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Susan Jane Brown J.D. has joined the Western Environmental Law Center as a staff attorney. Her practice focuses on natural resources and environmental law. Brown returned to Oregon after two years as natural resources counsel to U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was staff attorney with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Rocky Campbell B.A. looks forward to what the future brings, expecting to continue the same unpredictable path he’s followed since graduation. He has learned valuable lessons from experiences as a coach, instructor, researcher, mental skills trainer, and committed volunteer. That trend continued when he entered the business world, where he is now chief operating officer of Relocation Coordinates in San Diego. At the upcoming reunion, Campbell hopes to reconnect with old friends, learn of their journeys, and chart overlapping courses into the future.

Cameron Hays B.A. earned an M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Colorado in 2009.

Orlando Medina J.D. has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in the business and corporate finance section. His practice focuses on analysis, structuring, negotiation, documentation, and implementation of mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions (stock, interests, and assets) for corporations and partnerships. Medina was formerly general counsel at Iovation and an attorney at Landye Bennett Blumstein and Stoel Rives.

Susanne Mooney Muller J.D. is a vice president and tax counsel and chief advisory person for credit cards at Citigroup. Mooney Muller previously worked for KPMG from 2001 to 2003 and then as inhouse tax counsel at American Express from 2004 to 2007. She received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 2001. She is married to John Muller J.D. ’01; their son, Aidan, was born in 2004.

Christopher Miller B.A. and Yvonne Muhar Miller B.A. ’99 live in Los Angeles and are looking forward to their 10th reunion in June. (See also Marriages, p. 43.)

Michael Newhouse J.D. has started his own firm, Newhouse Seroussi. The firm represents small and large clients and handles personal and business litigation and transactions with an emphasis on real estate litigation and transactions, creditors rights and commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and insurance litigation. Newhouse has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star by his peers and Los Angeles magazine for the past three years. He lives in Venice, California, with his wife, Ruth; son, Holden; and dogs, Bianca, Jed, and Cashew. He is an active traveler, outdoor enthusiast, and runner.

Gordon Phillips J.D. of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook’s Bend office has been selected as a Young Achiever 40 and Under by Cascade Business News.

Irion Sanger J.D. has joined Davison Van Cleve as of counsel. Sanger’s practice focuses on representing industrial customers, public utilities, and independent power producers on energy, administrative, contractual, and general utility matters.


Sione Aeschliman B.A. is thrilled to be settled back in Portland and working as an educational assessment specialist at Marylhurst University.

Evan Holt B.A., now that wife Rebecca Holt B.A. ’01, M.A. ’09 has earned her degree at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, is taking his turn in graduate school. He is pursuing an M.F.A. in applied craft and design at Pacific Northwest College of Art. His work can be seen at Holt Woodworks. Their son, Forrest, 2, has a penchant for acting, singing, and playing the organ.

Elizabeth Howard J.D. has been recognized by her firm, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue, for serving as chair of the Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section for 2008.

Neda Soofi J.D. has been named shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Soofi’s practice focuses on business, tax, and estate planning, with specialization in employee benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. She also is certified in global benefits management and has expertise in mergers and acquisitions with regard to integrating employees and benefit plans and resolving employee-related issues.


Elizabeth Cain-Hess B.A. and husband Chuck have moved to the Washington, D.C., area. They live in Hyattsville, Maryland, and she works at the University of Maryland at College Park for a group of federal TRIO programs, which work to further higher education for firstgeneration and low-income students.

Melissa Chureau J.D. has joined Kennedy, Watts, Arellano & Ricks, where her practice concentrates on civil litigation, including professional malpractice defense and business litigation. Chureau previously worked as a prosecutor for six years, trying over 75 cases before juries.

Anna McCormack J.D. has become a partner with the firm Warren Allen. McCormack’s civil litigation practice emphasizes business and real property matters, landlord’s rights, probate, and bankruptcy. McCormack is also an Oregon State Bar 2009 Leadership College Fellow.

Kyle Riley J.D. is a new partner at Smith Freed & Eberhard. Riley’s practice focuses on defending personal injury claims in Oregon and Washington. With more than six years of experience in this area, he specializes in defending car rental companies and renters in personal injury lawsuits.


Lukas Hein B.A.  and wife April Lapotre Hein B.A. ’04 have moved back to Oregon and are living in Monmouth, where he is working toward his master’s degree in modern music at Western Oregon University. He is playing a lot of Brazilian music and jazz.

Christopher Lombard J.D.  has been named associate director of the Office of Professional and Career Development at Syracuse University College of Law.

Christopher Phan B.A. received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oregon in June 2009. During the summer of 2009, he lived in the Chicago area with girlfriend Sarah Budd B.A. ’03. He is spending the 2009–10 academic year in Scotland, as a temporary lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

Elizabeth Posey B.A. reports that the Anchorage Urban League Young Professionals, of which she is president, won three awards at the National Urban League Conference last summer: Outstanding New Young Professional Chapter, Western Regional Chapter of Excellence, and Western Regional Outstanding Young Professional Member of the Year.

Katherine Tobin B.A.  is now chief of staff of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders.


April Lapotre Hein B.A. and husband Lukas Hein B.A. ’03 have moved back to Oregon and are living in Monmouth. She works in Corvallis at the Community Services Consortium. As a housing case manager, she says, “I have the privilege of helping people prevent homelessness or find housing.” And she adds, “We really enjoyed the Oregon fall—I forgot about those beautiful leaves!”

George Kimbrell J.D., whose group is a plaintiff in the case of Geertson Seed Farms, et al. v. Mike Johanns (former secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), received notification that a U.S. appeals court left in place an injunction barring Monsanto Company from selling its Roundup Ready alfalfa seed until the government completes an environmental impact study on how the genetically modified product could affect neighboring crops. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the company’s request for a rehearing of its appeal and said it would accept no more petitions for rehearing in the three-yearold case. Environmental groups and conventional seed companies, led by Geertson Seed Farms, sued the USDA in February 2006 to force it to rescind its 2005 approval of the Monsanto seed until the department does a full environmental study. Kimbrell is a staff attorney for the International Center for Technology Assessment in Washington, D.C.

Nina Narelle B.A. recently launched a facilitation and organizational development practice, NCN Consulting, focused on team building, diversity, and social equity.

Marlene Yesquen J.D. has joined Black, Chapman, Webber, Stevens, Petersen & Lundblade in Medford as an associate. Yesquen is a native Spanish speaker who assists individuals in personal injury claims, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability claims, and other civil litigation matters. She has also been appointed to sit on the City of Medford’s Housing and Community Development Commission and the city’s budget committee.


Paul Blechmann J.D. has joined the Robert McGaughey firm as an associate. Blechmann’s practice focuses on securities fraud, broker disputes, and corporate and employment litigation.

Amber Case B.A. is working at Wieden + Kennedy on public relations and digital strategy. She also does consulting work for companies as a corporate anthropologist.

Michelle Dahl M.A., since earning her master’s in counseling at Lewis & Clark, has graduated from Vanderbilt University with a master of science in nursing degree in August 2009. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and plans to work in community mental health.

Brian Gallery B.A. received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2009. While enrolled in veterinary college, Gallery was a member of Omega Tau Sigma professional veterinary fraternity and participated in the Zoo Medicine Club and Wildlife Treatment Crew.

Matthew Goldberg J.D. has joined Kell Alterman & Runstein as an associate. Goldberg’s practice is in the areas of debtor/creditor law and bankruptcy, general litigation, and general business litigation.

Brad Piscadlo J.D. has joined the Portland firm of Hodgkinson Street as an associate. Piscadlo litigates in the fields of medical malpractice, construction defects, real estate disputes, professional malpractice, and claims against public entities.

Courtney Rudd B.A. has started graduate school at Northeastern University, studying marine biology.

Katie Williams B.A. is an education assistant at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. She is enjoying the museum and exploring her “new” city.

Sheylan Yearsley B.A., since 2007, has been managing a program called Coaching for Hope in West Africa; in February 2009, Yearsley became international program manager for the program. In that role she supports the development of life-skills and soccer programs in West and Southern Africa. In December, she writes, “I had the good fortune to invite soccer stars David Beckham and Lucas Radebe (as well as the chair of the British Football Association and the British High Commissioner to South Africa) out to one of our projects in a Cape Town township with youths from children’s homes in the area. I wanted to let you know that in many ways I have the great education, open international experiences, and creative culture of L&C to thank for where I am today.” More information is available at


Molly Fox B.A. lives in Haitey, Idaho, with her husband and their two cats, Hazel and Agnes. She has begun a registered nursing program at the College of Southern Idaho and hopes to graduate in January 2011.

Rob Hopkinson B.A., an enthusiastic hiker, is glad to be back on the West Coast, teaching at Midland School, a college preparatory school in Santa Ynez, California. Previously, Hopkinson spent six months at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, aiding scientific research.

Christopher Luttkus J.D. has been elected president of the board of directors for Solar Oregon, a nonprofit organization that provides consumer education and instructive workshops on renewable energy choices. Luttkus is an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice, where he focuses on business transactions, government law, and public contracting.

Layne McWilliams J.D. has relocated to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and is employed as a project manager and contracts administrator at Precision Energy Services, located in Hayden, Idaho.


Liz Nguyen B.A. is at California State University at Fullerton, pursuing an M.A. in piano pedagogy. After graduation, she plans to travel the world, do skydiving, or pursue a Ph.D. in music therapy.

Aron Phillips B.A. says, “No marriages or births (thank God), but I’m living it up in New York City as associate editor and lifestyle editor of [basketball magazine] Dime Magazine. Just had student body president Brad Elkins CAS ’10 stop through as well. The NBA season is here, so life is good!”

Peter Tovey J.D. has joined Brindle McCaslin & Lee as an associate in the firm’s Hillsboro office, where his practice focuses on criminal and juvenile defense.


Patrick Boyd J.D. has joined the Portland office of Ater Wynne as an associate in the business department, where he focuses on patent and intellectual property law. Boyd, an inventor and holder of multiple patents himself, brings 15 years of engineering experience to the firm. He has written and successfully prosecuted patent applications in a number of technical disciplines and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Jesse Cowell J.D. has joined Davison Van Cleve as an associate. Cowell’s practice focuses on all aspects of energy and water law, including proceedings before state regulatory commissions and the courts.

Tate Justesen J.D. is a new associate with the Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook firm. His practice is located in the Portland office.

Matthew Nelson B.A. received a second Fulbright teaching assistantship, extending his stay in Russia through the 2009–10 academic year. Nelson taught in Novosibirsk last year and is teaching English and American studies at the Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok. The university, he writes, “just happens to be the same institution to which Lewis & Clark sends students of Russian to study abroad.” He continues, “I hope to take classes in Russian literature at this same university. I plan to seek out volunteer opportunities in the community, and give presentations to the community about topics related to the United States. Of course, I will also continue to pursue my main hobbies of playing the banjo, soccer, and basketball.”

Colleen Snell J.D. has become an associate with the Hoffman, Hart & Wagner firm. Her practice is located in the Portland office.

Joelle Tavan J.D. has been named an associate at Miller Nash, where she specializes in employee benefits. Tavan began her career with the firm in 2007 as a summer associate. She is a member of the Portland chapter of the Western Pension and Benefits Conference and the Asian American Business Alliance.


Lisa Neher B.A. began a master’s degree program in music composition in August 2009 at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she received a graduate fellowship for diversity. In January she returned to the Pacific Northwest to perform selections from the play My Name Is Rachel Corrie at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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