Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2013

Bar People

Among Ourselves

The University of Oregon School of Law honored longtime Oregon judge Alfred “Ted” Goodwin with the school’s John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award at an awards dinner Sept. 27. Earlier in the day, the school dedicated the Hon. Alfred “Ted” Goodwin Display, a custom-built case that will house memorabilia of his illustrious career including magazine articles, photographs, diplomas, awards and his cherished Harney County sagebrush gavel. Goodwin, who earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the university (1947 and 1951, respectively), is well known for his impartiality and pragmatism as a judge. As a former newspaper reporter, he developed a matter-of-fact writing style that has served him well in his legal and judicial career. After active duty in the U.S. Army during World War II, Goodwin entered law school as a beneficiary of the G.I. Bill. He worked for four years with a Eugene law firm before being appointed to the Oregon Circuit Court by Gov. Paul Patterson. In 1960, Gov. Mark Hatfield appointed Goodwin to the Oregon Supreme Court, and later that year he was elected to a full six-year term. President Richard Nixon nominated Goodwin to the U.S. District Court of Oregon. In 1971, he was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He was chief judge from 1988 through 1991. He became a senior judge in 1992 and continues to hear cases throughout the circuit.

The Deschutes County Bar Association has elected new officers for 2013-14: Danielle Lordi, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, president; David M. Rosen, Dwyer Williams Potter, vice president; Caroline Ponzini-Beck, Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, secretary; Sarah Filcher, Pite Duncan, treasurer; and Peter A. Christoff, Merrill O’Sullivan, immediate past president.

Miller Nash attorney Jeneé Hilliard has been named chair of the board for Serendipity Center Inc., a nonprofit therapeutic school that is both an accredited alternative school and a certified children’s mental health provider. Hilliard joined Serendipity’s board of directors in 2010 and has served on numerous committees, including the finance and executive committees. Hilliard focuses her practice in commercial real estate transactions, tax law and business transactions.

The board of directors of baseball’s West Coast League has appointed Dennis Koho as league president. Koho, an attorney in private practice in Keizer, served as Keizer’s mayor from 1993 to 1999 and is currently a member of the Keizer City Council. During his tenure as mayor, he was instrumental in the construction of Volcanoes Stadium, where the Short Season Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes play, and securing the relocation of that team to Keizer. Koho also served as the president of Salem Electric Cooperative and as the chair of the Mid Willamette Valley Council of Governments.

Three attorneys at Garvey Schubert Barer have been appointed to local organizations. Cynthia Fraser, an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer, was elected to the Project Lemonade’s Board, a new non-profit that provides clothing for Foster Youths. Attorney Jennifer Bragar is now a board member for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Attorney Bill Kabeiseman has been reappointed as the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners’ representative to the planning commission.

Jeffrey Eden, shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, joins the Product Liability Advisory Council as a sustaining member. Sustaining membership of PLAC is by invitation only and extended by the PLAC board of directors to attorneys considered the best trial and appellate lawyers in the product liability bar. Eden is the practice group leader for Schwabe’s products litigation practice group. Throughout his 25-year legal career, he has gained extensive experience in a broad range of civil litigation, including product liability, professional liability and catastrophic injury. He has successfully tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict in the state and federal courts of Oregon and Washington.

Parker, Butte & Lane is the recipient of the 2013 Oregon Excellence Award presented by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce, which recognizes the firm for consistently demonstrating a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. The award highlights businesses that have achieved demonstrated success in their local business environment and industry category. Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices.

Victoria Blachly, partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, has returned to the board of directors for Housecall Providers, a non-profit medical practice that serves homebound seniors and persons with disabilities. Its hospice program, in concert with primary care, offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to persons completing life’s journey and those who love them.

Mark Bonanno has been appointed to a third term as chair of the fraud and abuse practice group for the American Health Lawyers Association He coordinates the efforts of 70 volunteers providing educational and training materials to more than 2,400 members across the country who work in health care regulatory enforcement and compliance. Bonanno’s practice provides business and compliance legal services to clients in the health care industry in

Frank C. Gibson, managing shareholder at Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, Orr & Sherlock, has been presented with the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. For decades, Gibson has supported the local and national program through philanthropic leadership, board service and legal advice. He has been the attorney of record for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon for more than two decades.

Miller Nash has been named the sixth most philanthropic mid-sized company in Oregon and southwest Washington by the Portland Business Journal. Rankings were compiled by 2012 charitable donations from companies with revenue between $10 million and $50 million. Miller Nash was also named among the top 20 philanthropic donors, across all business sizes, to arts and culture in the Portland metropolitan area. The publication annually celebrates community service and corporate giving among the region’s businesses.

Oregon Estate and legacy planning attorney Eden Rose Brown has earned a laureate certificate in advanced wealth strategies. She received her certification from the Southern California Institute’s Laureate Center for Wealth Advisors after completing a two-year, national curriculum in advanced wealth, business, estate and income tax planning. Brown, a graduate of South Salem High School and the University of California, Berkeley, was selected by Worth magazine as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States.

The Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys recently presented Director Awards to two Assistant U.S. attorneys from the District of Oregon. Jennifer Martin received a Director’s Award for her work prosecuting drug cases, particularly large scale marijuana grows located on federal forest land. Martin has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors around the state and internationally. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has been instrumental in supporting cooperative law enforcement efforts with Mexico. Kelly Zusman, the appellate chief for the district, received a Director’s Award for outstanding appellate work. Zusman represents the United States in the 9th Circuit, has served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee as a 9th Circuit representative, teaches appellate advocacy for the National Advocacy Center and has created and produced a nine-part series on appellate advocacy for the Justice Television Network.


Anna Ciesielski and M. Renee Cummings have formed Oregon Immigration Group, which will focus on asylum, advanced issues in U Visa/VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), advocacy on behalf of children, family-based visas and waivers, removal defense and litigation. Together, Ciesielski and Cummings have more than 15 years of experience representing clients in immigration matters. Reach them at 4511 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 206B, Portland, OR 97215; phone: (503) 776-7900; email: renee@oregonimmigrationgroup.com and anna@oregonimmigrationgroup.com.

Trista N. Speer has joined Ball Janik as an associate in the firm’s litigation group. Speer’s practice will focus on commercial litigation and employment. Speer previously served as a deputy district attorney in the Umatilla County district attorney’s office in Pendleton, where she handled felony and misdemeanor cases. She successfully prosecuted more than 30 jury trials, argued dozens of motions to the court and presented numerous cases to the grand jury.

Harris Law Group has opened a second office location in Salem to better serve clients in Marion, Polk, Linn and surrounding counties. Shannon L. Hall will divide her time between the Eugene and Salem offices. The Salem office is located at 960 Broadway Street N.E., Suite 4, Salem, OR 97301; phone: (971) 209-2443; fax: (541) 683-3149. Hall is the new chair of the Lane County Bar’s Family Law Section.

Salem lawyer Julia C. Rice, who provides mediation services in domestic relations matters, has expanded her practice to provide legal services and representation in several new areas. In addition to mediation, Rice now focuses on estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianships, conservatorships, uncontested divorces and adoptions. The new name for her newly expanded practice is Law Office of Julia C. Rice. She will continue to facilitate domestic relations mediations for parties in Marion and Polk counties and other locations, both through the court-sponsored programs and privately. Also, she has moved to a new office at 1247 Commercial St. S.E., Salem, OR 97302.; phone: (971) 273-7479; email: julia@juliaricelaw.com; website: www.juliaricelaw.com.

Folawn Alterman & Richardson welcomes Corey Tolliver as a partner with the firm. His practice includes legal and accountant malpractice, complex civil litigation, securities litigation and all manner of business disputes. Tolliver can be reached at corey@FARlawfirm.com and (503) 546-4630.

After completing 16 years of service as a circuit court judge in Jackson County, Daniel L. Harris is launching the next phase of his career as a civil trial attorney, mediator and arbitrator. Harris recently joined the firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick and will serve clients in Portland, the Willamette Valley, Eugene and southern Oregon. Harris was appointed in 1997 by Gov. John Kitzhaber to the bench, where he managed a civil trial docket, served as a settlement judge (chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission) and most recently as an appointed judge for the Oregon Complex Litigation Court. Previously, he was a civil trial attorney for 14 years, focusing on real property, commercial and business disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, and government, regulatory and land-use matters.

Kirstin Abel joins Bodyfelt Mount after working at another Portland law firm, where she represented healthcare providers and facilities in malpractice cases. She will continue to focus her practice on litigation, representing individuals and businesses in a variety of civil matters.

Xin Xu is now of counsel to Barg Tom P.C., where she advises and represents clients in business and real estate litigation matters. Xin continues to operate the Law Office of Xin Xu, where she focuses on business litigation, legal malpractice defense and ethics advice. Her contact information has not changed, and she can also be reached at xinxu@bargtom.com.

Owens, Sneller, Pinzelik & Wood, located in Portland’s Johns Landing area for more than four years, is opening a second office in the up-and-coming Montavilla neighborhood of southeast Portland. The Montavilla Law Center, at 7831 S.E. Stark St., directly across the street from the historic Academy Theater, is intended to offer the firm’s current and future clients from the east side of the Willamette River a more convenient place to meet with their attorneys regarding personal injury, bankruptcy, family law, small business and other matters. The office informally opened Sept. 3; a more formal opening is in the works.

John Roberts has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as a litigation associate in the firm’s Eugene office. Roberts previously clerked for the Hon. Judge Karsten Rasmussen, presiding judge in the Lane County Circuit Court, and served as a law clerk at Arnold Gallagher, Percell, Roberts & Potter in Eugene. He was involved in cases regarding indirect employer liability, land use, judicial review of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality decisions, defamation and foreclosure.

Veris Law Group, a Seattle-based law firm, announces the addition of attorneys Andrew H. Salter and Lisa Franklin. Salter has more than three decades’ experience litigating cases in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, California and Wyoming. His clients include corporations large and small, banks, Native American tribes, entertainers, citizens groups, non-profit organizations and individuals. He currently focuses his practice on commercial, banking, real estate, tribal, environmental and land use disputes. Franklin is a trial lawyer with nearly two decades’ experience spanning cases involving tort litigation, personal injury, contract disputes, banking, property disputes, product liability, construction defects, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith. She also has an estate planning practice. Franklin has served as a judge pro tem and as an arbitrator and mediator. She is licensed to practice law in Washington and California.

Amy Graveline (Amy Durocher) has joined Dascenzo Intellectual Property Law as a patent and trademark attorney. Graveline focuses her practice on patent and trademark procurement, as well as client counseling and opinion work. With degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, her technical experience is wide ranging and includes medical devices, dental equipment, semiconductors and mechanical devices. She earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2007 and has been a Portland intellectual property attorney since.

Janet Holcomb, a recently retired Oregon circuit court judge, has joined Arnold Law in Eugene as senior counsel. She brings 27 years of courtroom experience to Arnold Law. Her new practice will focus on settlement conferences (mediation) and arbitration for represented parties. She also assists clients in complex litigation cases. She began her career as an associate deputy city attorney for Portland and a deputy city attorney for Corvallis. She then worked for eight years as a Benton County deputy district attorney. She finished her public service career serving for more than 15 years as a circuit court judge in Benton County. She retired in 2012.

In Memoriam

Arthur Lewis Whinston died Sept. 4, 2013, in Tigard. He was 88.

Whinston, originally from New York City, was born Feb. 5, 1925. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1945, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University in 1947 and a J.D. from New York University in 1957.

Whinston served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps in 1945 and worked as an aeronautical engineer, designing aircraft wings at Republic Aviation in New York while he went to law school at night. After graduating from New York University School of Law in 1957, he joined the law firm Arthur Dry in New York City as a patent attorney. In 1964, Whinston moved to Portland to work for Klarquist Sparkman (then known as Buckhorn, Blore, Klarquist & Sparkman). Whinston practiced patent law at Klarquist for 43 years. He also served as the firm’s managing partner for 10 years.

Whinston served as the president of the Princeton Club of Oregon and established a $50,000 scholarship fund under his name at Princeton. Whinston was also active at the Multnomah Athletic Club, first in long distance running, then swimming, weightlifting, decathlon and track and field competitions. He set numerous weightlifting records for his age group and was admitted to the World Association of Bench Pressers & Deadlifters Hall of Fame in 2011.

Whinston is survived by his wife, Melicent, whom he married in 1949. The couple has five children and four grandchildren.


Ralph M. Holman, a fourth-generation Oregonian and former justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, died from the effects of old age on Sept. 3, 2013 in Salem. He was 99.

Holman was born in Portland on June 7, 1914, and was reared in the Molalla area, where he attended both grammar and high school. He graduated from the Northwestern School of Law, now Lewis & Clark Law School, in 1937 and was admitted to the practice of law the same year. He practiced in Portland until 1942, when he was inducted into the Navy, serving as a chief petty officer until being discharged in 1946.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, he joined the law firm of Butler & Jack in Oregon City which, subsequently, became Butler, Jack, Beckett & Holman. In 1950, he was appointed circuit judge of Clackamas County by Gov. Douglas McKay, in which position he served until he was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 1965.

While a trial judge, he was a member of a Committee on the Administration of Justice, established by the Legislature. As chairman of its subcommittee on juvenile law, he was instrumental in the passage of a law permitting the termination of parental rights of parents of abused children, thus making them eligible for adoption. At the request of the other members of the supreme court, he drew the plan for establishment of the Oregon Court of Appeals, which was presented to the state bar and which was created by the Legislature.

Holman was a life member of the board of trustees of Lewis & Clark College and served as chair of the law school budget committee until the law school budget was subsumed into the greater school budget. He was given a distinguished graduate award by Lewis & Clark Law School as well as the Aubrey Watzik award by Lewis & Clark College. The Holman M. Holman Law Center in Oregon City was dedicated on July 30, 2007. He retired from the supreme court in 1980, after serving as a judge for 30 years.

In 1937, he married Louise Mariam Oesch of Portland. She died in 1989. His closest relatives are nephews and nieces.


Roger Meyer died on Sept. 3, 2013, in Portland after a long fight with cancer and ALS. He was 81.

Roger Lee Meyer was born July 1, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo. While not religious, Meyer identified with his Jewish roots, carrying forth the traditions inculcated in him at the Ethical Societies of St. Louis and New York, where he attended Fieldston School. He attended Oberlin College and Yale Law School.

A natural athlete, he excelled in sports. He was captain of his high school soccer and college track teams. He served for five years on the Oberlin alumni board and chaired his 50th Yale Law School reunion.

In 1956, Meyer married his Oberlin College sweetheart, Mary Hoerr Meyer, with whom he had three children. They divorced in 1990, and in 2000 he married Jackie Jeppe.

Upon graduating from Yale Law School, Meyer joined his brother Paul in Portland, where in 1957 he joined and subsequently became a partner in Sabin, Malarkey, Dafoe & Newcomb (later Sabin, Newcomb, Sabin, Meyer & Schwartz). In 1985, he formed Meyer & Wyse, which he led until his retirement after 50 years of practice.

He acquired many architectural firms as clients, and in 1975 Gov. Robert Straub appointed Meyer as the first public member to the Oregon Board of Architectural Examiners, on which he served until 1989, including several terms as president. He was chair of the Western Conference of Architectural Registration Boards and the first public and only non-architect ever to serve on the nine-member National Conference of Architectural Registration Boards. He also spent 12 years on the board of trustees for the Architectural Foundation of Oregon.

As a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Oregon, he represented Gladys McCoy in seeking to strip the City Club of Portland of its tax-exempt status for its exclusion of women from membership. The suit was rendered moot in 1973 when the club finally reached the two-thirds vote necessary to admit women. Meyer was also active in the City Club of Portland and served on several committees, chairing one on bail bond and release procedures in Oregon and another on voluntary support of arts in Oregon.

Meyer was an avid bird and duck hunter, and from within a month of his arrival in Oregon to shortly before his death, he had a golden retriever or two loyally by his side. They accompanied him to Sauvie Island for duck hunting as well as on annual trips to Eastern Oregon for upland game. His collection of wooden duck decoys is an impressive array of the art through the decades. An avid mountain climber in his earlier days, he climbed the Cascade trio of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.

His survivors include his wife, Jackie, three children, a brother and grandchildren.


Yvonne Stevenson Osredkar of Ridgefield, Wash., died Sept. 5, 2013 in Portland. She was 62.

Osredkar was born March 4, 1951, in Portland, where she graduated from Marshall High School in 1969. She attended Whitman College and graduated from Portland State University in 1974 and from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1980.

She practiced family law with Herb Trubo for several years after law school and then worked for State Farm in Oregon, Hawaii and Washington for the majority of her career. Osredkar retired from State Farm but wanted to remain busy and involved. She found a job she loved with the state of Oregon, first helping the Occupational Therapy Licensing Board and then as an investigator for the Veterinarian Board.

She enjoyed discussing literature and opera. She had many artistic hobbies but will be dearly remembered for the deep and sincere friendships she developed and maintained over the years.

She is survived by her husband, Tom, a brother, five step-daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Krista Irene Koehl, an accomplished attorney, advocate for balancing the environment and the economy and the arts, died Sept. 6, 2013, while on a vacation in Italy. She was 40.

Koehl was born on Aug. 23, 1973, and prided herself on being down-to-earth, hard-working, organized, fun-loving and passionate about life. She graduated valedictorian in 1991 from Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Ohio. No stranger to hard work, Koehl worked to put herself through college, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in environmental policy from Ohio University in 1995.

She was one of the rare ones who could seemingly do it all — balance her professional, community and family life. She loved being outdoors in her garden, in wine country, fishing, traveling and walking her beloved rescue dog, Moxie. She was the quintessential hostess and always made time for friends and family.

Koehl came to Oregon in 1996 to attend the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where she earned her law degree with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law magna cum laude in 1999. Koehl served as an associate attorney at Stoel Rives before joining the Port of Portland in 2004 as assistant general counsel. There she led the Port’s critical Portland Harbor Superfund efforts, becoming the first general manager of Portland Harbor Environmental issues before being promoted to general counsel in December 2012.

Koehl was widely recognized as a rising star and leader in both the Port and larger legal communities. She was a mentor to many, cultivating the best in her employees, colleagues and friends. Koehl took her leadership duties seriously and was relentless in her promotion of increasing professional opportunities for women.

Koehl founded Women in the Environment and served on its board, as well as the boards of the Freshwater Trust, Classroom Law Project and the Lewis & Clark Law School alumni board of directors. Koehl was also a talented watercolor painter and served on the governance committee for the Right Brain Initiative.

Koehl is survived by her husband, Ray Hendricks, her mother and stepfather, a brother, a sister, a stepson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Lester L. Rawls, a respected attorney who headed both the Oregon State Bar and the OSB Professional Liability Fund, died Sept. 12, 2013 in Lewiston, Idaho. He was 85.

Rawls was born Feb. 8, 1928 in Mabton, Wash. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and the Japan occupation in World War II. He attended Willamette University, Pacific University and then Lewis and Clark College in Portland, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He subsequently graduated from Northwestern School of Law in Portland in 1962 with his J.D.

After many years as a manager in the insurance industry, he entered the private practice of law in 1963. In 1972, he was appointed by Gov. Tom McCall as the insurance commissioner for the state of Oregon and served in that capacity until 1977. While commissioner, he was appointed to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners committee on malpractice and served on the American Bar Association Special Committee on Professional Liability. Rawls was a founding member of the NAIC bar-related insurance companies. He was elected chairman of the executive committee of the NAIC in 1976, and in 1977 elected president of NAIC.

In 1978, he was hired by the Oregon State Bar to organize and administer the Professional Liability Fund. At the same time, he was the interim executive director for the Oregon State Bar.

While at the Professional Liability Fund, he pioneered a program addressing attorney alcohol/drug dependency through rehabilitation services, which has become a national model for other state bar associations.

Prior to retirement in 1993, Rawls returned to private practice, emphasizing insurance regulatory matters.

Rawls married Jean Stephenson in 1951, had three children and divorced after 29 years. In 1983, he married Elizabeth (Libby) Johnson. After retirement, they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where he was active in politics and community affairs. He was a past member of the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands, past president of the Nez Perce County Historical Society, a 63-year member of the Calam Shrine Lodge No. 10 in Lewiston, the Shrine Oriental Band and the Cranker’s Club.

His hobbies included golfing, model train railroading, wood working, photography, antique cars, debating politics and in earlier years, flying his Piper Comanche airplane.

Rawls is survived by his wife Elizabeth Ann (Libby), two sons, two daughters and grandchildren.


Harl H. Haas, a noted trial lawyer who enjoyed a long and distinguished career serving the people of Multnomah County and the state of Oregon in all three branches of government, died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Sept. 21, 2013. He was 80.

Haas was born on Dec. 24, 1932 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He called Oregon home beginning in 1958 when he came west to attend law school. After military service and undergraduate study at the University of Montana and South East Missouri State, Haas graduated with honors from Willamette University Law School in 1961. He was proud to be a 52-year member of the Oregon State Bar.

His occupation was trial lawyer; his avocation was public service. He was able to combine the two in a long and distinguished career serving the people of Multnomah County and the state of Oregon in all three branches of government as a legislator, district attorney and circuit court judge.

Haas’s motivation to enter public service was a true desire to improve the lives of the people he represented. He was most proud of the programs that he pioneered that made real differences in the lives of thousands of people in Oregon and across the nation. In 1974, as district attorney, his office created the first Rape Victim Advocate Program to ease the trauma and protect the dignity of rape victims as they assisted the prosecution of the accused. In 1975, he implemented the first Victim’s Assistance Program to require restitution and protect the rights of crime victims. In 1991, as circuit court judge, he started the S.T.O.P. Drug Court to recognize and minimize the impact of drug addiction in the administration of justice. These programs became models for the nation and he went on to promote them nationally, speaking at legislative and judicial conferences in nearly every state and in Congress.

He was an invited guest of President Clinton in 1994 at the signing of the National Crime Bill at the White House. Haas was a proud Democrat and skilled politician who practiced his craft in a time where differences of opinion created opportunities for compromise and progress.

Along with his public service came public notoriety. Haas knew how to differentiate the two. He made appearances on “60 Minutes,” “The Phil Donahue Show” and Court TV and was covered by many local and national publications. Famous trial lawyer Gerry Spence tried a case in front of Judge Haas in 1987 that became the subject of Spence’s book “The Smoking Gun”. Speaking of Haas, Spence said, “He was patient. He was a loving judge. He ruled with love not power. He created a court in which the atmosphere was one of caring and redemption. These are inadequate words I write for a great man who has made immeasurable contributions to my life over the years.”

Haas is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, a daughter, three stepchildren and three grandchildren.


Retired labor lawyer Monica A. Smith died Oct. 09, 2013 at the age of 62.

She was born March 16, 1951, in Tacoma and grew up as the fifth of eight siblings. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. Following college, Smith worked at a variety of jobs, including packing crabs in Alaska, waiting tables, keeping bees, counseling migrant workers and teaching English as a second language. She also studied Spanish and traveled extensively in Latin America.

A bad employer eventually convinced Smith to overcome her resistance to her father’s advice to become a lawyer. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1982. Smith worked as a labor lawyer for 26 years, forming the firm of Smith, Gamson, Diamond & Olney. She had the opportunity to represent unions of all sizes and employees in a wide range of fields, including education employees, fire fighters, state and county employees, stagehands, patternmakers and restaurant workers, as well as the Oregon AFL-CIO.

After retiring from her practice of law in 2008, she continued to work for the Oregon Education Association, proudly supporting public education through the empowerment of education employees. Smith was a singer, gardener, swimmer and bicyclist. She was always active in her community, as a volunteer at Franklin High School, IRCO (the Immigration and Refugee Community Organization) and especially with the Willamette Valley Law Project, which supports the work of PCUN, the Northwest Farmworkers Union.

Smith lived well with cancer for four years. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Jeremy Sarant, her two children, seven siblings and many others.

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