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  • Norman David Malbin
    NM

    Norman David Malbin JD ’85 died of heart failure on October 1, 2017, at the age of 68.

    A Portland labor lawyer who served for more than two decades as general counsel for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48, Norman was an influential and highly respected figure in the Oregon labor movement. Hundreds of union activists were trained at the annual Oregon Labor Law Conference, which he founded in 1996 and directed until his retirement three years ago. He wrote a pamphlet while still in private practice, explaining wage and hour law in layperson’s language. It is still widely read by workers of all trades who deal with wage theft and other abuses of nonunion contractors.

    Norman inherited a passion for social justice from his parents, both of whom paid a price for their convictions during the McCarthy era. His father, Dr. Morris Malbin, treated workers in Portland’s shipyards during World War II and was instrumental in setting up Kaiser’s pioneering group health insurance plan for union members during and after the war. Dr. Malbin also passed along a passion for sailing to his son, who always joked that he wanted to be a tugboat captain when he grew up.

    Norman studied psychology at the University of Denver, planning to be a child psychologist. He took a series of jobs with nonprofits dealing with youth unemployment and delinquency, but a stint as director of research for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries sparked an interest in labor law, and he began taking night classes at Lewis & Clark Law School.

    Norman spent three years with two different firms before opening his own office. He served both unions and individual workers without union protection. At IBEW Local 48 Norman provided free legal services at the union hall, where union members could get advice on a wide variety of legal problems. Though he formally retired in 2014, he continued to do work for IBEW. Two of the last projects Norman worked on were union research on job discrimination against women electricians and a grant proposal for FASCETS, a pioneering nonprofit founded by his sister Diane Malbin to educate people about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other neurobehavioral conditions.

    Behind Norm’s take-charge personality and booming voice was a caring and sensitive man with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was skilled at conflict resolution and generous in spirit and deed, extending himself time and again to people needing help. He loved a good argument, not just for the thrill of competition but out of genuine curiosity and confidence that his adversaries had something to teach him. He took pride in the fact that his children were both union members and politically active. He was most in his element sailing the Columbia River and the San Juan Islands, coaching his sons’ soccer teams during their respective middle school years, and gathering with family and friends on the Washougal River. If people were singing, he could be counted on to join in with his deep bass voice.

    Norman is survived by Wendy Temko, his wife of 38 years; sons Ben and Zak; daughter-in-law Nicole; grandchildren Remy and Tessa; two sisters; and a large family of close relationships and deep friendships.

  • Pamela Barrow JD ’85
    PB
    • 01/28/2016

      Was promoted to vice president of energy, environmental, and sustainability for the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), a trade group representing food processors in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Barrow is responsible for policy and advocacy and for managing NWFPA’s innovative and nationally recognized industrial energy efficiency and sustainability programs.

    • 09/01/2011

      Spoke at the 2011 Executive Business Summit held in May 2011 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Barrow is the energy director for the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPAA).

  • Thomas Brown JD ’80
    TB
    • 09/01/2013

      Was honored by the Multnomah Bar Association with the 2013 MBA Professionalism Award.
 Brown also was elected secretary/treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. He is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, where his practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal courts, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, and professional liability defense.

    • 09/01/2011

      Was honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce with the Leadership in Law Award. The award recognizes those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has made a positive impact on the state. Brown is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in Portland.

  • Michael C. Robinson
    MR
    • 02/20/2018

      Michael Robinson JD ’88, a 25-year land use veteran, joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s real estate and construction industry group. Robinson focuses on obtaining land use approvals and highway access permits for a diverse client portfolio including developers and general contractors. He can be reached at 503-796-3756 and mrobinson@schwabe.com. His office is located at 1211 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204.

  • DL
    • 12/08/2017

      Doug Lee BA ’68, JD ’88 retired in 2015 after 46 years of teaching. He has two adult sons, but no grandkids yet. Currently, Lee teaches part time at the University of California at Berkeley. He has submitted book manuscripts on Chinese history to a publisher.

  • MH
  • SG
    • 03/02/2018

      Susan W. Graf JD ’07 was named a partner by Klarquist Sparkman. Graf, who holds a Ph.D. in cell biology from Duke University, specializes in biotechnical and medical patent applications, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. She has extensive research experience in the fields of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, including clinical diagnostics. Graf also prepares legal opinions, including patentability, invalidity, infringement/noninfringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions, and prepares and prosecutes trademark applications.

  • EM
    • 03/02/2018

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02 was named a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), an organization of peer-elected lawyers and law professors who are skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure, as well as the administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors, and incompetents.

  • Heather Fossity
    HF
    • 02/20/2018

      Heather Fossity JD ’17 has joined Barran Liebman’s employment litigation team. Fossity has a diverse legal background representing Oregon employers.

  • Kay Abramowitz
    KA
    • 02/01/2015

      Kay Abramowitz JD ’84 joined Miller Nash’s trusts and estates practice. Abramowitz, who focuses on advising family‐owned businesses, is a frequent lecturer and is recognized for her experience in succession and transfer issues found in family‐owned businesses. These include assisting owners in identifying the next owners, leaders, and managers and assisting with tax‐sensitive strategies for transferring business assets to the next owners. She also helps her clients with probate‐avoidance trusts, tax‐planning trusts, special-needs and special-purpose trusts, and charitable remainder trust and asset-protection strategies. Her clients include owners and executives of family-owned businesses, married couples, single individuals, unmarried couples, and non-U.S. citizens.

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