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September 28, 2009


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 24-27, 2010

Catherine Brinkman J.D., an associate in Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Portland office, is chair of the ambassador board of the nonprofit Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. Brinkman had served as the board’s secretary since 2007. Her law practice focuses on the areas of construction and commercial litigation.

Heather Kmetz J.D. became a partner at Sussman Shank in October 2008. Kmetz holds a certificate in federal taxation.

Gregory Levinson J.D. was recently appointed to the board of directors of Point West Credit Union.

Christopher Lewis J.D. has been named group leader for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s intellectual property practice group. Lewis is also an adjunct professor at the law school.

Margi Lifsey J.D. is new manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Sustainability Program. Lifsey was formerly an attorney with Stoel Rives.

Amanda Storer Ménage B.A. writes: “In the year 2008, Cyrille and Amanda created life. They called him Jude. He came to light in October. A couple of months later, he flew into the dark.” She requests, “When you think of the three Ménages, please commit a random act of kindness in the name of our sUn. For example: sing about missing flowers, or smell some in a garden. And to those of you I’ve been missing for so long–bonjour! Friends are always welcome in our humble abode.”

Sean O’Day J.D. has been appointed deputy city manager for Salem. He joined the City of Salem as an assistant city attorney in April 2004 and has worked there as deputy city attorney and interim assistant city manager. O’Day also serves in the Oregon National Guard as a judge advocate.

Gordon Phillips J.D. has joined the Bend office of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook as a shareholder to the firm.


Sione Aeschliman B.A., having earned an M.A. in English, taught college courses in Massachusetts, served as an administrator at an Oregon community college, and taught English as a foreign language for a year in Spain, has returned to Portland to pursue a writing career: “I’m a freelance journalist who helps editors of magazines, newspapers, and online publications fill their pages with quality content.”

Robert Goode J.D. has been voted by Madison, Wisconsin, judges and attorneys for the past three years as the best general litigation attorney under 40 years old. In 2003, he opened Goode Law Office in Madison. He also serves as pro bono counsel for a small nonprofit and teaches continuing legal education courses.

Rebecca Holt B.A. ‘01, M.A. ‘09 has finished her master’s in psychological and cultural studies at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. For a day job, she is Lewis & Clark’s development officer for music, art, theatre, and the graduate school.

Evan Holt B.A. ‘01 is following his dream of creating fine wood furniture (see Holt Woodworks). The Holts live in Portland with their son, Forrest, 2.

Jaqueline Jacobson J.D. has opened her law office in Portland. Her practice focuses on representing injured workers in Oregon.

Christos Jensen B.A. graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in May 2008. He passed the Minnesota bar and works as a law clerk for Judge Susan Burke in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He wishes to say hello to everyone, and to let them know that Pio pride continues in the Midwest, despite being temporarily frozen in at the moment he wrote with his update.

Stephen Manning J.D. has been honored by the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association with the 2008 Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award for outstanding advocacy of immigration rights.

Julie Samples J.D. has moved from the Oregon Law Center’s Woodburn office to the new OLC Hillsboro location, where she represents migrant and seasonal farmworkers on employment-related matters.


Stacey Harrop J.D. has joined the southern Nevada law firm Santoro, Driggs, Walch, practicing in the firm’s natural resources department. A member of the bar in Nevada and Oregon, Harrop is also an associate editor of the Clark County Bar Association’s monthly publication, Communiqué.

Laura Liebman-Alperson J.D. has been appointed a major gifts officer for Albany Law School in Albany, New York. Previously, Liebman-Alperson practiced labor and employment law with Tonkon Torp in Portland and was an extern with Judge Robert E. Jones J.D. ‘53 at the U.S. District Court of Oregon.

Erin MacDonald J.D. was recently recognized as one of the Cascade Business News’ “Accomplished Under 40” for her business leadership in central Oregon, where she is with the Bend firm Karnopp Petersen. She is a board member of the St. Charles Hospital Foundation and donates her time to Oregon Legal Aid’s Senior Law Project.

Matthew Michel J.D., a three-year associate with Beery Elsner & Hammond, has accepted a position as assistant general manager with the firm’s client, CanbyUtility Board.

Brian Pasko J.D. has joined the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club as its state director.

Michael Tarrant B.A. has been living in Kyoto, Japan, running his own English-as-a-second-language business, and may move back to Vermont in 2009.


Katherine Lane J.D. has been elected secretary for the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Lane, a senior contract negotiator for PGE’s information technology department, has been active with YLS for several years. She is also a mentor for the law school and is on the board of directors of Livewire! Radio.

Justin Leonard J.D. is president-elect of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights at Ball Janik. In addition to his activities with YLS, Leonard volunteers for Legal Aid’s bankruptcy clinic. He was selected as a 2008 Oregon State Bar Leadership College Fellow and serves on the OSB House of Delegates.

Suzannah Newman J.D. has moved to the central administrative office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon as assistant director of administration. Previously, she worked as an administrator in Legal Aid’s Multnomah County office and as a judicial clerk.


Jaymie Cox B.A. is no longer with the church but is pursuing her master’s degree. She coaches volleyball at Three Rivers Christian School in Kelso: “This year we went 12-5 and made the WIAA State 1B tournament.”

Micah Gordon B.A. is director of production for Nugs. He lives in Los Angeles but spends most of the year on the road.

Kimberly Griffith J.D. is a director of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She has been a judicial clerk for Judge Malcolm F. Marsh. Griffith has worked on YLS committees and programs for several years, served as a mentor for the law school, and volunteered with the Constitutional Law Project.

Kate LaRiche Moore J.D. has joined the firm Dunn Carney to practice natural resource and environmental law.


Jennifer Durham J.D. is a director of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. A trial lawyer at Hiefield Foster & Glascock, Durham has been active with YLS since 2005.

Adam Lowney J.D. has joined the firm of McDowell & Rackner. His practice focuses on energy and telecommunications regulatory law and administrative law. Previously, Lowney was with the Portland law firm Marandas Perdue Durham & Lowney.

Mavel Morales J.D. has moved from the Oregon Law Center’s Ontario office to the new OLC Hillsboro location, where she represents migrant and seasonal farmworkers on employment-related matters.

Lindsay Zwicker B.A. lives in San Francisco and is a student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She will graduate in 2010 with a master of arts in counseling psychology with the goal of obtaining a California license as a marriage and family therapist.


Jennifer Rubin Garza B.A. is staying busy with many new changes: “I got married in September and am the mom of two wonderful stepchildren ages 11 and 4. I also accepted a job at Coffey Communications (a health publications company) in Walla Walla, Washington, where I create client websites.”

Gordon Howard J.D. left his position as in-house attorney for the City of West Linn to work with state lawmakers in the Office of the Legislative Counsel. In his new role, Howard helps lawmakers draft legislation to ensure it is consistent with existing laws and the Oregon Constitution.

Leyla Knight J.D. is now assistant chief counsel with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona.

Christopher Luttkus J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice in the business transactions section of the general counsel division. He was previously in private practice.

Julianne Rowan B.A. found a job in her home state of Utah working as a classroom solutions specialist for FranklinCovey’s education division. She travels the United States to help educators and students develop leadership skills and implement them in classrooms.


Nate Carter J.D. is one of five attorneys chosen by Attorney General John Kroger for the Honors Program at the Oregon Department of Justice. Carter has been a clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Robert Durham.

Mami Fujii J.D. has been appointed to the ambassador board for Friends of the Children-Portland. Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that provides at-risk children with long-term mentors. An associate with the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Fujii focuses on tax and estate planning.

Kim McCoy J.D., executive director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is one of the subjects in the television series Whale Wars on Animal Planet, which began airing in June.

Melia Tichenor B.A. is enjoying a second AmeriCorps term with Hands On Greater Portland, which connects volunteers with nonprofits that need them across Multnomah and Washington counties. As partner services coordinator, she assists 200-plus nonprofit partners with volunteer project development and posting. She hopes to continue working in the Portland nonprofit sector after her AmeriCorps term ends in August. Outside of work, she’s “happy to be nestled into a lovely abode in southeast Portland, dancing, gardening, cooking, biking, and catching up with friends.”

Duke Tufty J.D. has joined the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine as an associate practicing hospitality and business law.


Annie Brulé B.A. has continued the freelance business (Brulé Illustration & Design) she started while still a student at Lewis & Clark. In addition, she says, “Immediately after completing my senior art project, a sculpture which focused on mapping personal notions of place and the linguistics of home, I was asked to coordinate a community mapping effort in my hometown of Vashon Island, Washington, in Puget Sound. Organizing this project has been incredibly rewarding, and has built directly on the ideas and practices I incorporated in my thesis work, which I feel incredibly fortunate to carry on into the world beyond the college. The finished map, both printed and online, will be released this summer during a community-wide celebration and parade.”

Anthony Burrell J.D. has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s intellectual property practice group in its Portland office. He previously worked for Intel as a process engineer and later as a patent engineer.

Ryan Chapman B.A. is a financial advisor in the Milwaukie office of Edward Jones.

Sarah DiSabatino B.A., with Teach for America during the 2008-09 school year, helped found a new school in a lowincome area of Hartford, Connecticut, and taught 29 kindergartners. She reported that “after seven months, more than 90 percent of my kindergarten ‘scholars’ are on track to reading at or above grade level by the end of the year. Of course, the past seven months have been the most difficult of my life … At Achievement First [the new school], we stress the importance of education, especially attending college, so every teacher names her classroom after her own undergraduate institution. I loved every minute of my time at L&C. I am working to ensure that the scholars of Lewis & Clark College in Hartford, Connecticut, can say the same.”

Ryan Drake J.D. has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as an associate in the Santa Barbara, California, office.

John Dudrey J.D. has joined Barran Liebman as an associate. Previously, Dudrey served as head law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

Damien Hall J.D. has joined Jordan Schrader Ramis in the firm’s dirt law practice group.

Noah Hallett B.A. worked right out of college on political campaigns in Berkeley, California, and ended up traveling the country campaigning for Barack Obama. More recently, he started working as a lead generator for Advanced Alternative Energy Solutions, a West Coast solar system installer and distributor. Based in Bodega, California, he covers a north Bay Area territory. “I’m happy to be a salesman with a clean conscience, still working for the environment and providing a good product to do my part to hopefully remake the American energy infrastructure.”

Michael Hammer J.D. has joined Klarquist Sparkman as an associate working in intellectual property law in the firm’s Portland office.

Selena Jorgensen B.A. is in her first year at Harvard Medical School’s New Pathway M.D. Program. She is conducting research in the health policy department on racial and ethnic disparities in health care–specifically evaluating a prototype provider-level intervention to improve health outcomes for minority patients with diabetes, and conducting a statewide survey of quality improvement efforts in Massachusetts hospitals.

Manasi Kumar J.D. has joined the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as an associate in its commercial litigation and construction practices.

Justin Lawton B.A. is a derivatives trade support analyst at Morgan Stanley, currently living in Singapore.

Parker Lewis B.A. is a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. She lives in a small rural village and teaches math to grades seven, eight, and nine at a school of 300 learners, as they call students in Namibia. She concludes, “Kala po nawa! (‘stay well’ in Oshiwambo, the language they speak in northern Namibia).”

Eric Masahi Muraoka B.A. is in his first year at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry and went out for Portland City League Baseball in the spring. (“P.S. I really miss participating in the Lu’au and playing baseball with the boys.”)

Michelle Smith J.D. is one of five attorneys chosen by Attorney General John Kroger for the Honors Program at the Oregon Department of Justice. Smith has been a clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.

Sam Stigler B.A. is a specialist at the Apple Store Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. In addition to selling Apple products, he teaches workshops on how to use them. He enjoys traveling in his free time.


Laura Cadiz J.D. is one of five attorneys chosen by Attorney General John Kroger for the Honors Program at the Oregon Department of Justice. Cadiz worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun for six years and was editor-in-chief of the Animal Law Review at the law school.

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