Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2007
Among Ourselves

Jonathan Ater, chair of Ater Wynne, has been appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to the new Oregon Health Fund Board. The group is charged with developing a plan for reforming Oregon’s health care delivery system. Ater is vice chairman of the Oregon Health Policy Commission and was co-chair of the governor’s Mental Health Task Force in 2004. He currently heads Ater Wynne’s healthcare group. Board members were selected based on experience and expertise in consumer advocacy, management, finance, labor and health care and represent the geographic and ethnic diversity of the state.

The Multnomah Bar Association recognized long-time attorney Carl R. Neil and other colleagues at its awards luncheon Sept. 19. Neil received this year’s professionalism award, the MBA’s highest honor. He is a partner at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler in Portland. In 1966, Neil traveled to Mississippi to serve as volunteer counsel to victims of civil rights violations. His commitment to civil rights was also demonstrated in the many civil liberty cases he handled for the ACLU. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Urban League of Portland and is a two-time recipient of the E.B. McNaughton Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Oregon (1986, 1998). He volunteers with Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s senior and neighborhood law projects. The MBA recognized other colleagues’ work, including Peter H. Glade, MBA 2006-07 president and Catherine B. Brinkman, YLS 2006-07 president. MBA awards of merit were given to Keith M. Garza, Susan D. Marmaduke and Charles S. Tauman. MBA YLS awards of merit went to Lainie M. Dillon, Jennifer Durham, Laurie R. Hager, Amber A. Hollister, Justin D. Leonard and Kristin H. Sterling. Pro bono award recipients are David B. Gray, Michael B. Hallinan, Don H. Marmaduke, Beverly C. Pearman, Hon. Elizabeth Perris, Scott G. Seidman, Anna Sortun, Kent B. Thurber, Stephen S. Walters and Peter S. Willcox-Jones.

Hala J. Gores has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of Oregon’s diverse Arab-American community. Gores also recently received the community service award by the Muslim Education Trust.

OSB member K. William Gibson, a full-time arbitrator and mediator in Clackamas and Portland, recently won a prestigious APEX Award for his regular advice column in the ABA’s Law Practice magazine (www.lawpractice.org). The APEX Awards recognize overall communications excellence. Gibson is also the author of the ABA best-seller How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice (2nd ed., 2006).

Portland attorney Tom D’Amore is playing a larger role in two associations that protect people’s rights in the civil justice system. D’Amore was selected in August to the executive committee for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. In three years he will become OTLA president. D’Amore was also elected to serve as chair of the national Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section for the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Bradley D. Maier, an attorney in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently appointed to serve as liaison for the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The AILA is the national association of over 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.

Roy Lambert, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently elected to the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

Dennis Freed, Jeff Eberhard and Jeff Hansen of Smith Freed & Eberhard have been selected as fellows in the Litigation Counsel of America Honorary Society. Fellows are chosen on merit, achievement in litigation and superior ethical status. LCA membership is restricted, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers and is by invitation only.

Smith Freed & Eberhard congratulates Dan Thenell who was recently elected to the board of directors of the Oregon chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Thenell has also been appointed as co-counsel of the Oregon chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units.

Alejandro Tosi, an associate of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently named deputy regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). He has been actively involved in HNBA for the past two years and is excited to represent the HNBA in the Pacific Northwest. In his practice, Tosi focuses on environmental law and international business transactions. He leads the firm on expanding ties with Latin American countries and is a licensed lawyer in both Oregon and Argentina. Tosi is very involved in the Oregon Hispanic community as the president of the Hacienda Community Development Corp., and as a board member of the Portland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Tosi received juris doctorates from Lewis & Clark Law School and from the University of Buenos Aires.

Alan McCollom, a shareholder of Marger Johnson & McCollom, was recently appointed to the newly formed Multnomah County Mediation Commission. He will chair the civil sub-committee. The commission, which is comprised of judge and attorney members, reviews qualifications and training of applicants seeking to be identified as court-connected mediators, makes recommendations to the presiding judge or designee on the inclusion of such applicants on court-maintained lists, and monitors the continuing qualifications of mediators included on such lists. Because litigants are increasingly seeking mediation, these lists will be utilized by attorneys who may wish to refer clients to qualified mediators.

Lake Oswego lawyer Peter Glazer was installed as the 93rd prime minister of the Royal Rosarians at the prime minister’s ball Sept. 15, 2007. Glazer was a deputy district attorney for Clackamas County and since 1982, has been in private practice emphasizing civil trial work, primarily personal injury and family law. He became a Royal Rosarian in 1997.

Tom Triplett, a shareholder who splits his time between the Portland and Bend offices of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently named by the Labor Relations Institute as one of the country’s top 100 labor attorneys for 2007. Those selected were chosen from more than 8,600 labor attorneys who have represented union clients.

Ron Talney’s most recent book of poems, The Broken World, from Stone City Press, was selected by the Legal Studies Forum of the College of Law of West Virginia, as one of the three best collections of poems written by a lawyer and published in the U.S. in 2006. The forum studies the interaction and intersection of law and literature, and poetry in particular. Also noteworthy: Talney has been invited to give a poetry reading at the Wordstock Festival of Books in Portland November 10, at 2:30 p.m.

J. Dominic Monahan, a partner at Luvaas Cobb, was presented the prestigious Tom McCall Award during the Oregon Association of Broadcaster’s 2006-2007 Annual Fall Conference. Monahan received the award in recognition of his outstanding service to the state of Oregon, his community and to our nation. Prior recipients of this prestigious award include such Oregonians as: Gov. Tom McCall; Gov. Robert Holmes; William B. Smullin; Sen. Mark Hatfield; James DePreist; Phil Knight; the Men and Women of the Oregon National Guard; Rep. Greg Walden and Les Schwab.

Mercy Corps is teaming up again with Perkins Coie, which has agreed to sponsor a legal intern to work at Mercy Corps’ headquarters offices in Portland. The new position will help support work on legal issues in the U.S., and in many of Mercy Corps’ overseas operations. Perkins Coie has provided pro bono services to Mercy Corps for more than four years. The student intern will work closely with Mercy Corps general counsel Mary Chaffin during the summer of 2008, supporting her legal work for the agency.

Brent Renison received two major awards in immigration law this year. In June 2007, he received a presidential award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for outstanding achievement in mentoring and litigation on behalf of immigrant rights. Then in October 2007, he received the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon Chapter of AILA. Renison is a partner in Parrilli Renison, which focuses on business-based immigration.

Vangelisti Kocher principal Richard Vangelisti has been elected to serve a term as a director of the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He previously served as the Oregon chapter president for the 2005-06 term. Vangelisti practices plaintiffs’ personal injury law.

Miriam Feder, writer, performer and podcaster, welcomes listeners to her rebuilt website at http://miriamfeder.com. Feder probes cultural tides, personal history and meaning in stories and poems. Her image-rich words and performances join "time-trained listening to the whispers of the past." Visit, comment, download podcasts, purchase publications and stay on top of her performance calendar.

University of Oregon School of Law faculty member Prof. Garrett Epps has been named as a finalist for the 2007 Oregon Book Award. His most recent book, Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America (Henry Holt 2006) is among five nominees for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for general nonfiction. In 2007-2008, Prof. Epps is the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics Resident Scholar, and on Jan.25, 2008, will convene a symposium at the Center on the topic of Immigration and Citizenship. Democracy Reborn was also a finalist for the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award.

The Oregon City Attorneys Association announces the election of its officers and directors for 2008. The new president is Mike Kohlhoff, Wilsonville city attorney; Candace Haines, McMinnville city attorney, is the new vice president; Stephen H. Miller of Reedsport will stay on as immediate past-president and Pamela J. Beery of Beery, Elsner & Hammond serves as secretary and coordinator. The board of directors is: Emily N. Jerome of Harrang, Long, Gary, Rudnick in Eugene; Gary Luisi of Hermiston; Steve Bryant of Bryant Emerson and Fitch in Redmond and Bruce Coalwell of Dole, Coalwell, Clark, Mountainspring, Mornarich & Aitken in Roseburg.

Gerald H. Itkin of Portland and Bend has been elected president of the 113-year old Mazamas Mountaineering Organization. He can be reached at lawyer@itkin.net and (503) 754-4701.

Jill Gelineau, a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently selected as co-chair of the ABA committee on Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation. Gelineau recently completed participating in the rewriting of the chapter on Compensation in Nichols on Eminent Domain, the preeminent treatise in the field of condemnation law. She represents Oregon on the Owners’ Counsel of America, an organization of eminent domain lawyers with one representative per state.

The Deschutes County Bar Association has elected new officers for 2007-08 to serve one-year terms: Laura Craska Cooper, Ball Janik, president; T.J. Spear, Sheasby & Associates, vice president; Chris Bell, Deschutes County assistant legal counsel, secretary; Ken Goodin, Stahancyk Kent Johnson & Hook, treasurer and Alycia Sykora, Miller Nash, immediate past-president.

Severin A. Carlson, a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and an associate with Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw & Ferrario, in the firm’s Reno, Nev., office, has been appointed by Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons as a member of the Nevada Court Reporters Board. The board oversees licensure and discipline of court reporters throughout Nevada. Carlson’s term will run through Oct. 2010.

John W. "Jack" Lundeen received the Kalamazoo College Distinguished Service Award at the school’s Oct. 12 homecoming festivities. He has been one of the prime movers behind the school’s nationally recognized Discovery Externship Program, which provides unique apprenticeship opportunities. Under the program, student externs work alongside and reside with college alumni hosts for one to four weeks. Lundeen has personally hosted some 30 "K" students at his Lake Oswego home and law practice. The program has won national awards and was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2006 higher education category of "Programs That Really Work."

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