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Hon. Ann Aiken ’79, Hon. David Brewer ’77, Hon. Suzanne Chanti ’88, Don Corson ’85, and Hon. Gregory Foote ’72 all served as panelists during “Crossing the Bridge: State and Federal Practice” presented by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association on April 22, 2011 at the Wayne L. Morse Courthouse in Eugene. Judge Aiken also delivered the event’s opening and closing remarks.


Michael Schrunk ’67 received the 2011 MBA Professionalism Award, the Multnomah Bar Association’s highest honor. Schrunk has been the Multnomah County District Attorney for 30 years, since 1981.


Duncan Campbell ’73 received the University of Oregon School of Law’s Frohnmayer Award for Public Service during a ceremony April 18 in Portland. Campbell is the founder of Friends of the Children, which has been recognized as a model for mentoring children at the state and national levels.

Frank Langfitt ’73 has been re-elected for a second term as chair of the board for the Campaign for Equal Justice. He has served as Ater Wynne’s administrative partner, on the firm’s management committee and currently serves as litigation department chair. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in commercial litigation and product liability litigation.

Judge John McCormick ’76 recently retired from the Linn County Circuit Court bench in April 2011, a position in which he served since 1994. 

After 35 years on the Oregon Tax Court bench, Hon. Jeffrey S. Mattson ’77 has retired.

John Van Landingham ’77 received a Distinguished Service Award from the Lane County Bar Association (LCBA) in May 2011.

Hon. Maureen McKnight ’79 authored the April 2011 Multnomah Lawyer’s “Tips from the Bench: Family Court Updates.”

Judge Nan Waller ’79 recently received the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association Judge of the Year award at its 30th annual conference in Chicago. Waller was recognized for her vision and energy in improving the welfare of children and families.


Sarah Ryan ’82 recently was elected as a new director to the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

The Hon. Douglas Mitchell ’83 retired from the Lane County Circuit Court effective May 1, along with two other Lane County Circuit Court judges. Retired Circuit Court Judge Hon. Jack Mattison ’68, Tina Stupasky ’86, Murray Petitt ’96, and Kristie Gibson ’98 serve as members of the Judicial Applicant Review Committee (JARC) that will provide feedback to Gov. John Kitzhaber during the application and appointment process for the three judicial vacancies, according to Lane County Bar News.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Carmen Calzarcorta ’84 has been recognized with Schwabe’s annual firmwide client service award, the John L. Schwabe Client Service Award, that recognizes an attorney in the firm who goes “above and beyond” in his or her dedication and service to firm clients.

Hon. David Schuman ’84 from the Oregon Court of Appeals and Alycia Sykora ’97 from Miller Nash in Bend spoke to the Lane County Bar Association April 22 about recent developments in Oregon Constitutional Law.

Capt. Ross Leuning ’86, an assistant Olmsted County attorney and Command Judge Advocate for the U.S. Navy serving at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, has been appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as a judge in the state’s Third Judicial District.

Maryann Yelnosky-Smith ’86 was awarded the 2011 Harpole Attorney Award from Lewis & Clark Law School. The award is presented annually to a lawyer who is dedicated to the pursuit of justice while maintaining a sense of balance among career, family and community.

Brent Baker ’87, a litigator known for his work with corporate internal investigations, white collar defense, and federal securities regulation and enforcement, has joined Ballard Spahr’s Salt Lake City office as a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Corporate and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group.

Kelly Alexandre Zusman ’89 received the Federal Bar Association’s Judge James M. Burns Professionalism Award at a luncheon held in Portland on March 17, 2011.  Zusman is the Appellate Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, and she received the award for her work in federal court and her contributions to continuing legal education programs, her service as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark and the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.


Luvass Cobb has announced that Eric DeFreest ’91 has joined the firm as a shareholder. He brings with him a practice focused on municipal utility law and civil litigation with an emphasis on defense of medical professionals.

Liane Richardson ’95 was named Lane County Administrator in May. Richardson was unanimously selected by the Board last year to fill the post of Acting County Administrator, a position she’s held since December 2010

Matthew Longtin ’97 delivered a presentation on “What makes a good attorney/assistant/office team” during the NALS of Lane County monthly educational meeting on March 17.

Kristie Gibson ’98 has joined the Eugene law firm of Gartland, Nelson, McCleery, Wade & Walloch, P.C. Her practice will concentrate on business law, soft intellectual property law, and import/export work.

Allen Eraut ’99 has become a principal in the firm of Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth. He focuses his litigation practice in construction defect, products liability, and toxic tort matters.

Miller Nash has promoted Jennifer Roof ’99 to partner. She is a member of the firm’s litigation team at its Portland office. Roof joined the firm as an associate in 2001. Her practice emphasizes employment litigation, appeals, and commercial litigation.

Erik Schlenker-Goodrich ’99, director of the Western Environmental Law Center’s Southwest office in Taos, New Mexico, was a key organizer in hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


Seth Millstein ’02 authored a guest piece for the April 28 Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce titled “What’s in your construction contract?”

Jonathan Manton ’03 was profiled in The Bend Bulletin in June for representing Central Oregon LandWatch and Friends of Metolius in dealing with water mitigation in the Deschutes.

Shawn Menashe ’03 recently was named managing shareholder for the Portland law firm Gevurtz Menashe. Menashe takes over for this father, Albert Menashe, a 1971 University of Oregon graduate and co-founder of the firm. Shawn Menashe joined his father’s law firm shortly after graduation from the School of Law. He became a partner in January 2009.

Arnold Gallagher Percell Roberts & Potter, P.C. has announced that Michael M. Reeder ’03 has become a shareholder with the firm. Since joining the firm in 2006, Reeder has represented a wide variety of clients on various development, land use, and permitting issues at the initial permit application stage with local government up through the appeals stages at the Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon courts.

Monica Wells ’03, associate at Bullivant Houser, has been recognized as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark School of Law. The award recognizes pro bono work for individuals engaged in small business.

Anna Sortun ’04 was among seven Oregon attorneys and 35 business professionals who recently graduated from “The Art of Leadership,” a board training program presented by Business for Culture and the Arts.

Jane Yates ’04 is a candidate for president of the Lane County Bar Association for the 2011-2012 year. Kamala Shugar ’96, Karrie McIntyre ’98, Gregory Gill ’07, and Thomas Moseman ’09 are candidates for two director positions at the Lane County Bar Association for the 2011-2012 year.

Criminal defense attorney Ben Eder ’05 and his twin brother, David Eder ’05, Beaverton’s assistant city attorney, have been working together since November to create and attract support for a new Practical Skills Through Public Service program.

John Christianson ’06 recently joined the business practice group of Black Helterline. His practice focuses on estate planning, business transactions and federal and state taxation.

Kennedy Luvai ’06 has joined Zarian, Midgley & Johnson as an associate. His practice will focus primarily on intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation. Luvai previously was associated with Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler.

Steven Nofziger ’06 has joined the Lane County Bar Association as an associate. Nofziger graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2006 and Linfield College in 1996. Prior to moving to Eugene, he practiced with a large regional firm in Portland. He was recently named a “Rising Star” in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine.

Cassandra Skinner Lopata ’06 has joined Agate Healthcare as General Counsel. She brings experience in family law and significant community involvement with the Stop Violence Against Women Clinic Project, Head Start of Lane County, Oregon Women Lawyers, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence.

Rogelio “Roger” Cassol ’07 has joined the Arnold Law Office as an associate attorney. He previously represented injured workers seeking benefits and served as judicial clerk to the Hon. Gregory G. Foote ’72.

Gregory Gill ’07 recently joined the Eugene law firm Gardner, Potter, Budge, Spickard & Cascagnette, LLC.

Sean Ray ’07 received the 2011 Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit from the Multnomah Bar Association.

Stoel Rives associates Andrea Thompson ’08 and Chad Marriott ’09 were profiled in the April edition of Multnomah Lawyer for their pro bono service.

Melissa Beyer ’09 recently joined the firm of Farleigh Wada Witt as an associate. She will practice in a variety of areas including business, debtor-creditor, employment, environmental, litigation, and real estate.

Grady Goodall ’10 recently joined Nonprofit Support Services as an associate attorney. His practice will focus on nonprofit organizations, charitable giving, and estate planning for those with charitable interests.

Stahancyk, Kent & Hook recently hired Beau Kellogg ’10 as an associate attorney in their Bend office.

Christina Vaninetti ’10 has joined Foster Denman as a new associate. She returns to Southern Oregon after obtaining her B.S. from Santa Clara University in 2007 and her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010. Vaninetti focuses her practice on business law and trust and estate planning.

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