Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JANUARY 2010
Bar People


Among Ourselves

Molly Jo Mullen and Helle Rode have been appointed to the Multnomah County Arbitration Commission. Both are arbitrators on the Multnomah County Circuit Court panel. Rode is a mediator and arbitrator in private practice. Mullen is a litigation partner at Bodyfelt Mount.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has selected Barry Adamson’s recently published book, Freedom Of Religion, The First Amendment, and The Supreme Court: How The Court Flunked History (Pelican Publishing Co., 2008), as one of five finalists for the institute’s 2009 Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award. The book, which addresses “the fiction of the Supreme Court’s wall of separation” metaphor, is his first. He has another in manuscript, and has several published legal articles to his credit.

Philip Jones. partner in the Portland firm of Duffy Kekel, has been elected to membership as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national organization of trust and estate lawyers and law professors.

Miriam Feder’s new play, “The Only Way Out is Through,” opens January 15 and runs through the Jan. 31 as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works at the Sellwood Masonic Lodge in Portland. For more information, see http://miriamfeder.com.

The Oregon Area Jewish Committee has presented its prestigious Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award to Edwin A. Harnden. managing partner at Barran Liebman in Portland. Throughout his career, Harnden has been involved with numerous civic, cultural and community organizations, including the Campaign for Equal Justice, where he serves as the chair of the board; Uniting to Understand Racism, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing racial justice; and the Classroom Law Project. He was the 2001 president of the Oregon State Bar and he was president of the Multnomah Bar Association in 1996-97. He continues to be active with the ABA, Oregon state and Multnomah bar committees, and is a past president of the Professional Liability Fund and life fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Bullivant Houser Bailey shareholder John Bachofner has been appointed to Oregon’s Council on Court Procedures. Bachofner’s practice focuses on litigation, day-to-day advice and complex written opinions on insurance coverage, regulatory, products liability, business, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues.

Robert Weiss was a guest of honor and the principal speaker at the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Denver on Nov. 6. Weiss, who served in the Army in World II (and not the Marines), spoke on the topic, “The Brotherhood of Arms Transcends Uniforms.” He also spoke about his experience at the Battle of Mortain in Normandy when his unit was surrounded by an elite German division for six days.

Paula Barran. partner at Barran Liebman, has joined the Children’s Cancer Association’s board of directors. Barran represents management in employment litigation and provides advice in employment matters.

Traci Hopfe of Barran Liebman has joined the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon chapter.

Seven Oregon attorneys are currently participating in the Portland Business Alliance 2010 Leadership Portland program. They include: Duke Tufty. Davis Wright Tremaine; Matt Donohue. Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhalf; and Christine Uri. Tonkon Torp (all pictured). The others are: Jason Brauser. Stoel Rives; Jon French. Smith Freed Law Firm; Andrew Solomon. Perkins Coie; and Tom Tongue. Schwabe, Wiliamson & Wyatt. The program develops community leaders, educates participants on issues affecting Portland and develops leadership skills for success in professional and civic life.

K. William (Bill) Gibson of Clackamas recently won a writing award from the American Bar Association and Edge International. The award, presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, recognized his article, “Outsourcing Legal Services Abroad,” which appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of Law Practice Magazine. In November 2008, Gibson led a delegation of lawyers to India to meet with Indian law firms and legal outsourcing firms.

Stoel Rives has been named one of the 30 top law firms in the country for providing exceptional service to its clients, according to independent research conducted by BTI Consulting Group. The survey was based on the evaluation of more than 500 law firms by in-house counsel at Fortune 1000 and other large companies. Only 30 law firms nationally were chosen as the best providers of client service for 2009.

Portland-based Mercy Corps, a leading relief and development organization, recently recognized Davis Wright Tremaine partner Robert D. Newell with its highest honor, the 2009 Humanitarian Hero Award, paying tribute to Newell for his 30 years of service to the organization and the communities it supports. Newell serves on the board of directors, where he’s contributed in many roles — including as chair — since joining the board in the early 1980s. He provides essential pro bono legal services to the organization and inspires many of his colleagues at Davis Wright Tremaine to do the same. More significantly, he has visited most of the countries Mercy Corps works in, spanning hundreds of field projects in dozens of countries. In addition to his work for Mercy Corps, Newell maintains an active litigation practice at Davis Wright Tremaine, which includes extensive trial experience and expertise in Oregon and federal procedure.

Dave Frohnmayer. of counsel with Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, has recently received multiple awards for his service to the community and the state of Oregon. Frohnmayer was honored at the 2009 Governors’ Gold Awards Dinner as a Governors’ Gold Award recipient. The recipients of the 2009 Governors’ Gold Awards represented a “sesquicentennial snapshot” of Oregon ingenuity and industry. The Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) has also celebrated his service as they named him the AFO’s 2009 Honored Citizen. Frohnmayer and his wife, Lynn, were both honored for scientific leadership and innovation in Oregon by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon. They received the foundation’s Mentor Award for their commitment to advancing knowledge of Fanconi Anemia, for fostering collaboration between clinicians and basic researchers in the search for a cure and for providing support for families affected by the disease.

Leonard DuBoff and Christy King. principals in the DuBoff Law Group, have collaborated to revise The Law (In Plain English) for Photographers, a Spring 2010 release by Allworth Press.

Edward J. Sullivan. head of the land use practice at Garvey Schubert Barer, and Ronald A. Eber. former agricultural lands policy specialist for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, recently completed a comprehensive law review addressing farmland protection in Oregon. Entitled “The Long and Winding Road: Farmland Protection in Oregon 1961-2009,” the article has been published by the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review (vol. 18, no. 1, 2008-09). It is also available at www.gsblaw.com.


Moves

Erika E. Soublet recently accepted a position as a deputy prosecuting attorney with the Clallam County prosecuting attorney’s office in Port Angeles, Wash. She had been with both the Yakima County and Skagit County prosecuting attorney’s offices previously. She got her start as a prosecutor in Portland, working at the Multnomah County district attorney’s office.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt attorneys Dave Bartz and Mark Long were recently re-elected as the firm’s co-leaders. Their election started out as an experiment in 2001, a departure from the traditional law firm business model of a single managing partner, but which has since been embraced by the firm’s shareholders. Both will be serving their fourth terms in the leadership roles. In addition to their management responsibilities, both attorneys are actively engaged in the practice of law, Bartz as one of the Northwest’s leading environmental lawyers and Long as a corporate and health care lawyer.

Justin D. Monahan has joined Ball Janik as an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation and construction practice groups. Monahan, previously an associate at a Portland firm, focused his practice on litigating multimillion dollar construction defect and collapse cases on behalf of homeowners and homeowners’ associations. Monahan received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon in 2009. During architecture school, he assisted several Eugene-area attorneys, providing general counsel services for residential neighborhood associations, regional police, property owners and Measure 11 claimants.

Kathy Black and Camille Blakely have joined the Bonneville Power Administration as attorney-advisers in the office of general counsel. Black is a member of the corporate, fish and wildlife section; her practice focuses on federal labor and employment matters, intellectual property licensing and federal procurement. Blakely is a member of the transmission section; her practice focuses on transmission contracts and finance. They are both 2009 graduates of Lewis & Clark Law School.

Richard Funk, formerly of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe, has relocated his practice to Bend, where he has formed a partnership with long-time Bend family lawyer Jon Duerst. This new firm is Duerst & Funk, located at 835 N.W. Bond St., Bend OR 97701; phone: (541) 383-3200. The firm will continue to practice exclusively family law.

Carol Bernick, partner in the employment practice at Davis Wright Tremaine, has been named partner-in-charge of the firm’s Portland office. She will take over for Rod Lewis, who served as partner-in-charge from 1995-2002 and again from 2005 to present, and who will be retiring in 2010. Bernick will also continue serving clients in her own active practice. Bernick has more than 20 years of experience representing employers in complex employment cases, including numerous wage and hour class actions. She has significant jury trial experience in state and federal courts. She also counsels and trains employers in preventive employment practices, including ADA and wage compliance; leave, discipline and termination policies; and sexual harassment.

Nathaniel L. Funk has recently joined Michael Wise & Associates as an associate attorney. Funk specializes in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation and general business representation. He can be reached at Michael Wise & Associates, 806 S.W. Broadway, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97205; phone: (503) 224-8422; fax: (503) 546-2200.

Teresa J. Wilson is now of counsel to Speer Hoyt. Wilson advised Lane County as county counsel in the last 14 of her 30 years’ employment at the county. Her practice will continue to focus on public law issues, such as public records, ethics, elections, public contracting and employment matters.

Andrew R. Elliott announces the opening of his new office in Oregon City. The 2003 University of Oregon School of Law graduate has been practicing DUI defense in Seattle for the past six years. His practice in Oregon focuses on DUII and traffic defense. He is licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Reach him at 409 Center St., Oregon City, OR 97045; phone: (503) 805-0165; website: www.elliottattorney.com.

Greg Peden, a regionally recognized public and governmental affairs expert, has been elected partner and shareholder of Gallatin Public Affairs and will serve on the firm’s board of directors. Peden formerly served as principal at Gallatin. Peden has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on energy, environmental, telecommunications, economic development, business, timber and fisheries issues, and represents clients before the Oregon Legislature and state agencies as well as the City of Portland. Prior to joining Gallatin, Peden was vice president of government affairs and economic development for the Portland Business Alliance.

T. Mimi Luong has been promoted to senior associate in the San Francisco office of Alvarez & Marsal, a tax advisory firm. Luong joined the firm in 2007 after serving as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Douglas S. Mitchell, Lane County Circuit Court. She earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Her practice focuses on tax restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and federal tax planning and compliance. Luong can be reached at (415) 490-2293 or mluong@alvarezandmarsal.com.

Vestas Americas has added a new attorney to its legal department in Portland. John Coughlin will support the company’s operations and sales departments in the United States and Canada. Coughlin previously held legal positions with Charles Schwab and Reed Smith, and he has owned and operated his own real estate investment company. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University.

Portland attorneys Heather Van Meter and Marc Carlton have been elected as members of Williams Kastner. Van Meter focuses her practice on litigation with an emphasis on drug and medical device, product liability and other complex cases. She has led more than a dozen trials to verdict, including six civil trials and six criminal trials as a volunteer district attorney, and was named to Rising Stars in products liability defense litigation in 2008 and 2009 by Law & Politics magazine. Carlton has a legal practice in civil litigation with an emphasis in defending transportation, liquor liability and products liability cases. Carlton also practices in the area of medical malpractice and commercial litigation.

In Memoriam

Patrick H. Jensen died June 23, 2009, after a long illness. He was 64.

Jensen was born Nov. 4, 1944, in Wilmington, N.C., and raised in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, and after suffering injuries due to a parachute malfunction, he completed his tour of duty and received the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious service.

He and Judy Herberg were married in 1968.

Jensen graduated with honors from the University of Washington in 1970 and the Willamette University School of Law in 1973. He received his law degree in taxation from New York University in 1974.

He moved to Portland after graduating and started his career with the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. In 1978, he joined Duffy, Kekel, Jensen & Bernard, where he was a partner. He was a founding partner of Jensen Draudt, established in 1993, where he practiced until a few days prior to his death. His practice concentrated in the areas of taxation, real estate and estate planning; he was particularly noted for his work in tax-deferred exchanges. He had been a member of the Estate Planning Council of Portland and the board of directors of the Portland Tax Forum.

Jensen loved to travel and was an avid golfer, having been a member of the Portland Golf Club for many years. He combined golf with his love of travel, playing at some of the most renowned golf courses throughout the world.

He is survived by his wife Judy, two daughters, one son, two grandchildren and his brother.



Dennis Sarriugarte of Salem died Sept. 25, 2009. He was 69.

Sarriugarte graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1976. Following graduation, he set up his office in Salem and practiced law there and throughout the Willamette Valley until his death. He had great passion for the law and for his clients, and he viewed his practice as a means to give back to the system of life.

Through most of his 33-year legal career, his primary area of practice was family law. He also served as a mediator. Because of Sarriugarte’s good nature, very often his clients would later become friends.

He spent the last 21 years of his life as a grateful and sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. His commitment to AA’s spiritual program is remarkable. He quietly and humbly helped many alcoholics, including many alcoholic attorneys and law students, to achieve long-term sobriety and live useful and productive lives. As a result, Sarriugarte himself gratefully enjoyed life to its fullest and considered every day a gift.

In addition to his family, his law practice and AA, his interests included sports cars, rare firearms, gourmet food, travel, reading, politics, history, antiques and pure-bred Doberman Pinschers.

Sarriugarte is survived by his wife, Ana, his mother, children and stepchildren, a brother and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.



Clayton “Clay” Couture died Oct. 9, 2009, in Sequim, Wash., under hospice care for cancer. He was 79.

Couture was born Dec. 15, 1929, in Mason City, Iowa. His family moved to Vanport in 1943 to work on the Liberty Ships at Oregon Shipbuilding. Couture graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland. He was at sea in 1949, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January 1952. He taught music intermittently, was engaged in banking and attended Vanport College (Portland State University).

He received a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1958. Before marriage, Couture was active in the Trails Club of Oregon, where he met G.E. “Ding” Cannon, president of Standard Insurance Co. Couture started his career with Standard in 1955, and had a private law practice from 1958 to 1961. He retired from Standard as vice president and associate counsel in 1995. Couture was a member of the Oregon State Bar from 1958 to 1996, and was admitted to practice law in federal courts and the Oregon Supreme Court.

He was a member of Multnomah Athletic Club, Sequim Elks and Olympic Orchard Society. Couture had a passion for the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping and master gardening. He enjoyed living in Maui, where he logged 2,000 hours volunteering for the University of Hawaii and Maui Arts Cultural Center.

Couture is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn, three children and a foster daughter, five siblings, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and 13 nieces and nephews.



James D. Tiger died peacefully at his home in Sublimity on the morning of July 4, 2009.

Tiger was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Okmulgee County, Okla. He moved to Oregon when he was eight, and graduated from Stayton High School in 1956 and the University of Oregon in 1960. He then entered Officer Candidate School and served in the Navy for seven years as a submariner on the U.S.S. James K. Polk and the U.S.S. Queenfish. He graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1971 and returned to Stayton to join the law firm of Duncan & Duncan, now Duncan, Tiger & Niegel, where he practiced law for 38 years.

He was a founding member of Stayton Area Rotary, a Stayton Roadrunner, a Marion County Master Gardener and a member of the Marion County Bar Association.

He loved the Stayton community and founded the Stayton youth basketball league on behalf of Rotary in 1982. He coached youth basketball, baseball and soccer. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 1985 and again in 1996. In 1988, he was recognized as Stayton’s First Citizen. He also established the Stayton High School Community Grant program in 2001.

He loved spending time with his family, gardening, running and following the Oregon Ducks. He was an avid researcher of the McGill and Tiger genealogy, celebrating his Creek Indian and Scotch-Irish heritage.

Tiger married Edie Elledge in 1972. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, a great-grandson, a brother and eight sisters.



Jud Holtey of Ashland died June 1, 2009, at home. He was 60.

Jud Anthony Holtey was born May 29, 1949, in Ossian, Iowa, the youngest of six children. He graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School and the University of Iowa before receiving a law degree from Arizona State University in 1974. While attending the University of Iowa, he met the former Sheila Rae Howard, and they were married on Aug. 22, 1970, in Chicago.

Following law school, the Holteys moved to Coronado, Calif., where Jud opened his first law office at the Hotel del Coronado. In 1982, the Holteys moved to Ashland, where Jud began a general law practice. In 1985, he became general counsel and chief operating officer of Rogue Valley Physician’s Service and was instrumental in establishing the first HMO in the Rogue Valley. His work in health care allowed him to testify before Oregon legislative committees on health care reform.

In 1993, Holtey returned to private practice and formed a partnership with Kip Lombard and Kurt Knudsen. In 2008, he joined Huycke, O’Connor, Jarvis, & Lohman as of counsel.

Holtey was a past chair of the Jackson County Education Service District, serving 10 years on the board. He was involved with the Ashland YMCA, the Medford/Jackson County Board and Executive Committee and the Medford Rotary Club. In addition, He was an active member of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church where he served as a lector, usher and parish counsel member. He was also an avid supporter of the Ashland Grizzlies and enjoyed target shooting and spending time outdoors. He celebrated his 50th birthday by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sheila, and their five children.



Howard N. Dietrich, one of the Oregon State Bar’s oldest members, died Oct. 24, 2009, at age 99.

Dietrich was born March 2, 1910, in Spokane. His family moved to Terrebonne, Ore., in 1916, where they had a creamery distribution business. In 1920, they moved to Central Point, where his family had an orchard farm and convenience store. He graduated in 1928 from Central Point High School, where he lettered in basketball and baseball. After playing first base in semiprofessional baseball leagues, Dietrich attended University of Oregon, graduating in 1936 summa cum laude with a degree in accounting.

While working in his first job at the Oregon State Tax Commission, he met Mark Wald, a soon-to-be lifelong friend who encouraged him to go to law school. Dietrich attended night law school at Northwestern School of Law. In 1940, he was admitted to the Oregon State Bar and started his own certified public accounting firm and law practice. His practice represented many Prineville and eastern Oregon farming and ranching families and timber, lumber, plywood and moulding companies. He retired from the CPA firm of Dietrich, Bye, Griffin and Youel in 1970. He retired from the practice of law when he was 85.

In his professional career, he served on the part-time faculty of Northwestern School of Law and on many tax committees for both the Oregon Society and the American Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on the tax and probate committees of the Oregon State Bar to help adopt probate and tax legislation. When his longtime friend, Art Cannon, died in 1964, he became the president of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants; he also served as president in 1965. He was a Royal Rosarian, a member of the Aero Club and a founding and life member of the Prineville Golf and Country Club. He was a past board member and treasurer of Albertina Kerr centers, where he was honored as an emeritus member of the board. After he retired, Dietrich dedicated his efforts to philanthropy helping: the Boys and Girls Aid Society; the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon; the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Education Foundation; the Thomas Tongue III Scholarship Fund and the Gantenbein Society at the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College; the Albertina Kerr Endowment Fund; the University of Oregon Accounting School; and the Howard and Edna Dietrich Children’s Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Dietrich married Mary Edna Matthis of Salem in 1939. She died in 1992. He married Margarette Newhall in 1995; she survives him, as do three children, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.



Prominent Salem attorney Ned Clark, a past president of the Oregon State Bar, died Oct. 30, 2009, after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. He was 86.

Edward L. Clark Jr. was born Sept. 9, 1923 in Portland. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His studies were interrupted by World War II and his service in the Marine Corps. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon and was called back to the Marines during the Korean War to work as a lawyer.

Known as Ned by all, he practiced law in Salem from 1953 to 1992 with Clark, Marsh, Lindauer & McClinton. He had a quiet toughness that was mediated by integrity, intelligence and compassion. He loved the law and heartily believed in legal rights for all, but particularly for the disadvantaged. He served as president of the Oregon State Bar in 1984-1985, after serving two years on the Board of Governors. In 1995 he received the bar’s Award of Merit, the OSB’s highest honor. In his term as bar president, he reached out to lawyers who encountered personal problems to encourage them to put their lives back together.

He was proud to be elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honorary legal society, and in 2002 was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in Oregon by the American Board of Trial Advocates. He received the Marion County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 2006. He was a long-time supporter of the Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service and the Campaign for Equal Justice.

He also served on the board of directors of Portland General Electric Co. in the 1990s. He was appointed in the 1960s to the Marion-Polk Boundary Commission by Gov. Tom McCall and served as chair. He later served as legal counsel to the Salem-Keizer Transit District and the Statesman-Journal newspaper in Salem. Ned and Pat also were active in Trinity United Methodist church from its earliest days, joining in 1955.

After his retirement, they both were involved with the Lord’s Cupboard food bank at the church. Earlier he had served on the board of the Methodist Home in Salem. He and his wife traveled extensively and became annual visitors to Mexico, exploring different parts of the country.

Clark is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat; and five sons, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.



Kathryn Ricciardelli died unexpectedly on Nov. 4, 2009, at the age of 55.

Kathryn Mary Elisabeth Ricciardelli was born in New York City on March 5, 1954. She attended a Catholic girls’ high school. As a child, she studied classical piano and became quite a talented keyboardist, playing classical, pop and religious music on both the piano and organ. At age 15, she accompanied her older brother to the Woodstock Festival, an experience which she termed “educational” for one of her relatively sheltered upbringing. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Oregon in 1983 and her J.D. from Willamette University School of Law in 1986.

It was while she was a law student that she came to value mentoring, which ultimately led to her significant role in establishing successful mentoring programs at all three Oregon law schools. The concept of a program linking women attorneys to women law students at Willamette University began as an idea for a project of Salem’s Mary Leonard Law Society at the time it became the second chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers in 1990.

Along with Elizabeth Harchenko, Ricciardelli worked tirelessly to develop and give structure to the Willamette program, which was soon extended to include male attorneys and law students. Ricciardelli advocated for the program to be established at University of Oregon, and at Lewis & Clark; Ricciardelli collaborated with OWLs board member and Assistant Dean for Career Services Andrea Redding to found the program there. Ricciardelli continued her active participation in the law school mentoring program for many years, speaking at the annual kick-off event at Willamette and mentoring law students. In 1997, she was the first recipient of Lewis & Clark’s Andrea Swanner Redding Outstanding Mentor Award.

Ricciardelli was a natural mentor to law students and new lawyers, but was also very willing to be mentored by others. One such mentor was former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts. According to Roberts: “I met Kathryn through OWLs, but I got to know her on the golf course when a few women lawyers began playing together some 18 years ago. At the time she was eager to work on her game, on herself as a person and as a lawyer. She did a fine job at all three. Kathryn’s big smile and infectious spontaneity were evidence of her expanding self-confidence and maturity. Sometimes I felt I could actually see her growing into the person she had set out to be and did achieve.”

Ricciardelli’s involvement with Oregon Women Lawyers began in 1989 when she attended OWLs first “How to be a Judge” seminar. Katherine O’Neil approached her and said “you need to be a member of OWLs.” That was the only invitation she needed. At the time, Ricciardelli was a new associate at Vick & Gutzler in Salem, handling plaintiff’s workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. She became active in the Mary Leonard Law Society, and was asked to substitute for Elizabeth Harchenko at a meeting of the OWLs board. She quickly impressed the board members with her enthusiasm and friendly manner. She joined the planning committee for OWLs first all-day conference. By the summer of 1990, she became a member of the OWLs board. By the following year, she was vice president, and in October 1992, she became the third president of Oregon Women Lawyers. Her combination of seriousness of purpose, tenacity, propensity to work hard, playful spirit and quick wit were a perfect fit for effective leadership in OWLs’ formative years. Ricciardelli was an “idea” person. When a program needed a name, it was often Ricciardelli who would be the one to come up with just the right combination of descriptive words.

While president, she worked actively with a new group called “the Women’s Summit,” which sought to unite women’s professional groups in the Portland area. Its first major event was bringing Gloria Steinem to Portland as a speaker. The legacy of the Women’s Summit is the “Voices” lecture series, now in its 17th year.

After her year as president, she remained on the OWLs board until September 1994. She was persuaded to return to board service in May 1999 and was on the executive committee in the role of historian from September 2002 to April 2005, for a total of 10 years of board service, an OWLs record.

She is survived by her partner, Lisa Weaver, her mother and a brother.



Stewart Tremaine died in Portland Nov. 8, 2009, at age 90.

Hugh Stewart Tremaine was born March 17, 1919, in St. Paul, Minn. He was raised in Spokane and moved to Portland in 1946. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1940, attended Yale Law School for two years and then served in the 1st Marine Division for over three years in the South Pacific in three different campaigns, including Guadalcanal. He received two Purple Hearts, retired as a captain in 1945 and returned to Yale Law School, where he graduated in 1946. He returned to Portland and entered the practice of law, becoming a member of a law firm that is now known as Davis Wright Tremaine.

He represented a number of businesses, served on the board of directors of a number of business corporations, charities and social clubs, was president of the Multnomah Athletic Club and helped found Pacific Crest Outward Bound School. He was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, Waverley Country Club and Arlington Club.

He married Harriet Lupton in 1948; she died in 2002. Survivors include his daughters, two grandsons and a great-grandson.



Walter J. Apley, a 60-year bar member of the Oregon State Bar, died Nov. 9, 2009, in Portland. He was 90.

Son of Swiss immigrants, Apley was born in Portland and attended Franklin High School. After completing three years at Linfield College in McMinnville as an accounting major, he entered the Air Force in 1941 prior to Pearl Harbor. Commissioned as an officer, he served as a navigator in the African and European theaters in World War II. He was honorably discharged as a major in 1945 and returned to Portland.

In 1946, he entered Willamette Law School, graduating and passing the Oregon bar exam in 1949. He first practiced law in Milwaukie as a partner in the firm Charack & Apley before a stint as deputy district attorney in Oregon City. In 1956, he settled on his lifelong career as a deputy attorney general with the Oregon State Tax Commission in Salem until his retirement.

He married Kay Mallory in 1946, and they had four children. Following his divorce in 1966, he married Ava Mallory and in 1991, they retired to Ajijic, Mexico.

Survivors include a daughter, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren, 3 stepgrandchildren, a niece, a nephew and two cousins.



Frank Spears peacefully passed away on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2009. He was 94.

Frank Herron Spears was born in Salem on Feb. 27, 1915.

Spears attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1936, and earned a degree from Harvard Law School in 1939. Following Harvard, Frank joined the firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Lumbard in New York. He married Ruth Garnjobst on Nov. 6, 1941, prior to reporting for military duty. He had a distinguished Army career during World War II, which included training new recruits, breaking the Japanese radio code, writing the rubber rationing policy and becoming one of the first members of the intelligence organization that would become the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the CIA.

After the war, he settled in Portland. He became a partner in 1948 in what would later become Lane, Powell, Spears & Lubersky. He retired at the age of 85 because of diminishing eyesight.

His interests included travel, French culture, fishing, wine and gardening (especially at his Amity farm). He was instrumental in establishing Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration while serving on the board of directors at Linfield College. He was a Linfield trustee from 1971 to 1995, serving as chair of the board from 1976 to 1989. He was elected as emeritus trustee in 1995.

Spears was particularly fond of dogs and horses. His beloved dog Walter used to help him drive, letting him know of a driving error with a look and nod. Tremaine also enjoyed horse races, witnessing Whirlaway win the Belmont, the final jewel in the horse’s 1941 Triple Crown.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, two daughters and four grandchildren.

 

 


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