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April 28, 2009


Becca Bernstein B.A. was selected last year as one of Southwest Art magazine’s 21 emerging artists to watch for 2008. You can learn which of her “quirky traits” attracted the attention of David Letterman at Southwest Art. Additional examples of her art are available on her own website.

Emily Davis B.A. lives with her husband, Jason Davis, near Charlottesville, Virginia. She is completing her Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction, and school administration at the University of Virginia, and she also runs the mentoring program for beginning teachers in a local school district.

Darius Hartwell J.D. was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic. Hartwell has represented a wide array of clients in the transactional setting, as well as providing general corporate counsel on an ongoing basis. Hartwell was recently named shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in their Portland office.

Román Hernández J.D. has joined the board of directors of the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association and has made a presentation to business leaders and government officials in Guadalajara to discuss laws that affect businesses in Oregon. The presentation was part of a larger celebration recognizing the 25th anniversary of Portland and Guadalajara’s sister city relationship. Hernández is a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

Gordon Phillips J.D. has been elected to shareholder with Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook in the Bend office. Phillips specializes in family law, divorce, custody, and support matters.

Aleava Sayre B.A., an attorney with Leonard, Street and Dinard in Minneapolis, received an award from the law firm for her commitment to pro bono legal service in the public interest. She had represented a man who was qualified for citizenship but whose papers had been delayed for many years, helping him attain citizenship and remain united with his family. Sayre received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. She focuses her practice on administrative and environmental law.

Masha Tivyan B.A. has been doing stand-up comedy around Los Angeles and writing a half-hour pilot.


Mary-Beth Baptista J.D. is director of Portland’s Independent Police Review. Baptista, who has been a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County for seven years, has also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Sierra Club.

David Bean J.D. has been named a partner with the Portland firm Meyer & Wyse. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

Elizabeth Howard J.D. has been named a partner with Dunn Carney in their Portland office. She practices environmental, natural resources, and agricultural law. Howard regularly represents her clients in federal and state courts, in negotiations with administrative agencies, and in administrative proceedings at the state and federal levels. She also is the leader of the firm’s agriculture/natural resources team and environmental team.

Jacqueline Jacobson J.D. has opened her own law practice in Portland. She focuses primarily on representing injured workers.

Christopher Larson B.A. is a captain in the U.S. Army and attending the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

Laura Ireland Moore J.D. ‘01 and Holly Gibbons J.D. ‘04 opened Gibbons & Ireland in August 2008 in Waldport. Moore was executive director of the National Center for Animal Law and director and clinical professor of the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School for the past seven years.

Melissa Powers J.D., after five years with the law school’s Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, joined the full-time faculty last fall as an assistant professor of law. She teaches energy law, climate change law, ocean and coastal law, other environmental courses, and administrative law. She also continues to assist the environmental law and animal law moot court teams. Powers is married to Mark Riskedahl J.D. ‘00, executive director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, located at the law school.

Cameron Parker Sutton B.A. is a consulting teacher in science for the Auburn, Maine, School Department for K-12 students. Last year she coached the high school Maine State Champion Envirothon team, which competed at the international competition in Arizona in July 2008. She recently visited the Galapagos Islands with her husband, Raymond, where the flora and fauna awed them both. Sutton is pursuing a master of science in education and is enjoying all that Maine has to offer.

John Villavicencio B.A. reports that his summer 2008 travels featured a double century ride along the Pacific Coast Highway and a Habitat for Humanity build in Argentina. After helping to finish three homes in a flood-prone area of the Pampas, he decided to apply to be trip leader for the Argentina build this year. He is in his fifth year at Berkeley, is an avid follower, and has added adventure races to his calendar. “My life has never been so rich.”


Lynn Archer J.D. has been selected as a partner in the Minneapolis firm of Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gotlieb. She is an attorney with the firm’s corporate law team and its employee stock ownership plans and employee and executive benefits team. Archer’s practice focuses on the design, implementation, qualification, administration, funding, communication, and termination of employee stock ownership plans and other employee benefit plans. She also provides corporate law clients with strategic counsel on tax-related issues.

Megan Cahn B.A. is working toward a master’s degree in public health at Oregon State University with a focus in international health and is serving as a teaching assistant.

D. Joe Collver B.A. is living in Japan for the time being. His travel photography can be found on Flickr.

Jeffrey Crowl B.A. is back in the Pacific Northwest, working on his M.B.A. in sustainable business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Jeanette Schuster J.D. joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the real estate and environmental law practice group, focusing on environmental and renewable energy matters. Her experience includes helping clients to resolve problems related to environmental cleanup, environmental insurance claims, wind power siting, water rights, land use and zoning, and utility rate cases.

Patrick Ward J.D. is an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice.


Gretchen Barnes J.D. has been named a partner with the Portland firm Cable Huston. Barnes is a member of the firm’s business and real estate groups. Her scope of practice includes negotiating and preparing acquisition, leasing, and financing documents for complex real estate transactions.

Sarah Budd B.A. defended her dissertation in August 2008 and received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois in October. She is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Redlands for the 2008-09 school year.

Theodore Heus J.D. has joined Scheminske & Lyons as an associate. His practice emphasizes appellate litigation before Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board and appellate courts in defense of Oregon employers.


Lindsey R. Chmielewski B.A. is now home with her husband in Minnesota, where she is attending medical school. (See also Marriages.)

Casia Freitas B.A. has been working as a researcher at the New Teacher Center, University of California at Santa Cruz, since February 2008. She is happy to be back in her home state and living so near the ocean. Her research centers on improving school working conditions as well as diversifying the teaching workforce to improve teaching quality and increase learning opportunities for teachers and students. A book on which she consulted, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy, by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, was published by Bloomberg Press in November 2008.

Hani Gharbawi J.D. has been named general counsel and company secretary for Emaar, a Dubai-based real estate company. Previously, Gharbawi was the interim chief legal counsel at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Holly Gibbons J.D. ‘04 and Laura Ireland Moore J.D. ‘01 opened Gibbons & Ireland in August 2008 in Waldport.

Amanda Johnson B.A. completed her M.S.Ed. in museum education and has been working as a third-grade assistant teacher in New York. She hopes to reenter the museum world in the near future. She also enjoys traveling whenever possible. Johnson now lives in Brooklyn, where her cat, roommate, and boyfriend all enjoy each other’s company on the deck. She would like to reconnect with other alumni and welcomes e-mails at

Kelsey Lewis B.A. is working on her master’s in public administration and plans to work in local government. Oregon is still her home.

Jessica Stern B.A. left her position at Lewis & Clark last October to take a position with Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, working to connect business leaders with nonprofit arts organizations.

Zoe Wild J.D. has joined the Portland office of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook, where she practices family law.

Bear Wilner-Nugent J.D. opened an office in Portland specializing in criminal defense, appeals, and related areas of practice.

David Woessner B.A. moved to Salt Lake City for graduate school. He is in the pharmacology/toxicology Ph.D. program at the University of Utah. This comes after working for four years at OHSU in the Oregon Hearing Research Center. The work he participated in at OHSU, titled “Functional auditory hair cells produced in the mammalian cochlea by in utero gene transfer,” was published in September 2008 in the journal Nature.


J. Ashlee Albies J.D. has joined Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton & Rose in Portland as an associate.

Sharl Azar B.A. is a third-year medical student at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

Shannon Chaney B.A. received the J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2008. Chaney participated in the Honors Lawyering Program, in which students complete full-time legal apprenticeships while attending law school. She was a member of Golden Gate’s law review and graduated with honors.

Anthony de Jong J.D. has joined the Austin, Texas, firm Larson Newman Abel & Polansky as an associate attorney. His practice specializes in patent fields as diverse as oilfield technology, chemistry, aeronautics, and data security.

Brian Federico B.S., after three years as a counselor in Lewis & Clark’s admissions office, is now a development officer in Institutional Advancement. He says, “I’m still living in downtown Portland with Megan Bulger B.A. ‘05 and enjoying life in PDX!”

Travis Harper B.A. has finished up three years on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in Aomori Prefecture, just south of Hokkaido. He has moved back to the Pacific Northwest–this time to Seattle, where he is “in the immediate job hunt while my long-term plan is to become a high school foreign language teacher once I get my teaching credential. Yoroshiku!”

Sabrina Hirsch B.A. owns a women’s clothing boutique in Seattle. She also designs her own in-house clothing label. Check it out at SMF Sporty Chic.

Christine Jacobson B.A. during 2008 was sailing the high seas on tall ships working as deckhand, bosun, or whatever came along. By December she expected to have her captain’s license, and to “proceed as normal. I still knit with a vengeance and have switched over to entirely hand-knit socks.”


Jill Brittle J.D. has joined the Portland office of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook, where she practices family law.

Nicole Dalton J.D. has started a practice, the Law Office of Nicole Dalton, in Vancouver, Washington.

Elisa Dozono J.D. has been appointed to the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission board of commissioners. She is an associate with Miller Nash and specializes in business litigation and government relations.

Heather Ebert J.D. joined Wallace, Klor & Mann as an associate in their Lake Oswego office.

Phillip Haberthur J.D. was chosen from a pool of nine candidates to fill a vacant position on the Battle Ground (Washington) City Council. He is an associate in the Vancouver office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and specializes in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation.

Jinnifer Jeresek J.D. was the 2008 commencement speaker at Montana State College of Agriculture, from which she earned a degree in 2003. She says she encouraged the graduates to acknowledge and embrace their roots, figurative and otherwise. Jeresek works as a lawyer for Karnopp Petersen in Bend, specializing in land use litigation and tribal law.

Donna Lee J.D. joined Hoffman, Hart & Wagner in their Portland office as an associate.

Kristin Winges J.D. is an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Previously, Winges was a judicial clerk for the Clackamas County Circuit Court.


Scott Leonard J.D. has opened his law office in Portland. His practice focuses on representing small businesses and individuals in the areas of business transactions and litigation, family and estate law, tax and bankruptcy law, and criminal defense.

Dan Mensher J.D. has joined Lewis & Clark’s Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center as a clinical professor and staff attorney. His work focuses on water quality and hazardous waste remediation.

Paul Muzi B.A., still living in Portland, has moved across the river to 15th and Morrison.

Yonna Park J.D. has joined Stoll Berne as an associate. Park’s practice emphasizes complex business and intellectual property litigation.

Melissa Saulog B.A. has left the PR world to pursue her interest in helping students at an independent high school in San Francisco find colleges.

Frederick Schroeder J.D. is clerking for Judge Robert Herndon in Clackamas County. (See also Births)

Kate Stebbins J.D. is a deputy district attorney in the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office.

Thor Tingey J.D. has joined Ball Janik as an associate in their Portland office. His principal practice is land use.

Yarrow Ulehman B.A. has been living in Munich, Germany, since August 2007. Working as an intern at the Munich International School has inspired her to begin working toward a master’s degree in education part time through the University of Bath. She loves her life abroad, including the opportunity to travel to Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Morocco last year.

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