Oregon State Bar Bulletin JULY 2015
Vicki M. Smith, a trial attorney and partner with Bodyfelt Mount, has become a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, an invitation-only organization for U.S. and international civil defense litigators, senior corporate counsel and insurance claims executives. Smith’s law practice focuses on general civil litigation and insurance coverage matters in Oregon and Washington. She handles cases involving insurance and surety bond coverage, construction defect, asbestos and professional liability claims.
Civil defense law firm Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth has been selected for Oregon Business magazine’s 2015 list of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon. More than 400 companies and 17,000 employees participated in the survey. The firm has been recognized before for its efforts to engage in environmentally responsible business practices. The firm was named a sustainability partner by the Oregon State Bar in 2012 and was awarded Sustainability at Work’s gold certification in 2014.
Kirsten Anderson was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. She received the organization’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her years of support and service.
Lane Powell has been named one of the Top 100 Firms for Female Attorneys by Law360, a subscription-based, legal news service operated by the Portfolio Media, a subsidiary of LexisNexis. The ranking is based on the firm’s female representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and its total number of female attorneys.
Michael Fuller has accepted the position of adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. He will instruct a 13-week consumer law course starting spring 2016. Fuller is a partner at Olsen Daines in Portland. His boutique banking law practice focuses on bankruptcy enforcement, collections, mortgages and credit report.
Liza Burney, formerly Multnomah County deputy district attorney, has been selected as the featured guest speaker at an upcoming retreat, “Meditation for a Better Brain,” on Aug. 21-23 at Ananda Center Laurelwood in Gaston. She will be presenting on the topic of how environmental stress can affect the brain and will demonstrate some simple and effective techniques to calm and focus the mind and clear stress, as well as strengthen the overall energy of the brain. Details can be found at www.heart-to-heart-healing.com.
Dunn Carney partner Dan Drazan has been elected to the board of directors of the Commercial Association of Brokers, Oregon/Southwest Washington, which provides clients with information needed to make choices about purchases, investments and management opportunities. Drazan, who was recently selected to lead the firm’s real estate and land use team, advises clients in a wide range of real estate transactions and on general business matters.
Stoel Rives partner Carolyn D. Walker has been elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds that support their cause of interest. Walker practices in the Stoel Rives labor and employment group. She has extensive experience litigating and counseling clients on a wide variety of employment matters and also investigates complaints of harassment and discrimination and responds to governmental agency complaints filed against employers.
Trial counsel Larry D. Schucht, an employee at Saif for 24 years, was awarded the Workers’ Compensation Section Professionalism and Service Award at the section’s annual meeting at Salishan in May. He is the first attorney at Saif to receive this award, which has been presented to attorneys since 1997. Schucht was recognized for his efforts for working with the Going Forward Committee and at the University of Oregon Law School, where he is now teaching workers’ compensation law as an adjunct professor.
The Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation welcomes two new board members. The Hon. Janice Wilson is a senior judge, retired from the Multnomah County Circuit Court. She currently has a private arbitration and mediation practice, in addition to her service as a Plan B judge in courts around the state. Wilson was a founder of CourtCare and the Oregon Judges Charitable Foundation. Nicole DeFever is a senior assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice in the trial division, civil litigation section. In addition to representing state agencies in condemnation and inverse condemnation actions, she represents Oregon in a broad range of civil litigation, including administrative, land use, section 1983 and tort matters.
The American Arbitration Association has accepted Jeff Merrick to its roster of mediators. Merrick serves as a mediator by individual arrangement in addition to his associations with AAA, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, the U.S. District Court for Oregon and the Oregon State Courts. For more information, see www.merrick mediation.com.
Iris Tilley, partner at Barran Liebman, has joined the Portland Children’s Museum board, where she will share her voice in the museum’s operations and mission to teach kids curiosity, creativity and adventure in the arts and sciences. She is also a board member with Oregon Women Lawyers.
Joel Shapiro was a presenter and participant at a recent international conference, led by former President Jimmy Carter, on sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The World Summit: End Sexual Exploitation 2025 was hosted by the Carter Center in Atlanta and co-sponsored by Rotary International. Shapiro was invited to the conference based on his experience in crafting legislation and policies at both the federal and state level. He presented on the topic of how cultural norms impact legislative initiatives to hold offenders accountable through criminal and civil law.
Terrence Pancoast has been elected to the board of directors of Allen Trust Co. Pancoast serves as senior counsel at Stoel Rives and practices in the areas of estate planning, tax-exempt organizations, trusts, and family and closely-held businesses.
New Multnomah Bar Association officers and directors have been elected, with terms that began June 1. The new MBA president is Bob Steringer of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick. He has been on the board since 2012, most recently as treasurer. The new treasurer is Akira Heshiki, Standard Insurance Co., who practices in insurance benefits litigation. She serves as the current MBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. The new MBA secretary is Eric Dahlin of Davis Wright Tremaine. He has been on the board since 2013 and is the current courthouse and court funding committee chair. Also serving on the board will be: past president Dana Sullivan, Buchanan, Angeli, Altschul & Sullivan; Lane Borg, executive director of Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland; Rima Ghandour of Ghandour Law; Marshal Spector, of counsel with Gevurtz Menashe; and Lissa Kaufman of Lissa Kaufman Law. Incoming MBA Young Lawyers Section President Mackenzie Hogan of Harris & Bowker will also serve on the board as a director. Continuing directors include Todd Cleek, Maya Crawford, Amber Hollister, Elizabeth Knight, Thomas Sand and Andrew Schpak.
Global law firm K&L Gates has been named the Outstanding Firm for Furthering Women’s Advancement (Recruitment, Retention and Promotion) in the Chambers Women in Law Awards, USA 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Chambers Women in Law Awards reflect the achievements and advancements of women in the legal profession and recognize firms and corporations that provide a work environment in which female lawyers can thrive.
The Oregon chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers announces the admission of two new fellows, Gordon Phillips of Johnson, Phillips & Moore in Bend and Kimberly Quach of Lechman-Su & Quach in Portland. With their admissions, the Oregon chapter of AAML now has 26 fellows honored as family law practitioners.
Nelson Atkin, a partner at Barran Liebman, has been elected to the Portland Opera’s board of directors. Atkin has represented the organization on a pro bono basis for the past 30 years, advising them on employment law issues and providing representation in labor negotiations. In 2014, he was honored with the Aubrey N. Morgan Award, the Portland Opera’s highest tribute, given for distinguished and extraordinary support and service to the organization.
Tonkon Torp attorney Melina LaMorticella is the new chair-elect of the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. A member of Tonkon Torp’s business immigration practice group, LaMorticella represents regional and international companies in a variety of matters related to employment-based immigration and naturalization. She has served as a volunteer liaison for the Oregon AILA chapter, working with state agencies on immigration issues, as well as community outreach efforts.
Judge Alfred T. (Ted) Goodwin has been called the most important judicial figure in Oregon since Matthew Deady. His stature would be warranted alone by his ruling preserving the ocean beaches for the people of Oregon, but his contribution encompasses far more. A new biography, A Life in Judging: Ted Goodwin of Oregon, by Stephen L. Wasby, shows how Judge Goodwin has affected the practice of law over the past 60-plus years. After only four years in private practice, he embarked on judicial service lasting 14 years in Oregon’s state courts and more than 40 on the federal bench. The book can be obtained from Powell’s Books, or by contacting the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. The price is $24.50 plus shipping.
Damien Hall of Ball Janik has been appointed to the board of commissioners for Home Forward, the housing authority for the cities of Portland, Gresham and all of Multnomah County. Hall, a land use and real estate attorney, has worked for several years representing both property owners and local governments. His background is in urban planning and development, and he regularly assists clients with real estate transactions, natural resources law, municipal law and formation and organization of business entities. He is a member of the National Black Lawyers Top 100 and is licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington and California.
Real estate attorney Jonathan Singer of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn was recently elected to the board of trustees of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. Singer, a fourth-generation Portlander, counsels clients on real estate transactions and litigation, as well as general business matters and litigation. He regularly represents landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating lease agreements for office, retail and industrial space. Before beginning his legal career, he was a political consultant and writer who interviewed dozens of high-profile political figures, including Barack Obama, Bob Dole and Nancy Pelosi.
IAM (Intellectual Asset Management) magazine recently recognized Lane Powell as one of the top patent law firms in Oregon and Washington, as well as naming attorneys Brian G. Bodine, Julianne R. Davis, John R. Dawson and Alan D. Minsk as top individuals in the practice. The publication’s “IAM Patent 1000” stated that Lane Powell has “a sophisticated understanding of the contribution that patents can make to the success of a business,” and that the firm provides “down-to-earth, pragmatic advice and a blend of technical, legal and commercial nous.”
The Rothauge & Kaner Women’s Trial Academy, sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers, is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Member Program Award, presented by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. The eight-month-long intensive program is designed for young women litigators with three to six years of experience. The program addresses some of the unique challenges faced by women lawyers in the courtroom and trains them to turn perceived disadvantages into strengths and winning strategies. The award, first presented in 2008, recognizes innovative women’s bar programs and services that primarily provide training and other benefits for their members. The award will be presented at a luncheon July 31 in Chicago.
P. Scott McCleery and David Wade are forming McCleery & Wade, effective May 1. The address is 1399 Franklin Blvd., Second Floor, Eugene, OR 97403; phone: (541) 344-2174; fax: (541) 344-0209.
Four Oregon bar members have been named shareholders of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Janna Aginsky focuses her Portland practice in the areas of commercial real estate and natural resources, with an emphasis on forest products transactions. She has extensive experience representing timber companies and timber investment management organizations. She received her J.D. and an LL.M. in sustainable international development from the University of Washington School of Law. Aukjen Ingraham serves in the general litigation group in Portland. She represents key companies in the transportation industry in state and federal court and has extensive litigation experience, including trial experience. Ingraham received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Virginia Nicholson’s practice in the firm’s Seattle office includes litigation, land use and health law regulation. Before pursuing a career in law, she worked with network and messaging technologies for prominent local technology firms. Nicholson received her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law. Based in Vancouver, Wash., Matthew Bisturis focuses his practice on business and real estate transactions, including choice of entity and entity formations, business transition and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leases, and general corporate and real estate matters. Bisturis received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Scott Meyer announces the opening of his full-time arbitration and mediation practice. He has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years, practicing civil litigation in state and federal courts. He can be reached at (971) 888-4451; email: email@example.com; or web: www.meyer-adr.com.
Gevurtz Menashe welcomes associate family law attorney Joel T. Geelan. He received his J.D. from Willamette University in 2012. Upon graduation, he began a family law practice in Portland. Geelan will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt and modification for clients with legal matters in Oregon.
Buckley Law announces the firm’s newest shareholders, John Witherspoon and Randy Duncan. As part of the firm’s business group they will continue to emphasize business, real estate, corporate, LLC and estate-planning matters for closely held businesses, including how best to structure and internally operate limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations. Witherspoon counsels business sector clients in real estate development and investment, medical and accounting professional practices, and manufacturing and distribution. Most recently, he has worked with Native American tribal communities. Duncan provides outside general counsel to companies and entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, health care, retail, real estate and professional services. He assists clients in understanding and prioritizing the business and legal issues facing their companies, enabling them to make informed and sound decisions.
Heather Decker is the new director of attorney professional development and recruiting at Tonkon Torp. With a focus on supporting attorney professional development and career satisfaction, she is responsible for creating education and training opportunities, mentoring and helping attorneys transition, establish and build their practices. She oversees the firm’s attorney recruiting and hiring process for graduating law students and experienced attorneys making lateral moves. Decker is a 1996 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and has practiced civil litigation with various large and small law offices in the Portland area. She has been active in the Oregon State Bar, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Law School Alumni Association and Oregon Women Lawyers.
Lora Keenan has joined the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice as public records counsel. Keenan previously worked for the Oregon Court of Appeals as a staff attorney to the chief judge and for the Oregon Supreme Court as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert D. Durham.
Angela Otto has joined Ball Janik as a partner in the Portland office. Otto, whose practice is focused on representing clients in construction and design, construction defect and litigation matters, will continue to represent general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, developers and design professionals in construction disputes. She previously practiced at another Portland boutique construction law firm. She has extensive experience representing clients on construction disputes, including representing sureties and insurance companies on construction-related matters. She is counsel to the board for the Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia chapter, and a past chair of the OSB Construction Law Section.
Joshua Kennedy has joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in the firm’s construction law practice group. Kennedy has taken more than 25 cases through jury trial verdict, while focusing on a variety of practice areas, including complex construction defect, personal injury, auto accident, property dispute, premises liability and environmental claims.
Christy Doornink has been elected firm president and managing attorney of Reinisch Wilson Weier, a firm dedicated to workers’ compensation legal defense. Michael H. Weier, who has served as president and managing attorney since 2006, will be of counsel. In June Doornink she becomes the second woman to be firm president. She joined the firm shortly after graduating from Northwestern College of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 2003. Doornink is a member of both Oregon and Washington bars, focusing her practice on Washington workers’ compensation defense. Weier joined the firm in 1988 after serving as a Washington state assistant attorney general.
Civil and commercial litigator Gary Scharff has relocated. The Law Office of Gary Underwood Scharff is now located at 520 S.W. Sixth Ave., Suite 1040, Portland, OR 97204; phone: (503) 493-4353; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Scharff’s practice emphasizes debtor-creditor law and small business bankruptcy.
Mathew W. Lauritsen, formerly with Ball Janik, has joined Kell, Alterman & Runstein in the firm’s litigation group as an associate in the Portland office. Lauritsen focuses his practice on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He has successfully represented bankruptcy trustees, receivers and Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession. He also represents banks, commercial lenders and other clients in state and federal court. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
Bullard Law welcomes the addition of Randi J. Ensley as a new attorney. Formerly a law clerk, Ensley has now become an associate with the firm. He specializes in employment law with a focus on employment discrimination, litigation, benefit plans, claims, settlements, personnel policies and HIPAA-related matters.
Rosemary E. Zook has joined Hackett Law Firm as an associate attorney. Zook has practiced law since 2008 and has focused her efforts on representing debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters. She will continue her bankruptcy practice and will work in the firm’s Beaverton and Southeast Portland office locations. Reach her at email@example.com.
Christopher L. Reivehas been elected managing shareholder of Jordan Ramis, effective Feb. 1 focuses his law practice environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, obtaining insurance coverage for environmental issues, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety. Reive will continue his environmental law practice while serving in his new role. He succeeds Steven L. Shropshire, who has been named managing shareholder of the firm’s Bend office. Shropshire joined the firm in 2001, was named a shareholder in January 2004 and was elected managing shareholder in 2007. He focuses his practice on water rights, real estate and land use law, working with private and public sector clients to manage their real estate assets and address regulatory compliance issues.
Jordan Ramis announces the election of two shareholders to the firm’s board of directors. Amy A. Robinson is co-chair of the firm’s business practice group. She focuses her legal practice on employment and business law. Prior to her legal career, Robinson worked as a human resources professional for a variety of employers. She regularly speaks and provides training for H.R. professionals, managers and employees, and professional organizations on a variety of employment and human resources topics. Robert Koury II is chair of the firm’s dirt law practice group. His legal practice emcompasses a full range of real estate matters, including acquisition, permitting, construction, leasing, financing, refinancing, loan restructuring and other real estate issues. Koury also serves as general counsel to many of his clients, addressing a range of business concerns.
Barran Liebman welcomes Anthony Kuchulis to the firm. Kuchulis focuses his practice on representing employers and management in employment litigation. He currently serves on the executive committee of the OSB New Lawyers Division and was recently honored with a Member Services Award for his efforts on the committee. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2008.
Radler, White, Parks & Alexander announces the addition of Jack T. Conners as of counsel in the firm’s Portland office as a member of the real estate practice group. Conners represents real estate private equity firms, institutional investors, developers, real estate management companies and other property owners in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, property management, development, easements and joint ventures. He is a member of the bar in both Oregon and California.
Bullard Law welcomes the addition of Liani J. Reeves, former chief legal adviser to Gov. John A. Kitzhaber, as a new attorney; she has become of counsel to the firm. Her practice focuses on litigation defense, employee management and employee training. She is the 2015 recipient of the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award from Oregon Women Lawyers. Her specialties include defending against race, gender, age and disability discrimination claims, as well as OFLA, FMLA and whistleblowing and retaliation claims.
After 22 years of federal practice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clifford J. Villa has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of New Mexico School of Law, in his hometown of Albuquerque. He will be teaching courses in environmental law and disaster law that he developed as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. He will also be helping to establish a new clinic for environmental law. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James R. Gregory has joined Phillip C. Gilbert & Associates, an East Multnomah County firm specializing in personal injury, insurance and other litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Gregory operated a solo practice and was a partner in a respected Portland indigent defense firm.
After over five years in solo practice, Chad E. Schaff is rejoining the firm he left. David W. Owens P.C & Associates (since January 2011 known as Owens, Sneller, Pinzelik & Wood) will now to be known as Owens, Sneller, Pinzelik, Wood & Schaff. Schaff will be involved primarily with criminal defense, family law and landlord-tenant representation in both Oregon and Washington. Schaff joined the Oregon bar in 2002 and the Washington bar in 2007.
Troutman Sanders has moved the firm’s Portland office to the First & Main Building at 100 S.W. Main St., relocating from its previous address on S.W. Broadway. Since opening in 2010, the firm has continued to grow. The new, larger space features technology and other enhancements that promote efficiency and collaboration. The First & Main Building is LEED Platinum-certified and includes numerous ecofriendly features.
Ball Janik announces the opening of its new Utah offices. Attorneys of the law firm Richards, Kimble & Winn joined Ball Janik, effective June 1. OSB member John D. Richards III has been named managing partner of the firm’s new offices in Salt Lake City and St. George. These Utah offices will focus on general counsel and collection services for community associations, while expanding their services to include real estate, construction and construction defect litigation, corporate, financial services, commercial litigation and insurance recovery including bad-faith litigation. The offices are located at 2040 E. Murray Holladay Road, Suite 106, Salt Lake City, UT 84117, and at 3143 S. 840 E., Suite 307, St. George, UT 84790.
Buckley Law announces the firm’s newest shareholder, Joshua P. Stump. As part of the firm’s litigation group, Stump will focus his practice on matters involving business and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property, shareholder disputes, product liability, mass-tort and sports law. He has represented businesses as small as sole proprietorships to some of the largest companies in the United States.
Thede, Culpepper, Moore, Munro & Silliman welcomes two attorneys to the firm. Mercedes Rhoden-Feely specializes in estate planning, marital agreements and estate administration. She came from Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, where her practice also included work on complex litigation cases. Dustin Klinger joined the firm after 15 years with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. His practice focuses on business organization and transactions involving cooperative mergers and real estate-related acquisitions, sales, property management, leasing and secured financing. He is also admitted to practice in Washington.
With 23 years of insurance industry experience, patent attorney Edwin Skoch has opened his own commercial insurance brokerage, Aldgate Insurance Services, specializing in insurance coverage for patents and intellectual property and assisting startups and entrepreneurs, while serving Oregon and other states.
Jordan Ramis announces the addition of five new attorneys, welcoming lawyers from two other firms with whom they enjoyed a healthy competition over the years, O’Donnell, Clark & Crew and Yazbeck, Cloran & Bowser, both of which are winding down operations. Matthew D. Lowe, a business law attorney, joined the firm June 1 as a shareholder. Formerly a partner at O’Donnell, Clark & Crew, Lowe has 15 years of experience and focuses his practice on nonprofits and small businesses, concentrating on a unique niche in public charter schools as well as hotels, motels, vacation rental companies and restaurants. Lowe is a board member at Pacific University. D. Adam Anderson, a business and litigation associate, is also joining from O’Donnell, Clark & Crew. He earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, estate planning and public charter school law. David H. Bowser, a construction attorney, joined the firm June 1 as a shareholder. Formerly a shareholder with Yazbeck, Cloran & Bowser, Bowser focuses his practice in all areas of construction law, including contracting, counseling and litigation. He is a recipient of the Oregon Department of Justice Outstanding Service Award. He earned his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Also joining from Yazbeck, Cloran & Bowser are construction lawyers Joe Yazbeck and Brent Carpenter, who joined the firm on July 1. Yazbeck joins as a shareholder and brings decades of experience representing all sides in construction disputes, from general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to public and private owners. Yazbeck earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Associate Carpenter focuses his practice on all aspects of construction law, from contract review to prosecuting claims. Carpenter earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.
C.E. John Company has hired Misti Ernsberger as its general counsel. Ernsberger served for eight years as an assistant general counsel at the Port of Portland, where her work involved predominantly real estate and airport- related matters. She has extensive experience in restaurant and retail leasing. Before joining the port, she was in private practice. Ernsberger earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to law school, she worked in real estate and development.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt welcomes Stephanie Holmberg to the firm’s general litigation practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Holmberg served as associate general counsel at Wilson Construction Co. Before that, she developed her litigation skills at Cosgrave Vergeer Kester. Holmberg’s practice focuses on the construction, design and development industries, representing clients in both litigated and transactional matters.
The Oregon Nurses Association has named Alan Yoder to lead its labor relations program, beginning July 1. Serving as the association’s in-house attorney since 2000, Yoder has worked extensively with nurses at ONA’s 52 represented facilities — negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing nurses in unfair labor practice proceedings, providing general legal advice to ONA’s membership, representing members in arbitration proceedings and assisting ONA with its extensive legislative agenda. Yoder completed law school at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1998.
Megan I. Livermore has joined the Eugene law firm of Hutchinson, Cox, Coons, Orr & Sherlock as of counsel. Her practice focuses on real property transactions, business matters including start-ups, creditors’ rights and civil litigation matters. She can be reached at (541) 686-9160 or http://www.eugenelaw.com
Longtime Bend attorney Ron Marceau, who advised the city of Bend during periods of growth and development, died March 27, 2015. He was 82.
Ronald L. Marceau was born March 3, 1933. He attended the University of Michigan School of Law, graduating in 1960. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1961. He moved to Bend in the early 1960s after serving as a law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court.
Marceau was Bend’s city attorney for 38 years, until 2001. He worked under contract with the city while maintaining a private firm with law partners. Marceau provided legal advice during city annexations and other important land use decisions as the city grew from a small town, including development increased on the city’s west side, the West Bend Traffic Consortium and other transportation concerns.
Connie Crooker, a Portland criminal defense lawyer, OSB Bulletin contributor and longtime cancer survivor whose inspirational story gave life to books, blog posts, an online video and magazine articles, lost her final battle with melanoma on April 10, 2015. She died, surrounded by friends, listening to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” She was 68.
Constance Emerson Crooker was born July 23, 1946, in Portland, Maine. Her father, Charles W. Crooker, was a pastor, and her mother, Elizabeth MacGregor Crooker Bates, was a teacher. Her journey from her New England roots to her career as an Oregon criminal defense lawyer and advocate for professional interpreters in the courts was described in this magazine in July 2012 (Profiles in the Law, “Hard to Kill: Connie Crooker Proves to Be a Legal Scrapper”).
Diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma in 2008, Crooker was reluctantly thrust into the life of a “professional cancer survivor,” as she termed her post-retirement career. Friends recall her ferocious energy and powerful sense of humor, as well as some ghastly and grim times, in her last few years. She suffered through surgeries, radiation and immunotherapy. Crooker chronicled these treatments — interspersed with an engaging narrative of her solo tent-camping expedition across the country — in her book, Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death and Tent Camping. (Her earlier books include The Art of Legal Interpretation: A Guide for Court Interpreters and Gun Control and Gun Rights.) She made the journey and wrote the book after her doctors told her that the treatments had, indeed, “extended her expiration date.”
Early in 2012, however, the melanoma returned, this time as a tumor in her brain. With typical irreverence, Crooker posted a video of herself on YouTube: With her head immobilized by a “birdcage” device, she describes the gamma knife radiation she was enduring and sang ditties: “Does your brain hang low? / Does it wobble to and fro? … ”
Between what she termed “bouts of medical madness,” Crooker continued to dance, downhill ski, hike, play guitar and write. Most important was her writing. She chronicled her illness in regular, upbeat posts on her CaringBridge blog, “Melanoma Mama.” At her death, she had notes for two additional books, Melanoma Mama in Italy and Melanoma Mama as Caregiver.
In Summer 2013, Crooker renewed a friendship from years ago with former Army medic Jerome J. Jackson. He had discovered his letters from Vietnam to his mother in her estate. From his wheelchair, suffering the ravages of Agent Orange-induced Parkinson’s disease, he shared his memories of that period. They worked together over the past two years to complete her last book, Doc Jackson’s Letters Home: A Combat Medic’s 1968 Letters from Vietnam.
Despite the discovery of a new brain tumor in November 2014, Crooker continued to chronicle her treatments, post her photographs, share her love of music and of food and describe her increasing confrontations with the Grim Reaper in her blog, in emails to friends and in posts on survivor websites. Extended family members gathered for an Easter celebration with her just a few days before the last brain tumor took her life.
Crooker is survived by two sisters and a brother, as well as several nieces and nephews and countless friends and colleagues. Her books are available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paper editions and available through bookstores capable of print on demand publishing.
Bruce McCain, a well-known East Portland lawyer active in political and civic circles and known to many for his local television and radio appearances, died May 18, 2015, at his home in Portland of a brain tumor. He was 60.
Bruce Robert McCain was born in San Diego, Calif., on March 3, 1955. He was an active sports enthusiast who followed numerous teams, including the San Diego Aztecs and the Oregon State Beavers. Throughout his life, his love of sports transcended that of the average fan. He involved himself in youth coaching and even worked as a reporter for Oregon Prep Sports, an online source of news for Oregon high school sports.
He was also a ham radio enthusiast, a Pro Am photographer and quite possibly Costco’s No. 1 fan. (Weekly shopping trips were a must for him and his family.) He also had a soft spot for animals; at the time of his passing he had two dogs, Heidi and Kyra, and a cockatoo named Angel.
McCain served as chair of the Reynolds School Board and was a retired captain of the Multnomah County sheriff’s department. He was active in local conservative politics and had worked as an attorney for the last 24 years. Known for his eidetic memory and quick wit, he was a popular commentator on television and radio programs, sharing his expertise in criminal law and the legal system.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, three daughters and two grandchildren.
A memorial scholarship fund has been created in his name at www.gofundme.com/brucemccain.