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October 01, 2007


Dave Bayard B.A. is in graduate school at Brandeis’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management.

Heather Dion B.A. is back in Portland after a two-year sabbatical to Arizona. She is working on her M.B.A. at Portland State University with an emphasis in sustainability. She owns a condo near Lewis & Clark with her partner, Jeremy, and enjoys being back in the Northwest.

Sierra Hutchinson B.A. and her husband, Moutiou Yessoufou, recently returned from West Africa. She has completed half of her coursework for a master’s degree in international development with concentrations in nonprofit management and training at the Graduate School for International Studies at the University of Denver.

Viktoria Salnikova-Leeper B.A. just moved into a home in Dunthorpe. She and her husband, Oscar, are both studying for their M.B.A. degrees at Portland State University while working full time doing what they love. Over the summer, she enjoyed taking her kids to Lewis & Clark to kick around a soccer ball.

Trina Schneider B.A. ‘00 is in graduate school studying ecology and evolution at the University of Connecticut.

Derek Simmons J.D. has become a shareholder at Watkinson, Laird, Rubenstein, Baldwin & Burgess in Eugene. He joined the firm in 2002 after a two-year clerkship with Judge David V. Brewer of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Simmons’ practice continues to focus in the areas of health law, business organizations and transactions, limited liability companies, and emerging business.

Alison Strong J.D. has been named a 2006 Pennsylvania “Rising Star” by Law & Politics. She works at Cozen O’Connor in the firm’s New York Midtown office.


Kornelia Dormire J.D. has joined Duffy Kekel as an associate. Dormire continues to concentrate her practice on estate and business planning, trust and estate administration, charitable organizations, and related tax planning.

Keith Dozier J.D. has relocated his office to Lake View Village in downtown Lake Oswego. His practice continues to focus on personal injury claims.

Sarah Laufer B.A. joined Peterkin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, in Bend. She specializes in environmental and real estate law.

Jennifer McCauley J.D. has joined the Portland office of Ball Janik as an associate. Formerly at Ashcroft Wiles Ammann, McCauley’s practice continues to emphasize construction and commercial litigation.


Lisa Blee B.A. moved to Seattle for dissertation research and is glad to be back in the Northwest. She is a doctoral candidate in American Indian history at the University of Minnesota.

Donald Long B.A. has returned to Canada after completing a master’s degree in media and communication at the University of Olso, Norway. He works as an external relations officer in the fund-raising department at Seneca College in Toronto.

Michael Mayer J.D., an environmental protection specialist with the National Park Service’s Environmental Quality Division in Denver, has been assigned to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program and traveled to the Republic of Georgia for four weeks in the spring. While there, he conducted a comprehensive assessment of protected areas and related legislation and recommended protected areas, management policies, and legal amendments.

Melissa Waer B.A. lives in Seattle and works in construction management building commercial mixed-use buildings. She recently received her M.B.A. and is now working toward a degree in gemology.


Jessica Breiman B.A. is working on dual degrees at the Pratt Institute: an M.S. in art history and an M.S. in library science.

James Christie B.A. is pursuing a master’s of divinity degree at Yale Divinity School. He plans to be ordained in the United Church of Christ and serve as a congregational minister.

Craig Commerford J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. He was a judicial clerk for the Multnomah County Circuit Court and a patent proofreader for a private Portland firm.

Lisa Davies J.D. has joined Teunis J. Wyers and Lesley Apple Haskell as an owner of Wyers Haskell Davies.

Zachary Light J.D. has joined Kellington, Krack, Rochmond, Blackhurst & Glatte as an associate. He practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense.

Ted Magnuson M.A. has published The Moses Probe (Mundania Press, 2006), a novel in which he applies the principles of human behavior he learned in counseling psychology to the writing of fiction. (See also Bookshelf.) Magnuson lives in the Pacific Northwest and, when not writing, keeps busy by photographing ballroom dancers, working in hospice, and enjoying the outdoors. To earn his keep, he has sold bicycles and fire insurance and workers’ compensation policies–but not necessarily to the same people at the same time! His lifetime achievements include climbing a mountain, sleeping in a snow cave, bicycling over the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, dancing the tango, and being a dad.

Emma Miller B.A. ‘03, J.D. ‘06 joined the Oregon bar in 2006 after graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School. In 2007, she returned to her home state, Alaska. She is happily working as a judicial clerk for Judge Aarseth on his criminal docket.


Irina Batrakova J.D. has joined the Portland firm of Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, Seymour & Spinrad. Previously, she was an associate attorney at Brislawn Lofton Gregorek. During high school Batrakova, a native of Russia, participated in the Future Leaders Exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department to enhance understanding and dialogue between Americans and Russians. She was one of 1,200 students selected to spend the 1994 academic year in the States.

Daniel Del Coro B.A. lives in his home state along the west side of the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has lived there for two years and currently works as a senior-level editor and freelance writer in the New York metropolitan area. To the once illustrious and forever great members of the Ridge Crew, he wishes you “all the best of luck and happiness.”

Deva Gatica B.A. lives in Hawaii. She is pursuing a graduate degree in global leadership and is running her own business, which focuses on consulting, life coaching, and counseling. She misses Portland and is considering law school back at Lewis & Clark.

Kimberly Griffith J.D. works as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm F. Marsh of the U.S. District Court.

Sarah Holzer B.A. lives in Tigard with her fiancé, Noah, and their dog, Howie. She is working as a nanny while she earns her massage therapy license.

Yi-Kang Hu J.D. has been appointed by the governor’s office to a three-year term on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners. The board’s role includes licensing and regulation of naturopathic physicians in Oregon. Hu continues to practice food and drug law and intellectual property law with the law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis in Portland.

Neah Huynh J.D. has been named a deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s Office, Correctional Law Section. Huynh represents employees of the Department of Corrections and Board of Prison Terms in civil suits filed by prisoners and parolees. Cases range in scope from individual damages claims to large-scale class actions seeking permanent injunctive relief, and they present issues ranging from state tort claims to complex constitutional questions.

John Kauffman J.D. is transitioning from military service in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps to civilian life after more than 20 years of active duty. He and his family fell in love with Portland during his year at Lewis & Clark, and they intend to make their long-term home in the area.

Sara Kelly J.D. has joined the Dobson Law Firm as an associate attorney. Kelly, who is licensed to practice law in Oregon and California, focuses her practice on environmental, toxic tort, real estate, and land use litigation.

Hannah Klausman B.A. is serving in the Peace Corps in Mongolia and will complete her service in summer 2008.

Shannon McGonagle B.A. is pursing a doctor degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Washington. After working as a research technician on the East Coast for the past two years, she is glad to be back in the Pacific Northwest.

Julie Penry J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Penry has practiced with a private law firm in Vancouver for the last two and a half years.

Abigail St. Lawrence J.D. has been promoted to senior associate attorney at Doney Crowley Bloomquist Payne Uda, a Helena, Montana, law firm. She has been with the firm since 2003 and specializes in environmental and natural resource litigation, water law, and government relations for agricultural and business clients throughout Montana and the Mountain West.

Alison Strachan B.A. has lived in Kobe, Japan, for almost three years and teaches at a junior high school, where she has a great view of the world’s longest suspension bridge.

Christi Turner B.A. is beginning her third year serving with the Peace Corps in Madagascar.

Paul Warlick B.A. has spent the past year working with a biodiesel education project, which encourages local communities and individuals to use and produce vegetable-based fuels. He is employed by Green Empowerment, a Portland-based nonprofit that assists international nongovernmental agencies in installing community-based renewable energy projects in Latin America and Southeast Asia.


Jordan Barron B.A. plays guitar for the Wires, a Portland garage band that includes members Jake Thomas B.A. ‘05 and Lewis & Clark undergraduates David Hires and Laine Shipley.

Benjamin Buhayar J.D. has been appointed an assistant attorney general in the business transactions section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. He has practiced with private firms in Portland during the last two years.

Travis Harper B.A. is currently in his second year of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme in the northernmost town on the main island of Honshu in Aomori Prefecture. He helps teach English to elementary through high school students in the area. In his free time, he continues to study Japanese, play guitar, and engage in local cultural activities. Yoroshiku!

Kate Joseph J.D. has joined Josselson & Potter, a general practice firm in Northwest Portland with a specialty in real estate investment transactions. She finished clerking for Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Rex Armstrong in January 2007.

Nathan Klein J.D. joined the Irvine, California, office of Howrey LLP as a commercial trial associate.

Andrea Knight J.D. has joined Evans & Zusman as an associate. Knight works primarily in the area of family law and assists with the firm’s commercial practice.

Gina Mann B.A. is a toxicologist for MetroLabs in Portland. She is pursuing a master’s degree in forensic science.

Sandra Naranjo J.D. has joined Harris Law Firm in Hillsboro.

Sarah Stewart B.A. works in the development office of the National Geographic Society, building partnerships with companies to fund more than 300 people and projects each year. She is also learning whitewater kayaking, taking flamenco and hip hop dance, and running in her first half marathon.

Jake Thomas B.A. plays bass for the Wires, a Portland garage band that includes members Jordan Barron B.A. ‘05 and Lewis & Clark undergraduates David Hires and Laine Shipley.

Michele Wasson J.D. has joined Parsons Farnell & Grein as an associate. Her practice focuses on estate planning and probate. Previously, Wasson worked as corporate counsel for Innovation Asset Group.


Flavia Arsenault B.A. accepted a new position at Lewis & Clark as associate director of annual giving and stewardship. Her summer plans included biking, traveling, and hosting Sex in the City soirees.

Amanda Austin J.D. has joined the Oregon Department of Justice Honors Program.

Gillian Bunker J.D. has joined Klarquist Sparkman as an associate. Bunker’s practice focuses on the biosciences and patent prosecution.

Jennifer Coughlin J.D. has joined the Bend law firm of Hurley, Re & Gruetter. Coughlin has become the third generation of attorneys in her family. She practices land use, litigation, and employment law.

Elisa Dozono J.D. joins Miller Nash as an associate in the litigation department, focusing on business litigation and government relations. Dozono has more than 11 years of experience in communications management and government relations, including positions as corporate media manager for the Port of Portland, communications director for former Portland mayor Vera Katz, media relations director for former governor John Kitzhaber’s transition, and a producer for KATU television.

Elizabeth Engberg J.D. has been appointed an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice.

Graham Fisher J.D. has joined Metropolitan Public Defender Service as a staff attorney. He formerly worked for the Law Office of Michael Levine in Portland.

Maja Haium J.D. has joined Downey Brand in Sacramento as an associate in the firm’s water practice. Haium was a law clerk in the environmental section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice.

Stephanie Irvine J.D. is a new associate with Klarquist Sparkman, where her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.

Jinnifer Jeresek J.D. has joined Karnopp Peterson as an associate. Her practice focuses on litigation.

Nicole Kaupp B.A. lives in Georgetown, Texas, where she works as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Southwestern University. She is also working toward her master’s degree in sports leadership at Northeastern University.

Nichole Kennedy B.A. is taking a year off school and substitute teaching part time and working as a nanny in Connecticut.

Nate Laffan B.A. is a designer for Shotgunflat, an award-winning creative agency in Middleboro, Massachusetts

Kris Logan B.A.  considers himself “retired” in Portland. In his spare time, he is getting his poetry published and playing basketball while awaiting his Peace Corps assignment in Eastern Europe.

Robin McIntyre J.D. has been appointed an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Previously, she was a law clerk in the appellate division for a year. McIntyre then worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, for a year.

Elizabeth Newell J.D. has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate. She focuses her practice on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Adonya Ourshalimian B.A. is the new marketing associate at Samaritan Counseling Centers in Portland and is pursuing art and music on the side.

Cindy Talley B.A. is an intern and office manager for Tom Leader Studio, an international landscape architecture firm in Berkeley, California. The firm designs public and private places, primarily city parks and college campuses. Talley is pursuing a three-year master’s degree program in landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.

Kara Thieleman B.A. works for the dean of the undergraduate college at Lewis & Clark and will soon be pursuing a graduate degree in psychology.

Anne van Gessel B.A. works part time at a bank in downtown Seattle. She volunteers at an elementary school twice a week, translating for a young third grader who recently came from China. She is also taking a night class on accounting and finance twice a week. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on sleep and work out.

Sarah Williams B.A. has landed her dream job at Planned Parenthood in Beaverton, where she is able to use her Spanish skills while contributing to the medical and reproductive rights fields.

Jeffery Woodcox J.D. has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate. He focuses on corporate and general business law.

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