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    • 04/28/2019

      Brook Detterman JD ’09 writes, “It’s probably not surprising that Beveridge & Diamond, as the country’s largest environmental law firm, has six Lewis & Clark alums on staff. Rest assured that we’re all putting our L&C training to good use, and on a very wide range of issues, including renewable energy projects, drinking water contamination and, of course, the full spectrum of environmental litigation. Here are five of us at our recent law firm retreat. From left to right: Brook Detterman JD ’09, Boston office; Susan Smith JD ’97, San Francisco office; Katrina Krebs JD ’18, Washington, D.C., office; Tim Sullivan JD ’00, Baltimore office; and Jake Duginski JD ’15, San Francisco office. Not shown: Erika Holsman JD ’08, Seattle office.”

    • 01/22/2019

      Ben Pirie JD ’12, who is part of the Lane Powell cannabis team, has been elected to the executive committee of Oregon State Bar’s Cannabis Law Section. Pirie counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate and regulatory legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions, negotiating complex contracts, and corporate governance, as well as regulatory compliance in the emerging cannabis and hemp industries. The Cannabis Law Section seeks to educate and promote cannabis law among Oregon lawyers and judges, and serves as a resource for lawyers who monitor federal enforcement activities and defend against federal government interference in a state’s lawful cannabis activities.

    • 08/03/2018

      Ben Pirie JD ’12 has joined Lane Powell as an associate on the firm’s cannabis team. Pirie counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate needs. He is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with clients as they reach toward their goals in one of the most dynamic and fraught industries in the world. Pirie brings his experience as in-house counsel for a Fortune 1000 company in Portland to bear on Oregon’s emerging cannabis industry, where he advises clients on business transactions, contracts, entity formation and management, securities compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, state and local administrative law, and employment matters. Results-oriented and responsive, Pirie has helped clients from labs to retailers on their terms and timelines to get and keep every type of recreational-marijuana license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. In addition to advising clients, Pirie is active in engaging with state and local governments in order to ensure common-sense, business-friendly regulation of the marijuana industry.

    • 03/26/2019

      Dylan K. Lange JD ’12 is the deputy elections director for the Office of the Secretary of State of New Mexico.

    • 02/28/2019

      Mark Urioste JD ’02, a former Sonoma County prosecutor and current court commissioner, was appointed to a superior court judgeship by Governor Jerry Brown. From 2003 to 2005, Urioste served as a research attorney and judicial assistant to King County (California) Superior Court Judge Julie Spector. He also worked briefly as an associate at Babin and Seeger before joining the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in 2006.

    • 01/27/2016

      Is running for mayor of Portland in 2016. Schor reports that his campaign is focused on making housing affordable in Portland with new dedicated revenue from an income tax on the top 1% of earners, repairing the relationship between the Portland Police Department and the community, rebuilding the city’s infrastructure, and bringing more services to East Portland. Currently, he is an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice.

    • 03/13/2019

      David Schor JD ’13 and Elena Allison Knight Schor, January 19, 2019.

    • 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

    • 02/28/2019

      Jordan Schnitzer JD ’76 was profiled in the January 25 Wall Street Journal in an article titled “An Art Collector on a Mission to Share His Passion.” The article states that, for more than 30 years, Schnitzer has been assembling a “teaching collection” of prints, mostly by post–World War II American artists. Under the auspices of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, he makes loans to institutions and colleges to get the work in front of today’s youth. Since its founding in 1997, the foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and exhibited art in more than 150 museums. Upcoming exhibitions will focus on artists John Baldessari at the Laguna Art Museum (June 23 to September 22, 2019) and Leonardo Drew at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (September 19 to December 8, 2019). For more information, visit

    • 02/28/2019

      Josh Smith JD ’05 joined Tonkon Torp’s entrepreneurial services, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions practice groups as a partner during the firm’s acquisition of Alto Law Group. Smith brings substantial corporate and intellectual property transactional experience in the startup and technology sectors. His practice focuses on counseling emerging and mature companies on venture capital and angel financing opportunities, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology licensing, and commercial agreements. Smith holds an MBA with a finance concentration from Colorado State University and a BS in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

    • 09/01/2014

      Josh Smith JD ’06 joined the Sierra Club’s San Francisco office as a staff attorney. Smith will continue to devote his practice to environmental and natural resources litigation, with a focus on clean energy, electricity regulation, and water and air pollution. He most recently worked for several years as an environmental litigator with Earthjustice in Florida.

    • 02/28/2019

      KC Becker JD ’96 was designated by the Colorado House Democratic Caucus to be the next speaker of the house. Becker, who represents House District 13 (Boulder), officially stepped into the position on January 4, 2019.

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