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    • 06/28/2018

      Makayela Johnson BA ’18, a hip-hop artist in Portland who performs as KayelaJ, was profiled in Willamette Week and appeared at the PDX Pop Now! festival in July 2018.

    • 08/05/2018

      Oday Salim LLM ’09 has joined the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center as staff attorney, which comes with an appointment as director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic. Salim most recently was the executive director and managing attorney for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. He has also served as an adjunct professor in energy, oil, and gas law at Wayne State University Law School, the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Lewis & Clark Law School.

    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Previously, Salim served as senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services and as a staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. For the past five years, Salim has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor by teaching Lewis & Clark’s two-week summer seminar on oil and gas law, and energy law and regulation at the University of Pittsburgh.

    • 02/07/2019

      Steve Lowry JD ’98, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, has been named to Georgia Super Lawyers’ Top 100 list for the third consecutive year for his work in the Personal Injury General: Plaintiff category. Lowry also earned his eighth Georgia Super Lawyer designation.

    • 01/11/2019

      Steve Lowry JD ’98, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, is the host of the Great Trials Podcast, which launched on January 1, 2019. The podcast features in-depth interviews with top trial lawyers about their strategies in landmark cases and is designed to appeal to the legal community as well as the general public. New episodes are released every Tuesday. To learn more, visit

    • 02/13/2019

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02 became a managing partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon, effective January 1, 2019.

    • 07/30/2018

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02, a partner in the trusts and estates department of Karnopp Petersen LLP, was recently elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC). Keys MacDonald is one of 36 new fellows elected to ACTEC from across the United States, England, and Canada. She regularly counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, and charitable giving.

    • 03/02/2018

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02 was named a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), an organization of peer-elected lawyers and law professors who are skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure, as well as the administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors, and incompetents.

    • 02/13/2019

      Ellen Grover JD ’98 became a managing partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon, effective January 1, 2019.

    • 02/01/2019

      Jason Ayres JD ’00 has joined Garvey Schubert Barer as principal in the firm’s Portland office. Ayres advises commercial lenders, small businesses, equipment lease and finance companies, and farms in litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, and insolvencies, including matters involving agricultural lending and workouts. He has substantial experience representing receivers and lenders in receivership proceedings and contested Chapter 11 and 12 cases. Ayres appears in federal and state court proceedings in Oregon and Washington.

    • 02/04/2019

      Gary L. Blacklidge JD ’90 has joined the real estate practice group at Jordan Ramis PC. Blacklidge focuses on real estate law, assisting clients in transactional work as well as foreclosures of all types of liens and judgment executions on real estate. He is also experienced in debtor/creditor matters emphasizing creditor representation in bankruptcy cases. Prior to practicing law, Blacklidge worked as a title officer in an Oregon office of a national title insurance company. Over the years he has represented title companies and their insureds in resolving title claims. He is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association and American Bar Association and has been named in Best Lawyers in America for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

    • 01/29/2019

      Jessica A. Flint JD ’11 has been named of counsel by Gevurtz Menashe. Flint started as an associate with the firm in July of 2012 and will continue her practice handling international and domestic family law matters in Oregon.

    • 02/05/2019

      Christie Totten JD ’08 has been promoted to partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Totten is a litigator who defends employers against claims of all types and maintains an active advice and counseling practice. She works with employers of all sizes and in all industries, with a focus on health care, technology, and agriculture/wine.

    • 02/13/2019

      Annie Nelson JD ’11 has been named a partner by Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon. Nelson has been with the firm since 2012 and practices primarily in the area of trust and estates. She regularly advises clients on estate planning, probate, and trust administration, and also counsels clients with respect to establishing guardianships and conservatorships. Nelson is a member of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Business Law Sections, Deschutes County Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and Cascade Women Lawyers.