Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2005


Among Ourselves

Gresham immigration attorney Samuel W. Asbury was recently awarded a diploma and a master of strategic studies degree from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

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Angel Lopez, partner of Squires & Lopez, was honored in June at his 30-year college reunion with the Occidental College Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Past president of the OSB, Lopez remains active in issues dealing with diversity, judicial independence and funding for indigent defense. He is a criminal defense practitioner with a practice that emphasizes in criminal defense and plaintiffs personal injury for both English- and Spanish-speaking clients.

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Edward J. Sullivan, an owner in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office, was elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation in August. In his role as fellow, Sullivan will participate in authorizing and reviewing studies on the role of law in American society. Sullivan has more than 35 years of experience in matters involving planning, administrative and municipal law. He has represented developers, opposition and local governments on a variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects across the Northwest. Sullivan has edited all five editions of the Oregon State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education publications on land use and has written numerous law review articles on land use and administrative law.

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The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association named its new officers for 2005-2006: Jim Egan of Kryger Alexander, Egan, Elmer & Carlson in Albany is president; Derek Johnson of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller in Eugene is president-elect; Stephen Hendricks of Hendricks & Whitney-Smith in Portland is secretary/treasurer; Don Jacobs of the N.W. Injury Law Center in Vancouver is parliamentarian. The membership also elected three new members to the OTLA Board of Governors: Jim Nelson of Nelson & MacNeil in Albany, David Rees of Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shlachter in Portland and Tim Williams of Roy Dwyer Attorney in Bend.

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Newport attorney Bill Barton, who has earned a national reputation for advocating on behalf of sex-abuse victims against powerful institutions such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church, has been named as the 2005 Distinguished Trial Lawyer by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. The organization also selected Alan Graf and a team of attorneys at the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center to receive the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award. They are honored for challenging the overly aggressive actions of the Portland police in pepper-spraying peaceful demonstrators in 2002 and 2003, and for encouraging changes in police practices.

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Jonathan A. Levy of Cavanaugh Levy Twist was recognized by his peers as co-winner in the estate planning and administration category in the Portland Business Journal’s "Best of the bar" survey.

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Tonkon Torp has been honored with a Standard of Excellence WebAward for 2005 for its newly designed website, www.tonkon.com. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in website development. The award was presented by the Web Marketing Association (WMA), which sponsors an annual, international competition that this year drew 2,100 entries from 33 countries. According to the WMA, the WebAward recognizes the standard of excellence for which all corporate websites should strive. Entries are judged on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use.

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Bend attorney Jim Noteboom recently returned from Mozambique, where he served as an instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies during a week-long seminar on legal and ethical concerns in public agencies. Twenty-five representatives from the Mozambique military and Ministry of Defense participated in the seminar as a part of Mozambique’s effort to deal with corruption in government. Mozambique, emerging from a civil war, is one of the world’s poorest countries but has one of the highest economic growth rates in Africa.

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Paul R. Frisch, Oregon Medical Association’s general counsel, recently co-authored a book entitled, Adverse Events, Stress and Litigation: A Physician’s Guide. Oxford University Press is the publisher. Adverse Events explores human reactions to adverse medical events and the lawsuits that result from them. Using interviews with real life physician and public defendants (e.g., Mike Wallace, Norman Mailer and Saul Bellow) to guide clinicians through the personal experience of litigation, the book prepares physicians and other health care professionals to face the emotional rigors and challenges of being a defendant.

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Jay Fountain is serving a second term as director of the Association for Corporate Growth. The organization, whose website is www.acg.org, is a leading authority on corporate growth.

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Schwabe shareholder and trial attorney Joe Willis has been appointed to chair a 10-member drafting committee on the Uniform Act for the Misuse of Genetic Information, in the areas of employment and insurance. The committee was appointed by the president of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Willis has worked toward uniform state laws related to the Model Termination of Employment Act, the Uniform Punitive Damage Act, the Uniform Rules of Evidence and the Uniform Child Witness Testimony by Alternative Methods Act.


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