Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2006


Among Ourselves

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerome LaBarre has been re-appointed chair of the ADR Committee of the ABA Judicial Division National Conference of State Court Trial Judges. The ADR committee focuses on judicial settlement conferences and court-mandated ADR approaches to resolving litigation. Judge LaBarre is also the representative of the judicial division to the ABA Special Committee on Bio-Ethics and The Law and one of Oregon’s two delegates to the ABA’s judicial division.

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Perkins Coie partner Tom Lindley has been elected to serve a second term as president for SOLV, a non-profit organization that brings together government agencies, businesses and citizen volunteers in programs and projects that enhance the livability of Oregon. Lindley also recently received the 2005 Environmental Excellence Award from Associated Oregon Industries (AOI). It is the highest business environmental award in the state, which annually recognizes someone’s a career-long dedication to Oregon’s environmental legacy.

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Richard J. Whittemore, a shareholder with Bullivant Houser Bailey, has been named president of the 2006 board of directors of the University Club of Portland. He is the former chair of the firm’s general litigation group, and currently chairs the firm’s estate planning and wealth management group.

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Peter A. Meyers, an associate with the Portland labor, employment and employee benefits firm of Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson, has been named Oregon director of the Draft Mark Warner Campaign, a grass-roots effort to introduce the Virginia governor to the people of Oregon and encourage him to run for president in 2008. Meyers had a small role in organizing support for Washington attorney general Rob McKenna’s successful 2004 election campaign.

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Aukjen T. Ingraham has been appointed to the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Ingraham, an associate at Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, joins president Susan Felstiner, vice president Roman Hernandez, secretary Marisol Ricoy and treasurer Kevin Diaz.

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Conrad G. Hutterli was honored for his service as editor of the Family Law newsletter by the Family Law Section of the OSB at its annual conference last October. He had served as editor for over 15 years until stepping down in 2005.

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Kensington Publishing is bringing out a paperback version of William Benedetto’s "Sailing Into the Abyss, A True Story of Extreme Heroism on the High Seas." The author, a retired Wilsonville attorney, reports that the paperback will be available at bookstores and websites in March.

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The 2006 Queen’s Bench board is as follows: president: Barbara Smythe; immediate past-president: Shari Gregory; vice president: Nicole DeFever; secretary: Camille Tourje; treasurer: Marja Selmann; OWLS board representative: Dana Forman; members at large: Hon. Traci Kirkpatrick, Sarah Krick, Kristin Sterling, Hon. Julia Philbrook and Barbara Fredericks.

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Garvey Schubert Barer attorney Larry J. Brant has been elected to the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Tax Section for 2006. Brant is an owner in the firm’s Portland office and is the chair of the firm’s tax and benefits practice group and co-chair of the firm’s business practice group.

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Paul R. Hribernick, a partner with Black Helterline, is a contributing author to the Immigration Practice Toolbox, released in December 2005 by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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David R. Simon, a partner with Black Helterline, has been elected 2006 chair of the OSB Diversity Section. In addition, he serves as the section’s liaison to the OSB Affirmative Action committee, which supports and implements the OSB’s Affirmative Action Program.

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The 2006 officers of the Clackamas County Bar Association are: president: Kristen S. David (pictured); vice president: John S. Foote; treasurer: Greg Oliveros; secretary: Rhett Bernstein; and golf commissioner: Larry Peterson. The CCBA’s new website is www. clackamas-bar.org.

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Bend attorney H. Robert Hamilton, who for 22 years was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Oregon Dept. of Justice’s organized crime section, was recently elected chair of the Oregon Boxing and Wrestling Commission. The commission, working in concert with the Oregon State Police, regulates professional boxing, professional mixed martial arts and entertainment wrestling in the state.

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Leonard DuBoff was the keynote speaker at the annual Powwow for the First People’s Fund held in Rapid City, S.D., in December 2005. During this presentation, which honored a number of Native American tribal leaders from all over the United States and featured the new council chief for the Lakota people, DuBoff, a member of the Native American Bar Association, analyzed American jurisprudence, including business and intellectual property laws as they apply in Indian country.

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The University of Oregon School of Law’s 2006 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service goes to Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Clifford Freeman. Freeman has devoted his career to breaking the fall of Oregon’s most troubled citizens and helping those who strive against tough odds. He will be honored at a banquet at on Friday, April 21 at the Embassy Suites in Portland. The award is given each year by the University of Oregon Law Alumni Association to a UO law graduate, faculty member or friend whose public service brings honor to the school.

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John McGuigan was elected chair of the board of directors of the La Salle High School Educational Foundation. McGuigan, a member of La Salle’s Class of 1972 , joined in the board in 2003. He is a partner at Black Helterline and also chairs the business and corporate practice at the firm.

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Jody Stahancyk, president and senior shareholder of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook, was a featured guest on KATU’s AM Northwest on Jan. 25, speaking about the topic "How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Divorce." Stahancyk was the teaser for the 2006 Women of Strength; Women in Transition Conference in which she was a presenter. The February conference was organized by the Samaritan Counseling Center (www.sccpdx.org).

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Stoel Rives attorney Eric Grasberger has been elected to chair Oregon’s recently formed Construction Claims Task Force. He was appointed to the task force by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and was elected chair by the task force members. The group will study the relationship among construction liability claims, construction industry practices, construction defects, consumer protection and state-mandated liability insurance requirements for contractors in Oregon.


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