Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JUNE 2005


Among Ourselves

The Multnomah Bar Association selected Walter H. Grebe for its highest award, the MBA Professionalism Award. Grebe is a shareholder in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He joined the firm in 1988, previously served as its chairman and chief executive officer and currently is chairman emeritus. He has a long history of volunteerism in professional organizations, holding committee member and chair positions, including president of the MBA in 1985. Currently, he chairs "Leadership Portland," a program of the Portland Business Alliance which develops future leaders of the community.

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Kathleen Dent, a partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, has recently been elected president of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger. OLAH is the nonprofit organization of legal professionals that has raised several hundred thousand dollars to benefit the Oregon Food Bank in the past eight years. Dent has been a member of board of directors since 2003.

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Portland attorney Don Bourgeois has been elected president of the Oregon chapter of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society for 2005. He may be reached at his new office number: (503) 296-6162.

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Leonard D. DuBoff will be a featured speaker at the Association of Education in Communication Technology’s annual meeting.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Carmen Calzacorta was one of 25 women to be honored with the Portland Business Journal’s "Orchid Award." The award is the publication’s annual recognition of women executives who have shown extraordinary business and civic leadership over the past year. Calzacorta has been a member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the OSB, the bar’s Business Law Section, and she is a four-time officer of the section’s executive committee. She is also a member of the ABA’s Business Law Section and its merger and acquisition subcommittee.

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Lewis & Clark Law School has honored Portland attorney Leslie S. Johnson with the 2005 Joyce Ann Harpole Award. Her practice focuses on corporate governance, shareholder agreements and disputes, employment law, business and real property transactions, and lawyer and accountant malpractice. Active in the community, Johnson volunteers for several organizations including Profile Theatre and the Campaign for Equal Justice. Colleagues praise her ability to balance career and community service with family responsibilities.

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Lawrence A. (Lare) Aschenbrenner, Oregon’s first public defender and a partner in Oregon’s first public interest law firm, has received the University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association’s fourth annual Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. From 1960s Mississippi to 21st century Alaska, Aschenbrenner has defended the poor and disenfranchised with energy and zeal. He was director of the Mississippi office of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in 1968. Aschenbrenner has spent the last 20 years as head of the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Heather Van Meter, associate in the Portland office of Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, has been elected to the board of directors for Oregon Women Lawyers. Her practice focuses on litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, drug and medical device product liability and catastrophic injury cases. She also has extensive experience in cases involving commercial litigation and insurance coverage litigation.

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Lake Oswego bar member Bob Needham has been appointed to the Clackamas County Planning Commission. Needham had served for 10 years on planning commissions for the City of Carpinteria and the County of Santa Barbara in California before recently returning to Oregon.

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At the Oregon Historical Society annual meeting on April 26, John D. Burns, a partner at Miller Nash, received the society’s top honor, the Jefferson Award. The Jefferson award honors an individual whose contributions to Oregon reflect the philosophic, artistic, scientific, intellectual and practical qualities of the nation’s third president. Burns served on the board of the Oregon Historical Society for three terms and was president of the board from 2001 to 2003.

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Preston Gates & Ellis partner J.W. Ring was recognized by Microchip Technology Inc. for his work on several key environmental matters related to Microchip’s acquisition of Fujitsu’s Fab 4 plant in Gresham. Ring accepted the "2004 Outstanding Supplier Performance and Support Award" on behalf of Preston Gates for his work with Microchip on storm water, wetlands, waste and air quality matters.

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Attorney Nancy Erfle of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt was recently named a sustaining member by the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC). The recognition acknowledges her leadership and expertise in product liability law. Erfle is one of only seven Oregon attorneys who are PLAC members. She specializes in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers and agricultural chemical manufacturers.

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Craig D. Bachman, shareholder at Lane Powell, has been elected chairman of the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO), the largest and oldest Japan-related organization in Oregon. Bachman has been a trial lawyer since 1978 representing clients in all phases of business and commercial litigation with emphasis in antitrust, trade regulation, securities, insurance practices, intellectual property and professional malpractice.


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