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  • Sam Hernandez JD ’10 was elected president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. His term commenced in February 2017 and lasts for one year.

  • Qingqing Miao JD ’10 has been named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. A member of Lane Powell’s immigration team, she advises individuals and corporations on navigating the complex U.S. immigration process and general corporate matters, helping their businesses to grow and succeed.

  • Kelsey Coulter JD ’13 has joined Wiscarson Law, Oregon’s only law firm primarily focused on special education law for families. Coulter brings litigation experience in both civil and criminal law. She will focus her practice on special education law and adult guardianships. Previously, Coulter represented clients in divorce, custody, and guardianship cases at a family law firm in Portland.

  • Nawneet Vibhaw LLM ’10 has joined Khaitan & Company as associate partner in Delhi, where he will continue specializing in environmental law. Previously, he set up the environmental law practice for Luthra & Luthra. Vibhaw had joined Luthra in June 2015 from Jindal Global Law School, where he was an assistant professor, assistant dean, and executive director of the school’s Centre for Environment and Climate Change. Vibhaw has also written two books on environmental law and energy law, published by LexisNexis in 2014 and 2016.

  • Katherine M. Acosta JD ’16 works for the Portland law firm Dunn Carney. A former summer associate with the firm, she joined its litigation group as a full associate after graduating.

  • Jessica Brockway JD ’16 joined Oregon Congressional Representative Cliff Bentz’ staff as legislative director for the 2017 legislative session. She provides policy analysis, bill research, hearing backup, task force process management, and policy development for District 60, which includes Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake, and Malheur Counties.

  • Patrick Sullivan JD ’12 opened of the Law Office of Patrick Sullivan, JD, MBA, in November 2016. The firm is dedicated to Indian law, government affairs, and gaming law in Washington, D.C.

  • Is a senior intergovernmental program analyst in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Diaz writes that he would like “to connect with folks who are working on legislation to protect and advance efforts to combat climate change and ensure civil rights for all…we, in California, are continuing to partner with other jurisdictions, especially in light of the shift at the federal level.” He can be reached at samuel.diaz@opr.ca.gov.

  • Joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its litigation department. Grant, who graduated first in her class, spent the past year serving as a judicial law clerk for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. While pursuing her degree she worked as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp for two summers and as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, in Washington, D.C.

  • Joined the southwest Washington law firm of Phillips Burgess. Past associate editor of Environmental Law Review, van Alstyne earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where he was featured clarinetist in the university’s orchestra. Prior to joining Phillips Burgess, he was a staff attorney with the Pierce County Housing Justice Project. During law school, van Alstyne was a full-time law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a law clerk for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and a summer intern for a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He can be reached at kvanalstyne@phillipsburgesslaw.com.

  • Joined the League of Oregon Cities as assistant general counsel. Thoennes will advocate in the areas of constitutional and municipal law, and will help develop training and educational materials for elected officials in municipal government. Previously, he clerked for Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court, where he met his wife, Lauren Eldridge, who was clerking for Justice Jack Landau. Lauren is currently a staff attorney for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board.

  • Joined the faculty at Vermont Law School as a clinical professor in the school’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Moses previously worked at the Center for Food Safety, litigating sustainable agriculture issues. She also worked as a judicial clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals. During her studies at Lewis & Clark, she served as editor-in-chief of the Animal Law Review. She has authored and coauthored several legal publications related to animal agriculture and environmental law.

  • Joined the law firm of Meyer, Fluegge & Tenney. Previously, Worley served nearly three years as a deputy prosecuting attorney at the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He plans to use his litigation background to build a practice in civil litigation, labor and employment law, medical malpractice, and municipal law.

  • Joined the construction and litigation practice groups at Ball Janik LLP in Portland on September 1, 2016. Blake’s practice includes general litigation and representation of residential and commercial owners in construction defect claims of all types.

  • Is a deputy district attorney for the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Whiting, the sole prosecutor in Telluride, Colorado, handles misdemeanor and felony cases originating in San Miguel County. He started at the end of May 2016 after serving as a prosecutor for nearly two years in Delta and Montrose Counties.

  • Joined the Justis Law Firm LLC in Overland Park, Kansas, an environmental litigation firm specializing in Superfund sites. Merryman was with the Missouri State Public Defenders Office for the previous two years.

  • Is a deputy district attorney in Imperial County, California.

  • Was named partner at Doney Crowley PC. Smith had been a senior associate with the firm since September 2015. His law practice focuses primarily on environmental, real property, and business litigation. Smith is the chair of the Montana State Bar Natural Resource, Energy, and Environmental Law section.

  • Joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Portland office. Morales will practice appellate law, regulatory law, and civil litigation. He previously was a judicial law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals, where he drafted memoranda and opinions on a variety of cases.

  • Was elected chair of the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). A member of Tonkon Torp’s business immigration practice group, LaMorticella represents regional and international companies in a variety of matters related to employment-based immigration. She has served as a volunteer liaison for the Oregon AILA chapter, working with state agencies on immigration issues, as well as community outreach efforts.

  • Joined Bendixsen Law in Hermiston, Oregon. Foy was previously at the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office.

  • Was named to the senior advisor on marijuana policy position created by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85. Rhoades, a veteran Multnomah County prosecutor, will advise Brown on all issues related to cannabis.

  • Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

  • Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

  • Was named a 2016 Kelly W.G. Clark Advocacy Award winner by Sparks of Hope, a nonprofit agency that assists child survivors of abuse. She shares the award with the Spotlight team from the Boston Globe. Swanson, an attorney at Crew Janci LLP, was instrumental in passing three recent Oregon laws supporting survivors of sexual assault.

  • Joined Larvik and Schaeffer Attorneys in La Grande, Oregon, in January 2016. Westenskow’s practice focuses primarily on real estate and land use, estate planning and administration, and business transactions. Previously, she taught legal writing at Lewis & Clark, worked as an attorney in private practice in Eugene, and taught writing at Eastern Oregon University.

  • Joined Portland law firm Dunn Carney Allen Higgins and Tongue as a member of its real estate and business teams. Boyer works with individuals and commercial businesses to structure, draft, and negotiate residential, commercial, and industrial real estate and business transactions. He is president of the Lewis & Clark Law School Recent Graduate Council and volunteers in the Small Business Legal Clinic.

  • Opened a law office in Sherwood, Oregon, with his firm Levin and Levine. Established in 2011, the firm focuses on personal injury and bankruptcy cases.

  • Kemiyondo Coutinho B.A. is the lead host of the Discover Uganda TV show. A Ugandan actress, playwright, and artistic director of NuVo Arts Organization, she focuses on theatre for social change. Coutinho wrote her first one-woman play, Jabulile, in 2008 and performed the play at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

  • Zach Kearl B.A. moved away from Portland last fall and joined the Bend, Oregon, start-up Choose Growth, a multimedia educational company.

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