Among Ourselves

Tara M. Hendison has completed a weeklong course with Cannon Trust School with honors at Nortre Dame University. She is an assistant trust officer with Allen Trust Company.

Portland lawyer Paul R. Hribernick, partner at Black Helterline, has received the 2000 Art Heizenrader Award from the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association. The award was presented at the association's annual meeting in June, granted in recognition of outstanding service in the industry.

The Federal Bar Association of Oregon has elected its officers for 2001-2002: president is Bob Barton, Cosgrave, Vergeer & Kester; president-elect is Nancy Moriarty, Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel; vice president is Kathleen J. Hansa, Cosgrave, Vergeer & Kester; secretary is Katherine Somervell, Bullivant Houser Bailey; treasurer is Jacqueline Tommas; and past president is Greg Miner, Preston, Gates & Ellis. New board of directors elected to serve 2001-2004 are: Michelle A. Blackwell, Hutchinson, Cox, Coons & DuPriest; Marilyn Litzenberger, Bullivant Houser Bailey; Kevin S. O'Scannlain, Hagen, Dye, Hirschy & DiLorenzo; Patricia Sullivan, Corey, Byler, Rew, Lorenzen & Hojem; and Michael L. Williams, Williams, Dailey & O'Leary.

Nelson D. Atkin II of Barran Liebman has been inducted as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Elected by colleagues, fellows represent the highest level of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The sixth installation of fellows was held in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.

The Ad Hoc Committee of Newport, Ore., was honored with the 2001 Public Justice Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association at OTLA's annual convention in Sunriver. OTLA presents the Public Justice Award each year to an individual or group who uses creative litigation and innovative work for the best interests of the community. The Ad Hoc Committee opposed and prevented the local health district's affiliation with Providence Health System. OTLA also honored two individuals for professionalism, service and courage in the civil justice arena, naming Portland attorneys Jeffrey P. Foote and Judy D. Snyderas Distinguished Trial Lawyers for 2001. OTLA presents this award each year to a plaintiff's attorney who has led a distinguished career, exemplified by a deliberate pursuit of justice and high ethical standards. Following passage of the federal 1991 Civil Rights Act, Snyder became one of the first Oregon attorneys to specialize in representing victims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Foote is best known as the lead attorney in McCathern v. Toyota, a case that culminated this year with the Oregon Supreme Court upholding a 1997 Multnomah County jury verdict against the automaker. Linda McCathern is a quadriplegic as the result of an accident in a Toyota 4-Runner. Foote convinced the jury that the 4-Runner was defective because of its tendency to roll over. Soon after the verdict, Foote voluntarily lobbied U.S. and Libyan authorities to allow McCathern to travel to Tripoli, where she was reunited with her two teenage daughters she hadn't seen in nine years.

Portland attorney Rick Yugler has been named president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) for the 2001-2002 membership year. Other new OTLA officers are president-elect Mic Alexander, Salem; secretary-treasurer Kathleen Dailey, Portland; parliamentarian Jane Paulson, Portland; and immediate past president Steve Piucci. The membership elected three new members to the OTLA Board of Governors: Michael Wise, Portland; Steve Hill, Pendleton; and Robert Carlson, Albany. Shelley Russell, Portland, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.

Salem lawyer Gerald L. Warren has been appointed as the state judge advocate for the Oregon National Guard by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The 1981 Willamette College of Law alumnus began his legal career as a judge advocate on active duty in the Army from 1981-86 where he was stationed in Germany and the Pentagon before returning to Oregon and private practice. His military service began in 1971; he joined the Army National Guard in 1986 as a part-time soldier-lawyer. He currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. Warren is an in-house litigation attorney for City County Insurance Services defending cities, counties and community colleges in state and federal courts.

Ted E. Runstein, senior trial lawyer at Kell, Alterman & Runstein, has another little known professional role: Honorary Consul to the Netherlands. Appointed by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and approved by the U.S. State Department in 1996, Runstein represents the interests of the Dutch government in Portland and the Northwest. His responsibilities include assisting Dutch citizens in obtaining U.S. passports, providing assistance to Dutch businesses doing business in the U.S. and American companies doing business in Holland, and providing assistance and information to U.S. citizens who are traveling to the Netherlands. This summer Runstein attended a worldwide meeting of 250 Honorary Consuls General in Amsterdam. There, he and his wife, Sandra, met the queen at the royal palace along with government officials who thanked him for his assistance.

Brad C. Stanford, a shareholder with Farleigh, Wada & Witt, is now a certified member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, having met all the requirements for board certification in civil trial advocacy. The NBTA is the only national certification program for trial attorneys. Stanford also has been selected for membership in the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel. Founded in 1936, the FICC selects its members exclusively by nomination and after thorough peer review investigation, including judges, clients and opposing counsel. Stanford's practice focuses on business and tort litigation, including ski area defense.

Portland attorney Robert S. Banks Jr. was an invited faculty member for the Practicing Law Institute's program on Securities Arbitration 2001, held in New York City Aug. 15. Banks contributed a chapter to the PLI textbook and spoke on issues relating to clearing firm liability and successful trial strategies for attorneys representing investors. Banks represents clients throughout the United States in securities arbitrations and is on the board of directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association

Trial attorney Edwin Skoch hopes to put his computer science education and litigation experience to work in the intellectual property field, and is pleased to announce that he has officially qualified to sit for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Oct. 2001 exam.

Retired lawyer Robert Weiss, of Weiss, Jensen, Ellis & Howard, was featured recently in a television program on the History Channel. The program, 'Dangerous Missions: Forward Observers,' recounted the Weiss's account of the 'Lost Battalion' at the Battle of Mortain in Normandy in World War II. Weiss was a field artillery forward observer with an infantry battalion of less than 700 men which, surrounded by a German Panzer division, held out against overwhelming forces for nearly six days with almost no food or medical supplies, little ammunition and no anti-tank weapons or mines. His book, Enemy North, South, East, West, was published in 1998 by Strawberry Hill Press in Portland.

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