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August 06, 2008


Simon Fitch J.D. has been appointed as a consumer representative on the Federal Communications Commission’s Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Currently, ffitch is assistant attorney general and division chief of the Public Council Section for the Washington state attorney general.

Joseph Fitzsimons B.A. served a six-year term chairing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. “With the help of many committed conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts,” he says, “we were successful in quadrupling state park funding and in changing Texas water law to recognize environmental dedications.” He returns to his private law practice in San Antonio specializing in natural resources. His wife, Blair, continues her work for American Farmland Trust, recently forming the Texas Ag Land Trust.

Michael Hedrick B.S. was honored by his fellow faculty members at California State University at East Bay as the 2007 George and Miriam Phillips Outstanding Professor. Hedrick, a professor in the biological sciences department, studies the respiratory systems of amphibians.

Kathie Steele J.D. is now a judge for the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Steele had been a sole practitioner in Clackamas County since 1981, focusing on criminal, domestic relations, probate, estate planning, personal injury, and land use law. She had also served as judge for the West Linn Municipal Court.


Lane Shetterly J.D. has returned as partner to Shetterly Irick & Ozias. Shetterly’s practice focuses on municipal law, estate planning, real estate property, small business, and government relations.

Micah Stolowitz J.D. has announced the formation of Stolowitz Ford Cowger. The firm limits its practice to patents and other intellectual property matters.

David Zeiger B.A., with his partner, Anke Wagner, is pursuing a life of applied philosophy (the pig satisfied), sailing the waters of southeastern Alaska. He reports that he designs ugly boats and is writing an obscure novel. Learn more about them at Trilo Boats.


Roy Elicker J.D. has been named director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Elicker previously served as the deputy director of fish and wildlife programs for 6 years and as interim director of the department for 10 months.

Eric Hinson B.A., his wife, Julie, and their children, Alexandra (15) and Spencer (14), are living in Jupiter, Florida.

Jamie Hyams B.A. is executive director of the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek, California. She lives in Pleasanton with her husband, Michael, two teenage sons, their cats, a chinchilla, and their “vicious mutt” named Jessie. She invites Lewis & Clark friends to give a call if they are in the area.

Fred Jacobs B.A. says that all is well in the Philadelphia area, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He works with a hedge fund administrator, Fulcrum, and splits time between New York, Philly, and a few other places. He still plays tennis and “will do so until my shoulder falls off.”


Arts & Sciences 25th Reunion Oct. 2-5, 2008

Law School 25th Reunion Oct. 24-26, 2008

Arts & Sciences 25th Reunion

Joanne Beck B.A. and Stuart Beck B.S. moved to Newton, Massachusetts, in 2002. Joanne is plant manager at Abbott Bioresearch Center, which manufactures biologic drugs. Stuart, a psychiatrist, is director of inpatient services at Cambridge Health Alliance. Along with his administrative and clinical duties, he teaches medical students and residents at Harvard. Their elder son, Ryan, is a sophomore at Wesleyan University; 16-yearold John is a junior in high school.

Grant Frey B.S., with his wife, Lisa, dropped off son Grant Jr. at Lewis & Clark last fall. Grant Sr., after being away from the campus for 24 years, was amazed at how much the college has changed and improved. One thing hasn’t changed: Grant Jr. was moving into the same residence hall his dad did–Copeland Hall.

Pamela Knowles J.D. has been selected to participate in the statewide American Leadership Forum of Oregon program for 2007-08. With 25 other notable leaders from around the state, she is participating in the organization’s Class XXII Fellows program.

Richard Ludeman B.A. is now chief operating officer at the Math Learning Center; he previously served as vice president of communications. The Math Learning Center is a Salem-based nonprofit that provides classroom materials and professional development for K-12 educators.

Brenna Sage CAS is happy to be working as a musician. Her career began in 1991 with freelancing in Portland, teaching piano and doing music direction with church and theatre groups. She also worked as bandleader on the Columbia Queen cruise ship before moving to the Big Apple in 2002. There she has worked on five or six productions a year as music director, orchestra member, actor, composer, and/or sound designer, including a stint as assistant music director for American Girl Place New York. She music-directs regional theatre camps in the summer, and has played in the orchestra on a Caribbean cruise. Currently, she is music director for the First Reformed Church of Astoria in Astoria, Queens, and is working toward her bachelor’s degree in music at Hunter College City University of New York.


Bill Monahan J.D. has joined the Lake Oswego firm Jordan Schrader Ramis as a shareholder. Monahan has spent more than 20 years specializing in local government law and land use. He has represented private development clients and local government hearings in a variety of capacities, including land use planner, city attorney, applicant’s attorney, and city manager.

Steven Myers J.D. announced that after nearly 20 enjoyable years of practicing law together, he and Michael Knapp dissolved their partnership at the end of May 2007. His new firm, the Myers Law Firm, is located in southwest Portland.

Mark Stoker J.D. has been selected to fill the vacant seat on the Vancouver, Washington, school district board. Stoker is an attorney with the firm Heurlin, Potter, Jahn, Leatham & Holtman. He is on the board for the Vancouver School District Foundation and was on the board of the I Have a Dream Foundation.


Robert Griffith J.D. has been named as one of the “Best Lawyers in Project Finance” in the 2007 and 2008 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. Currently, Griffith is an owner with the Portland firm Garvey Schubert Barer. His project finance expertise includes representation of stakeholders in public and private partnerships, including commercial and retail development, senior housing, and other affordable housing projects.

Lisa LeSage J.D., associate dean and director for business law programs at Lewis & Clark Law School, was one of three recipients of the Oregon State Bar President’s Public Service Award. LeSage received the award, in part, for her hard work and dedication to the Oregon Law Foundation Board, of which she is chair.

Adele Waller J.D. was among the 10 health lawyers named as fellows of the American Health Lawyers Association for 2007-08. The honor recognizes lifelong leadership in the association and is based on individual achievements, contributions, tenure with the association, and continuing service to the legal profession.

James Zehren J.D. has been named president-elect of the City Club of Portland. Zehren, a partner in the Stoel Rives law firm, has been a club member since 1986. He previously chaired and participated in several of the club’s research studies, chaired its research board, and was a member of its board of governors.


Jayne Crowley J.D. was awarded the Judge Wheatcraft Award from the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The award is presented to an outstanding leader in improving access to justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence and ending violence against women through advocacy. Crowley serves as the General Sessions Court judge for Meigs County, Tennessee.

Turen Dunten B.A. says, “As usual, I have been taking a very odd path. After spending the ’90s operating a small nursery (with my former third-grade teacher), I am back at the ranch where I started, trying to learn how to run the thing myself, and married to my high school sweetheart (who has four children). Hello to all the Mutants who stop by, and best wishes to all at the Country Club, then and now.”

John Hummel J.D. has closed the Hummel Law Firm in preparation for a new career. He plans to attend the Frenchlanguage immersion program at Middlebury College in Vermont and, starting in September, study at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. After completing a master’s degree in international public policy with an emphasis on Africa studies, Hummel intends to seek employment representing businesses from the developed world that are interested in investing in western Africa.

Joan McCarter B.A., after nearly a decade working in politics, finished an M.A. in Russian studies at the University of Washington in 1997. She worked as a writer and editor at the university until the beginning of 2007, when she become a full-time writer and fellow for the Daily Kos political blog. She moderated a presidential debate in August 2007 and has been working on a book on politics in the Mountain West. She would love to hear from fellow IA grads and particularly U.S.S.R. ’85 alums!

Diana Moffat J.D. has been named executive director of the Local Government Personnel Institute in Salem. She will continue to provide labor relations representation to city and county governments throughout Oregon. Moffat served as an Oregon prosecutor for 14 years. She is the founder and director of the Abused Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Farm and Foundation, which provides sanctuary and rescue services to abused and neglected animals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Christopher Shotola-Hardt B.A. teaches drawing and painting at Wilsonville High School. He shows his own paintings at Blackfish Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District. He has appeared in group exhibitions in other galleries around Portland, the Oregon Coast, Seattle, and New York. He was the main organizer for “The Pacifist Potential,” a show that featured works by 65 artists from five states, Germany, and Czech Republic, and included panel discussions, music performances, theatre productions, film, and a workshop on how to compile a conscientious objector file. Shotola-Hardt also plays Irish bouzouki in the quintet Bug Toast, which is working on its third CD project. The Oregon Art Education Association named him the 2005 Oregon Secondary Art Educator of the Year. Editor’s note: The Class Note about Shotola-Hardt in the fall 2007 issue included incorrect information. The Chronicle regrets the error.


Torian Donohoe J.D. received an Attorney of the Year award from the Montana State Bar in September 2007. Donohoe was honored for her professional achievement during a ceremony that featured U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Peter Meza J.D. has joined the Colorado law firm Hogan & Hartson. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters for U.S. and international semiconductor and high-tech electronics clients.


Arts & Sciences 20th Reunion Oct. 2-5, 2008

Law School 20th Reunion Oct. 24-28, 2008

Mary Dakin B.A. is associate director at the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts.

Heidi Foster B.A. is excited that her daughter, Maisha Foster-O’Neal, has completed her first year at Lewis & Clark. Foster enjoyed visiting campus during parent orientation and seeing how much has changed and how much is just the same.

Patti Hanley J.D. is director of the Banning (California) Public Library. Previously, Hanley was the special district attorney for three eastern Oregon counties and held library positions in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Palm Springs, California.

Kathryn Smith B.S. works as a science and seminar teacher at a K-12 alternative public school in Anchorage and is having fun with husband Kelly and their kids, Kallie, 16; Elias, 14; and Sadie, 12.

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