Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2006
Among Ourselves

The Multnomah Bar Association recently elected new officers and directors. Officers serve for one year and directors for four. Terms began July 1. Peter H. Glade has become MBA president. He is with the litigation firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf and has been a member of the MBA board since 2003. Thomas W. Brown was elected president-elect. He is the managing partner of Cosgrave Vergeer Kester. David A. Ernst has been elected secretary. He is the president of Bullivant Houser Bailey, responsible for the overall operation of the firm’s six west coast offices. J. Michael Dwyer is treasurer. He is a partner with Dwyer & Miller. New directors are Jeff Crawford, OSB Professional Liability Fund; Scott Howard, Kivel & Howard; Leslie Kay, Multnomah County Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Continuing as MBA directors are past-president Kelly T. Hagan, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Michael H. Bloom, attorney at law; Christine M. Meadows, Jordan Schrader; Nancie K. Potter, Foster Pepper Tooze; Agnes Sowle, Multnomah county attorney; and Diana I. Stuart, Goldberg, Mechanic et al.

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The Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section recently elected new officers and board members. The new president is Catherine Brinkman, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; president-elect, David I. Bean, Meyer & Wyse; secretary, Cally Warfield, Hoffman, Hart & Wagner; and treasurer, Anne E. Koch, Motschenbacher & Blattner. New directors are Katie A. Lane, Multnomah County Attorney’s office; Andrew M. Schpak, Barran Liebman; and Kelly A. Struhs, Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shlachter. Continuing as directors are: Gregory W. Levinson, Elzinga & Associates; John Belknap, judicial clerk to the Hon. Eric J. Bloch and Emily M. Nazarov, judicial clerk to the Hon. Paul Papak. Eric Waxler, Zipse, Elkins & Mitchell, serves as immediate past-president.

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Miller Nash attorney Teresa Pearson has received national certification in business bankruptcy law from the American Board of Certification. She joins fellow partners David W. Hercher and John Casey Mills of the Portland office in this designation.

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The Hon. Dale R. Koch, presiding judge of the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, was installed as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges during the organization’s annual conference in July, held in Milwaukee, Wis. Koch was first elected to the board of trustees in 1998 and has served as an officer since 2003.

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Portland attorney Vincent P. Cacciottoli has earned the national distinction of being elected a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Of the 287 fellows nationally, four, including Cacciottoli, are currently actively practicing in Oregon.

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Portland attorney and mediator, Jeffrey P. Foote, was recently recognized as a Champion of Justice by the TLPJ Foundation. The organization’s highest honor was presented at the TLPJ Foundation dinner on July 18, in Seattle. The TLPJ Foundation supports the work of Trial Lawyers For Public Justice, a national public interest law firm. Foote, a former president and long-time board member of the foundation, was recognized for his years of commitment to the organization and for his contributions to the public interest.

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Joshua Marquis, just re-elected to a fourth term as Clatsop County district attorney, was given the "William J. Shafer III Award" by the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation (AGACL) at their annual conference in early August in San Diego. The award is given to one person annually by the national group of lawyers involved in both trial and appellate prosecution of capital cases. Marquis’ work on the subject of innocence and the death penalty was cited repeatedly by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his recent concurring opinion in Kansas vs. Marsh decided June 26, 2006.

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Black Helterline partner David R. Simon has been re-elected to his third consecutive term as chair of the AMT, Tax Accounting and State and Local Tax Issues Affecting Agricultural Cooperatives subcommittee of the Law, Tax and Accounting Committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. He has also participated for two years as an appointed observer on the drafting committee of the Uniform Cooperative Association Act, currently being written and critiqued by the National Council of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). Simon is the 2006 chair of the OSB Diversity Section and serves as a member of the OSB Affirmative Action Committee.

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Betty Roberts, the first woman to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court and on the Oregon Court of Appeals, was one of five women lawyers honored at the ABA Annual Meeting in Honolulu. The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards were presented by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession. The awards recognize outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their areas of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. Margaret Brent was the first woman lawyer in America, having arrived in the colonies in 1638. Previous winners of the award include justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Laura Caldera Taylor, an associate in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office, has been elected secretary of the Oregon Women Lawyers executive committee. Her term runs May 2006 to April 2007. She has served as a board member since 2005.

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Oregon Advocacy Center staff attorney Julene (Julie) Anderson was recently given a Pioneer Award by Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. She received the award for her work in helping to make elections more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Lewis & Clark law professor Bob Miller has written a new book entitled "Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny." The book shows how the American colonies, states and the federal government adopted the international law doctrine of discovery that had governed European exploration and conquest in the New World. He also proves that Manifest Destiny arose from the identical legal elements and policies of the doctrine and discusses how the Eurocentric, religious and feudal principles of discovery were adopted into American law and policy for westward expansion.

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Tamara Russell, a partner at Miller Nash, has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to serve as a management/employer representative on the Oregon Employment Department Advisory Council for a two-year term. The council assists the director of the employment agency by analyzing various policy and legislative matters involving unemployment benefits and employment in general throughout the state.

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The Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) of the American Bar Association has elected OSB member and Fennemore Craig attorney Lauren (Larry) J. Caster chair of the 10,000-member section for 2006-07. SEER is the premier forum for strategies and information for environmental, energy and resources lawyers. It tracks trends in those areas, including court and administrative decisions, legislative initiatives and enforcement actions. Caster is a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Fennemore Craig. He counsels clients on water and related natural resource issues. He represents clients in general stream adjudications and interstate stream conflicts.

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The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has elected new officers for the 2006-2007: John Connors (pictured), Metropolitan Pubic Defenders office in Portland, president; Hugh Duvall, Clark & Duvall, Eugene, vice president; and Ellen Pitcher, Federal Public Defenders office in Portland, secretary.

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The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association has named Eugene attorney Derek Johnson of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller as president for the 2006-07 membership year. OTLA membership also selected these new officers, all from the Portland area: Stephen Hendricks of Hendricks & Whitney-Smith as president-elect; Don Jacobs of the Northwest Injury Center as secretary/treasurer and Dana Sullivan of McKanna Bishop Joffe & Sullivan as parliamentarian. The OTLA board also welcomes new members Kelly Andersen of Medford, and Portlanders Robert Beatty-Walters and John Coletti III.

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Clifford J. Villa, assistant regional counsel with the U.S. EPA Region 10 in Seattle, has joined the faculty of Seattle University School of Law as an adjunct professor. For the fall semester 2006, Villa is teaching an upper-division seminar on environmental enforcement.


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