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  • Robert “Bob” Ringo JD ’51
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    Robert “Bob” Ringo JD ’51 passed away on April 5, 2017, at the age of 92.

    Born in Spokane, Washington, on August 18, 1924, Bob moved with his family to Portland as a young child. He joined the Army Air Corps as soon as he graduated high school, becoming a commissioned flight officer and fighting in World War II as a bombardier in the 95th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Group. Bob received several medals and honors, and was named Veteran of the Year in 2010.

    Following his service, Bob attended the University of Oregon, where he also began his legal education. He transferred to Northwestern School of Law in order to assist his mother, who lived in Portland. Shortly after graduating, he began a law practice in Corvallis while also working part-time as a deputy assistant attorney. Bob had a long and distinguished career as a trial attorney, developing a respected law firm that grew to its current formation of Ringo, Stuber, Ensor, Hadlock & Smith PC. He also served as president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, was named Oregon Trial Lawyer of the Year, and served on many boards, including the Oregon State Board of Bar Governors and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

    An active philanthropist, Bob supported many causes. Closest to his heart was the Good Samaritan Hospital, for which he led the governing and foundation boards and which he helped to provide free mental health care to local veterans.

    Bob was a devoted family man and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by four of his five children: Molly, Charlie, Julie, and Mary Ellen. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert Irvin, who died in 2011; his first wife, Kathryn Reese, to whom he was married for 37 years, and who passed in 1989; and his second wife, Jane Crider, to whom he was married for 20 years, and who passed in 2013.

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    • 12/12/2016

      John Reitz BA ’49, who invigorated the Snack Shack that once existed below Albany Quadrangle with jazz music, continues to play trumpet. Reitz, along with his Harbor Patrol Jazz Band, performed at the Clark County Fair in Vancouver, Washington, in August. It was the 20th consecutive year the band had played at the event.

  • Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08
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    • 04/11/2017

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 has been named the 2017–18 cochair of the American Heart Association’s Men Go Red Portland chapter, which supports the Go Red for Women campaign and seeks to raise funds and awareness to combat women’s heart disease issues. He is an attorney with Barran Liebman LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star. Kuchulis is an associate at Barran Liebman.

  • Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84
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    • 10/13/2016

      Was reappointed as chair of the ABA Family Law Section’s International Law Committee, effective August 2016. For 26 years, Root has focused her practice on family law, with an emphasis on international family law and custody disputes. She is a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe.

    • 10/22/2015

      Received the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation on October 15, 2015, during the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. The award recognizes Root’s contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District’s Legal Assistance program from 2001 to 2015.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Root became of counsel with the firm in 2012. Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) also announced that she will receive the 2014 Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, in honor of steadfast dedication and long-term volunteer service promoting women in the legal profession. Root focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation. She is a leading authority on interstate and international custody in the United States, having handled more than 100 contested interstate custody cases. Root also litigated the first petition filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under the Hague Convention in 1997.

    • 09/01/2011

      Became the anchor partner and partner-in-charge of the newly opened Portland office of McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm. Root, formerly a shareholder of Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, will continue to handle a broad range of family law cases with specific emphasis on interstate and international family law disputes, including international child abduction cases. She can be reached at 1500 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-226-7986, kroot@mckinleyirvin.com.

  • Kay Abramowitz
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    • 02/01/2015

      Kay Abramowitz JD ’84 joined Miller Nash’s trusts and estates practice. Abramowitz, who focuses on advising family‐owned businesses, is a frequent lecturer and is recognized for her experience in succession and transfer issues found in family‐owned businesses. These include assisting owners in identifying the next owners, leaders, and managers and assisting with tax‐sensitive strategies for transferring business assets to the next owners. She also helps her clients with probate‐avoidance trusts, tax‐planning trusts, special-needs and special-purpose trusts, and charitable remainder trust and asset-protection strategies. Her clients include owners and executives of family-owned businesses, married couples, single individuals, unmarried couples, and non-U.S. citizens.

  • John “JP” Powers JD ’74
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    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.

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    Brian Orazetti lost his valiant fight with brain cancer on October 11, 2015. He was 48 years old.

    Brian was born August 1967 in Portland. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1985 and the University of Oregon with a BA in biology and psychology in 1988. He was admitted to the California bar in 1998.

    Brian worked for several firms before creating his own practice in Morro Bay, California, in 2006. Specializing in medical malpractice and employment discrimination, he loved to fight for the underdog and defend those who could not otherwise protect themselves in court.

    Brian spent his last days at home in the loving embrace of his family and friends. He leaves behind his parents, Penny Harrington and Richard Orazetti; brother Ricardo Orazetti; aunt Roberta Webber; uncle Michael Ledyard; the mother of his child, Siobhan O’Toole, who is herself walking with cancer; and the light of his life, his beloved daughter Aine Eileen O’Toole, who is 12 years old.

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    Janice (Jan) Hirsch passed away on October 16, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Jan was born March 21, 1950, in Agana, Guam, to Lt. Col. Arthur Miles Holtorf and Marilyn Jean (Lee). She graduated from Pullman High School in Washington in 1967 and from Washington State University in 1989, having spent several of the intervening years raising a family and working as a legal assistant.

    Following Jan’s graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School, she began practicing employment and labor law. She worked for a couple of firms before going out on her own in 2006. Jan also served with many community organizations—including the Rotary Club, the Royal Rosarians, and her HOA board—and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. 

    Jan is survived by her two brothers, two children, two grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews.

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    Leslie “Les” Carlough passed away peacefully in Portland on April 20, 2016, as the result of cancer. Les was a senior policy advisor in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement. He and his family provided affordable housing for Lewis & Clark law students for a number of years. He had many strong friendships and loved Jimmy Buffet, as well as tasty food and drinks.

    Les is survived by his wife, Claudia, and children Kestrel and Savannah.

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    Stuart “Stu” Sugarman passed away March 28, 2016, from diabetes-related causes. He was 52 years old.

    Stu was born May 16, 1963, in Jericho, New York. He attended Jericho Senior High School and earned a BS in marine science and biology from the University of Miami.

    A partner at the Portland law firm Warren & Sugarman, Stu was known for his devotion to providing every defendant with a robust representation. He assisted people in their darkest moments and was known to take even the smallest cases seriously. Stu took on numerous pro bono cases, particularly on behalf of activists. He most recently defended—for free—the seven Greenpeace protesters charged in connection with a 2015 incident during which activists suspended themselves from Portland’s St. Johns Bridge in an effort to halt oil drilling in the Arctic.

    Stu was respected and loved by all who knew him. He is remembered for his humor, wit, fairness, honesty, and selflessness. An avid cyclist, Stu was a frequent participator in Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride and Cycle Oregon. He was also a longtime volunteer at the Oregon Country Fair.

    Stu is survived by his son, Riley; his mother, Pearl Sugarman; and his siblings Steven and Lori Sugarman, among other relatives.