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  • Was honored by the Multnomah Bar Association with the 2013 MBA Professionalism Award.
 Brown also was elected secretary/treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. He is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, where his practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal courts, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, and professional liability defense.

  • Presented a CLE program, Differences Between Idaho and Oregon State Court Practices and Procedures, in Boise, Idaho. Berg practices in Oregon and Idaho.

  • Joshua Husbands JD ’99 was elected to the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of Portland. The interdisciplinary organization of estate planning professionals is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the proper relationship among the attorney, insurance professional, trust officer, accountant, and other parties involved in estate planning and to encourage cooperation among those parties. Husbands is a member of Holland & Knight’s private wealth services practice group. He represents clients in an array of business, tax, business succession, and estate planning matters, including business reorganizations, acquisitions, and divestitures. He often writes and speaks on a number of business, tax, life insurance, and asset protection matters concerning business and high net-worth individuals. Husbands teaches estate planning as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the past two years.

  • Matthew Whitman JD ’98 announced the formation of the law firm of Cartwright Whitman Baer, formerly Cartwright & Associates. The new firm will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; and protective proceedings and appeals.

  • James Blair JD ’98 is opening a pub, Creek Monkey, in Martinez, California. His goal is to eventually open a full production brewery adopting the name Excelsior for his microbeer. He is using as a model Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, who are famous for turning disused historic buildings slated for the wrecking ball into hipster paradises. The name of Blair’s establishment stems from a local urban legend of simian sightings where the famous beavers now call home.

  • Amrit Kulkarni JD ’98 was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. He was also recently named to the inaugural list of California’s Top 25 Land Use Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Kulkarni is the head of the land use litigation practice for Meyers Nave in Oakland, California. His practice focuses on all aspects of land use and environmental law. Kulkarni has represented public entities and private clients in numerous matters and cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Tidelands Trust, the Subdivision Map Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, the Clean Water Act, and civil rights claims in the land use context. Several of these cases have resulted in published appellate decisions.

  • David Western JD ’97 Published Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy, Volume 2. In this book, Western introduces 300 new words with a focus on business, military, and media.

  • Erika Soublet JD ’97 was appointed as chief deputy district attorney for Coos County, Oregon. Previously, she was a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County, Washington. Soublet got her start as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County district attorney’s office and, after moving to Washington, worked for the Skagit and Yakima County prosecuting attorney offices. She can be reached at Coos County District Attorney’s Office, 250 North Baxter, Coquille, Oregon 97423, 541-396-3121.

  • Joseph O’Leary JD ’97 joined the executive team at the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), where he will lead the policy planning and legislative analysis division. O’Leary served as general counsel to Governor Kulongoski for the past two years. He also served the governor as a senior policy adviser in public safety and telecommunications issues and oversaw seven statewide public safety agencies within the executive branch of state government. He can be reached at 11410 S.W. 68th Parkway, Tigard, Oregon 97223.

  • Henry Darwin JD ’96 was named director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality by Governor Jan Brewer. Darwin, a longtime ADEQ staff member, had been serving as acting director of the agency since the departure of Benjamin Grumbles in December. Darwin said he was inspired to go into government work by his father’s example of public service as a physician. A licensed attorney in Arizona, Darwin was the primary author of ADEQ’s Compliance and Enforcement Handbook and also developed the Arizona Environmental Performance Track program. In earlier positions with ADEQ, Darwin served as deputy director and chief of staff for the agency, overseeing its day-to-day operations. He also has served as acting director of the Water Quality Division and as administrative counsel of the agency. In 2001, Darwin received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Bronze Medal, the highest award given to non-EPA staff. A year later, he was honored with the ADEQ Supernova Star Award, the highest award given to an ADEQ employee. In 2006, Darwin received the ADEQ Bronze Star Award for his promotion of innovative and efficient operations within the agency.

  • Nancy Perry JD ’95 was named senior vice president of government relations for the ASPCA in Washington, D.C. Perry will be responsible for the overall strategic and tactical direction of the ASPCA’s legislative efforts and public policy at the local, state, and federal government levels, and she will serve as spokesperson and as a member of the senior management team. Perry joins the ASPCA from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), where she served as vice president of government affairs and oversaw HSUS’ state and federal legislative efforts, including ballot measure campaigns and nationwide grassroots activities. During her 16-year tenure at HSUS, Perry led successful efforts to secure federal legislation preventing the distribution of notorious animal crush videos, prohibiting the practice of shark finning, requiring truthful labeling of fur garments, banning the import of puppies from foreign puppy mills, prohibiting the interstate commerce of birds for fighting, requiring disaster planning for pets, banning tigers and other big cats as pets, securing greater protections for pet food safety, and defunding government-supported horse slaughter. She cofounded Lewis & Clark’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, as well as cofounding the Animal Law Journal and organizing the country’s first animal law conference. Perry is an advisory board member of the Animal Law Review, teaches animal law at both George Washington University and Lewis & Clark Law Schools, and has published several articles on animal law.

  • Kimberly Zdenek JD ’94 was named manager in the geosciences group at ENVIRON in Newark, New Jersey. Zdenek has over nine years of experience in the environmental science and engineering fields, including environmental compliance, due diligence, risk assessment, site assessment, investigation and remediation, environmental health and safety (EHS), permitting and compliance, solid and hazardous waste management, federal and state land use permitting, and development of budgets and remediation cost estimates. She also has 10 years of experience as an attorney in several areas of practice, including multistate environmental litigation. Zdenek has significant experience in multimedia compliance audits, Phase I environmental site assessments, remediation data evaluation, sampling plan development, field coordination, project coordination, proposal preparation, and budget review and analysis.

  • Benjamin Bloom JD ’93 was appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District in Medford and will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Mark Schiveley. Bloom was a partner at Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell in Medford, where he has practiced civil litigation since 1993 with a focus on professional negligence defense. He has represented multiple municipalities in certain state and federal court cases. He has served two terms on the Oregon Council on Court Procedures, three terms on the Local Rules Committee of the U.S. District Court, and as an executive committee member on the Litigation Section and Products Liability section of the Oregon State Bar. Bloom also served as judge pro tem for the past five years.

  • Sim Gill JD ’92 was the keynote speaker for the 2011 Davis County Democratic Party Convention. Gill is the district attorney for Salt Lake County, Utah.

  • Gilion C. Dumas JD ’92 was elected to the board of the Cascade Policy Institute. Dumas is a partner with O’Donnell Clark & Crew and has substantial experience in commercial, real estate, and tort litigation.

  • Sibylle Baer JD ’92 announced the formation of Cartwright Whitman Baer, formerly Cartwright & Associates. The new firm will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; and protective proceedings and appeals.

  • Todd Beaird JD ’91 relocated to Dallas with his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Kayla, to take a corporate vice president position with New York Life Insurance.

  • Rong-Wei “Ron” Cai JD ’90 was appointed to serve as arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Cai is partner-in-charge and chief representative of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Shanghai, China, office, where he has been working for the past 10 years. He concentrates his practice on foreign investment in China, handling general business and corporate matters for multinational companies doing business there, and brings more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in U.S.-China business projects. Cai also serves as a mediator for the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center. Beyond his law practice, Cai served as chair of the legal committee for the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, between 2008 and 2010, and as a board member for the China Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

  • Anthony Misseldine JD ’87 joined the firm of Jackson White in Mesa, Arizona, as a shareholder. Misseldine focuses his practice on eminent domain, inverse condemnation, commercial real estate valuation, land use litigation, and complex commercial lawsuits. He has extensive experience providing litigation services at trial and his clients include property owners, private companies, and national corporations. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, as well as a former member of the State Bar of Arizona professionalism committee. He received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading lawyer rating and referral service. Misseldine is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Arizona, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

  • Pamela Barrow JD ’85 spoke at the 2011 Executive Business Summit held in May 2011 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Barrow is the energy director for the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPAA).

  • Julianne Davis JD ’84 joined Lane Powell as counsel to the firm in the intellectual property and technology practice group, where she will focus on intellectual property and litigation. Previously, Davis worked as assistant general counsel at Nike, where she handled cases involving utility patents, including utility models in Germany and China, design patent and registrations throughout the world, and trademarks and trade secrets. Davis was responsible for enforcing and defending Nike on a global basis in all major intellectual property disputes. Before Nike, she was an established trial lawyer in Portland, specializing in all forms of intellectual property litigation. She also handled cases involving trade secrets, unfair competition, first chaired ITC proceedings, and enforced European “tweener” cases for multinational corporations. She can be reached at 601 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 2100, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-778-2118,

  • Gary Bashor JD ’83 was selected by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to replace retiring Superior Court Judge James Warme. Bashor has been carrying out judicial duties part time since 1999, when judges appointed him court commissioner. He will have to run for election this fall for the remaining year of Warme’s four-year term, and he will have to run again in the fall of 2012 to retain the seat. He says he intends to continue the work he’s been doing to increase people’s access to justice, part of which involves adding legal forms to the Superior Court website, which he redesigned, and linking them to a free translation program.

  • Kathryn Villa-Smith JD ’82 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Keith Meisenheimer. Villa-Smith previously was a shareholder at the firm of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe in Portland. She has practiced domestic relations law for more than 16 years and has prior experience as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She also serves on the board of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic and the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

  • Kathleen McCann JD ’81 presented a CLE—The Seventh Nuts and Bolts Lecture: Starting and Sustaining a Law Practice—in Clark County. McCann has been a sole practitioner in Vancouver, Washington, since 1989, focusing on family law, adoption, and guardianship. She has been practicing law in Clark County since 1981 and is a member of the Washington State Bar Family Law Executive Council. Previously, McCann worked as an associate for a sole practitioner for five years, and was with a small firm for three years.

  • Chrys Martin JD ’81 joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in their Portland office. Her practice focuses on counseling and litigation in employment, labor, and benefits issues for employers. Martin spent the last 29 years at Bullivant Houser Bailey advising and defending employers of all sizes.

  • Juan Lizama JD ’81 was appointed to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents. Lizama will represent Saipan on the board through November 13, 2013. Now retired, he served as the associate judge of the CNMI Superior Court from 1998 through 2008, and was a special judge at the Superior and Supreme Courts from 1996 through 1998. He also served as assistant legal counsel of Marianas Public Land Corporation, consultant for the NMI First Commonwealth Legislature, director of Territorial Economic Opportunity Office, and administrator of the Office of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island.

  • Gretchen Buehner JD ’81 was reelected to the Tigard City (Oregon) Council, which in turn elected her council president in January 2011.

  • Michael “Mickey” Morey JD ’79 announced his transition from the practice of law to working exclusively as a mediator, and the formation of Morey Mediation Services. As a litigator, Morey worked on both sides of the civil bar as an insurance defense lawyer and plaintiffs’ lawyer. He is a member of the Oregon Mediation Association and the ABA Dispute Resolution Section. He can be reached at 503-459-8869 and

  • Mary Treiber JD ’80 moved to Barrow, Alaska, where she is the magistrate. She is one of two judicial officers serving the North Slope Borough. She can be contacted at Alaska Court System, P.O. Box 270, Barrow, Alaska 99723, 907-821-0678.

  • Roy Madsen JD ’53 shared his life story with high school students in Sitka, Alaska, at the Color of Justice, an annual event designed to encourage diversity in the legal profession.



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