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Class Notes—2000s


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 25−28, 2015

Class Correspondent: Sierra Hutchinson


Class Correspondent: Katie Clarkson

Paul Trinchero JD was named an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer. His practice focuses on litigation related to real estate disputes, eminent domain, federal and state securities laws, commercial disputes, and intellectual property disputes.


Jeanette Schuster JD was elected partner at Tonkon Torp, where she is a member of the environment and natural resources practice groups. She provides advice and practical solutions on environmental compliance and enforcement matters and on commercial and real estate transactions for clients in diverse industries large and small. Schuster was also named to the board of directors of Women in Environment, a Pacific Northwest organization focused on furthering professional development and opportunities for environmental professionals in the region.


Sonya Fischer JD joined Yates, Matthews & Eaton as of counsel. She works in family law, juvenile law, special education, guardianships, simple wills, and government relations.

Sonia Marie Leikam BA and Theo Leikam BA are starting Leikam Brewing, Portland’s first certified kosher, community-supported “nanobrewery” (a tinier version of a microbrewery). In keeping with the CSA model, subscribers purchase shares up front and then receive regular beer allotments in return; find out more at According to a profile in Oregon Jewish Life magazine, Theo is an accountant who has been home brewing for eight years. Sonia Marie is the former executive director of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, who will now help run the brewery. In addition, Sonia Marie has been accepted into the prestigious Carl Wilkens Fellowship program, where she will work alongside national leaders to create and strengthen the permanent antigenocide constituency in the entire Pacific Northwest. You can follow her journey at www.working


Class Correspondent: Diana Wiener Rosengard

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

Christi Turner BA is communications manager for Madecasse, a company founded and run by former Madagascar Peace Corps volunteers. Turner says Madecasse makes “ethical, responsibly sourced chocolate from bean to bar in Madagascar, something that no one else in the industry does.” After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar, Turner worked for Lewis & Clark as an assistant leader for the 2010 East Africa overseas study program, served as an education program manager for Blue Ventures Conservation, and earned her M.A. in journalism.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 25−28, 2015

Benjamin Ross BA received his PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Washington in September 2014.


Class Correspondent: Aron Phillips

Jessica Hirsch BA was one of five recipients of the 2014–15 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Avery Schmidt BA is a 2014–15 fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. His research focuses on the costs and consequences of the U.S. decision to use torture as an instrument of foreign policy following 9/11.

Jeanne Sinnott JD was elected president of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section for 2014–15. She is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and practices in the areas of debtor-creditor law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy.

Claire Smallwood BA produced Pretty Faces, a film about female skiers that celebrates women who thrive in the snow. The concept for the film was developed by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps cofounder Lynsey Dyer, with the objective of giving women and girls of all ages a source of inspiration about what’s possible when boundaries are broken, dreams are captured, and friendships are cultivated.


Class Correspondent: Maura Walsh

Jonathan Charnas BA is working at the University of Geneva’s astronomical observatory on the data analysis software for the Gaia mission. Gaia, a project of the European Space Agency or ESA (the European Union’s NASA equivalent) is an ambitious mission to chart a 3-D map of our galaxy.

Micah Steinhilb JD was elected treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. He is an associate with Gordon & Polscer and practices in the areas of insurance, products liability, construction defect, and environmental law.

Tyler Volm JD was elected secretary of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. He practices in the areas of employment litigation, labor law, and compliance at Barran Liebman.


Class Correspondent: Kelsey Harrity

Cara Ponzini JD joined Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis as an associate. Her practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and support modifications, as well as assisting with civil litigation.

Tim Sutherland JD accepted a direct commission (first lieutenant) into the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps after four years in private practice. He has relocated to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

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