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Class of 2013

  • CAS class correspondent: Goldann Salazar BA ’13

    “Class of 2013, it has been five years since we graduated, I know you’ve accomplished a lot of amazing things, and I cannot wait to hear all about them. Please stay in touch!”

    - June 2018

    • 06/28/2018

      Danial Afzal BA ’13 has directed two documentaries: The Survivor, which focuses on the 2014 massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, and Am I Worthless? which addresses child laborers. He is currently working on another short film, titled Blue, based on child sexual abuse and the dark web. The Survivor has been shown at 10 international film festivals and has won three awards. Afzal anchors a national news channel in Pakistan and recently acted in a Coca-Cola commercial.

    • 06/21/2017

      Danial Afzal BA ’13 directed an award-winning short documentary called The Survivor. The film follows Muneeb Khan, a survivor of the December 2014 massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, by the Taliban. Khan’s brother, Shaheer, was killed, along with more than 140 others, and the film deals with the grief and trauma of that event in the lives of Khan and his family. The film has been recognized at FiLUMS Festival as the Best Concept Documentary, and it premiered at the Ismailia Film Festival.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was elected to the board of directors for Portland’s Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls. Atchison is member of Tonkon Torp’s business law practice group, where she works on a variety of matters including securities regulation and issues related to the financial services industry. An accomplished guitarist and songwriter, she is cofounder of a band that has performed throughout the United States.

    • 06/01/2015

      Joined the Portland office of U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer B.A. ’70, J.D. ’76. Brumfield serves as Blumenauer’s field representative on environmental, natural resources, and agriculture issues.

    • 04/27/2017

      Kelsey Coulter JD ’13 has joined Wiscarson Law, Oregon’s only law firm primarily focused on special education law for families. Coulter brings litigation experience in both civil and criminal law. She will focus her practice on special education law and adult guardianships. Previously, Coulter represented clients in divorce, custody, and guardianship cases at a family law firm in Portland.

    • 10/11/2017

      Joshua Dunham BA ’13 of Acoustic Distinctions was the lead acoustic consultant and project manager–in conjunction with principal-in-charge David Kahn–who designed the acoustics for the new music department addition at the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, in collaboration with HGA Architects. The building was completed in August 2017, and students and faculty have since moved in. Dunham and his family attended the opening Faculty Gala Concert on September 16, 2017.

    • 06/28/2018

      Clare Eisenberg BA ’13 lives in Minneapolis, where she works in the nonprofit field with a focus on education and out-of-school-time programming. She recently completed her MEd in youth development leadership. Eisenberg is active in Fourth Generation, a young professionals’ philanthropy group, and served on its board for two years.

    • 04/26/2017

      Andrew Erickson JD ’13 joined Landye Bennett Blumstein’s Anchorage office as an associate attorney. He will focus his practice on Alaska Native law, litigation, and bankruptcy. Erickson has been an active participant in Alaska and environmental affairs. He recently served as the state’s representative for Defenders of Wildlife and was an independent consultant for organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Cook Inletkeeper, and Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community. Erickson is also a former law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court and worked as Miles Conservation Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Kolisch Hartwell. Fisher’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, and she also assists clients in litigation and enforcement matters. 

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Chernoff Vilhauer McClung and Stenzel as an associate attorney.

    • 05/27/2015

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

    • 09/18/2017

      Gianluca Giarrizzo BA ’13, a sculptor, painter, and illustrator, had his work featured at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon, in summer 2017. See more of his work at gianlucagiarrizzo.com.

    • 12/06/2017

      Emmanuel Habimana AES ’13, a filmmaker and survivor of the Rwandan genocide, was interviewed by the Berkeley City College Voice on his his past; his work; and his thoughts on trauma, storytelling, and resilience.

    • 03/21/2018

      Julia Huggins BA ’13, along with Sarah Clement BA ’14, Micah Leinbach BA ’14, and Sarra Wynn BA ’14, have launched a nonprofit organization called The BOAT (Bus for Outdoor Access and Teaching). Following a successful Indiegogo campaign, they plan to purchase and retrofit a bus with storage space, solar panels, and all manner of amenities, essentially creating a mobile classroom. The goal is to offer cheaper-than-average opportunities for youth education in the outdoors. For more information, see theboatbus.com.

    • 05/27/2016

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

    • 09/01/2015

      Won second prize in the ABA’s Public Law and Policy writing competition for his LL.M. seminar paper, Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act: Demanding a Gift of Federal Lands.

    • 04/10/2018

      To Eline Leemans Lenne BA ’13 and Richie LeDonne Lenne BA ’11, baby Nico Rye, January 27, 2018.

    • 09/29/2015

      Joined the Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg. Maher focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning.

    • 10/04/2016

      Joined the Justis Law Firm LLC in Overland Park, Kansas, an environmental litigation firm specializing in Superfund sites. Merryman was with the Missouri State Public Defenders Office for the previous two years.

    • 01/27/2016

      Was appointed to lead the Next Gen Advisory Board of the Midwest Innocence Project. Merryman is an assistant Missouri state public defender.

    • 06/28/2018

      Alexa Moore BA ’13 served as a Peace Corps rural education development volunteer in southern Zambia. Currently, she lives with her partner and an adorable pup in Detroit, where she works as an equal opportunity investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    • 05/19/2015

      Joined the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips as an associate attorney. Morehead’s practice focuses on employment discrimination and related litigation, retaliation and wrongful termination, labor relations, wage and hour law, and whistleblower actions.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined the complex litigation group at Keller Rohrback. Preusch is based in Santa Barbara, where his work focuses on representing harmed parties in securities, consumer protection, and environmental matters.

    • 02/15/2017

      Matthew Rugamba BA ’13 was recently featured on CNN’s African Voices. He is founder and creative director of House of Tayo, a clothing brand that incorporates distinct African style and flavor into contemporary and locally made clothing and accessories.

    • 01/27/2016

      Is running for mayor of Portland in 2016. Schor reports that his campaign is focused on making housing affordable in Portland with new dedicated revenue from an income tax on the top 1% of earners, repairing the relationship between the Portland Police Department and the community, rebuilding the city’s infrastructure, and bringing more services to East Portland. Currently, he is an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Dunn Carney as a real estate attorney. His practice will focus on real estate transactions, land use, and agricultural law.

    • 06/28/2018

      Dominique Shannon BA ’13 is currently the case manager for a family law legal services program, working with low-income domestic violence survivors who want to protect their children but cannot afford an attorney. While in college, Shannon began working with low-income community members who are trying to access legal services, and she continues that work now, by centering and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. She also volunteers with the ACLU of Washington and DAWN, a domestic violence agency based in South King County, Washington.

    • 07/09/2018

      Amira Streeter JD ’13 will join the Oregon governor’s office on July 9 as part of the natural resources team. Streeter will assume responsibility for liaising with a number of natural resource state agencies. She brings deep experience in brownfields policy, project management and collaborative problem solving, and community engagement and empowerment. Streeter most recently worked as a policy director for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, focusing on issues such as the Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up, housing, community development, and public arts and culture. She also has experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, having served as a policy analyst and legislative liaison for Oregon Representative Lew Frederick and as an environmental prosecution clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Streeter earned a certificate in environmental and natural resources law with her JD, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and dance from Skidmore College.

    • 05/18/2016

      Was named a 2016 Kelly W.G. Clark Advocacy Award winner by Sparks of Hope, a nonprofit agency that assists child survivors of abuse. She shares the award with the Spotlight team from the Boston Globe. Swanson, an attorney at Crew Janci LLP, was instrumental in passing three recent Oregon laws supporting survivors of sexual assault.

    • 05/27/2016

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

    • 05/05/2016

      Joined Larvik and Schaeffer Attorneys in La Grande, Oregon, in January 2016. Westenskow’s practice focuses primarily on real estate and land use, estate planning and administration, and business transactions. Previously, she taught legal writing at Lewis & Clark, worked as an attorney in private practice in Eugene, and taught writing at Eastern Oregon University.

    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the law firm of Meyer, Fluegge & Tenney. Previously, Worley served nearly three years as a deputy prosecuting attorney at the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He plans to use his litigation background to build a practice in civil litigation, labor and employment law, medical malpractice, and municipal law.