Alumni Board News
November 03, 2011
Letter From the President of the Alumni Board
Dear Fellow Alumni,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I begin my two-year term as president of the Alumni Board of Directors. It is a privilege to serve with the many dedicated members of our board and I look forward to welcoming our new members at our fall meeting.
As in past years, the alumni board has been involved in a number of activities designed to enhance the reputation of the school and its alumni base, including the selection of the Distinguished Graduate and Honorary Alumni Award recipients and the Alumni Board Scholarship student recipient. This year, the Alumni Board Scholarship selection committee—consisting of Dennis Elliott ’74, Adina Flynn ’96, Jill Tanner ’88, and outgoing board members John Kodachi ’92, Krista Koehl ’99, and Steve Shropshire ’94—chose Elisabeth Whittemore ’13 to receive this significant award. “Having four years of undergrad student loans, it may sometimes feel like law school tuition is another burden holding us back from achieving some of our dreams,” Whittemore said. “However, being an attorney in the Portland community has been a dream of mine for so long that every day at school feels like a blessing. Unlike some students who may feel that the pace and curriculum all becomes too much, I have embraced the opportunity to finally be doing something that I am passionate about. Not only do I love the professors, staff, and curriculum, but I am also appreciative of the overall Lewis & Clark Law School community.”
During our 2011 Distinguished Honors Dinner, we will present Chuck Tauman ’77 and Nancy Tauman ’78 with our Distinguished Graduate Award, and Adrienne Nelson with our Honorary Alumna Award. The alumni board’s Distinguished Honors selection committee was delighted to receive many outstanding nominations for the 2011 awards. I want to offer my thanks to the committee members—Molly Marcum ’82, Keith Meisenheimer ’76, Justin Sawyer ’01, Rob Roy Smith ’00, Tracy Sullivan ’00, and Lawrence Wobbrock ’77—for their dedication to the selection process.
Again, it is a privilege to serve as your alumni board president, and I look forward to seeing you soon at an alumni event.
Connie Elkins McKelvey ’83
Tonya Alexander ’01 started her solo practice in 2005 and specializes in the area of domestic relations, devoted herself to helping families reach peaceful resolutions. A working parent, Alexander is committed to helping peers and law students achieve their optimal work/life balance through her participation in mentoring programs and law school presentations. She was elected secretary of the nonprofit Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals (OACP) and was founding president of her local practice group, Bridges Collaborative Divorce Solutions. Outside of work, Alexander loves kite-surfing, mountain biking, skiing, and all things Hawai‘ian.
Anna J. Brown ’80 was confirmed U.S. district judge for the District of Oregon by the U.S. Senate on October 15, 1999, following her appointment by President Clinton. She has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1980 and engaged in private practice with the Portland office of Bullivant Houser Bailey as a civil trial lawyer until 1992, when she was appointed, and later elected, to the state court bench in Multnomah County. Brown has presided at numerous complex civil and mass tort jury trials, including as the trial judge in Williams v. Philip Morris, Oregon’s first tobacco/ product-liability trial whose punitive damages award was reviewed in multiple state appellate and U.S. Supreme Court proceedings. As a state judge, she presided in the Multnomah County Drug Court in its early years. Brown shares her extensive trial practice experience in frequent CLE programs and, for several years, she served as a member and then chair of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions Committee. She is a past member of the Gus J. Solomon Chapter of the American Inns of Court and serves as a court liaison to Oregon’s Federal Bar Association and to the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Brown earned a B.S. in administration of justice at Portland State University in 1975. While attending night law school, she served as law clerk to John C. Beatty Jr. of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Brown received the 2000 Distinguished Graduate Award, and in 2003, she received the Woman of Career Achievement Award from St. Mary’s Academy, where she attended high school in Portland. Brown, the child of German immigrants, is a lifelong Oregon resident.
Michael Eidlin ’92 is a principal program manager with Gannett Fleming, an international engineering firm headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He serves as the task order manager in the firm’s role as the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) project management oversight contractor for the Columbia River Crossing Project in southwestern Washington and Oregon. Eidlin holds a B.S. degree in geology from Florida State University and a graduate degree in mineral engineering and business administration from Stanford University. Prior to joining Gannett Fleming, Eidlin was a vice president with David Evans and Associates of Portland, where he was a member of the firm’s project management oversight team supporting FTA on the reconstruction of three large transit projects, including the World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan. Previously, he was a vice president with Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering firm headquartered in New York City. Eidlin was a senior project manager for transit projects in the Midwest and served as local counsel on a variety of construction matters. Eidlin’s early career was in the mining industry. Following law school, he joined TriMet as assistant general counsel. He later managed preliminaryengineering, final design, and construction for the $222 million Hillsboro extension of the Westside Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project, and preliminary engineering for the downtown Portland segment of the South-North LRT Project. Eidlin is a member of the American Bar Association Construction Forum, the Construction Section of the Oregon State Bar, and the Society of Mining Engineers. He serves on committees for the American Public Transportation Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dan Eller ’04 is an associate with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and focuses his practice in the areas of tax and business law. Before joining the firm, he served as law clerk to Judge Henry C. Breithaupt in the Regular Division of the Oregon Tax Court. While in law school, Eller served as a certified law clerk in the Washington County District Attorney’s Office and as a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. He also served as a managing editor for the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law. Prior to law school, Eller worked in distribution sales and administrative management for a Fortune 500 company. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Multnomah Bar Association, the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association, and the Owen M. Panner Inn of Court. He serves on the Executive Committee and Legislation Subcommittee of the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section, and is a director of the Portland Tax Forum. Eller also volunteers in the Lewis & Clark Law School first-year mentorship program. A member of the Cornelius Honor Society, he was a recipient of the Joyce Ann Harpole Scholarship and remains involved with the committee that awards that scholarship. In 2009, Eller served on the Law School’s Public Interest Law Project Stipend Committee.
David W. Hittle ’74 has practiced law in Salem since earning his J.D, representing the injured and disabled before the Social Security Administration, the Workers’ Compensation Board, and in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has served two terms on the board of governors of the Oregon State Bar, two terms on the board of directors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, as president of the Marion County Bar, as president of the board of directors of the Oregon Law Foundation, as chair of the State Professional Responsibility Board, and as chair of the Appellate Practice the Civil Rights and the Workers’ Compensation Sections. He also served for many years on the board of directors of the Oregon Law Institute and as a judge pro tem in municipal, district, and circuit courts. Hittle has taught business law for Linfield College’s off-campus program and legal research and writing for Willamette University School of Law. He has also been a contributing author of numerous chapters for Oregon State Bar CLE publications. Hittle was the recipient of the 2006 Oregon State Bar President’s Membership Service Award.
Ajit Phadke ’98 is a manager in Thomson Reuters (Westlaw), where he oversees content development for Westlaw Legal Calendaring, KeyRules, IP Filing Rules, and Drafting Assistant, products that focus primarily on rules of practice and procedure in state, federal, and international jurisdictions. Prior to joining with Thomas Reuters, Phadke worked in government, corporate, and private practice, specializing in estate planning and intellectual property. He received bachelor’s degrees in music composition and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. Phadke and his wife, Sandra, live in Portland and enjoy hiking, traveling, and the arts. They are also active in the Piano Santa Foundation, a Portland-area nonprofit.
Staying Connected: The Recent Graduate Council
To help maintain and nurture relationships between graduates of the last six years and the Law School, Lewis & Clark has instituted the Recent Graduate Council. The volunteer council will assist with career development, provide opportunities for effective networking through social events, and open lines of communication with recent graduates to facilitate donor and sponsorship opportunities.
The council was developed by the Alumni Office, in coordination with the Alumni Board of Directors, in early 2011. All recent graduates were invited to apply for membership. Those selected for inaugural positions—you can read more about them below—demonstrated strong leadership and made a commitment to actively participate in events sponsored by the Law School, attend all council meetings, effectively participate in committee work, and serve as a conduit to alumni, students, faculty, and the community. The inaugural members of the council also have diverse personal and professional backgrounds, representing the recent graduate population.
During the coming year, the council will be reaching out to alumni to identify activities, resources, and networking opportunities that could be of assistance to recent graduates. For more information on the council, please contact Robin Jerke, assistant dean for alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Adams ’06
Current position: Associate with Richardson & O’Leary in Boise, Idaho. Adams’ practice focuses on energy law. He represents large and small independent power producers in negotiating power purchase agreements and in rulemaking proceedings to establish viable independent power markets. He also represents large power users in retail rate-making proceedings and related matters.
Credentials: Adams received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in 2001. He is admitted to the bars of Idaho, Oregon, the Federal District for the District of Idaho, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Past experience: Adams clerked for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from August 2008 to August 2009, and for the Honorable Darrel R. Perry at the Idaho Court of Appeals from August 2006 to July 2008.
Volunteering: Adams is involved with local bicycling groups, and is currently serving on the board of directors of the nonprofit Boise Bicycle Project.
Other pursuits: Biking, skiing, and fishing.
Dannielle Booth ’09
Current position: Associate with Smith Freed & Eberhard in Portland. She specializes in Special Investigative Unit defense against insurance fraud.
Credentials: Earned a business law certificate. Booth participated in the Regional Appellate Moot Court team and clerked for the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic.
Past experience: Booth participated in the American College of Trial Lawyers Jury Trial Experience Project at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in January and recently completed the 2011 Black Belt Trial Advocacy Program sponsored by Smith Freed & Eberhard.
Other pursuits: Spending time with her family, wakeboarding, running, and generally pursuing happiness.
Justin Cabrera ’05
Current position: Deputy general counsel at Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) in Portland. His practice includes drafting and negotiating a wide range of energy-related commercial transactions.
Past experience: Cabrera was associate general counsel at Nike in Portland, where his practice included real estate transactions for North America and emerging markets, as well as support for the NIKE Foundation.
Volunteering: Cabrera has been participating in the Law School’s mentor program for the past several years.
Other pursuits: Spending time with his family, working out, and cooking. Cabrera married his law school sweetheart, Irina Batrakova, in 2007. They welcomed first child Benjamin to the world on February 25, 2011.
Eric Deitrick ’05
Current position: Staff attorney for Multnomah Defenders in Portland.
Credentials: Graduated from the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University in 2000, earning a B.A. in political science and honors in comparative literature. Was an associate editor for Environmental Law.
Past experience: Deitrick worked as a clerk at the law firm of Kilmer, Voorhees, and Laurick before attending Lewis & Clark. During law school, he worked for U.S. District Court Judge Garr King.
Other pursuits: Playing pick-up basketball and spending time with wife Kristine and son Emmett.
Cody Elliott ’09
Current position: Associate with Miller Nash in Portland. He is in the litigation practice group, which specializes in commercial disputes, complex construction defect litigation, and debtor/creditor litigation.
Credentials: Earned a B.F.A. in theater studies from Boston University in 2000, through which he also studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Received the Harpole Memorial Legacy Scholarship.
Past experience: Elliott spent more than seven years as a restaurant manager in Portland before earning his J.D.
Volunteering: Serves on the membership committee of the Multnomah Bar Association and as a mentor for the Law School. He has also volunteered for the Multnomah Bar Association’s Imprint Program.
Other pursuits: Hiking through Tryon Creek State Park with his wife and kids. A self-described foodie, he enjoys cooking, expanding his wine knowledge, and trying new restaurants. Elliott golfs and is an avid supporter of the Denver Broncos, Boston University Terriers ice hockey team, and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. He is also an active member of Sunrise Toastmasters.
Patrick Foran ’09
Current position: Associate with Landye Bennett Blumstein in Portland. Foran practices in the firm’s business litigation, condominium law, and personal injury sections. He also practices family law.
Credentials: Received the Justice Robert E. Jones Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Received the 2008 Joyce Ann Harpole Scholarship.
Past experience: Foran spent 15 years prior to law school as both a teacher and theatre director.
Volunteering: Serves as a Harpole committee member.
Other pursuits: Spending time with wife Nicole and their four children, Matthew, Andrew, Chloe, and Elliot.
Courtney Johnson ’07
Current position: Staff attorney with Crag Law Center in Portland, which she joined in 2008. Much of her work focuses on protecting the health of coastal rivers, from gravel mining in the rivers of the south coast, including the Chetco, the Rogue, and the Elk, to addressing proposals for liquefied natural gas along the Columbia at Astoria. Johnson enjoys working with coastal residents to help develop their communities for lasting and sustainable economic and environmental health.
Credentials: Certificate in environmental and natural resources law.
Past experience: Participated in internships with Crag Law Center, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and San Francisco Baykeeper. After graduation, Johnson clerked for a district court judge in Ketchikan, where she explored the wilds of Alaska and its incredible wildlife while sea kayaking, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Other pursuits: Spending time with her husband and puppy on the beaches and rivers and in the mountains of Oregon, hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, camping, and surfing. She also keeps busy with her home garden, cooking, reading, and traveling.
Bernadette Nunley ’07
Current position: Assistant county attorney for the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office in Portland. She advises Multnomah County’s Health Department, Purchasing Department, Office of Sustainability, Public Library, and Animal Services, and defends employment lawsuits against the county. Nunley also trains employees about public official ethics law, public records and meetings law, and using social networking for government purposes.
Volunteering: Nunley is a member of the Multnomah County Equity Council and serves as a mentor for the county’s Leadership Academy. Her volunteer work includes service on the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Board (YLS). She chaired the YLS Futures Committee in its inaugural year and is board liaison to the Professional Development and Education Committee, which creates and organizes YLS CLEs. She is also an OWLS member and a mentor with Lewis & Clark’s First-Year Mentor Program.
Other pursuits: Renovating her home, playing classical guitar, writing, daydreaming, and riding her bike.
Natasha Richmond ’10
Current position: Judicial clerk to Nan Waller, chief family court judge of the Multnomah County Court in Portland.
Credentials: Recipient of the Outstanding Advocacy Award for the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic and the Joyce Ann Harpole Scholarship. She also served as an associate editor and member of the Environmental Law Review.
Past experience: Richmond was the head teaching assistant for the Legal Writing Program.
Other pursuits: Spending time with her husband and their two children.
Holly C. Rudolph ’10
Current position: Coordinates development of interactive forms for self-represented litigants for the Oregon Judicial Department in Salem. Her work in developing the interactive forms is in preparation for the shift toward expanded online access to court function. She has produced several writings on equine law, including a presentation for the National Equine Law Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.
Credentials: Graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University. Earned a criminal law and procedure certificate, was a Dean’s Fellow, and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Rudolph was also an associate editor of Animal Law Review.
Past experience: Worked in the health care field for over 12 years before coming to Lewis & Clark, where she was a research assistant and a Student Bar Association representative on both the Alumni Board and the Curriculum Committee. She also served as assistant conference coordinator for the National Animal Law Conference, president of the International Law Society, and vice president of the Jewish Law Society. Rudolph also clerked for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Other pursuits: Spending time with Jacob and their cat Gozer, riding horses, camping, kayaking, taking in movies with her son (preferably horror films!), and cooking with friends.
Tami Santelli ’06
Current position: Director of state legislation in the government affairs section of the U.S. Humane Society in Washington, D.C. Santelli oversees the legislative agenda for the USHS in state legislatures, working closely with legislators, field staff, contract lobbyists, and other advocates to pass animal protection legislation.
Credentials: Graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in music. Earned a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. She was a member of the Environmental Moot Court team and the International Environmental Law Project. Santelli also worked on the Animal Law Journal and participated in the Public Interest Law Project and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Volunteering: She has remained active with the Law School, attend-ing events in Washington, D.C., and serving as a mentor for students
interested in externing with the USHS.
Other pursuits: Dancing, kickboxing, yoga, walking around D.C., and playing with her cats.
Vathana Sivanesan ’05
Current position: Staff attorney for the Pamplin Communication Corporation in Portland. She provides advice for a variety of industries, including broadcast radio, newspaper publishing, wineries, hospitality, farming, and ranching. The scope of her practice covers contract law, intellectual property, employment law, corporate maintenance and governance, commercial leasing, hospitality law, asset purchases, and licensing and regulatory matters.
Volunteering: Prior to joining Pamplin Communications Corporation in 2007, Sivanesan volunteered with the District Counsel’s Office of the Small Business Administration and the federal nonprofit SCORE. She still volunteers with SCORE, which provides free counseling to small businesses.
Other pursuits: Working out with friends, music, cooking, and watching movies and TV. She is also an avid hockey fan.
Tyler Volm ’08
Current position: Associate with Elliott Ostrander & Preston in Portland. His practice focuses on business formation, financing, and governance, commercial transactions, real
estate, intellectual property, and general civil litigation.
Credentials: Attended the University of Oregon, where he majored in English and political science. Focused on business law at Lewis & Clark.
Other pursuits: Basketball (playing and watching), running, golf, hiking, and camping.
Lisa Widawsky ’08
Current position: Staff attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, D.C. Widawsky specializes in water, air, and land pollution challenges.
Credentials: Earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Colgate University in environmental geography with a focus on environmental policy analysis. Graduated cum laude with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. She was on the editorial board of the Environmental Law Journal and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Widawsky’s article “In My Backyard: How Enabling Hazardous Waste Trade to Developing Nations Can Improve the Basel Convention’s Ability to Achieve Environmental Justice” was published in the Environmental Law Journal and received the Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Award.
Past experience: Was a student clinician with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, where she worked on a successful administrative appeal with Clinical Professor Tom Buchele.
Volunteering: Widawsky has stayed active with the Law School, attending events hosted in Washington, D.C., and serving as a contact for students and graduates interested in working there.