Oregon State Bar Bulletin — AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007
Among Ourselves

Garvey Schubert Barer owner Michael O’Connor was co-chair of Cascade AIDS Project’s successful 17th Annual Art Auction and Evening held May 12. O’Connor has devoted countless hours over the last nine months to the event, which raised the highest amount in its 17-year history. In addition to being a producing sponsor of the event, the firm Garvey Schubert Barer dedicates hundreds of pro bono hours of legal work serving as legal counsel to CAP. Attorneys Richard Baroway and Michael Ratoza also assist the organization with pro bono efforts.

The Hon. Laurence A. Cushing, now retired from the Josephine County Circuit Court, has just published his first novel. Bittersweet Canyon is an adventure/love story set in the Eastern Oregon ranchlands where Cushing was born and raised. The book sells for $24.99. Contact him at 715 N.E. Oregon Ave., Grants Pass, OR 97526; phone: (541) 479-5137; or e-mail at bittersweetcanyon@msn.com.

Jeffrey Bird, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, a Portland-based non-profit organization that works to increase public and private support for arts, heritage and humanities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards recently awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service to Roger Meyer of Portland in recognition of his long and generous service to the council. Meyer, a founder of Meyer & Wyse, has practiced general business, corporate, architectural and construction law for 50 years. Since the late 1970s, Meyer has dedicated a significant portion of his public service career to representing the interests of the architectural profession.

The Foundation For Economic Education, Inc. (Irvington-on-Hudson, New York) published an original essay by Ridgway K. (Dick) Foley Jr. in the May 2007 issue of its monthly journal, The Freeman: Ideas On Liberty. In "Intrusions Great And Small," Foley demonstrates how useless — but seemingly insignificant — laws often lead to seminal assaults upon personal liberty. Foley, of counsel with Greene & Markley, has argued hundreds of state and federal appeals and evaluates prospective appeals and provides other appellate services to counsel.

Lane Powell Shareholder Paul M. Ostroff has been appointed to the human resources committee of the Oregon Council of the AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), a nationwide non-profit trade association that represents all segments of the technology industry. Ostroff provides advice and counsel to employers in all phases of labor and employment law.

John Kaempf, shareholder in Bullivant Houser Bailey, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of Catholic Charities. Kaempf is a trial lawyer whose specialties include defending lawsuits brought against churches and other religious entities, including abuse claims. Since 2006, he has also served on the executive board of Directors for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO/Camp Howard).

Daniel B. Burg of Portland has been elected the second vice-chairman of American Mensa, Ltd., the high IQ society, by the majority vote of American Mensa’s 54,000 members. He is currently a stay-at-home father and intellectual property attorney. In his spare time, he enjoys staying up on current events and playing games such as chess and bridge.

Michael L. Williams, partner at Williams, Love, O’Leary & Powers, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Public Justice Foundation, the country’s largest public interest law firm, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, California.

Tim Hering, an attorney with Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue, has been admitted to the Owen M. Panner Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and the bar.

Dennis Rawlinson has been appointed to serve as a division director for the ABA Litigation Section. Rawlinson will be responsible for eight section committees and some 15,000 lawyers and judges. He was a speaker at the recent ABA annual meeting in San Francisco on the topic, "Point Counterpoint: Practical Advice from Practical Lawyers." It is the sixth time that Rawlinson has been a speaker or moderator at an ABA or section annual meeting.

Doug Dawson and Sheryl W. Dawson were featured artists at the Lawrence Gallery Salishan’s August 2007 exhibit of pastel and acrylic paintings of Oregon landscapes and seascapes. The Dawsons have become regionally recognized
artists who are represented by the Lawrence Galleries in Salishan and Sheridan. They also exhibit regularly at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem. Their paintings have been shown in a number of juried and invitational shows, and are in numerous private, corporate and public collections.

 


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