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  • law-blogL&C Law School Snapshots tells the tale of students with different backgrounds, interests and observations. They blog about their unique law school experiences. Go

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  • Lillian Meyers JD ’64 died May 24, 2019, just shy of her 97th birthday.

    Lillian was born May 27, 1922, in Melba, Idaho, to Iva and James Cason. She was the fourth of eight children, sibling to Ella, Lee, Betty, Marie, Jamie, Richard, and Jean. The family moved to Burns, Oregon, when Lillian was an infant. While in high school she worked for the Burns Times Herald, the Weather Bureau, the hospital, and the courthouse. It was while working in the last of these that Lillian became inspired by the law and decided to become an attorney, despite all obstacles. This independent outlook and strength of character served her well throughout her life.

    In 1942 Lillian married Edward Meyers. They bought 45 acres on the Clackamas River, where they raised their five children. Lillian and Edward divorced in 1970.

    Friends introduced Lillian to Paul Olenik, who became her second husband in 1978. The couple spent many wonderful years traveling and enjoying life until Paul’s untimely death in 1997. After his passing, Lillian continued to travel and spend time with family and friends.

    Lillian was a proud Oregonian and never lost her connection to and love of Burns and the high desert. She returned as often as possible with her children to visit family and travel the back roads of the Steens Mountains and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

    It was only in her last seven years that dementia diminished the quality of her very full life. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, and her oldest daughter, Lynne. She is survived by her children Edward, Leslie, John, and Mona; her stepchildren Bethany, Jeff, John, David, Theresa, and Cindy; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

  • Robert J. Miller JD ’91 was named the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguish Research Scholar at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 2013. Miller taught at Lewis & Clark Law School from 1999 to 2013. His fourth book, Creating Private Sector Economies in Native America: Sustainable Development through Entrepreneurship, came out November 2019 from Cambridge University Press. Miller’s most recent article, “Sovereign Resilience: Reviving Private-Sector Economic Institutions in Indian Country,” was published in the April 2019 Brigham Young University Law Review.

  • Keenan Ordon-Bakalian JD ’19 has joined Jordan Ramis PC as an associate attorney in the firm’s land use and development practice group. Previously, Ordon-Bakalian worked for the firm as a law clerk. Licensed to practice in the state of Oregon, he focuses his practice on land use and environmental law and has experience handling a variety of regulatory and legal compliance matters at the intersection of these fields of law. While a law student, Ordon-Bakalian clerked for the Snohomish County (Washington) Prosecutor’s Office in the Land Use and Environmental Unit and for Western Resources Legal Center, where he assisted in drafting pleadings in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit relating to federal forest practices and ranching.

  • Erin Saylor JD ’08 has joined Columbia Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit working to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. As staff attorney, Saylor focuses on protecting the river from fracked gas, oil-by-rail, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. Previously, she worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where she focused on Clean Water Act permitting, chemical imports, and lead paint cases.

  • Dylan K. Lange JD ’12 became the director of special projects and legislative initiatives for the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State.

  • Molly Marcum JD ’83 was named by Best Lawyers as 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Health Care Law in Oregon. Marcum practices health care law and medical malpractice defense, with a primary focus on representing health care practitioners before licensing boards. She consults regularly on matters relating to HIPAA and other compliance issues and is experienced in assisting hospitals, clinics, and providers in response to complaints and government investigations relating to alleged violations. Marcum currently serves on the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section Executive Committee, the Lewis & Clark Law School Alumni Board, and the advisory board for the Campaign for Equal Justice. She served on the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Marcum has been recognized by SuperLawyers and was given the AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She practices at Keating Jones Hughes, PC, a leading professional liability defense firm in Oregon and Washington. As a partner at KJH, her practice includes litigation, arbitration and mediation, and administrative proceedings before licensing boards at all stages.

  • Sarah A. Garrett JD ’15 has joined the firm of Gress, Clark, Young & Schoepper as an associate attorney in their Beaverton, Oregon, office. Her practice specializes in the defense of Worker’s Compensation claims in the state of Oregon.

  • Dennis H. Treacy JD ’83, a member of Reed Smith LLP’s Virginia government relations team and the 2010 Lewis & Clark Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate, has been elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Treacy has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He served as the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and as assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Virginia Attorney General’s office. At Smithfield Foods, he served as president of the Smithfield Foundation, where he is currently on the board, and as executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for the company. In these roles, he directed many areas, including government affairs, corporate communications, environmental programs, sustainability initiatives, charitable giving, and the legal department. Treacy serves or has served on dozens of state and national boards and commissions. He is a past board chair of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chairs VIRGINIAforever, an environmental organization with members from businesses and natural resource and environmental groups. He also is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. “I am honored to be elected as a Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers,” said Treacy. “It is a privilege to join this distinguished group of environmental attorneys.”

  • Ashley L. Vaughn JD ’11 is now a partner at Dumas & Vaughn, Attorneys at Law, formerly Dumas Law Group, LLC. Vaughn practices with Gilion C. Dumas JD ’92, advocating for survivors of sexual abuse and harassment in civil cases across the country.

  • Jeremiah Rigsby JD ’14 was selected as chief of staff for CareOregon. Previously, Rigsby was CareOregon’s director of public policy and regulatory affairs, working extensively with health care policymakers in Salem and Washington, D.C. He has also served as the senior legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (2009–2011) and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (2006–2009).

  • Anne Koch JD ’01 was elected president of the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Koch replaces Professor Lydia Loren, who served in the position for five years. OVLA provides a pro bono legal clinic, workshops, and resources for low-income creatives and small arts nonprofits. Koch has served as treasurer and board member of OVLA since 2014. You can learn more about OVLA at oregonvla.org.

  • Jess Pezley JD ’14 and Jeff Speir JD ’15 were married on May 18, 2019, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Members of the wedding party included Rhylee Smith JD ’14, Mai Aoki JD ’14, and Jacob Booher JD ’15. Attendees included Chelsea Stone JD ’14, Alyssa Mastic JD ’14, Lauren Vicharelli JD ’14, Jake Brooks JD ’14, Spencer Wilson JD ’15, Hannah Shangraw JD ’15, Kelsey Herman JD ’15, Jared Adler JD ’15, Ryan Shannon JD ’15, and Paul Kim JD ’16.

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 wedding party

     

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14

  • Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 were married on May 18, 2019, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Members of the wedding party included Rhylee Smith JD ’14, Mai Aoki JD ’14, and Jacob Booher JD ’15. Attendees included Chelsea Stone JD ’14, Alyssa Mastic JD ’14, Lauren Vicharelli JD ’14, Jake Brooks JD ’14, Spencer Wilson JD ’15, Hannah Shangraw JD ’15, Kelsey Herman JD ’15, Jared Adler JD ’15, Ryan Shannon JD ’15, and Paul Kim JD ’16.

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 wedding party

     

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14

  • Dale S. MacHaffie JD ’80 has written Whale’s Tails, a novel that features parallel stories told through the activities of four young friends who live in two different centuries. College students Reggie and his best friend Tom have signed on as research assistants with an Oregon State University project based out of Newport, Oregon, that involves tagging humpback whales. Reggie’s ancestor George Page and George’s friend Thomas Payne live a scary and hard existence on a whaling ship in the 1850s. Reggie, who has inherited the journal in which George recorded his adventures, finds himself transported in his dreams back to the 1850s, where he shares George and Thomas’ experiences. Whale’s Tails, which is based on the real life of George Page, is filled with current events, whale facts, scientific observations, environmental crises—and action-packed adventure.

  • Caroline F. Brinster JD ’18 has joined Portland-based firm Gevurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Brinster will handle divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification for clients with legal matters in Oregon.

  • Tom Sherwin BA ’71, JD ’74 writes: “Yes, still active. Thirtieth year in practice as CEOResourcesInc.com. Not imaginative enough to have any idea what I would do if I retired, so I keep on doing something I really enjoy. My daughter, Mary, (yes I was a late-in-life dad), is entering her third year at Connecticut College. Think L&C, only overlooking the Thames River rather than the Willamette. Same liberal arts basis with 1,900 students. Ninety miles from home rather than 3,000! She’s going to Amsterdam in the spring to pursue her interest in social justice. I worked to bring together the first Japan ’69 group reunion (21 of 23 living members attended) as part of the L&C 150th Anniversary. It was very fulfilling for all of us.”

  • Brett Buckley JD ’80 is the recipient of the 2019 Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Outstanding Judge Award. Buckley is the presiding district court judge for Thurston County. “I am proud to contribute to and be a member of an organization that has a laser focus on its mission of ‘Serving Justice through Serving People.’ That mission statement served as an impetus for our procedural justice initiative in which we invited out-of-state evaluators to observe how judges and staff relate to all community members, with the aim of uncovering any problematic overt or implicit bias issues,” he says. His court recently created another program, the Court in Schools Initiative, that schedules actual small claims calendars in Thurston County high schools with the goal of showing students how the judicial branch operates. The court is also working to live stream all its proceedings. “The public is better served when the people doing the public’s work do so in the most transparent manner possible,” says Buckley.

  • Román Hernández JD ’00 has been named to the Lawyers of Color Nation’s Best List in recognition of his career accomplishments and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation partner at the national law firm Troutman Sanders LLP, is a noted civil rights advocate and is highly involved in several diverse organizations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • Kate Brown JD ’85, the governor of Oregon, was elected vice chair of the Western Governors’ Association. She joins incoming chair Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota, in providing leadership for the association’s regional policy work. The Western Governors’ Association was established in 1984 to foster nonpartisan policy development, the exchange of information, and collective action on issues of critical importance to 19 Western states and 3 U.S. territories in the Pacific.

  • Tara Brock JD ’11 has joined Oceana as Pacific counsel and is based in Portland. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach. Before joining Oceana, she worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Surfrider Foundation, M+R Strategic Services, Environment Michigan, and other organizations.

  • Christy Doornink JD ’03 was included by the Portland Business Journal in its “Forty Under 40.” She is the president and managing attorney of Reinisch Wilson Weier PC.

  • Jeremy Rogers JD ’17 was included by Portland Business Journal in its “Forty Under 40.” Rogers is the vice president of the Oregon Business Council.

  • Amy Robinson JD ’02 has joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP in their Vancouver, Washington, office. Robinson is a seasoned employment attorney with over 15 years of experience advising her clients on their ever-evolving employment law needs. She represents public and private employers throughout Washington and Oregon in a broad range of workplace-related issues. Robinson is also adept at guiding employers through policy and handbook creation, as well as crafting and negotiating a host of employment-related contracts, such as noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and nondisclosure agreements. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and worked as a human resources professional for a variety of employers before she began her law career.

  • Michael R. McLane JD ’90, a state representative from Powell Butte (Oregon), will replace retiring Circuit Court Judge Dan Ahern for the 22nd Judicial District, Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 announced. The 22nd Judicial District covers Jefferson and Crook Counties. McLane, who has represented House District 55 since 2011, was the Republican leader of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2012 to 2018. He is a staff judge advocate in the Oregon Air National Guard, maintains a private business litigation practice, and, for two years, was a judge pro tempore on the Deschutes County Circuit Court. From 1994 to 2001, McLane served as chief executive officer of Flying Rhinoceros Inc., publisher of bilingual elementary curriculum materials and creator of a television cartoon series, which he cofounded.

  • Thomas Gibson JD ’97 has been appointed deputy secretary and special counsel for water at the California Natural Resources Agency, where he has been undersecretary since 2016 and served as general counsel from 2014 to 2016. Gibson was general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2008 to 2014. He was a partner at Best, Best, & Krieger from 2002 to 2008; an associate at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara from 1999 to 2002; and an associate at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard from 1997 to 1999.

  • Yoona Park JD ’07 was recently chosen by federal judges in the District of Oregon to serve as a Ninth Circuit lawyer representative. Park, an attorney with Stoll Berne, will represent the District of Oregon at the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Lawyer representatives serve three-year terms facilitating open communications between judges and attorneys in each of the Ninth Circuit’s 15 districts.

  • Stephanie Grant JD ’15 has joined the board of directors of Girls Build, which offers summer camps in several Oregon communities for girls 8–14 years old. The camps focus on building confidence through learning the basics of building, including carpentry, plumbing, electricity, and more. “I was raised to be handy person, helping my parents with repairs and maintenance,” says Grant. “I realized later as an adult how that experience was formative for my character. As soon as I heard about Girls Build, I knew I wanted to help spread their mission of inspiring confidence and curiosity in girls through teaching construction skills.” Grant is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s litigation department and represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of commercial and general business disputes.

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