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February 05, 2009


William Hills B.A. recently transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, where he is the security attache. Previous postings were in Luanda, Bujumbura, and Berlin.

Cameron Shayegi B.A., who moved back to the States in November 2007, has found the transition smoother than he expected after living for 13 years in Asia, in Pusan, Korea; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Qingdao and Guangzhou, China; and finally Bangkok, Thailand.


Dagmar Butte J.D. has been named a partner at Parker, Bush & Lane. She continues to advise clients on family and business immigration. Butte is an elected member of the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, chair of AILA’s Removal/Detention/Due Process Committee, cochair of AILA’s Fee Increase Model Regulatory Comment Committee, and a member of its Publications Committee.

Jess Ford B.S. and wife Laura Ford B.A. have moved to Weatherford, Texas (west of Fort Worth). You can reach them through Lewis & Clark’s online alumni directory.

Michael Winans B.A. has changed his last name from Sterzel to Winans. His new e-mail address is He would like to hear from L&C friends.


Charles Dunn B.A. is in his sixth year teaching at Linfield College. Now tenured, he was promoted to associate professor of mathematics this fall. He and Scott Hohman, his partner of 10 years, recently registered as domestic partners in Oregon.

Joelle Jensen B.A. spends her free time freelance writing for magazines and clients. The rest of her time is spent caring for her two children, Ripley (born in 2005) and Koen (born in 2007). Her husband, Edward, is in the U.S. Navy. They live in Hawaii.

Wendy Lucker B.A. says, “One of the things I learned at Lewis & Clark College and cherish to this day is the skill of critical thinking. As a counselor working primarily with youth at risk, I enjoy teaching and empowering people to use this skill. I fell in love with Oregon while attending Lewis & Clark and now call Bend home.”

Barry Needleman J.D. has been named chair of the management committee of the full-service McLane Law Firm in New Hampshire. Needleman has been practicing in the firm’s environmental department since 1993 and has been a director since 2000.

Jennifer Castle Rotar B.A. balances her home-based freelance Web design business with a joyful family life in Berthoud, Colorado. In January she received the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award for donating Web services to several community organizations, including Berthoud Cares, a fund-raising effort for two young men who lost their legs in a 2007 auto accident. The Berthoud Cares website was featured in the May 2007 issue of Parade magazine.


Ingrid Brydolf J.D. has been named a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. Brydolf specializes in health law at the firm’s Portland office.

Brigitta Lee B.A. finished her Ph.D. in East Asian studies at Princeton University in 2007 and is now an assistant professor of premodern Chinese literature at the University of Arizona.


Mitchell Milby J.D. formed Clark Ashworth Milby in Dallas, Texas, in 2006. The firm consists of five attorneys and its practice areas include corporate/transactional law and litigation. Milby focuses on the defense of design professionals. He is currently the legal columnist for the American Institute of Architects’ bimonthly magazine, Columns.

J.D. Williams J.D. was appointed to a two-year term as an appellate judge for the Grand Ronde Tribal Court. Williams specializes in Indian and energy law in Oregon and Washington.


Shoshana Gordon-Knight B.A. lives in Portland with her husband and two daughters. A personal trainer and life-style coach, she especially enjoys working with youth on issues to do with eating and exercising healthfully.

Joshua Norman B.A. is happily living with partner Elizabeth in Cincinnati, Ohio. He works around the globe doing design research and strategy for long-term innovation plans with Procter and Gamble, currently focusing on baby care products and sustainability programs. He still draws and takes pictures constantly and sculpts when he can. He reports, “My LC history degree paired with an M.F.A. in industrial design is oddly complementary, combining research, creative/lateral thinking, design execution, and clear written communication. History and industrial design … who knew?”

Tristan Nunez B.A. plans to explore academic and practical interests in ecology and environmental conflict resolution in graduate school in 2008 and 2009, and is currently in the great Pacific Northwest.

Leslie Perkins B.A. works for Farmers Conservation Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to finding, developing, and implementing resource solutions for rural communities. He is also serving in his second term as a Hood River County commissioner. Hood River County has been working to develop community renewable energy projects and has completed a resource assessment for the entire county. Their goal is to produce more renewable energy within the county than the county consumes.


Jennifer LeBoutillier B.A. ‘96 and Stephen LeBoutillier B.A. ‘00 note that their newest addition, Walter (see Births) is growing fast and working out so he can start wrestling his big brother, Harrison. Only a couple more years until they will both be walking the paths of L&C, says Stephen.

Harlan Levy J.D. has been named the Oregon director of the National Federation of Independent Business. He previously served as government affairs director for the Oregon Association of Realtors.


Mitch Baker J.D. has been elected to partnership at Fisher & Phillips in the firm’s Portland office. He has defended a variety of employers in labor and employment law matters in both state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies. Baker is a frequent speaker at local and regional employment law seminars and has authored desk book chapters on federal civil litigation and civil trial procedure for the Oregon State Bar.

Jonathan Chinn B.A. works for an environmental consulting firm in Seattle, where he lives with his wife, whom he met in graduate school in California, and their year-old daughter.

Richelle Luther J.D. has been appointed chief governance officer and corporate secretary for NW Natural. She had served as assistant corporate secretary since joining the company in 2002, focusing primarily on corporate governance and financial reporting issues. In her new role, Luther has sole responsibility for board and corporate governance matters. Previously, Luther was a corporate attorney with Stoel Rives. She served on the board of the March of Dimes from 2003 to 2007 and is a mentor to current law students. She was recognized in 2006 as one of the Business Journal’s “Forty under 40.”

Holly Somers J.D. has been appointed presiding administrative law judge of the hearings division of the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board. Somers is chair-elect of the OSB Workers’ Compensation Section.


Emily Cotton B.A. is a therapist living in rural southern Wisconsin. She does in-home family therapy for children with severe emotional difficulties and their families. She has a 2-year-old son named Sam.

Mackenzie Howard B.A. received her Ph.D. in February from the physiology and biophysics department at the University of Washington.

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