Ethical Consideration in Counseling Same Sex Couples" at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in San Francisco in May.

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Perkins Coie attorney Marc Jolin was honored May 18 at the Multnomah Bar Association’s annual dinner with an Award of Merit for his contributions to the Young Lawyer Section. Jolin is chair of the YLS Service to the Public Committee; his contributions include initiating the relationship with Lawyers Without Borders, a non-profit organization that connects lawyers in newly industrialized or developing nations with U.S. attorneys. He also oversees the newly implemented Imprint Program through which lawyers volunteer to partner with a student to read a book and exchange letters about the themes in the book. Other committee activities include Community Law Week, the Dropout Prevention Program and Multnomah County Animal Services Hearings Officers.

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The publication Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, recently ranked Perkins Coie as a leading law firm in 19 different areas in markets across the country. In eight of those areas, the firm received the top ranking. In addition, 47 Perkins Coie lawyers are ranked among the best in their markets, with 16 receiving the top ranking. In Oregon, Perkins Coie earned a No.1 ranking for its litigation practice. It was also highly ranked for its corporate/mergers and acquistions, real estate and employment practices. The following attorneys were ranked No. 1 in their fields: Dick Cantlin (real estate), Paul Fortino (litigation), Steve Pfeiffer (real estate: zoning and land use), and Roy Tucker (corporate/mergers and acquisitions). Additional attorneys received high marks: Allan Abravanel (corporate/M&A), Brent Bullock (corporate/M&A), Austin Crowe (litigation), Jim Gidley (litigation), Cal Keith (employment), David Matheson (corporate/M&A), Chris Matthews (real estate), Michael Simon (litigation), and Pat Simpson (corporate/M&A).

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Non-profit attorney Cynthia Cumfer announces the publication of the fourth edition of the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook. Among other additions, this edition contains an appendix that lists legal, accounting and other resources by chapter.

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Oregon Women Lawyers announces its new officers and board members for 2005-2006. Kate Thompson, OWLs’ new president, is an associate at Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott in Eugene and previously served as vice president of the board. Norma Freitas, a sole practitioner, will serve as president-elect/vice president. Freitas previously served as secretary of the board. Mary Bruington, who practices with Metropolitan Public Defender in Washington County, will join the executive committee as secretary. Ellen Jones, director of career services at Lewis & Clark Law School, will join the executive committee as treasurer. Kellie Johnson, an assistant district attorney in Multnomah County, comes onto the executive committee as historian. New board members are: Bridget Musgrave, representing Mary Leonard Law Society in Salem; Catherine Susman, representing Lane County Women Lawyers; Connie Speck, Nicole DeFever, Gwyneth McAlpine, Laura Caldera Taylor, Hon. Katherine Tennyson and Heather Van Meter, all of Portland. Continuing on the board are: Barbara Smythe, representing Queen’s Bench in Portland; Eva Jo Temple of Pendleton; Hon. Darleen Ortega, Leslie O’Leary, Cecil Reniche-Smith and Alice Bartelt.

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The firm of Dunn Carney and attorneys Tom Tongue, Gil Parker and Ken Antell are recognized by Chambers USA in its 2005 Listing of America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Chambers USA acknowledged the commercial litigation team and ranked Tongue as one of the top seven litigators in the state. In real estate, the firm was ranked among the top five in the state and attorneys Parker and Antell are recognized as top-ranked real estate attorneys.

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The OSB Workers’ Compensation Section bestowed its highest award, the Douglas W. Daughtry Award of Merit, to Chess R. Trethewy, a senior partner at Garrett, Hemann, Robertson, Jennings, Comstock & Trethewy, during the group’s annual meeting at Salishan Lodge on May 20. This award is given in recognition of a section member’s commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and willing adherence to the highest ethical standards, while making outstanding contributions to the section and the hearings process.

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Leonard DuBoff of The DuBoff Law Group will be participating in an online seminar conducted by the U.S. Copyright Office for educators throughout the U.S. and Canada, dealing with the copyright issues to be considered in distance learning. DuBoff will also participate in the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, which will take place in late October in Orlando.

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Catherine S. Travis has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to serve on the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) board. Travis, an attorney at Lane Powell, has more than 20 years experience in business reorganizations, workouts, debtor-creditor and bankruptcy law, and more than 10 years experience as a commercial arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. From May 2004 to 2005, Travis served as president of both the ACLU of Oregon board and ACLU Foundation of Oregon board, and is currently a member of the ACLU’s lawyers’ committee and a member of the Equity Foundation board.

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Sonja L. Henning, an attorney in Tonkon Torp’s labor and employment practice, has been elected to the Portland School Board. Henning won her election in a landslide with over 70 percent of the vote. Henning is a former professional basketball player. She earned her J.D. at Duke Law School.

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Bridget Bailey Nisley and Eric J. Nisley announce the opening of their winery and tasting room in The Dalles. Dry Hollow Vineyards offers five different varieties, including estate Merlot and Syrah. Check them out at www.dryhollowvineyards.com.

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Bullivant Houser Bailey announces that the firm and five of its shareholders have been selected as premier commercial litigation and employment attorneys in the latest edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2005). Five Bullivant attorneys noted as leaders in their field include: Stephen English, Douglas Houser, David Ernst, Richard Whittemore and Chrys Martin.

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Chambers & Partners has rated Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf first for commercial litigation in Oregon. Shareholders David Markowitz and Peter Glade were listed as leaders in their field, with Markowitz cited as one of two top litigators in the state.

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Shawn N. Menashe has been selected as the 2005-2006 chair of the ABA’s Family Law Section of the Young Lawyers Division. His term will commence following adjournment of the ABA’s 2005 annual meeting in August. Menashe previously served as vice chair of this section.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt continues to rank in the top five most admired law firms in the Portland metropolitan area, according to a national survey by Corporate Board Member magazine. Corporate Board Member’s fifth annual survey asked 1,229 directors to select the law firms they most admire in 25 metropolitan areas around the U.S. Schwabe has ranked among the top five Portland area firms for five years running.


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