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1980

Robert Neuberger J.D. was named the Distinguished Trial Lawyer of 2010 by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). A resident of Portland, Neuberger has spent his career representing individuals involved in accidents. His service to OTLA includes board membership, Guardians of Civil Justice, ballot measure campaign strategy and development, and the OTLA PAC. His activities include the Oregon State Bar Practice and Procedure Committee, numerous legislative sessions and public issues, and the St. Andrew Legal Clinic.

1981

Ted Gaines B.A. represented California’s 4th Assembly District from 2006 until January 2011, when he became a member of the California State Senate, representing the 1st Senate District. His wife, Beth, was elected to his former seat in the assembly. Gaines is a fifth-generation resident of Roseville, California. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he pursued his dream of starting a small business; he now owns Point West Insurance of Sacramento. Ted and Beth are blessed with six children.

Christine Kitchel J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s Mentor of the Year Award. She has been involved in the mentor program for 15 years, providing guidance, advocacy, and support to new attorneys. She is a partner in the firm of Stoel Rives and has been a trial lawyer for nearly 30 years. Kitchel’s practice focuses exclusively on employment issues: counseling, litigation, peer review, and related proceedings. Sarah

Supahan-Harding B.S. is the half-time superintendent of California’s Burnt Ranch School District and half-time director of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods (a public charter school serving Native American students on the Yurok Reservation).

Catherine Travis J.D. was elected chair of the board of the State of Oregon’s Insurance Fund (SAIF) Corporation. She was appointed to SAIF’s board by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2005 and was reappointed in 2009. She has also been reelected vice president of education of the board of directors of the ACLU of Oregon and the ACLU Foundation of Oregon.

1982

Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012

Christopher Cox B.A. is the medical director of the Joint Replacement Center of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. “My daughter, Kristen, is now 5 years old, and we have entered the crazy process of school applications in San Francisco.”

Kathryn Villa-Smith J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine.

1983

Amy Alpern J.D. was named to the 2011 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law. She is a shareholder with the firm of Littler Mendelson in Portland.

Ruth Pekelder J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a shareholder with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

Howard Rubin J.D. was named to the 2011 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law. He is a shareholder with the firm of Littler Mendelson in Portland.

Arthur “Art” Stevens J.D. received the Doug Swanson Workers Compensation Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He started his legal career as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon’s Insurance Fund (SAIF). Stevens is a partner in the law firm of Black Chapman Webber & Stevens in Medford.

1984

Julia Hagen J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a shareholder with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

James Kean B.A. started another Web 2.0 health company: WellnessFX. His company enables individuals to “determine their personal system biology through a variety of cutting-edge diagnostics.”

Donna McDonald B.A. began work with Pacific Crest Securities in November 2010 as a research editor. She edits and archives research documents covering 16 technology sectors and publishes them online and in print.

1985

Hong Chou B.A. received her master’s degree in music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has taught at the College Conservatory, Lewis & Clark College, and Portland Community Music Center. Chou has presented recitals and lecture recitals in the United States and China and has toured with professional orchestras in Europe and Canada. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the American String Teachers Association–Oregon Chapter, the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association, and the Northwest China Council.

1986

Joan McCarter B.A. worked for nearly a decade in politics, completed an M.A. in Russian studies at the University of Washington in 1997, and did writing and editing at UW. In 2007, she became a full-time writer and fellow for Daily Kos. “I’m now senior policy editor for the blog. I would love to hear from fellow IA grads and particularly U.S.S.R. ’85 alumni!”

Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012

Jeffrey Absalon B.S. is an internist who has practiced in Bend for nearly a decade. He became medical director of the St. Charles Medical Group in February. Absalon received his M.D. from Oregon Health & Science University and completed his internal medicine residency there in 1994. He has lived and practiced in Bend since 2002.

Janet Range B.A. has a daughter about to graduate from college and a son who is a first-year student. “It’s amazing how what we did at Lewis & Clark has clearly affected our children. Eric Swehla B.A. and I both went on the Costa Rica trip, and Eric also went on the Japan trip. Our daughter, Kaia, speaks Spanish, and both Kaia and our son, Nigel, speak Japanese. We had no idea how lifeshaping those trips would be—even beyond our own generation!”

1988

Andrea Anderly J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a shareholder with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

Todd Beaird B.A. ’88, J.D. ’91 has traveled around the country since graduation. After going to Boston to earn an LL.M. in tax law—followed by a brief sojourn to New York City—he settled in Chicago, where he lived for 16 years. While in the Windy City, he worked in international tax and estate planning. Earlier this year, he relocated to Dallas to take a corporate VP position with New York Life, where he “crunches numbers and creates spreadsheets for multilayered estate planning strategies.” He and his wife, Jenny, married in 2000. Their daughter, Kayla, was born in September 2004.

Bertrand Pellegrin B.A. received an M.F.A. in fashion marketing and brand strategy from the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is now a senior retail strategist in retail and branding development for Gensler, an international design firm. Previously, Pellegrin served as Asia- Pacific director of marketing for luxury department store group Lane Crawford (Hong Kong) Ltd. He has also worked as a consultant for Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Lotte Shopping Group in Korea.

Richard Rizk J.D. was named the 2010 Safety Person of the Year by the Far West Ski Association. Rizk developed a winter safety awareness series addressing winter driving, terrain park safety, ski risks and the law, and ski patrol advice. He contributed significantly to the development of the Northwest Ski Club Council’s Prepared Informed Ecological campaign, which addresses safety issues.

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