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July 1, 2009

Cassandra SkinnerLopata ’06 Appointed to Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Cass SkinnerLopata ’06, a Eugene attorney with the firm of SkinnerLopata Harris LLC, was recently appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (“OLCC”). SkinnerLopata appeared in front of the Oregon Senate Rules Committee for a confirmation hearing and the full Senate confirmed her appointment.

SkinnerLopata will help to “promote the public interest through the responsible sale and service of alcoholic beverages,” the mission of the OLCC. Of the five commissioners, SkinnerLopata is the only woman. Cass SkinnerLopata

When asked why she wanted to join the OLCC, SkinnerLopata noted her desire to give back to the community.

“Part of it was, after having attended the UO Law School, I want to give back to the community — to do public service.”

Another reason, SkinnerLopata said, was that she has always had an underlying interest in promoting responsible alcohol use and her work in family law often deals in some way with this issue.

“Even in high school and college I was involved in programming that advocated responsible alcohol use, and with family law as my primary area of practice, I work with alcohol-related cases on a regular basis.”

SkinnerLopata is a former member of the Career Services team at Oregon Law, having served as an interim career counselor from January through June 2008. In addition to practicing family law, SkinnerLopata also serves on the Board of Directors for Head Start of Lane County.

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