Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2007
Among Ourselves

The Hon. Laurence A. Cushing, now retired from the Josephine County Circuit Court, has just published his first novel. Bittersweet Canyon is an adventure/love story set in the Eastern Oregon ranchlands where the Cushing was born and raised. The book sells for $24.99. Contact him at 715 N.E. Oregon Ave., Grants Pass, OR 97526; phone: (541) 479-5137; or e-mail at bittersweetcanyon@rnsn.com.

Lisa Kaner, an attorney and shareholder with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, has been recognized as one of the top businesswomen in Portland with an Orchid Award at the 2007 Women in Business Party & Expo. She was one of 25 women featured in the April 27 issue of the Portland Business Journal. Kaner is president of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court and is also vice president of the Oregon chapter of the American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights organization in the country.

Stoel Rives principal Michelle Rudd has been appointed to the Portland Planning Commission. Her term will expire in January 2011. Rudd practices real estate, development and environmental law, focusing on complex land use permitting and litigation.

Todd Bauman, a principal in Stoel Rives, has joined the executive committee of the American Electronics Association’s (AeA) Oregon Council. He is a former chair of the AeA Oregon Council’s emerging business committee. Bauman practices in Stoel Rives’ business services group, primarily in corporate securities and general corporate law. He is also chair of the firm’s technology ventures group.

The Multnomah Bar Association has elected new officers and directors for one-year terms beginning July 1. Elected officers are: Thomas W. Brown of Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, president; J. Michael Dwyer with Dwyer & Miller, president-elect; Scott Howard of Kivel & Howard, secretary and Leslie N. Kay of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, treasurer. The following were elected to three-year director terms beginning July 1: Sarah J. Crooks, Perkins Coie; Michelle S. Druce, Wilshire Credit Corporation-Merrill Lynch; Lisa M. Umscheid, Ball Janik. David I. Bean of Meyer & Wyse is the new Young Lawyers Section president and will also serve as a director. Continuing as directors are: Peter H. Glade, Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf, (immediate past president); Michael H. Bloom, attorney at law; David A. Ernst, Bullivant Houser Bailey; Jeff Crawford, Professional Liability Fund; Christine M. Meadows, attorney at law; Nancie K. Potter, Foster Pepper.

The Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section recently elected new officers and board members with terms starting July 1. The new president is David I. Bean, Meyer & Wyse; president-elect, Andrew M. Schpak, Barran Liebman; secretary, Cally Korach, Hoffman Hart & Wagner and treasurer, Katie A. Lane, Portland General Electric. New directors are: Klarice A. Kolbe, Abbott & Paris; Justin D. Leonard, Ball Janik and John V. McVea, attorney at law. John Belknap, Smith Freed & Eberhard; Emily M. Nazarov, judicial clerk to The Hon. Paul Papak and Kelly A. Struhs, Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter are continuing as directors. Catherine Brinkman, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, serves as immediate past president.

Stoel Rives is being honored by both the Oregon State Bar and Washington’s King County Bar Association for the firm’s substantial pro bono work. The OSB recently presented to Stoel Rives the Pro Bono Challenge Award for the highest level of pro bono service in the "large firm" category for providing the greatest total number of hours in direct legal representation of low-income people. Also, the KCBA presented its 2007 Law Firm Pro Bono Award to Stoel Rives at the association’s annual dinner in Seattle on June 21.

The American Leadership Forum of Oregon has selected Pamela Stebbeds Knowles to participate in the statewide American Leadership Forum of Oregon program for the 2007-2008 year. Knowles will join 25 other notable leaders from around the state to participate as part of the organization’s Class XXII Fellows "Program.

Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller has recently awarded scholarships to four high school seniors throughout Lane County at graduation and awards events this May and June. The awards honored students who have demonstrated potential but who do not have all or enough resources to pursue further education. "We wanted to give back to the community in a way that goes beyond the legal services we provide to those in need," says Scott Lucas, one of the firm’s presenters.

Art Johnson, founding attorney for Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller, was recently honored by a group of environmental organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nature Conservancy, McKenzie River Trust and Long Tom Watershed Council, for his efforts in protecting three square miles of native hardwood forest and wetlands. Since the 1940s, damming, excavation and agricultural uses drastically affected the habitat for wildlife. Johnson’s efforts have returned to natural conditions waterways for fish passage, nesting areas for native birds and native grasses, oak savannas and woodlands for all to enjoy.

Michele Smith of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller is the new president of SAIL Housing (Supporting Access to Independent Living for Developmentally Disabled Adults), which works with group members to create sustainable housing and life-enriching environments that foster dignity and independence for adults with developmental disabilities.

Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook senior shareholder Jody Stahancyk was recently named 2007 winner of Commerce Magazine’s Rainmaker Award. The annual award honors business development success.

Wally Miller, a partner at Gleaves Swearingen Potter & Scott, has been elected president of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference, a group of 2,500 ERISA attorneys and other employee benefit professionals practicing in the 10-western-state region. Miller’s practice focuses on qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and other employee benefit plan matters.

Catherine B. Brinkman, an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, has joined the ambassador board of directors for Portland’s DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. Ambassador board members are charged with fund-raising for the only nonprofit animal hospital in Portland devoted exclusivey to emergency and critical care for animals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Brinkman’s practice at Schwabe focuses in the areas of construction and commercial litigation.

Zero to Three, a center for infants, toddlers and families, has selected Pamela L. Abernethy to participate in its Leaders for the 21st Century fellowship program. Abernethy has been a trial court judge since 1993 and, since November 2001, the full-time juvenile court judge in Marion County. During the two-year fellowship program, Abernethy will implement a project designed to strengthen Marion County’s early childhood infrastructure in health, social-emotional development, mental health, early child care and education and parenting information and support.

Stoel Rives principal James Zehren is the new president-elect of the City Club of Portland. He will serve in that role for one year, after which he will become president of the organization. Zehren has been a City Club member since 1986. He previously chaired and participated in several of the club’s research studies, chaired its research board and was a member of its board of governors.

Martin L. Alvey has received the Douglas W. Daughtry Award from the OSB Workers’ Compensation Section. The award is presented to section members who display a "commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and willing adherence to the highest ethical standards while making outstanding contributions to the workers compensation section and the hearings process." Alvey is finishing his term as past-chair of the section.

Shawn Lindsay, an intellectual property and commercial litigation lawyer with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, is serving as general counsel to Special Olympics Oregon, managing legal matters and advising the organization’s board of directors.

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