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Class of 2012

  • CAS class correspondentsBrandis Piper BA, MAT ’13: Renda Nazzal BA ’12 and Brandis Piper BA, MAT ’13

    “Welcome class of 2012! I’m one of your class correspondents and I’d love to receive a note from you on what you’ve been up to since we graduated.” - November 2018

    • 03/13/2018

      Nora Apter BA ’12, who works as an environmental advocate and lobbyist for the National Resources Defense Council, was quoted in a New York Times article about the conservation of endangered species. Apter discusses the conflict around proposed policies that will make it more difficult for activists to protect vulnerable species.

    • 07/02/2019

      Karl Berger BA ’12 is a stand-up comic in Portland. He has appeared at the Helium Comedy Club, Curious Comedy Theater (where he also writes for their late-night comedy show), Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, and the Highlarious Comedy Festival in San Francisco. He recently appeared in a 2018 television ad for the Oregon State Lottery. When he’s not chasing his dreams, Berger works for Streamline Craftsman, a company that builds tradeshow installations and does home renovations and custom furniture builds.

    • 02/09/2018

      Kaye Blankenship BA ’12 is scenic designer for This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at CoHo Productions in Portland. Blankenship has designed scenes, lighting, and props for a variety of shows around Portland, including Flora and Ulysses at Oregon Children’s Theatre and Carnivora at Theatre Vertigo. She is a founding company member of CoHo.

    • 01/10/2018

      Trevor Bloom BA ’12, a botanist at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and a wildlife guide for Brushbuck Guide Services, wants to make the conversation around climate change more hopeful and productive. Via the Wildflower Watch project, he and his colleagues are getting help from everyday folks to gather data on plants at Blacktail Butte, part of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Their data goes into a national database and is studied at the local level.

    • 04/08/2016

      Joined Portland law firm Dunn Carney Allen Higgins and Tongue as a member of its real estate and business teams. Boyer works with individuals and commercial businesses to structure, draft, and negotiate residential, commercial, and industrial real estate and business transactions. He is president of the Lewis & Clark Law School Recent Graduate Council and volunteers in the Small Business Legal Clinic.

    • 02/15/2017

      Barra Brown BA ’12, who studied classical flute in the music department, has been teaching music and is now primarily touring and gigging. He has toured with Shook Twins (now his full-time gig), Ages and Ages, Morning Ritual, and Alameda. He has personal projects as well, including Korgy & Bass and the Barra Brown Quintet and Trio. He’s released two records as a leader with PJCE Records and two records with Cavity Search Records since graduating. This year, Brown will release his third album with Cavity Search Records and is finishing up two more. “I still live in Portland, and I’m engaged to Maya, whom I met at L&C.”

    • 08/08/2017

      Thomas Chandler JD ’12 and daughter Harper Chandler visited with Patrick Sullivan JD ’12 and his daughter, Shelby Sullivan, at Shelby’s second birthday party in Washington, D.C. Shelby and Harper were born three weeks apart.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined the Myanmar office of Baker & McKenzie.

    • 02/01/2018

      Fiona Corner BA ’12 was recently elected to serve as the marketing and promotions coordinator for the Northwest Association of Student Affairs Professionals, the oldest regional college student personnel organization in North America. Fiona currently serves as a residence hall coordinator at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

    • 01/17/2020

      Kemiyondo Coutinho BA ’12 starred in an episode of the Apple TV+ series Little America, an anthology show inspired by true stories told by American immigrants. Coutinho previously wrote, directed, and starred in the short film Kyenvu.

    • 08/12/2019

      Jared Delahaye BA ’12 earned a PhD in immunology from the University of Washington in August 2019. He says Lewis & Clark Professors Greta Binford and Greg Hermann were both highly instrumental in providing inspiration for his chosen path. L&C friends joined him in Seattle to celebrate the achievement.

    • 08/03/2015

      Became a partner at McGaughey Erickson. The firm will continue to handle securities, employment, business break-up, and contract litigation in their downtown Portland, Oregon, office.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Robert J. McGaughey’s firm as an associate. Erickson’s practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on securities and shareholder lawsuits, employment claims, and environmental law. She recently served as a judicial law clerk to Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen in Palmer, Alaska.

    • 12/09/2019

      Serena Frisina BA ’12 and Torey Frisina, May 15, 2019, in San Pedro, California. In attendance were Andrew Frisina BA ’13, Becka Langum Mackenzie BA ’12, MAT ’12, Evelyn Guerrero BA ’16, Nico Ohland BA ’15, Woody Johnson BA ’16, Lamar Curry BA ’13, Mike Pryor BA ’12, Nicki Burnett BA ’18, Taylor Gatti BA ’14, Caitlin Harper BA ’10, Megan Percell BA ’12, Phil Magbanua, and Patrick Jackson.

    • 11/15/2019

      Erin Gravley BA ’12 spoke at Lewis & Clark in fall 2019 about her postgraduate life and work during an alumni reading and discussion. Gravely, who graduated with an MFA from Syracuse University in August 2019, is currently working on a novel.

    • 04/13/2018

      Rachel Guthrie JD ’12 established the American Wolf Foundation on March 15, 2018. The foundation will provide support to partner organizations doing on-the-ground research into and conservation of endangered American wolves, starting with the critically endangered red wolf. It will also focus on outreach, education, and coexistence initiatives to shape public perception in advance of a new red wolf reintroduction effort. The organization plans to follow a model similar to that of the Mexican Wolf Fund, which provides support to affected ranchers and landowners in an effort to foster collaboration. In the short term, the American Wolf Foundation may also fund additional captive breeding of the red wolf. Guthrie’s ultimate goal is to build the foundation into a substantial endowment fund to provide permanent support for all American canid conservation efforts.

    • 02/17/2015

      Joined the business immigration practice group at Tonkin Torp. He has been a member of the firm’s business department since 2012.

    • 03/02/2016

      Moderated a panel—The Many Roles of a Regional Center—at the 3rd Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference. Kapuria is with Klasko Immigration Law.

    • 07/24/2015

      Served as a panelist for Invest in the U.S.A.’s July 24, 2015, webinar, Going Global: The Importance of Diversifying the EB-5 Investor Marketplace. Kapuria is an attorney with the Chicago office of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, where he works with U.S.-based developers to help structure EB-5 compliant projects and conducts immigration due diligence reviews of EB-5 projects for foreign investors.

    • 11/18/2019

      Heather Kitada Smalley BA ’12 has joined the mathematics department at Willamette University as the Albaugh Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics. Smalley, who holds an MS and PhD in statistics from Oregon State University, previously taught at Reed College in Portland.

    • 08/03/2018

      John Koch JD ’12 was named the Multnomah Bar Association’s Senior Law Project Volunteer of the Year for providing representation to those who could not otherwise afford legal assistance. Koch practices business law as well as estate planning and administration.

    • 02/01/2018

      Anne Koenning BA ’12 is based in Portland and is the director of enrollment at Carpe Diem Education, an educational organization offering experiential gap year programs abroad. She recently launched Intrepid Gap, an educational consulting firm designed to support students and families through the gap year process.

    • 09/19/2019

      Dylan K. Lange JD ’12 became the director of special projects and legislative initiatives for the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State.

    • 03/26/2019

      Dylan K. Lange JD ’12 is the deputy elections director for the Office of the Secretary of State of New Mexico.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jade Lansing BA ’12 spent two years in Beirut, Lebanon, working for the United Nations and two years as the manager of a small ethnographic field school in Agadir, Morocco. She recently moved to Thailand to work as a freelance copywriter and online ESL instructor.

    • 02/15/2017

      Justin Lieuallen, who completed his superintendent licensure program at the graduate school in 2012, is the new principal of Silverton (Oregon) High School. Lieuallen lives in Amity, Oregon, with his wife, Debbie, and three children.

    • 01/22/2018

      Hannah McCain BA ’12 joined Rinck Advertising in Lewiston, Maine, as a digital and web developer.

    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the faculty at Vermont Law School as a clinical professor in the school’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Moses previously worked at the Center for Food Safety, litigating sustainable agriculture issues. She also worked as a judicial clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals. During her studies at Lewis & Clark, she served as editor-in-chief of the Animal Law Review. She has authored and coauthored several legal publications related to animal agriculture and environmental law.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Barran Liebman as an associate attorney. Munsinger represents employers and management in employment law litigation, and provides advice on a full range of employment law matters. Previously, he worked as an honors attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice Trial and Civil Enforcement Divisions. Munsinger also served as former Attorney General John Kroger’s special assistant in 2010, coordinating with Oregon business leaders, attorneys, elected officials, and citizens on behalf of the attorney general.

    • 02/01/2018

      Casey Newbegin BA ’12 earned her MS in information studies, with a focus in museum studies, at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Last year, she moved to New York City, where she is the studio manager for a private art restoration company. She has maintained connections with Lauren Lederman BA ’12 (her first-year roommate) and Claire Wasserman BA ’12 (their dorm neighbor).

    • 05/27/2015

      Moved to Samuels Yoelin Kantor to establish a securities litigation practice group that represents individual investors, fiduciaries, and institutional investors. Pasieczny also works on shareholder rights, business torts, and complex legal malpractice cases. She spoke at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference 2015 on the latest developments in FINRA arbitration, and was elected to Reed College’s alumni board of directors.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jeremiah Patterson EdD ’12 was named assistant superintendent of the Gladstone (Oregon) School District.

    • 07/01/2019

      Megan Percell BA ’12 is the founder of Five More Minutes, a lifestyle brand and online platform for women to share tips on wellness and health.

    • 10/13/2017

      Julie Peterson BA ’12 received her MA in public history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2016. A consulting historian based in Fort Collins, Colorado, she has published reviews and articles in The Public Historian and Museums & Social Issues. Her most recent project was working as a researcher and exhibit developer for History Colorado in Denver, developing content for a new core exhibit titled “Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects,” which opened in November 2017.

    • 07/12/2019

      Brandis Piper BA ’12, MAT ’13 is the interim head football coach at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon. Piper also serves as an AVID teacher for the school.

    • 01/22/2019

      Ben Pirie JD ’12, who is part of the Lane Powell cannabis team, has been elected to the executive committee of Oregon State Bar’s Cannabis Law Section. Pirie counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate and regulatory legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions, negotiating complex contracts, and corporate governance, as well as regulatory compliance in the emerging cannabis and hemp industries. The Cannabis Law Section seeks to educate and promote cannabis law among Oregon lawyers and judges, and serves as a resource for lawyers who monitor federal enforcement activities and defend against federal government interference in a state’s lawful cannabis activities.

    • 08/03/2018

      Ben Pirie JD ’12 has joined Lane Powell as an associate on the firm’s cannabis team. Pirie counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate needs. He is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with clients as they reach toward their goals in one of the most dynamic and fraught industries in the world. Pirie brings his experience as in-house counsel for a Fortune 1000 company in Portland to bear on Oregon’s emerging cannabis industry, where he advises clients on business transactions, contracts, entity formation and management, securities compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, state and local administrative law, and employment matters. Results-oriented and responsive, Pirie has helped clients from labs to retailers on their terms and timelines to get and keep every type of recreational-marijuana license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. In addition to advising clients, Pirie is active in engaging with state and local governments in order to ensure common-sense, business-friendly regulation of the marijuana industry.

    • 01/14/2019

      Branden Pursinger BA ’12 has joined the Oregon Republican Senate caucus office as a policy analyst. He lives in Tualatin, Oregon, with his wife, Carolyn Pursinger BA ’11, daughter Natalie, and dog Lily.

    • 10/30/2017

      To Branden Pursinger BA ’12 and Carolyn Pursinger BA ’11, daughter Natalie Amelia Pursinger, February 22, 2017. The family lives in Tualatin, Oregon.

    • 02/17/2015

      Joined the Portland city attorney’s office as the inaugural honors attorney. Previously, Simon clerked for the Honorable Adrienne Nelson.

    • 09/22/2017

      Anna Spackman BA ’12, a singer-songwriter, performed at a concert benefiting Planned Parenthood in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in summer 2017.

    • 02/15/2017

      Megan Spence BA ’12 is a social worker in Kitsap County, Washington.

    • 11/19/2017

      Phoebe Stoner BA ’12 is a city councilor in Laramie, Wyoming.

    • 08/08/2017

      Patrick Sullivan JD ’12 and his daughter, Shelby Sullivan, visited with Thomas Chandler JD ’12 and daughter Harper Chandler at Shelby’s second birthday party in Washington, D.C. Shelby and Harper were born three weeks apart.

      Patrick Sullivan JD ’12 (left) with his daughter, Shelby Sullivan, and Thomas Chandler JD ’12...

    • 03/08/2017

      Patrick Sullivan JD ’12 opened of the Law Office of Patrick Sullivan, JD, MBA, in November 2016. The firm is dedicated to Indian law, government affairs, and gaming law in Washington, D.C.

    • 03/02/2016

      Patrick Sullivan JD ’12 and Elizabeth Glover welcomed daughter Shelby Glover Sullivan on June 23, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

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    • 01/25/2019

      Daniel Timmons JD ’12 recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is a staff attorney with WildEarth Guardians, a nonprofit environmental group working to protect the wild places, wild rivers, and human communities of the West. Previously, Timmons worked for two years in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, as an associate attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. His litigation work will initially focus on halting fossil fuel development on public lands and protecting flows in the imperiled Rio Grande River. Timmons writes that it can be exhausting work, so he tries to keep himself sane and grounded by hiking, cross-country skiing, and exploring beautiful New Mexico. He has also recently begun developing a Zen meditation practice.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner as an associate in their Utah office. Whiteley focuses on U.S. patent prosecution in computing, networking, software, and Internet applications.

    • 10/13/2017

      Rachel Wolf BA ’12 completed three years in the Peace Corps and is now in her second year of grad school studying international development at the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. She was recently selected as a Barton Institute Social Enterprise Fellow and will spend the year with her cohort learning about social enterprises through mentorship, a pilot course, and an internship with a local organization. Wolf spent last summer in Rio de Janeiro on a research internship, which gave her plenty of free time to learn Portuguese, join a beach boxing group, and introduce her new friends to lots of homemade baked goods.

    • 02/01/2018

      Jessica Wynn-Grant BA ’12 married the love of her life and began an MSW program at California State University at East Bay to pursue her dream to be a clinical social worker.

    • 05/27/2015

      Accepted a position as a magistrate of the Commonwealth in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yareshes’ primary responsibilities include conducting probable cause hearings; issuing search and arrest warrants, emergency protective orders, temporary detention orders, and civil warrants and subpoenas; conducting bail hearings; and issuing orders in minor civil matters.