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Rong-Wei “Ron” Cai JD is partner-in-charge and chief representative of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Shanghai office. He serves as an arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, which resolves crossborder economic and trade disputes through arbitration. Cai also serves as a mediator for the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center, which consists of 24 dispute resolution experts (12 from the United States and 12 from China).


Michael Rap JD cofounded a start-up venture, Serious Integrated, based in Phoenix. He can be reached at

Teresa Statler JD received the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Statler is also a coeditor of the Oregon Bar’s recent publication Rights of Foreign Nationals.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

Gilion Dumas JD was elected to the board of the Cascade Policy Institute. Dumas is a partner with O’Donnell Clark & Crew and has substantial experience in commercial, real estate, and tort litigation.

Sim Gill JD was the keynote speaker for the 2011 Davis County Democratic Party Convention in May. Gill is the district attorney for Salt Lake County, Utah.


Benjamin Bloom JD was appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District in Medford. Prior to his appointment, Bloom was a partner at Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell in Medford, where he practiced civil litigation with a focus on professional negligence defense. Bloom also served as judge pro tem for the past five years.


Robert Wilson BA has taught biology and human physiology at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City since 2005. In 2010, he was selected for the Toyota International Travel program to the Galapagos Islands, a professional development program focused on sustainability and global perspectives. “My Spanish skills from my overseas study program in Ecuador and my biology degree made me a successful candidate for this program,” he says. “Thanks Lewis & Clark.”

Kimberly Zdenek JD was named manager in the geosciences group at Environ in Newark, New Jersey.


Nancy Perry JD was named senior vice president of government relations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Washington, D.C. Perry joins the ASPCA after 16 years with the Humane Society of the United States, where she served as vice president of government affairs. She cofounded Lewis & Clark’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, cofounded the Animal Law Journal, and organized the country’s first animal law conference (an event that recently celebrated its 19th anniversary). Perry is an advisory board member of the Animal Law Review, teaches animal law at both George Washington University and Lewis & Clark Law Schools, and has published several articles on animal law.

Akane Suzuki BA was selected as a 2011 Washington Super Lawyer. She is with Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle.


Henry Darwin JD is the director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality. Darwin, a longtime ADEQ staff member, had been serving as acting director of the agency.

Monica Vilhauer BA published her first book, Gadamer’s Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other, in 2010; see also Bookshelf, p. xx. She gave a keynote address based on her book at the international and interdisciplinary Philosophy at Play Conference at the University of Gloucestershire, England, in April 2011. Vilhauer is an assistant professor of philosophy at Roanoke College in Virginia.


Joseph Grossman BA is a writer for the Late Show With David Letterman. See also Marriages, p. 39.

David Western JD published Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy, Volume 2 in which he introduces 300 new words with a focus on business, military, and media.


James Blair JD is opening Creek Monkey, a pub in Martinez, California. Eventually, he would like to open a full-production brewery to produce his microbrew, Excelsior. Blair is modeling his efforts on Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, who are famous for turning historical buildings slated for the wrecking ball into popular pubs and hotels.

Amrit Kulkarni JD was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. He was also recently named to the inaugural list of California’s Top 25 Land Use Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Kulkarni is the head of the land use litigation practice for Meyers Nave in Oakland, California.

Michele Stone JD was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Stone, an associate with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, is a trial lawyer focusing on commercial litigation.

Mary Lynn Veden BA received a PhD in communication at the University of Washington in spring 2011. She is now an assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas. Her husband has a job at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Both are pleased to have tenure-track work at a rapidly growing campus in a beautiful part of the country.


Joshua Husbands JD was elected to the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of Portland. Husbands is a member of Holland & Knight’s private wealth services practice group. He teaches estate planning as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the past two years.

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