Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2007
Among Ourselves

Bullivant Houser Bailey announces that named shareholder Douglas G. Houser has been appointed to the board of directors of the Beta Theta Pi Foundation. Houser attended Willamette University where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, graduating in 1957. As a board member, Houser is responsible for planning investment and spending strategies, fund raising, donor cultivation and provision of educational grants for Beta Theta Pi chapter housing. Houser is a trial attorney in the Portland office of Bullivant Houser Bailey focusing his practice on insurance coverage disputes.

Stoel Rives has released a new book, The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy. It is the fourth in their series of books aimed at helping foster the development of renewable energy projects and technologies by providing developers, investors and lenders with a general overview of the legal issues encountered in a typical renewable energy project. The first three books in the series — on legal issues relating to wind power, biofuels and geothermal power — are regularly updated and are considered valuable resources in their respective industries. The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy covers a variety of topics, such as project financing, power purchase agreements, corporate structure, siting and permitting, taxes, incentives, construction and energy transmission.

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha Lee Walters has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Uniform Law Commission. Justice Walters is the first woman elected president in the 116-year history of the ULC. The ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states. Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service. Oregon currently has four uniform law commissioners appointed to the ULC: Carl S. Bjerre, Eugene; Lane Shetterly, Dallas; Justice Martha Lee Walters, Salem; and D. Joe Willis, Bend.

The investment firm owned by former Oregon treasurer Bill Rutherford has outperformed 86 percent of other large-cap growth managers over the last five years ending June 30, 2007. Portland-based Rutherford Investment Management was ranked in the top 14 percent of its peer group in 5-year returns, according to Morningstar, an independent financial researcher. Rutherford Investment Management serves high-net-worth clients – individuals, pension and endowment funds – with separately managed accounts (SMAs) tailored to each investor’s risk tolerance, goals and timetable. Rutherford Investment Management is 100 percent owned by William D. Rutherford.

Katherine Huff O’Neil of Graff & O’Neil, has taken office for a three-year term as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, representing Montana, Alaska and Oregon. In her practice O’Neil is a mediator and arbitrator in civil and commercial matters. She is a member of panels of the U.S. Arbitration & Mediation Service, NASD, Oregon Appellate Settlement Conference and the Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Panel. As an ABA member since 1977, O’Neil has served in many roles. She has been a member of the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards; the Latin American Law Initiative Council Advisory Committee; the Bar Services Committee and the Commission on Women in the Profession.

Attorney Dorothy S. Cofield has been elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Cofield is the principal and owner of Cofield Law Office, specializing in land use law in matters such as takings, Measure 37 and urban and rural development appeals. Besides her appointment as board member, Cofield will additionally serve on the development committee.

In May 2007, Kellie Johnson assumed the presidency of Oregon Women Lawyers. A deputy district attorney at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, Johnson has served on the OWLS board for four years. As a member of the OWLS Transformation Committee, she was a catalyst for establishing the annual Workplace Leader Award, which recognizes a legal employer for making a true commitment to helping women and minorities achieve leadership roles in the law. Johnson also serves on the OSB Leadership College advisory board, the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars advisory board and has several other community involvements.

Oregon Women Lawyers announces its new officers and board members for 2007-2008. Kellie Johnson, OWLS’ new president, is a deputy district attorney with Multnomah County. Johnson previously served as vice-president and historian of the board. Laura Caldera Taylor, an associate at Bullivant Houser Bailey, moves from her post as secretary to serving as vice-president/president-elect. Gwyn McAlpine, an associate at Perkins Coie, joins the executive committee as treasurer, and Heather Van Meter comes onto the executive committee as secretary. Van Meter is an associate with Williams Kastner. Alice Bartelt, a retired attorney formerly with SAIF Corporation, continues with the executive committee as historian. In addition, OWLS announces its new board members: Cashauna Hill and Julia Markley from Portland; Kathleen Hansa Rastetter from Oregon City; Heather Weigler from Lake Oswego and Jane Yates from Eugene. Continuing on the board are Sally Anderson-Hansell (Hermiston), Nancy Cook (Roseburg), Nicole DeFever (Portland), Dana Forman (Salem), Bethany Graham (Bend), Shari Gregory (Portland), Leslie W. O’Leary (Portland), Hon. Adrienne Nelson (Portland), Concetta Schwesinger (Portland), Cathey Susman (Eugene) and Hon. Katherine Tennyson from Portland.

Rob Shlachter, a named shareholder at the Portland firm of Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter, has recently been re-appointed as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. Previously, Shlachter was a board member (1992-2004) and served as president (2001-2003). Active in the Jewish community, Shlachter serves on various other boards such as Hillel International and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. He has served on the Oregon Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee since 2004. Recently, Shlachter was also recently appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to a four-year term on the Oregon Commission on Children and Families.

Jane Paulson, a partner at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys, has been invited to join the Portland Habitat for Humanity board. Portland Habitat provides a hand up, not a hand out for families who qualify for homes with each family having to put in 500 sweat equity hours for a home. When Paulson was president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association from 2005 to 2006, she was instrumental in raising money from individual Oregon trial lawyers to help pay for one-half of the Chanocua family’s home. Portland Habitat is always seeking volunteers and donations of money, land or labor. For more information go to www.pdxhabitat.org.

John D. Russell has received a Texnikoi Outstanding Alumnus Award from Ohio State’s College of Engineering. Russell received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1994 and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in 2000, both from Ohio State. He is a founding partner of the intellectual property law firm of Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle. In its first year, 2005, it achieved the status of the largest new intellectual property law firm in the country. Russell holds a law degree from the University of Michigan.

The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has elected new officers for the 2007-2008 membership year. They are: president, Gordon Mallon (top) of Burns; vice president, Gregory J. Hazarabedian (middle), Public Defender Services of Lane County, Eugene; secretary, Joseph G. Maier (bottom), Southern Oregon Public Defender, Grants Pass.


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