Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2007
Among Ourselves

John Shickich, vice president of franchise development for Café Yumm! based in Eugene, was recognized as a certified franchise executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives during its recent annual convention. Shickich received this honor after completing a comprehensive course of study in franchise management over the course of several years.

Leonard DuBoff has agreed to revise the casebook entitled Art Law: Cases and Materials (William S. Hein & Co.) he wrote with professors Michael Murray of the University of Illinois College of Law and Sherri L. Burr of the School of Law, University of New Mexico. The second edition of that casebook is scheduled to be released in Spring 2008.

The Clackamas County Bar Association is headed this year by two Lake Oswego residents, John Foote, president, and Peter Glazer, vice president. Foote is the Clackamas County district attorney, based in Oregon City. Glazer is a trial lawyer handling personal injury and divorce matters whose office is on Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. The other 2007 officers are Kathryn Villa-Smith, secretary, and Bruce Shepley, treasurer. Shepley is a lawyer with an office in Oregon City who also serves part-time as the Lake Oswego municipal judge.

The Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF) recently elected new officers and board directors. Jeffrey S. Matthews, Yates, Matthews & Eaton was re-elected president; Katherine O’Neil, Graff & O’Neil, was elected vice president; Catherine Brinkman, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, secretary and Lynn T. Nagasako, Oregon Department of Justice, treasurer. New directors are: Maya Crawford, Lewis & Clark Law School; Kelly T. Hagan, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; and Simeon D. Rapoport, Standard Insurance Co.; Ruth A. Beyer, Stoel Rives; David A. Ernst, Bullivant Houser Bailey; Michael A. Greene, Rosenthal & Greene; Adrienne Nelson, Multnomah County Circuit Court and Sylvia Stevens, Oregon State Bar, are continuing on as directors.

Trung D. Tu, a litigation and appellate associate at McEwen Gisvold, was recently named as one of the Portland Business Journal’s "Forty Under 40" for 2007. Trung and the other 39 award winners were selected based on their professional accomplishments, community involvement and professional recognition.

Victor Kisch, a principal in Stoel Rives, was recently elected as the Portland Classical Chinese Garden’s board chair for 2007-08. Kisch is the co-chair of Stoel Rives’ Labor and Employment practice group. Kisch has been recognized as a leading labor and employment attorney by clients and peers in national guides such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and Martindale-Hubbell (AV rating).

Karey A. Schoenfeld of Vancouver has been elected 2007-08 chair-elect of the OSCPA. Schoenfeld is an attorney with Ferguson & Schoenfeld in Vancouver. The OSCPA is a professional association for Oregon CPAs, with more than 4,600 members.

Edward Reeves, a principal in Stoel Rives, has received the 2007 Torchbearer Award from the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). The Torchbearer Award is presented annually to a person or organization that has made a major contribution of hours, resources or volunteers to CAP and a major contribution to the field of HIV/AIDS education and advocacy. Reeves was honored for his 21 years of service to CAP and his long history of HIV/AIDS pro bono work. In the 1980s, Reeves led a legal team that provided pro bono representation on a precedent-setting case involving an HIV-positive individual who had been denied health care benefits by his employer because of his HIV status.

Davis Wright Tremaine partner Ron Cai has received the "Distinguished Business Law Graduate" honor from Lewis & Clark Law School. The business law faculty presented Cai with the award at the recent 12th annual Spring luncheon. Cai, who graduated with honors from the Lewis & Clark Law School in 1990, is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Shanghai, China office and has been practicing international law with a focus on foreign investment in China with the firm for the past seven years.

Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler was recently certified as a "BlueWorks Business" by the Portland Office of Sustainable Development. During the past several years the firm worked to decrease its footprint on the environment by improving its purchasing, recycling and general office practices. Among other things, the firm now purchases 100 percent recycled copy paper, bond paper and envelopes, as well as having a policy to purchase a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content office products. Document reproduction protocols are for double-sided copying and in the past six months, paper consumption was reduced by about 35 percent. In addition, the firm has nearly eliminated disposable dishes, cups and silverware from firm lunches and conferences. It also gives preference to catering companies that minimize packaging materials.

Brad Stanford, a shareholder at Farleigh Witt and co-chair of the firm’s litigation group, was recently selected president of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys, a national association of attorneys who specialize in the defense of ski facilities. Stanford’s practice focuses on business litigation, products liability and insurance defense, with particular expertise in ski area risk management.

Tara Schleicher, a shareholder at Farleigh Witt and chair of the firm’s commercial bankruptcy and insolvency group, recently received national board certification in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. Her practice emphasizes bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

Jennifer Ahlen Carroll was recently named a "Texas Rising Star lawyer," an honor given to the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming attorneys under the age of 40 in Texas. Carroll is currently an attorney with Foreman, DeGeurin and Nugent in Houston. She is a member of the Texas and Oregon state bars and previously worked for Hoevet, Snyder & Boise, the Public Defender Services of Lane County and the Metropolitan Public Defender in Oregon.

Bethany C. Graham, an associate at the Bend office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received recognition from Cascade Business News as one of central Oregon’s 2007 "Accomplished Under 40" leaders. The award is granted to business and civic professionals under 40 years of age who show a commitment to the community and significant accomplishments in their career.

Mark Manulik, a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and chair of the firm’s real estate practice group, recently took office as president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, an honorary organization of approximately 400 real estate lending attorneys from the U.S. and Canada. Manulik has taken leadership roles in a number of organizations, including the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Ainsworth Foundation, the Lincoln Foundation and the YMCA Sacajawea Nation.

Recognized community leader Román Hernández has been elected national vice president of programs for the Hispanic National Bar Association. He was promoted to the post from his previous position as one of 19 regional presidents for the organization. Hernández was also recently promoted from associate to shareholder at Schwabe.

Alejandro G. Tosi, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, has been named chairman of the Hacienda Community Development Corp. board of directors. Hacienda CDC is a non-profit organization that addresses the affordable housing needs of low-income Latino families living in Oregon. An associate at Schwabe since 2004, Tosi currently focuses his practice on international business and environmental law.

Carrie M. Wood, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, has been elected to the Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon board of directors. The organization assists women-owned businesses by providing access to professional educators, mentoring opportunities and other professional resources. In her legal practice, Wood focuses on business law.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt announces that Portland shareholder Kelly Hagan has been awarded the U. S. Volleyball Association Junior Volleyball Service Award for a male coach. The award recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to youth and Junior Olympic volleyball. While attending law school and during his first few years as a lawyer, Hagan competed for the University of Oregon men’s club team and in Amateur Athletic Union competition. After a hiatus of more than 15 years, he returned to volleyball as a coach for the Catholic Youth Organization of Portland, where his teams played for the city championship two years running. He currently chairs the Multnomah Athletic Club’s volleyball committee and is club director for MAC juniors volleyball.

C. Kent Roberts, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was elected to a three-year membership term on the board of directors for the Maritime Law Association of the United States. A position on the organization’s board is one the most coveted positions in the maritime legal community. Roberts’ legal practice emphasizes representation of closely held businesses and maritime industry clients, particularly vessel operating companies, shipyards and ports. He is a frequent lecturer on maritime industry issues and has taught Admiralty and Maritime Law since 1989 as an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem.

Christopher Ambrose of Ambrose Law Group, with offices in Portland and Bend, has been named president of the Oregon Mortgage Lenders Association. OMLA is the Oregon affiliate of the national Mortgage Bankers Association. Its membership includes banks, mortgage bankers and brokers, and real estate finance support institutions. Ambrose Law Group is a business and real estate law firm that particularly specializes in real estate finance and development.

Jonathan Ater, a founding partner of Ater Wynne and chair of the firm’s health law group, has been awarded a presidential citation by the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland. The citation recognizes his efforts and personal commitment in promoting the best environment in which to care for patients. Ater has served as general counsel and policy adviser to the society since 1989, and has also served as vice chair of the Oregon Health Policy Commission and as co-chair of the governor’s 2004 Mental Health Task Force.

Pamela Jacklin, a principal in the law firm Stoel Rives, recently received a 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation for her community service. Portland Mayor Tom Potter presented the award to Jacklin and her husband, Leonard Girard, at WAF’s 22nd annual "Keep Alive the Dream" tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jacklin was honored for her many years of volunteer work with a variety of organizations. Her numerous community service contributions in Oregon include co-founding the I Have a Dream Foundation of Oregon, serving on its board of directors and sponsoring its first project, an educational enhancement and scholarship program for at-risk youth. Over the years, Jacklin has also served as a founding director of Friends of the West Women’s Shelter, a volunteer attorney on the Lawyers Committee of the ACLU of Oregon, an Advisory Committee member for the Northwest Women’s Law Center and National Women’s Law Center, past chair of the Multnomah County Bar Association Committee on the Status of Women and past chair of the Oregon Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship Trust. Jacklin is currently working with colleagues in the Netherlands to start a new nonprofit called "Sisters in Law" to support and develop African women lawyers who will work for legal and social changes advancing women in Sierra Leone.

Rod Wegener, the Oregon State Bar’s chief financial officer, takes the office of president-elect of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) this August. Wegener then assumes the president position in August 2008. He was elected to the NABE board of directors in 2002. NABE is affiliated with the Division of Bar Services of the ABA and is the membership association of 642 bar executive directors, senior management and program directors of 200 state, local and specialty bar associations in the U.S.

Jason E. Whitehead has earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California. His dissertation is entitled "A Government of Words: The Social Practice of Judging in a Rule-of-Law System." It analyzes the relationship between judicial attitudes and the rule of law, and it investigates the attitudes of federal and state appellate judges in three states. Whitehead has accepted a position as an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Long Beach, where he has been lecturing for the last two years.


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