Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCTOBER 2005


Among Ourselves

Paula A. Barran joined the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a fellow, at its 10th annual induction dinner, in Chicago on Aug. 7. The college is a professional association honoring leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law. Barran has been practicing employment and labor law since 1980.

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In the Portland Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2005, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholders John Guinasso and Martha Pagel were recognized as runners-up in three categories. Guinasso was recognized for his work in the area of real estate and land use law. Guinasso has written and spoken frequently on real estate topics. Pagel was recognized for her experience and practice of government law and administrative law. Before joining the firm, Pagel served Oregon’s past four governors in various offices related to natural resources management. For eight years, she was director of the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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The World Jurist Association announces that Edward Sullivan of Garvey, Schubert & Barer participated in the 22nd Biennial Congress on the Law of the World Sept. 4-10 in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Sullivan presented his paper, "Cudgels and Collaboration: Commercial Development Regulation and Support in the Portland, Oregon–Vancouver, Washington Metropolitan Region" as part of a panel presentation on real estate and property law.

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Catherine Brinkman of Kilmer, Voorhees & Laurick has been appointed to the Milwaukie Planning Commission for a four-year term. Brinkman is also the president-elect of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

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The Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announces that Salem attorney Michael Muñiz is this year’s recipient of the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award. This award is given annually to an Oregon AILA member in recognition of tireless and outstanding advocacy of immigrant rights. The award will be presented at a special dinner Oct. 28. At the dinner, Portland criminal defense attorney Christine Dahl of the Federal Public Defender’s office will be recognized for her successful litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the indefinite detention of immigrants.

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Portland attorney Raymond Tindell has recently recorded and released a jazz CD titled "Sugar Pill", with local singer Johnny Martin, in which Tindell plays tenor saxophone and trumpet and solos on numerous ballads on the album.

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Peter Staples, a partner with the Portland intellectual property law firm of Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, was selected as the winner in the Intellectual Property, Computer and Internet category of The Portland Business Journal’s Best of the Bar survey. The survey polled local lawyers as to which of their peers are tops in 15 practice categories. Staples is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has practiced intellectual property law in Portland since 1980.

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Edward J. Sullivan, an owner in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office, was named chair-elect of the ABA Section on State and Local Government Law on August 7, 2005. He has previously served in this section as a council member from 2000 to the present, as secretary from 2003 to 2004, and as vice-chair from 2004 to 2005. Also, Sullivan was recently honored at the 11th Annual Northwest Examiner Community Awards for his community service in challenging the City of Portland’s adoption of the Northwest District Plan to include four parking garages which have been opposed by the neighborhood association. The Northwest Examiner Awards were initiated to recognize people and organizations contributing in various ways to the community, with selections being made by a panel of past award winners.

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Vancouver attorney Don Jacobs received the 2005 Professionalism Award, presented by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.The award is presented to a lawyer who promotes professionalism through conduct and leadership. Jacobs was praised for bringing dignity and pride to the legal profession by promoting civility, courtesy and honor among lawyers. Jacobs is the principal partner in the Vancouver-based NW Injury Law Center. He is a member of the executive committee for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

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Stoel Rives partner Penny H. Serrurier was recently elected chair of the Oregon Zoo Foundation board of trustees. Her practice areas include tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving, as well as estate planning and administration, business succession planning, personal tax and financial planning. She serves on the board of the Oregon Symphony Foundation. She is part of the planned giving committees at both the United Way and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association named its new officers for 2005-2006: Jim Egan (pictured) of Kryger, Alexander, Egan, Elmer & Carlson in Albany is president; Derek Johnson of Johnson Clifton Larson & Schaller in Eugene is president-elect; Stephen Hendricks of Hendricks & Whitney-Smith in Portland is secretary/treasurer; Don Jacobs of the NW Injury Law Center in Vancouver is parliamentarian. The membership also elected three new members to the OTLA Board of Governors: Jim Nelson of Nelson & MacNeil in Albany, David Rees of Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter in Portland and Tim Williams of Roy Dwyer Attorney in Bend.


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