Oregon State Bar Bulletin JANUARY 2007
Among Ourselves

Richard Vangelisti has been selected to serve as a 9th Circuit representative for a three-year term. Vangelisti is a partner in Vangelisti Kocher, a plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Portland.

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Stoel Rives partner Ruth Beyer was recently honored with an Award of Merit from the Multnomah Bar Association for her service to the MBA, the Multnomah Bar Foundation and Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger. During the past decade, Beyer has served as MBA president, MBA board member, chair of the executive search committee and chair of the Managing Partners Roundtable. She is currently a director of the Multnomah Bar Foundation, which helps fund a free child-care facility at the Multnomah County Courthouse. Beyer has also served as: trustee of the Oregon Law Foundation and the Oregon State University Foundation; chair of the Marylhurst University board of trustees; member of the advisory committee of Clackamas Women’s Services and co-founder of the OSU Women’s Giving Circle.

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Bateman Seidel associate Travis W. Hall was a featured speaker at Amnesty International’s Midwest and Northeast regional conferences in October and November. The former U.S. Army interrogator and JAG officer spoke against the use of abuse and torture during interrogation of those detained in U.S. custody.

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At the recent annual meeting of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Chrys A. Martin, shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland, was named chair of the Law Institute for the 22,000-member organization. As chair, Martin is responsible for the creation and direction of seminars and continuing legal education programs for the nation’s largest organization of defense trial lawyers. Martin focuses her practice on discrimination, discipline, discharge, harassment, wage and hour, union negotiations, employee contracts and benefits, ERISA, fiduciary liability, confidentiality agreements and selected litigation.

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Garvey Schubert Barer’s Samuel C. Kauffman and Robert C. Weaver Jr. were among the 13 Oregon attorneys honored Nov. 9, 2006, by the Portland chapter of the American Jewish Committee’s annual Judge Learned Hand Award. This year’s recipients were presented the award for their commitment to defending those held in illegal detention at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.

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Edward J. Sullivan, an owner in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office, has been named chair of the ABA Section on State and Local Government Law for 2006-2007. He has also been appointed to both the international committee and awards committee of the International Municipal Lawyers Association for 2007.

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Michael R. O’Connor, an owner in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office, has joined the University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association board.

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Evans Van Buren has been elected board chair of Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette. PPCW is the largest single provider of family planning health services in Oregon, serving over 56,000 patients in 10 health centers each year.

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Lane Powell shareholder Jonathan M. Norling completed the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program and is an accredited LEED professional, one of the few such attorneys in the U.S. The LEED Green Building Rating System is nationally accepted as a benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance "green" buildings, and promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. 


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