Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2006


Among Ourselves

U.S. Sens. Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden and the Campaign for Equal Justice recently presented Stoel Rives member Henry Hewitt an award for his support of legal services for the poor and his 15 years as leader of the Campaign for Equal Justice Board. Hewitt, a founding member of the organization in 1991, is the first to receive the "Henry H. Hewitt Access to Justice Award." He was recognized for his leadership, consistent efforts and commitment to the ideal of equal justice under the law and his substantial contributions to legal aid for low-income Oregonians.

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The International Society of Barristers has inducted N. Robert Stoll of Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shlachter into its membership. Membership is by invitation only to a few prominent, experienced trial lawyers in North America.

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Eugene attorney C. Michael Arnold was recently appointed to the Creswell School Board. He will serve out the term through July 1, 2007 and seek election in the May 2007 primary. Arnold worked as a substitute teacher in northern Missouri, and he has helped organized the Eugene Rugby Club as an alternative to traditional high school athletics.

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Perkins Coie partner Mark Whitlow has been re-appointed as chair of the Oregon State Government Relations Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers. In this role he will continue to coordinate state and national legislative issues and activities affecting the shopping center industry.

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Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson and Hook was named the winner of the 2005 Better Business Bureau Large Business of the Year award for Oregon and Southwest Washington. The award is based on excellence in four categories: integrity, customer service, innovative business practices and community involvement.

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St. Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC) announces that Matthew A. Levin and Robert J. Neuberger have joined the board of directors. Both will serve two-year terms. In addition, David A. Bledsoe has been named chair of the board for 2006. Levin is a shareholder with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf in Portland. Neuberger has been practicing law in Oregon since 1980, specializing in professional malpractice, product liability, admiralty & maritime and personal injury law. Bledsoe is a partner at Perkins Coie and has served on the SALC board of directors since 2001.

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Marger Johnson & McCollom’s new website at www.techlaw.com recently earned first place in the "website" category of the Legal Marketing Association Your Honor Awards. Judges chose Marger Johnson & McCollom’s website, themed "Turning invention into advantage®," for the way the site "focuses attention on their clients’ successes and dramatically demonstrates (the firm’s) role in technological improvement." The website was designed by Greenfield/Belser of Washington, D.C. Marger Johnson & McCollom and Greenfield/Belser also earned a third-place win in the "promotional and collateral material – announcement" category for a written notice of the firm’s recent move to the historic Centennial Building at 210 S.W. Morrison.

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"Who Shot Goldilocks?: How Alan Greenspan Did in Our Jobs, Savings and Retirement Plans," by OSB member William Rutherford, has been awarded the 2005 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Book in the category of Business by the North American Bookdealers Exchange. The author and owner of Rutherford Investment Management in Portland has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg television and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

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Eugene attorney Arthur C. Johnson, founding partner of the law firm Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller, is this year’s annual Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award recipient. The litigation section of the OSB gives its highest award to recognize and honor the member of bar or bench who exemplifies (not simply meets) the standards defined in the Oregon State Bar Statement of Professionalism. The recipient must exhibit an outstanding reputation and be known for his/her professional conduct, leadership activities, service with the bar and community, as well as his/her pro bono service and "role model" qualities. OSB president and litigation section chair Dennis P. Rawlinson of Miller Nash in Portland was among the dignitaries who helped present the award to Johnson.

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Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Clifford Freeman received the 2006 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service at a banquet in Portland on April 21. The Frohnmayer Award is given out yearly to recognize a graduate, faculty member or friend whose public service brings honor to the UO School of Law. Freeman, a Portland native, earned degrees in economics, education and law from the University of Oregon. A circuit court judge since 1996, Freeman was involved at the beginning of Portland’s Community Courts and presided over them from 1998 until 2002. In addition to his extensive legal career, he has been a member of numerous local, state, and national boards and commissions. Freeman is currently Oregon’s only African-American circuit court judge.

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Mark Johnson has been elected to serve as Oregon’s new state delegate to the American Bar Association, succeeding Katherine O’Neil. The state delegate serves as the chair of the delegation and as Oregon’s voice on the ABA’s nominating committee. Johnson is a former president of the OSB and practices family law at Johnson Renshaw & Lechman-Su in Portland.

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The ABA’s Commission on Women will give Betty Roberts a Margaret Brent Award on Sunday, August 6th at the ABA annual meeting in Honolulu.


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