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Class of 2004

    • 12/08/2017

      Jay Hernandez BA ’88, MAT ’04 lives in Houston. He just started his own business buying and selling cars as an international broker. He helps individual shoppers as well.

    • 10/09/2017

      Usman Ally BA ’04, an Obie Award-winning actor, has, in addition to his role on the Netlix miniseries A Series of Unfortunate Events, appeared in the television shows Suits, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Veep.

    • 02/22/2019

      Blake Androff BA ’04 is executive director of the U.S. House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. He previously worked as director of communications in the U.S. Department of the Interior under the Obama Administration. He recently purchased a house in Washington, D.C., with his fiance, Kerry McNellis.

    • 02/10/2016

      Andrew Bowman LLM ’04 was named president of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. Bowman previously served as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s (DDCF) program director for the environment. During his 10 years at DDCF, he developed and obtained approval for more than $100 million in grants.

    • 02/01/2015

      Amy Carbins JD ’04 was promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office. Carbins assists lenders, borrowers, investors, owners, and developers with structuring, negotiating, and closing complex commercial real estate transactions.

    • 02/22/2019

      Catie O’Keefe Dargue BA ’04 was awarded an Individual Excellence Award for playwriting from the Ohio Arts Council. She has moved to Boca Raton, Florida, and started a new position as director of development at Nova Southeastern University.

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      Ruben Degollado MEd ’04 published his debut novel, which tells a story of love in the face of gang violence and broken homes. Slant Books, 2019. 174 pages.

      Posted 01/16/2020
    • 02/15/2017

      Shannon Dery MAT ’04 is following in the footsteps of the late James Erickson, a well-known local drama teacher, by reviving the once-legendary Beaverton (Oregon) High School theatre program.

    • 10/14/2016

      Todd Doram BA ’04 and Mark Robinowitz BA ’08 premiered their short film, The Deal, at Sunscreen Film Festival West last October. The film was awarded Best Short.

    • 12/05/2018

      Dan Eller JD ’04 was honored with the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section Pro Bono Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to providing excellent legal services to Oregon’s low-income taxpayers. He was also recently named chair of the Portland Tax Forum, a nonprofit corporation that provides nationally recognized speakers on tax topics and promotes professional tax education. Eller is a partner at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt and continues his involvement with the Lewis & Clark Law School community as an adjunct professor.

    • 10/13/2016

      Leah Koss Feldon JD ’04 was confirmed as DEQ deputy director by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission. Feldon has worked at the Oregon DEQ since 2005 in various roles, including as special advisor to the director of Cleaner Air Oregon and manager in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement.

    • 04/17/2015

      Danelle Cope Forseth JD ’04 welcomed Melissa Luna JD ’04 to Landeck & Forseth, a small law firm located in Moscow, Idaho. Both enjoy practicing as part of a close-knit rural legal community. The firm maintains a general civil practice, including estate planning, family, real property, business, and employment law. Forseth was named partner in January 2014.

    • 10/14/2016

      Anisa Goforth BA ’04 and James Fivecoats, July 2, 2014, in Idleyld Park, Oregon. Jaye Hartman BA ’04, Heather Jasper, David Woessner BA ’04, Amy Woessner BA ’05, and Cassi Lydon BA ’04 attended.

    • 10/03/2017

      Yukari Kaihori BA ’04 presented her artwork in a joint exhibition with Nelleke Beltjens in summer 2017. The show, titled Elemental, appeared at WORK, a fine art gallery in Amherst, Virginia. Kaihori, who lives in New Zealand, uses a technique involving dropping pigment and solvent onto paper painted with oil and capitalizing on the interesting colors and shapes that result. She has also dabbled in mixed media.

    • 12/21/2016

      Jane Levy JD ’04, MA ’11 was appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to Division XXV of the 2nd Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County. Levy has advocated for New Mexico families for over 10 years. She has also been a volunteer for organizations that help domestic abuse victims and the homeless.

    • 04/17/2015

      Melissa Luna JD ’04 joined Danelle Cope Forseth JD ’04 at Landeck & Forseth, a small law firm located in Moscow, Idaho. Both enjoy practicing as part of a close-knit rural legal community. The firm maintains a general civil practice, including estate planning, family, real property, business, and employment law. 

    • 12/21/2016

      Ron Opsahl JD ’04 is of counsel at Fennemore Craig PC in Denver, Colorado. Opsahl is a member of the firm’s natural resources, energy, and environmental practice and has experience in public lands issues, wildlife law, resource extraction and use, litigation, real property, and titles matters.

    • 09/01/2014

      Julie Penry JD ’04 was named assistant general counsel at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

    • 10/13/2017

      Julie Penry JD’ 04 and Jay Penry welcomed Charlotte Susannah Penry on May 24, 2017, in Corvallis, Oregon. She joins 5-year-old brother Leon.

    • 09/01/2014

      Abigail St. Lawrence JD ’04 opened St. Lawrence Law Office in downtown Helena, Montana. Specializing in water rights, natural resources, administrative law, and government relations, the firm provides responsive legal solutions for agriculture, development, business, and individuals. St. Lawrence is a frequent lecturer at CLE courses, chairs the Justice Initiatives Committee of the State Bar of Montana, and serves on the PPL Community Foundation board.

    • 07/02/2020

      Derek Teaney JD ’04 played a critical role in overturning 50 years of harmful precedent that prevented landowners and environmental groups from obtaining meaningful judicial review in natural gas pipeline cases. On June 30, 2020, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark decision in Allegheny Defense Project v. FERC that will fundamentally change how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conducts its natural gas pipeline proceedings. At issue was FERC’s use of “tolling orders” to indefinitely extend the Natural Gas Act’s 30-day deadline for the agency to “grant or deny” rehearing requests of its gas pipeline approvals. Parties are required to seek rehearing before challenging FERC’s orders in court. Despite the clear statutory text, 50 years of circuit precedent allowed FERC to indefinitely extend the deadline, preventing landowners and others harmed by pipeline construction from seeking judicial review while simultaneously allowing pipeline construction to move forward. In Allegheny Defense Project, the D.C. Circuit, sitting en banc, overturned that precedent stating that FERC “has no authority to erase and replace the statutorily prescribed jurisdictional consequences of its inaction.” The court said that FERC and pipeline companies “split the atom of finality” because tolling orders “are not final enough for aggrieved parties to seek relief in court, but they are final enough for private pipeline companies to go to court and take private property be eminent domain.” In other words, the court said, tolling orders render FERC decisions “akin to Schrodinger’s cat: both final and not final at the same time.” The court’s decision will now allow aggrieved parties “to seek temporary injunctive relief if needed under the ordinary standards for a stay” rather than having the courthouse doors barred shut. The decision is expected to have similar implications in the electric and hydropower sectors as well, where FERC’s authority is governed by nearly identical rehearing and judicial review provisions of the Federal Power Act. Teaney’s firm Appalachian Mountain Advocates represented Allegheny Defense Project and the other environmental petitioners in the case.

    • From the Fire: Ojai Reflects on the Thomas Fire

      Deva Gatica Temple BA ’04 coedits a collection of essays, poetry, prose and historical interviews alongside beautiful full-color photos of the Thomas Fire—the flames, the ashes, the community, and the regrowth. This book tells the story of fire through the lens of the human spirit. The writings are poignant first-person narratives of how individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the town of Ojai, California, responded to one of the largest wildfires in U.S. history. It is a testament to the power of community and a hopeful roadmap for how humanity can respond to the effects of climate change in a positive way. In the end, love wins. Self-published, 2018. 200 pages.

      Posted 12/10/2018
    • 12/29/2019

      Melissa Thaw BA ’04 and Alexander Gerodias, August 17, 2019.

    • 08/02/2019

      May Wallace MAT ’04 is an artist in Portland. A series of her portraits depicting houseless friends and acquaintances was on display at the Seaside (Oregon) Library in August 2019. The portraits are intended to raise awareness of the impending climate change crisis, says Wallace. She depicts her subjects in full-body view going about their daily lives as well as in more surrealistic states, such as submerged beneath water or seated in a burning chair.

    • Glass Harvest

      Amie Whittemore MAT ’04 explored issues of grief, family relationships, marriage, divorce, sexuality, and gender identity—along with how these experiences intersect with landscape—in her new poetry collection.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 07/12/2018

      Diana Wiener Rosengard BA ’04, JD ’09 and her husband, David Rosengard JD ’15, LLM ’16, bought their first home in Saint Helens, Oregon, in October 2017. They promptly adopted two adorable rescue pitbulls, who keep them busy. David works at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and teaches as a adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Diana works as a senior manager at a global open-source technology company, while writing novels in her spare time. Her first novel, Spooked, a “New Adult supernatural noir,” is coming out in September 2018.

    • Spooked.

      Diana Wiener Rosengard BA ’04, JD ’09 has published Spooked., the first book in a new-adult noir series that “reads like an episode of Veronica Mars with a supernatural edge.” Set in Astoria, Oregon, the novel tells the story of childhood best friends Callie and Izzy, who enroll together at a small liberal arts college. When Izzy is killed by a hit-and-run driver, Callie is consumed with grief…and by a need to make the perpetrator pay. In her quest for the truth, she discovers more than she bargained for, and soon her own sanity is on the line.

      Posted 07/12/2018