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Class of 1974

  • William Cobb JD ’74
    WC
    • 09/01/2011

      Was selected to fill an upcoming vacancy on the federal bench in Reno. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roger Hunt picked Cobb to replace U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid Jr. on McQuaid’s retirement in September 2011. Cobb is one of two federal magistrates in Reno serving an eight-year term.

  • Arthur “Art” Curtis JD ’74
    AC
    • 09/01/2011

      Retired after serving as Clark County prosecutor for 30 years. Curtis was lauded for his professionalism and for shaping the prosecutor’s office into a place where attorneys want to spend their careers. He leaves office as Washington’s third-longest-serving county prosecutor in modern times, and he is looking forward to traveling and spending time with his two granddaughters.

  • John Hart JD ’74
    JH
    • 10/07/2016

      Was named in the 2017 issue of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of medical malpractice law—defendants and personal injury litigation—defendants.

    • 07/28/2015

      Was named in the 2015 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for his work in medical malpractice law and personal injury litigation. Hart, a partner at Hart Wagner, has been honored in every issue of the magazine since its debut.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2015 Best Lawyer for his work in medical malpractice law and personal injury litigation.

  • Chris Helmer JD ’74
    CH
    • 02/17/2015

      Presented a CLE, International Law Issues in Domestic Litigation, to the Multnomah Bar Association, with Lewis & Clark Associate Professor of Law George K. Foster. The presentation addressed how to handle some of the most common issues that arise in international civil litigation in the United States. Among the topics covered were personal jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, forum non conveniens, antisuit injunctions, extraterritorial discovery, enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards, and enforcement of foreign judgments.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was profiled in the January issue of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin. Helmer is a partner with Miller Nash.

  • Steve Kantor JD ’74
    SK
    • 07/15/2016

      Was named an Oregon Jewish Community Foundation’s Legacy Society Honoree, together with his wife, Elaine Kantor. The award recognizes the couple’s longstanding dedication to and support of Portland’s Jewish community and OJCF. Kantor is a past president and one of the founding members of the organization, as well as an inaugural member of the foundation’s professional advisors group.

  • KM
    • 02/15/2017

      Kate Moitoret BA ’74 earned a master’s degree in zoology at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. She worked 15 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Fairbanks, first for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and then for Northern Alaska Ecological Services. Following a major auto accident in 1998, she moved to New Mexico, where she married Jeff Barker. Now she rides her tricycle around the neighborhood and tracks birds via Project FeederWatch and eBird.

  • John “JP” Powers JD ’74
    JP

    On the morning of February 10, 2017, John “JP” Powers JD ’74 lost his valiant fight with acute myeloid leukemia. He passed away at home in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his beloved wife, Charlotte, by his side.

    JP was born to Opal and Clifford Powers on April 28, 1950, in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1967 and completed his undergraduate degree at Occidental College in 1971. JP then moved to the Pacific Northwest for law school. He was one of the youngest individuals ever admitted to the Oregon State Bar.

    JP worked for two county district attorney offices in Oregon before he opened his own Portland law practice, which specialized in DUI defense and personal injury cases. He brought great compassion to his work and was driven to help others. Honored to represent his clients, JP also assisted them with finding serenity in their lives, including through introduction to AA.

    Devoted to sports from an early age, JP had a lifelong love for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His greatest passion as he grew older was golf. He even considered becoming a professional player. At the time of his passing, he had amassed almost 50 putters in his quest for perfection.

    JP will be forever missed for his quick wit, his disco dance moves, his sense of humor, his love for his family and friends, and the fullness with which he lived every day. He was devoted to Charlotte and to the children they each brought to their marriage—Sarah, Ben, Lindsey, and Mike. JP brought light into their lives, as well as those of their partners, his grandchildren, and his sister Linda and her family.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that remembrances in JP’s memory be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org).

    Posted 04/26/2017

    • 09/01/2013

      Was honored as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Powers has been a criminal defense lawyer in Portland for more than 30 years.

  • LS
    • 07/07/2016

      Became administrator for Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division. Savage recently returned to Oregon after spending two and a half years providing consulting and training on law reform issues to attorneys in North Africa and the Middle East. A member of the Oregon State Bar, he has spent his career working on consumer and business issues in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Savage served as Oregon insurance commissioner from 2012 to 2013 and directed DCBS legislative activity as senior policy advisor from 2003 to 2012. Before joining the state, he served as director of Multnomah County Legal Aid and state director for Oregon Congressional Representative Ron Wyden’s office. Savage also spent 10 years in private law practice.

  • SS
    • Fiddelee-dee & Company: A Fable for People of a Certain Age

      Sharon Streeter MAT ’74 (writing under the nom de plume AJ Beauregard) pens her first work of humorous fiction about five eclectic musicians who unite to fulfill their goal of building a performance venue in Elvira, USA.

      Posted 05/15/2017
  • YY
    • 09/01/2011

      Wrote an article, “U.S. Immigration Rule(s) Affecting Hijab,” which was published in Immigration Daily. Hijab (Arabic for “to cover”) is a concept of modest dressing that has resulted in a variety of headdresses and veils for Muslim women, and these articles of clothing have become a prominent symbol of religious faith. In several countries this expression of faith has led to political controversies and proposals for a legal ban.