Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2004


Among Ourselves

Jeff Merrick was among the faculty at the Desert Conference, Sept. 10-12, at the Malheur Field Station, serving on a panel on roadless areas. Specifically, he set forth his opinion that the Bureau of Land Management’s use of disclaimer of interest rules to resolve claims to rights-of-way over public lands is illegal. He is also the author of a recent article in ATLA’s Trial magazine in October on how HIPAA trumps the state peer review privilege.

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Linda Eyerman has been honored with the 2004 Distinguished Lawyer Award by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Eyerman began her trial work in 1976, at a time when women trial lawyers were still a rarity. She rose to national attention for her representation of women in breast implant cases, among many other achievements in her three decades of work on behalf of injured consumers. Eyerman is a partner in the Portland firm Gaylord Eyerman Bradley.

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Steve Berman and Steve Novick share this year’s Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award for their work related to the ballot title for Constitutional Amendment 35. Berman and Novick opposed the term "unintended" injury and argued it be replaced with the words "negligence and recklessness" in explaining the cases that amendment would affect.

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Larry Wobbrock, a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, has been appointed to the board of Morrison Child and Family Services. Morrison serves more than 5,000 at-risk children and their families every day at 18 sites in Oregon. Wobbrock has long history of advocating for the underserved and disadvantaged as a trial lawyer, community volunteer and former Peace Corps volunteer, along with his wife.

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Lake Oswego attorney Peter Glazer has been re-elected to the Royal Rosarian Council, the governing body of the all-volunteer organization. Glazer will serve the 2004-05 year as lord high sheriff. Knighted as a Royal Rosarian in 1998, Glazer served this past year as master of ceremonies.

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Hugh Duvall, a criminal defense attorney based in Eugene, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

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Lauren J. Caster has been elected vice chair of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. More than 8,000 lawyers belong to the section. Caster practices with Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, where he represents clients in general stream adjudications and interstate stream conflicts, and counsels clients on water rights and related issues.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt received top honors for the best professional services website in the Web Marketing Association’s 2004 WebAwards. The international award recognizes Schwabe’s website (www.schwabe.com) as one of the most effective sites on the Internet today. Schwabe.com was one of more than 1,000 web site entries overall from 19 countries, which were evaluated on design, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, ease of use and use of technology.

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Shawn Menashe, an attorney with the family law firm Gevurtz Menashe, has been appointed vice chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division, family law section. His term is effective 2004-2005.

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Seattle attorney Gabriel S. ("Gabe") Galanda has received the Washington Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. WYLD president J.D. Smith presented the award to Galanda at the 17th annual University of Washington Indian Law Symposium Sept. 9 at William H. Gates Hall, University of Washington. Galanda is the first Native American lawyer to receive this prestigious award from the WYLD.

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Lewis & Clark Law School has welcomed six OSB members to its board of visitors: Brian G. Booth, Thomas W. Brown, Judith A. Johansen, Doreen Margolin, Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain and Thomas C. Sand.

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Willamette University Law School adjunct professor William R. Long placed second in the National Senior Spelling Bee held recently in Cheyenne, Wyo. It is patterned off the children’s bee, but the contestants are professional and retired persons over 50 who love to spell. In addition, his latest book on the Book of Job was published in September, entitled A Hard-Fought Hope: Journeying With Job Through Mystery. Lastly, he has set up a website at www.willamette.edu/~blong, which contains multiple "mini-essays" on a variety of themes — legal, religious, Shakespeare and more.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt attorney Román Hernández is among 50 great leaders recognized in the October PowerBook issue of Oregon Business magazine. The magazine’s editors selected Hernández for its annual feature, which profiles business leaders from around the state. He was selected for his efforts to support Oregon’s business growth, community development and economic expansion.

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Steven B. Ungar, chair of the white collar criminal defense and government enforcement practice group at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to serve as one of five volunteer Oregon Lottery Commissioners. Ungar’s practice concentrates on defending individuals and entities who are subjects and targets of investigations and prosecutions. He handles cases involving state and federal agency enforcement actions.

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The DuBoff Law Group announces that its founder, Leonard DuBoff, and one of its principals, Christy King, are revising Art Law in a Nutshell. Originally written by DuBoff and subsequently revised in collaboration with King, this fourth edition is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2006. Art Law in a Nutshell is currently used by more than 50 law schools throughout the U.S. and Canada as part of their art law curriculums.


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