Oregon State Bar Bulletin — DECEMBER 2006
Among Ourselves

Valerie Athena Tomasi has been selected as one of Oregon Business magazine’s 50 Great Leaders for 2007. Tomasi, a shareholder at Farleigh Witt since January 1990, was elected president and managing shareholder of the firm in December 2000. She is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and co-chairs the Multnomah County Bar Association Managing Partner Round Table. She has chaired the pro bono subcommittee of the OSB’s Debtor-Creditor Section since 1993.

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Jill A. Tanner, the presiding magistrate of the magistrate division of the Oregon Tax Court, is the recipient of the 2006 Lawrence Lasser Award. It was presented at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Tax Court Judges. The award is presented to a person whose service to the public in dispute resolution in tax matters warrants special recognition. Tanner has been the presiding magistrate of the Oregon Tax Court since 2002, and also serves as an officer of the Mary Leonard Law Society and on the Board of Bar Examiners.

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Buckley LeChevallier shareholder Kay Abramowitz has been elected to the board of trustees for the Albertina Kerr Centers Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists children with emotional, mental and behavioral issues, and those with developmental disabilities. She is also a board member of the Artists Repertory Theatre.

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The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association has elected Elvia Aguilar of Elvia Aguilar, P.C., to its board of directors. Aguilar joins: Kevin Díaz, incoming president, staff attorney of N.W. Justice Project; Aukjen T. Ingraham, incoming vice president, of Cosgrave Vergeer Kester; Susan Felstiner, incoming treasurer, of Cable, Huston, Benedict, Haagensen & Lloyd; Judith A. Parker, incoming secretary, of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Román Hernández of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Marisol McAllister of Ball Janik and Antonio Gonzalez of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic.

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Alan S. Larsen, a senior intelligence service officer in the CIA, and general counsel to the inspector general of the National Reconnaissance Office, recently represented the United States as delegate to the International Intelligence Review Agencies conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The subject of the conference was "Balancing National Security and Constitutional Principles within a Democracy." The South African hosts, only 12 years removed from throwing off their apartheid government, reminded the more-established democracies that it is the tough times, when some argue special concessions are needed, is precisely when adhering to a democracy’s constitutional principles is most important. It was, he says, akin to being in a room in the United States in about 1790 with the likes of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall, and having them ask, "Now that we have this piece of paper we call a constitution, what are we going to do about it?"

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The Deschutes County Bar Association has elected new officers and directors for 2006-07. Alycia N. Sykora of Edwards Law Offices, is president. Laura Craska Cooper of Ball Janik is vice president. T.J. Spear of the Deschutes County District Attorney’s office serves as secretary. Christopher Bell, assistant county counsel, is treasurer. Alison G. Hohengarten of Pahlisch Homes is immediate past-president.

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Daniel F. Knox (pictured) of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and Richard C. Busse of Busse & Hunt became fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers during the recent 2006 annual meeting of the college in London, England. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship.

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Stoel Rives associate Saskia de Boer received a Light a Fire Award from Portland Monthly magazine and the Oregon Community Foundation. She was honored as an "Extraordinary Board Member Under 35" for her work on the Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette board and her efforts to get more young professionals involved with non-profit organizations. De Boer’s practice focuses on tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, tax planning, estate planning and administration. She provides pro bono legal services through the Multnomah County Legal Aid Services clinic co-managed by Stoel Rives.

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Jason Wilson-Aguilar was recently elected to the board of directors of Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS), a non-profit community organization in Seattle formed to empower consumers to take control of their financial situations. Through education and training, CENTS assists consumers to improve their financial situations and prevent, or overcome, serious money issues. Wilson-Aguilar practices bankruptcy law in Oregon and Washington with the Routh Crabtree Olsen firm.

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Don Haagensen of Cable, Huston, Benedict, Haagensen & Lloyd has been elected chair of the governing board of the Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries. The board is the five-member policy and rulemaking body for the department, responsible for developing a geologic understanding of natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods and volcanic eruptions and for regulating mineral development in Oregon.

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