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  • Román D. Hernández JD ’00 received the 2018 Civil Rights Champion Award from the League of Minority Voters, a nonprofit focused on issues affecting communities of color and minorities in Oregon. Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation attorney, joined Troutman Sanders LLP in March 2018. He was the national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, president of the Portland Hispanic Chamber, first Hispanic board member of the Oregon Community Foundation, and first Hispanic board member of the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Currently, Hernández is chair of the board of directors of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

  • Colleen Scott JD ’08 was made a partner at Hart Wagner LLP. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm’s medical malpractice defense team in Portland. Scott focuses on medical malpractice defense, specializing in birth injury claims, and on representing medical professionals before their licensing boards.

  • Was appointed to the governing board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). Together with the board’s other four members, she will set policies and oversee general operations which guide Oregonians in understanding the risks of natural hazards and the state’s exceptional geology. An attorney with Jordan Ramis PC, Jeremiah focuses her legal practice on construction and mining law.

  • Joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Previously, Salim served as senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services and as a staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. For the past five years, Salim has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor by teaching Lewis & Clark’s two-week summer seminar on oil and gas law, and energy law and regulation at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Was appointed president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Volm is an associate at Barran Liebman LLP, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and advice. He works with business owners and in-house counsel to ensure compliance with changes in the law, and defends employers in litigation.

  • Joined Gervurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Goss, who has spent five years practicing family law in Portland, will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification legal matters in Oregon.

  • 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. 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 A Journey into Holocaust & Genocide Education.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Melissa Topacio Long BA completed a master’s degree in international education and then began ImprintEd Abroad, a student exchange program in Morocco.

  • Jefferson Laffey BA ’02 and Arlenne Piña Galindo were married May 2, 2015, in the Catedral de Asunción in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and again on June 20, 2015, in a secular ceremony in Paradise Valley, Arizona. In attendance at the Arizona ceremony were Marie Knapp BA ’03, MAT ’07 and Ben Levy BA ’02 and their children, Elliott and Cecily; Audrey DeCoursey BA ’03 and her cousin, Kendra Flory; and Julian Dautremont-Smith BA ’03 and his fiancée, Taylor McCann.

  • Tyler Noonan BA ’07 and Jade Bryant, June 12, 2015, Loveland, Colorado. In attendance were Katelyn Silver BA ’07, Tim Main BA ’07, and Amanda Pope BA ’08.

  • Travis Litman BA has been promoted to senior legal advisor for wireline and consumer issues for the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Allison Machlis Meyer BA is an assistant professor of English at Seattle University, where she teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.

  • Jonas Lerman BA recently moved back to San Francisco after five years on the East Coast. He works as a federal prosecutor.

  • Jaymie Cox BA is the head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director of Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. She is halfway through her first volleyball season with the Rangers.

  • Julia Braun BA is currently working on Noshland, a project for promoting her take on traditional Jewish foods via catering, workshops, and pop-up events. Inspired by her own upbringing—and her experience as an outsider to more orthodox Jewish communities—Braun hopes to create a place for Jewish young adults in the California Bay Area who don’t identify with existing communities.

  • Sonya Carlson BA is returning to school to get an MBA in sustainability after working as chief of staff for almost six years for Oregon Representative Phil Barnhart. She is happily married and has a wonderful 4-year-old son.

  • Juan Eyzaguirre LLM was named a standout environmental lawyer in the Latin American region by the British ranking organization Chambers and Partners.


  • November 6
  • June 23
    Class Notes—2000s
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  • Mollie Dickson M.A.T. ’09
    October 6
    Mollie Dickson M.A.T. ’09 remembers relaxing at the kitchen table in her childhood home, talking with her father as he cooked tasty and nutritious meals for their family.
  • October 3

    This edition of Class Notes includes law submissions received through July 1, 2014, and undergraduate and graduate submissions through June 10, 2014.

  • September 12

    Includes news received from January 9 through July 1, 2014.

  • June 3
    Class Notes - 2000’s
  • May 27
    Jocelyn Stokes BA ’07 launched the Survival of the Sun Bears awareness campaign and documentary film project through her media company, Wild & Stoked Productions.
  • May 27
    Growing up in southwest Oregon, Don Grotting Ed. Ad. ’00 and his four siblings lived in a house with no indoor plumbing until he was a sophomore at Coquille High School.
  • Elisa Dozono JD ’06
    May 27
    Elisa Dozono JD ’06 has never relied on luck to advance her career. Instead, she’s always believed in good old-fashioned hard work—along with highly developed multitasking skills.
  • McCartor
    May 12

    Alumnus is saving lives by solving pollution problems.

  • February 25
    Class Notes: 2000s
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  • October 22
    A week’s sail from land, Kim McCoy was aboard a ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The weather worsened, tossing the vessel around like a rag doll while the captain struggled to steer clear of treacherous ice chunks called “growlers” in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary off the coast of Antarctica.
  • October 22
    When Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Israel, Stephanie Beechem BA ’08 worked with Obama’s speechwriters and policy staff to help fact-check the president’s remarks.
  • October 22
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  • February 19
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  • Tim Swinehart M.A.T. '05
    February 13
    Tim Swinehart, a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School in Portland, was disturbed by the monster storm. But as part of a growing movement of educators committed to environmental justice, he turned the weather event into a lesson about climate literacy.
  • Jeremy Aliason JD '01
    February 13
    On a warm summer night in Oklahoma, members of the Seminole Nation gathered for a celebratory stomp dance. Men wore blue jeans and baseball or cowboy hats adorned with eagle, hawk, and crane feathers. A tribal elder began to sing, and the other men chanted the chorus in their native tongue. Women, dressed in skirts and blouses designed with Seminole patchwork, kept the rhythm with shell shakers fastened to their legs.
  • Andrew Bradburn BA ’85, Tessa Idlewine BA ’09, and Brian Drischell BA ’93
    February 13
    Andrew Bradburn BA ’85, Tessa Idlewine BA ’09, and Brian Drischell BA ’93: Crowds roar and cheer as celebrities walk the red carpet outside Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Cameras click staccato style and flashbulbs dazzle as reporters wrangle movie stars for live interviews at the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
  • October 7
    Class Notes - 2000s
  • October 4
    Amy Clay Ives BA ’01 joined teammates rowing for Australia in the women’s quadruple sculls. Her team finished fourth in the finals, just behind Ukraine, Germany, and the United States.
  • June 5
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  • January 21
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  • Donald Altman M.A. ‘04
    January 21
    When he was a novice monk, Donald Altman remembers sitting cross-legged on a low futon, swathed in saffron-colored robes. As he contemplated his vows, he became distracted by a giant-sized Cadbury milk chocolate bar that was sitting on a nearby shelf.
  • As an advocate for animals, Alexis Fox JD ‘09 is as comfortable at the lectern as she is outd...
    January 21
    As Alexis Fox JD ’09 settles into the rhythm of her regular 4-mile run, she can’t help replaying the disturbing video footage in her head. At a Canadian slaughterhouse, a horse is still conscious after being hit by a stun gun. Writhing in pain in the kill box, the mare is then hoisted up by one leg to be butchered and dismembered.
  • November 3
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  • September 19
    Although Dr. Makoto Uchiyama BA ’04 was born in Bangkok, grew up in Malaysia, and had never lived in Japan, Uchiyama considers Japan his homeland, his native culture. As a resident physician in Portland’s Legacy Health System, he felt compelled to put his medical training to use on the ground after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit on March 11. The subsequent tsunami, fires, and nuclear threat confirmed his resolve.
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