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  • 1940s

  • 1941

    Samuel Hall J.D., the eldest member of the Harbor Rural Fire Protection District in Curry County, was recently recognized for his skill and dedication with an award for 10 years of service.

  • 1950s

  • 1951

    Fred Wilson B.A.,  attending the 2006 homecoming football game, heard President Tom Hochstettler announce that the playing surface of Griswold Stadium had been named in his honor. Wilson, longtime head football coach at the College, retired in 1987.


    Jim Misko B.A. backed off after 42 years of professional real estate work in sales, exchanges, development, and syndication, and has filled his life with writing, hiking, and biking. His latest book, a novel titled For What He Could Become, came out in February 2006 and the first printing is almost sold out. (See also Bookshelf). His real estate book, How to Finance Any Real Estate Any Place Any Time, is in its third printing. Misko and his wife, Patti Krumm Misko ’57, have lived in Alaska for 32 years and now head for their home in La Quinta, California, when the snow flies.


    Richard Fiske B.S. took up mountain climbing at the age of 54. In 1999 he took a year’s leave of absence and after seven years of preparation, attempted to climb Mount Everest. He reached 27,000 feet but had to come back down when the weather turned bad. Since then he has been doing motivational speaking for Stonecroft Ministries and several Fortune 500 companies.

    David Sellers B.A. and his wife, Dianne Shiner, moved from Holden Village to Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired from the Central Intelligence Agency as chief psychologist, he continues to work as a consulting psychologist. His most recent travel was to Tanzania, where he and Dianne volunteered as teachers at Massae Girls’ Lutheran Secondary School, near Arusha.

  • 1960s

  • 1962

    Arts & Sciences 45th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007


    Jan McNeil Boutin B.A. teaches fourth grade and lives in Neskowin. She has traveled to Europe 25 times.

    Sandy Johnson Osawa B.A. premiered her new video on native artists in residence at Evergreen State College in October 2006. A video detailing the 10-year history of the Longhouse program at Evergreen premiered in September 2005. Both programs are available from her company, Upstream Productions in Seattle.

    Reverend Duane Rhoadarmer B.S. retired at the end of December 2006 after 38 years of full-time ministry in small parishes in the upper Midwest. He will do some supply and part-time ministry, but also plans to do some traveling around the United States.


    Phyllis Speros Holliday B.S. lives in San Francisco. She is a fantasy novelist and mystical poet.

    Thomas Sherwood B.A. asks if the hair on the back of your neck perks up at the mention of “Riser crew!” If you were on the Lewis & Clark Choir riser crew, that call meant stopping whatever you were doing (eating, visiting, sleeping, etc.) to work on the choir riser. Perhaps you were in a Glarum choir and remember its organ like tone. A few years ago, Sherwood was at an Oregon beach with Don Udlock B.A. and other friends. They sang a benediction after a meal and were instantly transported to choir days at L&C. Sherwood says, “Perhaps some of us can meet and sing together again.”


    Arts & Sciences 40th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007
  • 1970s

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    Emmy Award–Winning Composer

    In March, John Henry Kreitler snagged his 17th Emmy nomination in 16 years. “Love Is Ecstasy,” a piece he composed with his writing partner for the daytime drama Passions, received a nod in the Outstanding Original Song category for the 34th annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, airing on June 15.
  • 1970

    Rand Dawson B.A. is active on the Oregon Coast. He helped one small community pass a building moratorium in order to improve water-quality protection rules. Now he’s working to interest another community in creating a nonprofit, full-power FM radio station. Much work remains to prepare for the highly competitive application to the FCC, which will have a rare, short open window next October.


    Arts & Sciences 35th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Gary Abbott J.D. and Wendy Paris J.D. ‘88 announce the formation of Abbott & Paris, with offices in downtown Portland.

    Ellen Miller O’Brien B.A. helped open a library in 2006 and within less than a year, more than 10 percent of the townspeople had registered for a library card. After working 40 hours a week and keeping two other part-time library jobs, O’Brien decided to simplify her life and turned the management of the Keansburg (New Jersey) Waterfront Library over to someone else. Now she’s enjoying her 18-year-old son’s last year of high school (he’s captain of the boys’ swim team) and working at libraries at Brookdale Community College and Old Bridge, New Jersey. She spends time at the local off-leash dog park with their “bassedor” (half basset hound and half black Lab), Sophie. She got involved with a group of people who own therapy dogs and hopes to have Sophie certified to work with children. She looks forward to the 35th reunion of the class of ‘72!


    Stephen O’Dell B.A. has been named president of Molina Healthcare of California. He has over 28 years of experience in the health care industry.

    Jeffrey Teitel J.D., of Downs Rachlin Martin, received the Extraordinary Service Award from the Auditing Roundtable last fall in recognition of his work promoting the roundtable’s relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He dedicated the award to the memory of Marsh & McLennan’s former senior vice president for environmental affairs, Jeffrey B. Gardner, who died on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center’s north tower.


    John Cowden B.A. has joined Jackson Lewis, a national employment law firm office in Portland.

    Jeffrey Foote J.D., Portland attorney and mediator, was honored in July 2006 with the highest distinction granted by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. The Champion of Justice award recognized Foote for his years of commitment to the organization and for his contributions to the public interest.


    Larry Amburgey J.D. has been elected by colleagues as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers–the highest recognition of sustained outstanding performance and contribution in the labor and employment law field.

    Emil Berg J.D. received the 2006 Max Dalton Open Government Award from the Idaho Newspaper Foundation for his work on behalf of the Idaho Conservation League enforcing the Idaho Public Records Act.

    John B. Lewis J.D., a Washington County senior judge, is now offering his services as mediator from Sharon Williams’ newly relocated family law practice.


    Elizabeth “Lisa” Gaylord B.A. has lived for 30 years in Madagascar. She works for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Her daughter, Katherine H. Gaylord-Ratsimbazaf, is a student at Lewis & Clark.

    William Martin B.A. ‘76, M.M.Ed. ‘82 is serving as grand master of the Masonic Lodge of Oregon, AF & AM. In this position he oversees all of the Masonic lodges, organizations, and charities in the state. His theme for the year, “Let There Be Light,” is aimed at making Masonic organizations more visible in their communities. In February he hosted the National Conference of Grand Masters of North America, held in Portland. Martin teaches music in Portland Public Schools and plays with the Oregon Symphonic Band.

    Gwen Gronau Pacarro B.A. was named one the top 100 female financial advisors by Barron’s magazine. She lives in Hawaii.

    Jordan Schnitzer J.D. received one of the University of Oregon’s highest honors, the Presidential Medal, during its 2006 commencement ceremonies, for “extraordinary service and commitment to higher education and the University of Oregon in particular.”

    Tabitha Hart Whitefoot B.A. ‘76, M.A.T. ‘89 has spent the last three years as assistant director of the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University.


    Arts & Sciences 30th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Law School 30th Reunion July 28, 2007

    James Coon J.D., a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, has been appointed to a joint committee on Oregon’s civil justice system. The committee includes the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and members of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

    David Shaff B.A. ‘77, J.D. ‘83 has been named permanent administrator of the Portland Water Bureau.

    Charles Tauman J.D., a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, has been appointed to a joint committee on Oregon’s civil justice system. The committee includes the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and members of the Oregon Court of Appeals.


    Douglas Freeman B.S.  and David Decker B.S. ‘81 launched Arnold Creek Productions, a media production company focused on sustainability and health. Recently they received a 2006 Portland BEST Award for new product development, and one of their educational videos was selected for the Charleston Documentary Film Festival. Other award-winning videos include an inspirational program on children with diabetes and a diversity education program used in schools nationwide. 

    Toby L. Padgett B.S.  is halfway through a website development certification program at a local Portland college. She has made the Dean’s List once and the President’s List (straight As) twice! “Not bad for an old broad who cracks skulls with Gen-X’er computer geeks on a daily basis!” says Toby. Going to school only part time, she plans to complete the program in spring 2008, “if my brain doesn’t explode first!” 

    Mark Rosenbaum B.A. was unanimously elected to lead the Portland Development Commission’s board of directors. Rosenbaum has represented Oregon on the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and is the former president of Jewish Family and Child Services. He founded Rosenbaum Financial with his father in 1982.

    Laura Secord B.A.  received a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University in Chicago. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is the serials and preservation librarian at Macalester College. 


    Nancy W. Campbell J.D., a Washington County judge for more than 18 years, recently retired. As the county’s first woman judge, she helped develop the Domestic Violence Intervention Council and ran the court’s domestic violence deferred-sentencing program. Campbell also served on the Oregon Supreme Court’s task force on bias in the judicial system.

    Scott Cliff B.A. ‘79, J.D. ‘87, formerly a shareholder in Amburgey & Rubin, announces the opening of his new law office in Portland. In addition to litigating and arbitrating employment-related disputes, he now offers mediation and harassment investigation services. 

    Steven Cyr J.D. has merged his practice with that of Michael McNichols. The firm Cyr & McNichols focuses on business, estate planning, tax, and civil litigation.

    Holly Robinson J.D.,  as associate staff director for the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in Washington, D.C., directs the National Legal Assistance Support Project and administers the Partnerships in Law and Aging minigrant program.

  • 1980s

  • For Penny Harrison J.D. ’87 and her friends, “You’ll want that day back!” is code for a book that isn’t worth reading. This simple shorthand has saved them a lot of wasted time over the years.More >
  • 1980

    Mark Geistfeld B.A. has been named the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He hopes his book Principles of Products Liability, published by Foundation Press last year, will be of some benefit to the law school, as partial payback for all the time he spent studying in the law library while he was an undergraduate.

    Cynthia Phillips J.D. has joined Jordan Schrader’s municipal law practice group. Previously, she served as assistant county counsel in Douglas County, county counsel for Clackamas and Lane counties, assistant city attorney for Lake Oswego, and deputy district attorney for Clatsop County.

    Kathryn Root B.A. ‘80, J.D. ‘84, a shareholder in Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors and chairs the foundation’s investments committee.

    Richard Yugler J.D., a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, has been appointed to a joint committee on Oregon’s civil justice system. The committee includes the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and members of the Oregon Court of Appeals. 


    Alice Bartelt J.D., an attorney with SAIF Corporation, has joined the Oregon Women Lawyers executive committee as historian.

    Robert Connell J.D. is a senior assistant attorney general in the Government Services and Education Section of the General Counsel Division with the Oregon Department of Justice.

    John Connors J.D., of the Metropolitan Public Defenders Office in Portland, is 2006-07 president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

    David Decker B.S. and Douglas Freeman B.S. ‘78 launched Arnold Creek Productions, a media production company focused on sustainability and health. Recently they received a 2006 Portland BEST Award for new product development, and one of their educational videos was selected for the Charleston Documentary Film Festival. Other award-winning videos include an inspirational program on children with diabetes and a diversity education program used in schools nationwide.

    Ellen Pitcher J.D., of the Federal Public Defenders Office in Portland, is 2006-07 secretary of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.


    Arts & Sciences 25th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Law School 25th Reunion Aug. 17-18, 2007

    Trudy Allen J.D. is general counsel of U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance, a commercial-finance subsidiary of U.S. Bank. She is serving as historian for the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    Janet Kreft J.D., a family law attorney in the Gresham area, is a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    Maureen Leonard J.D., a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, has been appointed to a joint committee on Oregon’s civil justice system. The committee includes the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and members of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

    Richard Whittemore J.D., a senior trial attorney in the Portland office of Bullivant Houser Bailey, has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates and its Oregon chapter. His practice includes products liability defense, toxic tort litigation, estate litigation, and other complex business litigation matters.


    Joanne Reisman J.D. writes Spanish-language articles for the bimonthly newspaper Noticias Latinas to inform the Latino community about common legal issues. She has been interviewed in Spanish on community TV on topics such as domestic violence. Reisman is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Multnomah County Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, and Oregon Mensa.


    Jordanna Christensen B.A. is economic development director for the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. Her position helps McMinnville businesses grow. Previously, she was sales operations manager at Cuneo Cellars, responsible for growing Cuneo’s retail sales program. Christensen has served on the Yamhill Valley Visitors Association board and McMinnville Mayor’s Charity Ball auction committee and has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America. She and her husband, Rick Smithrud, have three children: Christian, 14, Lexie, 12, and Sören, 7.

    Clifford Johnson J.D. and his wife climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    Todd Nissen B.A. and family have pulled up stakes and two of their three pets and moved to Bonn, Germany, where Nissen works in corporate communications at Ford Motor Company. Kids now clock in at Jack, 12, Tom, 10, and Edie, 8.


    Constance Abel-Rojas Haines B.A. relocated to southern Oregon after 20-plus years in the Portland area. Following many years as a counselor in Multnomah County jails and interpreter in federal court, she continues her career in social work, coordinating volunteers for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children). She is also a child advocate in the court system. Her oldest son, a sophomore, plays varsity basketball, and her junior high son plays on a traveling soccer team. Her husband keeps busy as an anesthesiologist. They enjoy river rafting, home restoration, and attending the symphony whenever they’re up north. 


    Brita Doty B.A. finished her master’s degree in public health at Dartmouth Medical School in 2004 and is now working as a research coordinator at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York. She’s spent a lot of time over the past 15 years running marathons in different parts of the United States and Canada, including a couple of Boston’s.

    Michelle McComb B.A. is an assistant attorney general covering child and adult protection cases. In her former life, she was a public defender. She married a lawyer and they have two daughters, ages 12 and 3. She would love to hear from Pat or anyone from the Egypt trip. 


    Arts & Sciences 20th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Law School 20th Reunion Aug. 17-18, 2007

    Karen Black B.A. is executive assistant to the vice president of facility services at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, her home away from home. Come visit!

    Kyle Martin B.A. ‘87, J.D. ‘91 is now the attorney in charge of the Business Activities Section of the General Counsel Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Before joining the Department of Justice in 1999, Martin had been a securities enforcement attorney for the Hawaii Securities Enforcement Unit and a securities compliance officer for the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities.

    Cindee Matyas J.D. has been elected to the Clatsop County Circuit Court. Previously, she was a municipal court judge for the city of Cannon Beach and a pro tem municipal court judge for the cities of Cannon Beach, Astoria, Seaside, and Warrenton.


    Blair Bobier J.D., a political activist and Corvallis-area lawyer, has joined the campaign staff of Pat LaMarche, the Maine Green Independent Party candidate for governor. Bobier, a founder of Oregon’s Pacific Green Party, coordinates the LaMarche campaign’s public policy and community outreach programs.

    Dave Jorgensen J.D. is the managing partner of Ing, Horikawa, Jorgensen & Stewart in Maui. Jorgensen practices in the areas of real estate, administrative law, estate planning, and civil litigation. He and wife Mits have two daughters, Megan, 14, and Amanda, 12.

    Wendy Paris J.D.  and Gary Abbott J.D. ‘72 announce the formation of Abbott & Paris, with offices in downtown Portland.

    Gail Vore J.D. has joined the new Portland firm Kivel & Howard, which practices in the areas of real estate, business, estate planning, succession planning, and charitable giving.


    William “Barney” Later J.D. has left his position as of counsel to Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton, and Rose and opened the Law Offices of William N. Later in downtown Portland.

    James Ustasiewski J.D. has been appointed by the American Bar Association as chair of the ABA’s Forest Resources Committee for 2006-07. Ustasiewski continues to represent the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska as a senior counsel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • 1990s

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    A ‘Russell Rocket’ of School Reform

    Jeff Rose M.A.T. ’97 began his career teaching fourth and fifth graders in the West Linn/Wilsonville School District. His natural leadership abilities quickly emerged, and Rose’s principal encouraged him to pursue school administration. In fall 2000, after earning his administrative credentials at Lewis & Clark, Rose jumped at the opportunity to head what was then called Russell Elementary in the Parkrose School District.
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    A Career on the Wild Side

    It was a chance encounter with a pileated woodpecker that sparked Linda Castaneda’s fascination with wildlife.
  • 1990

    Peter Lee B.S. is on active duty in the U.S. Army as a trial defense counsel.


    Helen Hierschbiel J.D., formerly a staff attorney with the Oregon State Bar’s Client Assistance Office, is now the bar’s deputy general counsel.

    Terri Kraemer J.D., a director at Deloitte & Touche, is 2006-07 secretary for the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    Sachi Nakajima J.D. formed Resilience, an advocacy group that strives to raise awareness of domestic violence in Japan, in 2003. The group travels often to Oregon to learn how Washington County handles domestic violence cases.

    Pat Wilkinson B.A. recently moved from Los Angeles to Sterling Heights, Michigan. He works for New World Systems as a documentation specialist. He and his wife are the proud owners of 6-month-old golden retriever Molly, a huge football fan rooting for the Pios to return to glory.


    Arts & Sciences 15th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Sibylle Baer J.D. has joined Cartwright & Associates as an associate. She had been with Multnomah Defenders for 11 years as a staff attorney specializing in juvenile dependency, terminations of parental rights, and delinquency proceedings. At Cartwright & Associates, Baer practices in the areas of elder law, estate administration and guardianship, and conservatorship litigation.

    Tim Callanan J.D. works for Caterpillar at the company’s Geneva, Switzerland, offices. He focuses on commercial transactions and regulatory legal issues.

    Dorothy Cofield J.D. has moved Cofield Law Office to the Beaverton Round. Cofield served as cocounsel for the prevailing party in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dolan v. City of Tigard. Her practice of land use law includes rural and urban development permits, zoning issues, Measure 37 claims, and representation at local hearings and appeals.

    Laurie Craghead J.D., assistant legal counsel for Deschutes County, has joined the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors. 

    Shannon Couvillon George B.A. relocated to Las Vegas with husband Chris and their two cats. She is an information technology project manager for Harrah’s Entertainment, managing slot and gaming projects.

    Beth Anne Pratt B.A. moved to Zambia with her husband, daughter, and twin boys. If you pass through, look them up.

    Kristin Sherwood B.A. and husband Nye live across the river from Lewis & Clark in Westmoreland. Though she teaches a few classes at Clark College, she is mostly at home with their daughters, Anna, 3, and Fiona, 1.


    Cheryl Albrecht J.D. was elected Multnomah County Circuit Court judge in November. For five years before her election, she was a fulltime judge pro tem; previously, she had worked primarily as a criminal defense attorney.

    Libby Davis J.D., assistant dean for career services and alumni relations at the law school, is the 2007-08 president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    John Gutbezahl J.D. announces the opening of his private practice in Lake Oswego after nine years as a prosecutor in Oregon and Washington. Gutbezahl’s practice emphasizes Oregon, Washington, and federal criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning, elder law, real estate, and business law.

    Christy King J.D. and Leonard Duboff have revised Art Law in a Nutshell, published in July 2006 by West Group.

    Nanci Klinger J.D. has joined the Portland City Attorney’s Office, specializing in environmental law.

    Mark Schorr M.A. lives in Portland, where he is a psychotherapist and author of mystery thrillers. (See also Bookshelf).

    Clifford Villa J.D., assistant regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 in Seattle, is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching an upper-division seminar on environmental enforcement.

    Malik Wickramanayake B.A. has looked after the centralized transaction processing operation for nine years as a senior manager at the HSBC Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He married Shanika, an architect, in 2000. Their daughter, Sehanya, is 3 years old.


    Brenda Allen J.D. is Gresham’s new neighborhood district attorney after a 12-year run in the district attorney’s office in downtown Portland. Instead of prosecuting criminals, she now guides police officers, ensuring that their investigations can be passed on to district attorneys prosecuting the cases.

    Bay Bertea B.A. quit her job as a marketing manager for an organic wine company and launched Good Design, her own line of eco-friendly footwear. Her designer collection includes pumps, boots, and sandals made from materials such as wood, recycled plastic, and rubber. 

    Erin Boberg B.A. was on the New York program in fall 1992 with Professor Phyllis Yes, who introduced her to real New York bagels along with real New York art, theatre, and culture. Boberg vaguely remembers a story of getting bagels FedExed from New York–or maybe it was getting bagels from a bakery in Portland and putting them in a FedEx box to fool her husband. She now travels to New York a few times a year, and works with many New York artists and colleagues as performing arts program director for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Time Based Art Festival. Her husband, Steve, a native Oregonian, lived in New York for 19 years before moving back to Portland in 2002. Their latest trip to New York was in November, with daughter Lucy.

    Gregory Carlson B.A. is on his third-and-a-half year as advertising campaign coordinator for the Internet Movie Database, promoting all of the latest theatrical, DVD, and television releases via online banners, pop-up ads, and bulk targeted e-mails.

    Susan Francois B.A. joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and began a two-year period of prayer, study, and ministry formation in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. She was previously city elections officer and management analyst for the city of Portland, cochair for the Peace and Justice Commission, vice chair of the Pastoral Council at St. Philip Neri Church, and coordinator of the Portland chapter of Pax Christi.

    Stephen Kimball B.A. is director of patron services for the State Theatre of Ithaca in New York. Previously he was public relations manager for Finger Lakes Wine Country. He, his wife, and their son have two dogs, two cats, and more chickens than they care to count.

    Jennifer Lloyd J.D. is a senior assistant attorney general in the District Attorney Assistance Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

    Kevin Mapes J.D. has become a partner in the Portland office of Ball Janik. His practice emphasizes commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and representation of policyholders in insurance coverage, disputes, and construction law.

    Edwin Skoch J.D. has been promoted to senior vice president of Mutual Marine Office and head of the professional liability/errors and omissions underwriting department.

    Boreas Van Nouhuys B.A. took up surfing and moved to Hawaii!

    Elissa Metcalf Zavora B.A. started her own business, Sweet Pea Landscaping, 10 years ago in Bozeman, Montana. She and her co-owner (and husband), Ben Zavora, have 12 employees and recently added a retail garden center to the business. She originally moved to Montana to be a ski bum and still lives her dream–you can’t landscape in the winter in Montana.


    Jun Ge J.D. received the 2006 Best In-House Counsel Award for China from Asia Law and Practice.

    Craig Harvey B.A. is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration in international management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a California affiliate of Middlebury College. He hopes to graduate in 2008 and work for a nongovernmental organization.

    Laura Pilkington B.A. earned a master’s degree in music history from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in education from Loyola College in Baltimore, and a certificate from the Association Montessori Internationale at the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland. Now a stay-at-home mom, she lives in Portland with her husband, Patrick Cummings, her 1-year-old daughter, Anna, and a wildly incorrigible border collie, Maddy.

    Julia Waco J.D., Portland criminal defense attorney and animal court hearings officer, had an art show in the Pearl District of her images of elongated wine bottles and whimsical flowers, titled “Wine and Lollipop Petals.”


    Bridget Bailey J.D. has begun a three-year term as president of the Columbia Gorge chapter of Women for Winesense, a national nonprofit organization focusing on wine education.

    Brendan McCarthy J.D. has joined Portland General Electric as a state government affairs specialist. McCarthy, based in Portland and Salem, is the company’s lead in-house contact with state legislators. Previously he was deputy legislative counsel for the Oregon legislative assembly for six years, focusing on natural resources and environmental issues.

    Doug Morris J.D. has been named a partner in Ater Wynne. A member of the firm’s business department, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and general corporate representation of technology and high growth companies.


    Arts & Sciences 10th Reunion Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Law School 10th Reunion Aug. 17-18, 2007

    Kristen David B.A. ‘97, J.D. ‘00, an attorney and a shareholder in the Donald B. Bowerman firm, was named president of the Clackamas County Bar Association for 2006.

    Kristen Goodwin Policy B.A., when she’s not dancing around the kitchen with her two toddler sons, can be found playing at the beach with her pooch, enjoying her job in photography, or thumb-wrestling her husband, Jim Policy. They live in Oakland and enjoy and appreciate every sunny day.

    Ian Richardson J.D. has become in-house general counsel for Qualmax.

    Eric Wasserman B.A. recently completed writing the screenplay adaptation for his book, The Temporary Life. The independently financed film is scheduled to begin principal photography this summer. Wasserman’s L&C roommate and best friend, Alex Tennent ‘98, will direct the picture. Learn more about the project at The Temporary Life Movie.

    June Wiyrick J.D. is now a shareholder of Buckley LeChevallier. Her practice focuses on estate planning, trust administration, probate, family-owned businesses, and business transactions. Wiyrick is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Portland, a director of Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon, and vice president and a director of Westside Business Professionals.


    Michele Stone J.D., previously with Greenberg Traurig, has joined Kilmer, Voorhees & Laurick as an associate attorney.

    Tamara Taylor J.D. is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney at the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she has practiced for eight years. She handles a variety of felonies and is the adult drug court prosecutor.

    Devon Wilson B.A. has been living in Santa Barbara, California, since 2001. In October 2006 he started a three-year sculpture program in Florence, Italy.


    Julene “Julie” Anderson J.D., an Oregon Advocacy Center staff attorney, was recently given a Pioneer Award by Secretary of State Bill Bradbury for her work to make elections more accessible to people with disabilities.

    Jessica Roberts B.A. works for Alta Planning + Design, a bicycle and pedestrian planning firm, consulting on bicycle, pedestrian, and trail facilities and plans throughout the nation. For more than five years she was a bicycle advocate for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland.

    Eric Waxler J.D. is a continuing director of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

  • 2000s

  • 2000

    Jason Ayres J.D. has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as an associate in the firm’s financial services and bankruptcy practice.

    Kate Cottrell J.D. is an assistant attorney general in the Commercial, Condemnation, and Environmental Litigation Section of the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. She joined the department in 2001.

    Gregory Levinson J.D.  is a continuing director of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

    Christopher Lewis J.D. has been promoted to shareholder of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in the firm’s Portland office. Previously, he worked in Intel Corporation’s corporate licensing group. Lewis is also secretary for the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section.

    Karin McKercher J.D. has joined Ater Wynne as of counsel attorney in the firm’s Portland office. She counsels clients in the emerging business and intellectual property practice groups with intellectual property and corporate transactions. McKercher is an active member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum and Oregon Software Association.

    Captain Sean O’Day J.D., First Lieutenant Nick Paulson J.D., and Captain Bryan Libel J.D. ‘02 served together as judge advocates (military lawyers) in Afghanistan. Libel is now back in the States, but O’Day and Paulson are still training and mentoring the fledgling Afghan National Army Legal Corps. When not deployed, O’Day is the deputy city attorney for Salem; Paulson recently closed a private bankruptcy practice to complete the requisite officer and military law training course.

    Katie Thomas Winder B.A., after finishing graduate school at Johns Hopkins, in 2005 became one of the founding faculty of the University of California at Merced. Her research in economics involves estimating the labor supply effects of parenthood and evaluating policies related to work-life balance. As a more personal investigation of work-life balance, she has a young daughter, Miranda Hazel. Her husband, Michael, a writing instructor at UC Merced, stays home part time with 9-monthold Mira. If anyone is in the Central Valley (which probably means he or she is lost), drop Katie and Michael a line!


    Tonya Alexander J.D. is the principal of Alexander Law Office, which specializes in family law. She is serving on the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    David Bean J.D., an attorney with Meyer & Wyse, is president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

    John Belknap J.D. is a continuing director of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

    Shannon Benfield-Blankenship B.A. taught sixth grade in Harlem, New York, for two years as a Teach for America corps member. He then traveled the world for eight months, building on his love of different cultures. Returning to the States, he taught for two years at KIPP Bridge (part of a network of charter schools) in Oakland, California. He enjoyed success in his classroom and was called on to open his own KIPP academy, which will be up and running in July. Benfield-Blankenship says that as a teacher he closed the achievement gap for his students and truly changed their life prospects. His goal as principal of his new school, named KIPP Impact, is for all of his students to graduate from college and effect larger societal change.

    Dale Booth B.A. completed her master’s degree in marine science in September 2006 from the University of South Alabama in Mobile and is now living in Maryland, working as a research assistant at Horn Point Laboratory. Her group works mainly with sea grasses, looking at how the physical environment affects grass distribution and biology. For her master’s, she did most of her research out of Dauphin Island Sea Lab, which is on a barrier island just south of Mobile.

    Brenna Dorrance B.A. graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a master’s degree in human rights in December 2006.

    Rachel Girshick B.A. is a doctoral degree candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She recently eloped with fellow graduate student Matt Dull in a small ceremony attended by friends in Madison. They now live in Washington, D.C., where Matt is an assistant professor and Rachel is working on her dissertation.

    Lucas Jackson B.A. was hired as a full-time staff photographer for Reuters News Pictures in New York City. This huge promotion has him covering the entertainment industry in New York and large events around the world.

    Stephen Manning J.D. operates a three-person downtown Portland firm that focuses on immigration law. His firm opened 230 cases last year–21 more than in 2004. Manning attributes the increase to what he thinks are increasingly harsh laws pertaining to would-be residents.

    Laura Ireland Moore J.D. is executive director of the National Center for Animal Law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

    Jungjin Park J.D. has recently moved from Lee & Ko, a law firm in Seoul, South Korea, to be general counsel at Samsung Total Petrochemicals. Park also teachies corporate and commercial law at Kyunghee University in Seoul as an adjunct faculty member.


    Arts & Sciences 5th Reunion  Oct. 18-21, 2007

    Joe Collver B.A. holds the Fire on the Mountain record for number of fiery hot El Jefe buffalo wings consumed at one sitting. He is hopelessly addicted to travel and to Flickr. His travel photography can be viewed here. To date Collver has read 76 of the Modern Library’s 100 best novels of the 20th century.

    Shelly Damore J.D. has joined Cosgrave Vergeer Kester as an associate. Her practice focuses on civil litigation for the insurance, automobile, and trucking industries.

    Lauren Donofrio J.D. has joined O’Reilly Rancilio in Sterling Heights, Michigan, as a litigation associate.

    John Fathman B.A. moved from La Jolla back to San Francisco, where he is pursuing his doctorate in immunology at Stanford University.

    Kristin Larson J.D., a family law and estate planning attorney with Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook in Bend, is a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    Captain Bryan Libel J.D., Captain Sean O’Day J.D. ‘00, and First Lieutenant Nick Paulson J.D. ‘00 served together as judge advocates (military lawyers) in Afghanistan. Libel is now back in the States and serves full time with the Oregon National Guard. O’Day and Paulson are still training and mentoring the fledgling Afghan National Army Legal Corps.

    Yumi O’Neil J.D., a judicial clerk for Dale Koch, presiding judge of the Multnomah County Circuit Court, has joined the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors.

    Graham Sweitzer J.D. has joined Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick as an associate attorney. Sweitzer was previously with Smith Freed & Eberhard.

    Michael Tarrant B.A. lives in Kyoto, Japan, and manages a small English conversation school. He plans to move back to the States eventually.

    Neil Weare B.A. is in his second year at Yale Law School. After his first year there, he did a legal internship in New York with the Brennan Center for Justice. An Olympic runner from Guam, he returned home last summer for his third consecutive year participating in the Shieh Runners Camp.


    Grant Aaker B.A. and Josh Wallaert B.A. codirected the documentary feature Arid Lands, which screened on March 31 at the Longbaugh Film Festival in Portland. The film about the Columbia Basin and the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington tells the story of how people changed this landscape over time, and how the landscape affected their lives. The film received awards at its first two festivals. Photos, trailer, and other goodies are at Sidelong Films.

    Jodi Antje Garrington B.A. is in her second year in Taipei, Taiwan, teaching English as a second language to kids aged 4 to 14. Her English grammar has improved dramatically, but her Chinese skills are still very basic. She welcomes e-mails at, subject: LC.

    Julian Dautremont-Smith B.A. is using his environmental studies major to its fullest, becoming a higher education sustainability activist and taking part in a movement called American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, as well as working on the development of a rating system for campus sustainability.

    Alexis James J.D. recently joined the law firm of Kamel & Maxwell, where she practices employment law. James also joined LA Lawyers for Animals, a group that provides referral services to people who need help with animal issues. She and her husband, Adam, recently celebrated their first anniversary and have adopted a feisty Labrador retriever.

    J. Riley Lagesen J.D. has joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s Portland office, where he represents hospitality industry clients on issues including franchising, intellectual property protection, entity formation, securities, and finance. Lagesen was previously an associate with Bullivant Houser Bailey. Before practicing law, he owned and managed multiple restaurants in Los Angeles.

    Katie Lane J.D., an attorney in the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office, is a new director of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

    Jonas Lerman B.A. lives in Eugene with his girlfriend, Kristin, who is in her final year in the University of Oregon’s master of architecture program. He recently left his graphic design job at the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper to take a position at the UO Law Library. He’s applying to law schools for fall 2007 admission.

    Anna Maj Michelson B.A. is in transition. Get updated visually by visiting her website.

    Luis Perez J.D. has joined the Modesto, California, law firm of Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva as an associate. Previously, he taught at Modesto Christian High School. Perez specializes in business transaction and litigation.

    Christopher Phan B.A. is a graduate student and teaching fellow in the math department at the University of Oregon. In May, he passed his preliminary oral examination and was advanced to doctoral degree candidacy. He has two more years to go.

    Stephanie Rayburn B.A. lives and works in the small village of Hitchin, just north of London. She lives with fellow alum Alex Tillson B.A. ‘04 and a bunch of Americans who are in the London area with an athletics development program (or programme, if you’re British). She is a supply teacher at a handful of schools in Hitchin and the surrounding villages. They love visitors, so shoot them a line if you’re ever in the British Isles! 

    Mikal Sherman B.A., after graduation, spent about a year and a half in Ukraine learning Ukrainian and Russian, traveling, and doing his best not to get into too much trouble. Now he is back in Colorado working for Amgen. He finds it a great company and really enjoys being back in the Rockies.

    Camaron Vallepalli J.D. has relocated with her family to Bangalore, India, where she now heads the Indian operations of a legal outsourcing company. She helps with training in researching and writing, and with human resources functions. 

    Kacy Wiggum B.A. is pursuing her juris doctor at Rutgers Law School in Newark and lives in Jersey City (across the Hudson from New York City). Look her up if you’re in the area!


    Patrick Flanagan J.D., formerly of the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, has joined Bodyfelt Mount Stroup & Chamberlain.

    Micah Gordon B.A. is the chief recording engineer for Nugs. He lives in Los Angeles, but spends most of the year on the road working on concert tours, recording live performances.

    Serena Hewitt J.D. is an assistant attorney general in the Government Services and Education Section of the General Counsel Division with the Oregon Department of Justice.

    Gregory Mason B.A. is in law school at George Washington University.

    Julie Penry J.D. has been registered as a patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. An experienced trial attorney, she is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington.

    Shannon Hatfield Philpott B.A. and husband Oliver have purchased their first home in Champaign, Illinois. They both enjoy being self-employed: he owns his own restaurant, and she owns an insurance agency.

    Maggie Reilly B.A. is an asset development services program officer for Mercy Corps in Portland.

    Diana Wiener Rosengard B.A. entered law school at the University of Oregon after two years working as a hall director at the University of Portland. She and husband David still have two ferrets, and have now acquired a second cat.

    Robert Sholars Jr. B.A. thoroughly enjoyed a two-year stay in Washington, D.C., where he provided communications counsel for corporate clients engaged in litigation or facing a crisis. In August, he began working toward a master’s degree in international economic policy and international media and communication at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City.

    Karen Smith B.A. and Drake Durham B.A. recently moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she is working on a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Colorado State University. She enjoys being back in school, and she likes the idea of being able to get an enjoyable job easily when she is done!

    Elizabeth Taylor J.D. has joined the environmental division of Daley & Heft in Solana Beach, California. Her practice focuses primarily on ocean and coastal issues.

    Sheila Taylor B.A. is a research assistant in a cancer lab at Oregon Health & Science University, getting ready to move into some animal studies. She plans to finish up her veterinary school prerequisites by taking one class each term at Portland State University–kinda living the quiet life, but enjoying it.

    Alexander Tillson B.A. is in England, north of London, teaching lacrosse in schools and promoting it among soccer-oriented youth. His job includes teaching some 25 physical education class sessions per week, coaching clubs, and playing on the men’s team in the town where he lives. It is quite possibly the perfect job. To make matters better, he is there with fellow alum Stephanie Rayburn B.A. ‘03 on this magnificent adventure.

    Alejandro Tosi J.D. ‘04, LL.M. ‘01 is a member of the board of the Hacienda Community Development Corporation, an organization that helps Latinos find housing, and of the Portland Hispanic Chamber and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Tosi also provides pro bono legal services to low-income members of the Latino community through the Oregon Law Center. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Buenos Aires Bar.

    Christi Turner B.A. is doing good deeds in the Peace Corps in northern Madagascar, including mounting a big effort to raise funds to set up a radio station there. Finally feeling that she is making great progress, she has re-upped for a third year in the Peace Corps there. 

    Beate Weiss-Krull J.D. has opened a solo practice focusing on advising small businesses, nonprofits, and estate planning, and has founded a nonprofit group to support those affected by galactosemia, Galactosemia Support Northwest. She has two daughters, Mia Rose Elizabeth and Alena. 


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

    Danielle Beasley-Johnston B.A. left December 12 for two months of backpacking in Europe with friends. From there she went to Alexandria, Egypt, for an Arabic immersion program, then met up with some fellow L&C alumni in Kenya. Next she plans to attend graduate school in the Washington, D.C., area for conflict resolution and analysis/peace studies.

    Diana Bob J.D. is living in Spokane, working as a staff attorney for Northwest Justice Project, the statewide legal service provider in Washington. Bob is a generalist with cases in state and tribal courts that concern housing, family law, education advocacy, public benefits, and Indian law. Last year, she married attorney Brian McClatchey. 

    Amy Chesbrough B.A. works in a refugee resettlement, but is looking to go into nursing (perhaps nurse-midwifery) in the future. She is open to talking to any current L&C folk about searching for a job after college, the nonprofit world in Portland, nursing, or the public health field.

    Rahna Epting J.D. was interviewed for the Oregonian’s “In Portland” section of October 12, 2006, saying she believes in paying taxes for equitable government programs.

    Alexis Georgeff B.A. feels her Lewis & Clark training prepared her well for her new challenge: earning a master’s degree in the management of nongovernmental organizations at the London School of Economics. She ran into some L&C study-abroad students in a London café.

    Dimitri Gurkins B.A. completed his graduate program in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton. He is completing his master’s degree in the spring and has accepted a job at Dean & Company, a boutique strategy consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

    Liv Halvorsen B.A. earned a master of arts in teaching at Bard College. She lives and teaches English in Seoul, South Korea.

    Ethan Hasenstein J.D., after a one-year clerkship with the Nevada Supreme Court, is now assistant attorney general in the General Counsel Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. He represents the Oregon University System and other state government clients.

    Devesh Khanal B.A. got an honorable mention in 2005 and 2006 for his application to the National Science Foundation for a graduate research fellowship. He is pursuing a doctorate in materials science at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Phaedra Paul J.D. has joined Kolisch Hartwell as an intellectual property attorney.

    Kristen West J.D. has joined the Metropolitan Public Defender, working in the Multnomah County office.


    Sharon Bolesky J.D. joins Lane Powell as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. Previously, she worked as a law clerk at the Oregon Department of Justice and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert E. Jones.

    Marion Haynes J.D., as government relations director for the Portland Business Alliance, is the alliance’s chief lobbyist, responsible for maintaining relationships with all local governments in Portland.

    Shawn Kolitch J.D. has joined Kolisch Hartwell as an intellectual property attorney.

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