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    • Rally to the Stars!

      Eric DeWeese JD ’18 explores whether the colonization of space can inspire more sustainable ways of life on Earth in this novel about an extended family facing the increasingly catastrophic effects of climate change.

      Posted 05/12/2018
    • 07/07/2020

      Ward S. Armstrong JD ’66 passed away peacefully September 5, 2015, in Salem, Oregon, surrounded by family and the love of lifelong friends. He was 82 years old.

      Born October 13, 1932, in Eugene, Oregon, to Hubert and Elizabeth Armstrong, Ward graduated from Newberg High School in 1950. He attended Willamette University, where he met his partner for life, Donna Marie Leonard, whom he married on December 27, 1959.

      Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Oregon State University. In 1961, he began work as director of the Association of Oregon Counties in Salem. Ward accepted a job as Oregon director of governmental affairs for Weyerhaeuser in 1966, embarking on a career as a lobbyist and public policy specialist that defined the remainder of his working life.

      In 1978, Ward, Donna, and their three children moved to Federal Way, Washington, so Ward could manage Weyerhaeuser’s governmental affairs program. The family returned to Salem in 1986 when Ward was named executive director of the Oregon Forest Industries Council. He “retired” in 1994, after which he accepted a position managing the Executive Seminar Program at Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He would remain there for 10 years.

      A past president of the Salem Tennis & Swim Club, Ward was also an active member of the Methodist Church in Salem and Bellevue and the Salem Downtown Rotary Club. He served on the state Easter Seals Board and was a trustee on the Oregon State University Foundation.

      Cycling was a special passion. Ward completed many Seattle-to-Portland bike rides, the Oregon Bicycle Ride, RAGBRAI, and the Idaho Bike Ride.

      Ward is survived by his wife and children Ken, Mark, and Diane; grandchildren Grace, Abby, Lucy, and Alice; and his brothers Hugh of Seattle and Richard of Salem.

    • 02/07/2019

      Steve Lowry JD ’98, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, has been named to Georgia Super Lawyers’ Top 100 list for the third consecutive year for his work in the Personal Injury General: Plaintiff category. Lowry also earned his eighth Georgia Super Lawyer designation.

    • 01/11/2019

      Steve Lowry JD ’98, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, is the host of the Great Trials Podcast, which launched on January 1, 2019. The podcast features in-depth interviews with top trial lawyers about their strategies in landmark cases and is designed to appeal to the legal community as well as the general public. New episodes are released every Tuesday. To learn more, visit greattrialspodcast.com.

    • Placebocracy and Other Ailments; A Classical Liberal Take on America Today

      Mark J. Hartwig JD ’95 has written a provocative critique of the U.S. through the lens of traditional classical liberalism, arguing that American democracy is imperiled as a result of institutionalized ignorance on the part of her constituents, and suggesting that an honest national debate is the first step toward resolving political, economic, and sociocultural problems.

      Yucca Ash Press, 2020. 320 pages.

      Posted 01/13/2020
    • 01/30/2020

      Kenneth Katzaroff JD ’14 has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., as an associate in the real estate and construction and natural resources industry groups. Katzaroff represents clients in a broad variety of real ‎estate development projects, including regulatory approval, ‎subsequent appellate proceedings, land use entitlement, ‎state water rights, and surface mining permitting.‎ He is ‎experienced in managing complex real estate development ‎projects with a multitude of legal and practical issues at play.

    • 01/30/2020

      Michael Galvan JD ’17 received the National Lawyers Guild’s 2019 Weinglass Fellowship. With support from the NLG’s International Committee, Galvan is relocating to New Mexico to work with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, providing post-prison release support for trans women seeking asylum and their sponsors. Galvan currently serves as cochair of the Queer Caucus of the NLG. After passing the California Bar exam in 2017, he moved to Tijuana to work and volunteer with Al Otro Lado, connecting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers to legal services and humanitarian aid.

    • 01/30/2020

      Angela Franco Lucero JD ’03 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, filling the vacancy created by Judge Kenneth R. Walker’s retirement. Lucero grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and earned her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. She has represented individuals, insurance companies, and public bodies in a wide range of civil litigation matters. In addition to her legal practice, Lucero is heavily involved in her community and professional organizations, serving as president of the Oregon Women Lawyers and on the boards of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners. She has also volunteered to help with Refugee Adjustment Day, DACA Renewal Day, and other access-to-justice efforts in her community. Lucero is a recipient of the Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s highest honor.

    • 01/30/2020

      Chris Eck JD ’89 has joined Kerauno as chief legal officer. Eck most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Finish Line, where he led the legal and HR departments and oversaw integration.

    • 02/02/2020

      Mary Sofia (formerly Sell) JD ’10 reports, “It is my pleasure to announce that after a decade of advocating for justice (in and out of the courtroom!), I have opened my own criminal defense law firm. Sofia Law LLC is now open and accepting clients facing violations, misdemeanors, and serious felonies in state court.”

    • 12/20/2019

      Jean Marguerite Davis-Johnson JD ’78 passed away peacefully at home December 8, 2019, from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 69 years old.

      Jean was born July 16, 1950, in Spokane to Walter Z. Davis Sr. and Betty Jean Berg. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, earning a BA from Whitman College and an MA from the University of Washington before attending law school.

      Jean married Stephen Johnson, her high school sweetheart, on September 2, 1972. She left law practice to be a full-time mother to their three sons. Jean also donated her time to support local education, art, and music organizations in various capacities. She was a master gardener, birdwatcher, art and antique enthusiast, nature lover, reader, and lifelong student of American and Pacific Northwest history. She was also a member of Spokane’s St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

      Jean was predeceased by her father and mother. She is survived by her husband; her three sons, Gregory, Timothy, and Eric; her four grandchildren, Noah (9), Silas (6), Merritt (3), and Makenna (1); and her three older brothers, Walter Jr., Eric, and Paul.

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