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Class of 1994

    • 02/28/2019

      Amy Beacom BA ’94 is the founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, which consults, coaches, and trains companies and individuals on how to deal with the complexities and advantages of incorporating parental leave into a work environment. She works with organizations of all sizes–from mom-and-pop shops to enterprise-level companies like Microsoft and Phillips 66–to help them leverage parental leave as a leadership and development opportunity for managers and new parents.
           Beacom discussed her work at Lewis & Clark’s 2019 Gender Studies Symposium during a panel titled “Love, Kinship, and Economies of Care.” Her remarks highlighted how the lack of a national paid leave policy adversely impacts the culture of caring in the U.S. and directly keeps women out of the workforce and men out of care-giving roles. She says that now is a pivotal time for the cause, with Oregon’s pending parental leave bill and the introduction of national legislation. She encourages any fellow alumni to reach out to her if they are interested in the issue of parental leave.

    • 10/07/2016

      Was named in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of medical malpractice law—defendants.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named in 2015 Best Lawyers for his work in medical malpractice law.

    • 01/09/2018

      David deGraw BA ’94 was featured on Bloomberg News’ Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia on December 20, 2017. He discussed the impact of MiFID2 regulation and the usage of artificial intelligence and machine learning for algorithmic trading of equities. 

    • 12/19/2017

      Eileen Eakins JD ’94 marks the 12th anniversary of her solo law practice in April 2018. Her firm represents more than 80 local government clients, including counties, cities, and special service districts. Through the Special Districts Association of Oregon and other sponsors, Eakins also conducts frequent training sessions for elected officials and public employees on the laws that apply to local governments in Oregon.

    • 04/26/2017

      Eileen Eakins JD ’94 is the Port of Astoria’s new general counsel. A sole practitioner for nearly 11 years, she has been involved with the Special District Association of Oregon and special districts law for over 20 years. 

    • 08/24/2016

      Was named president of the board of directors of the Resource Development Council (RDC) of Alaska for the 2016–2017 term. RDC is a statewide business association of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism, and fisheries industries. Fjelstad is a partner in Perkins Coie’s environment, energy, and resources practice and managing partner of the firm’s Anchorage office.

    • 12/07/2019

      Sister Susan Francois BA ’94 was interviewed in the New York Times for her unique means of political engagement: daily prayers for President Donald Trump that Francois tweets to the @POTUS account. She began the process a few days following Trump’s inauguration as a “calming spiritual practice” to stay “engaged but … not add to the negativity,” and she’s kept it up ever since. She describes it as “the hardest spiritual practice [she’s] ever committed to.”

    • 01/23/2017

      See “Taking Her Ministry on the Road” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.

    • 02/22/2019

      Shelly Harper BA ’94 is raising an amazing daughter, who is currently in the fifth grade. Harper works as a licensed therapist and clinical supervisor in the field of community behavioral health in Tucson, Arizona. She visited L&C’s campus in January 2019 and enjoyed seeing how green and lush it still is.

    • 02/22/2019

      Stacey Kim BA ’94 is starting her fourth year as Lewis & Clark’s director of marketing. It’s a joy for her to be on campus every day and to make a career out of sharing the incredible news and events from her alma mater. She hopes to see many of her ’94 classmates at her 25th reunion this summer.

    • 02/15/2017

      Lasse Melgaard BA ’94 married Jenny Nugent Melgaard BA ’95. Together, they have two gorgeous, spirited boys. Recently, the family of four lived in Sydney, Australia; however, in April, they moved to Suva, Fiji, where Lasse works with the World Bank.

    • 05/01/2015

      Joined Wilson Elser as a partner in their Dallas, Texas, office on May 1, 2015. Milby can be reached at 214-698-8071; mitchell.milby@wilsonelser.com; or 901 Main Street, Suite 4800, Dallas, Texas 75202.

    • 09/01/2013

      Moved his law practice, Milby Attorneys & Counselors, to 1909 Woodall Rogers, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75201. He focuses on business law, including entity formation, business negotiations and contract drafting, and trial work arising out of business disputes.

    • 08/03/2018

      John A. Schifino JD ’94, a partner in the Tampa offices of Burr & Forman LLP, was recently sworn in as president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA). Schifino has served on the HCBA board of directors since 2011. He has been on the executive committee of the HCBA’s 600-member trial and litigation section since 2010, and chaired the section in 2015–2016.

    • 11/07/2018

      Valerie Schmidt BA ’94 was elected president of the Organization of Women Leaders, which promotes networking and support among women in decision-making positions in many industries and careers.

    • 11/14/2018

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was named in Best of the Bar 2018 and The Best Lawyers in America 2019 in the field of water law. Shapiro is a managing partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California.

    • 07/23/2018

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was named a 2018 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine and will be featured in the August issue. Shapiro is a managing partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California.

    • 10/13/2017

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was a Best of the Bar honoree in 2017 and was named in the 2018 issue of Best Lawyers in America magazine. Shapiro is a managing partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California.

    • 09/01/2014

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was elected managing partner at Downey Brand, where he focuses on the internal operations of the firm. Shapiro is known for his expertise in flood protection improvement projects throughout California’s Central Valley.

    • 02/22/2019

      Marla Tacito BS ’94 successfully launched a child into adulthood and another into middle school.

    • 11/09/2018

      Robert Wilson BA ’94 writes: “In 2016, I was selected as a pilot teacher for the Teach.Genetics evolution curriculum by the Genetics Learning Center at the University of Utah. In 2017, I won the Sumner Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rowland Hall Upper School in Salt Lake City. In 2018, I was selected to join the APPLES (Arctic Plant Phenology Learning through Engaged Science) team at UC Davis. I credit Dr. Tom Darrow, Dr. Don McKenzie, and Dr. Dave Martinson for inspiring my work.”

    • 02/24/2015

      Became the chair of Sarcos LC, a leading global robotics and sensor company formerly known as Raytheon Sarcos, the robotics division of the Raytheon Company. Wolff is responsible for overseeing the direction of the company and engaging with strategic partners, customers, and investors. He was CEO, president, and chair of Pendrell Corporation from 2009 to 2014. During his tenure at Pendrell, Wolff navigated a turnaround of the company by facilitating a resolution to a complex subsidiary bankruptcy and creating more than $500 million in value for equity holders by eliminating more than $1.5 billion of consolidated debt.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kimberly Zdenek JD ’94 was named manager in the geosciences group at ENVIRON in Newark, New Jersey. Zdenek has over nine years of experience in the environmental science and engineering fields, including environmental compliance, due diligence, risk assessment, site assessment, investigation and remediation, environmental health and safety (EHS), permitting and compliance, solid and hazardous waste management, federal and state land use permitting, and development of budgets and remediation cost estimates. She also has 10 years of experience as an attorney in several areas of practice, including multistate environmental litigation. Zdenek has significant experience in multimedia compliance audits, Phase I environmental site assessments, remediation data evaluation, sampling plan development, field coordination, project coordination, proposal preparation, and budget review and analysis.