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    • 08/05/2018

      Oday Salim LLM ’09 has joined the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center as staff attorney, which comes with an appointment as director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic. Salim most recently was the executive director and managing attorney for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. He has also served as an adjunct professor in energy, oil, and gas law at Wayne State University Law School, the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Lewis & Clark Law School.

    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Previously, Salim served as senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services and as a staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. For the past five years, Salim has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor by teaching Lewis & Clark’s two-week summer seminar on oil and gas law, and energy law and regulation at the University of Pittsburgh.

    • 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.

    • 02/13/2019

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02 became a managing partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon, effective January 1, 2019.

    • 07/30/2018

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02, a partner in the trusts and estates department of Karnopp Petersen LLP, was recently elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC). Keys MacDonald is one of 36 new fellows elected to ACTEC from across the United States, England, and Canada. She regularly counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, and charitable giving.

    • 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.

    • 02/13/2019

      Ellen Grover JD ’98 became a managing partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon, effective January 1, 2019.

    • 02/01/2019

      Jason Ayres JD ’00 has joined Garvey Schubert Barer as principal in the firm’s Portland office. Ayres advises commercial lenders, small businesses, equipment lease and finance companies, and farms in litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, and insolvencies, including matters involving agricultural lending and workouts. He has substantial experience representing receivers and lenders in receivership proceedings and contested Chapter 11 and 12 cases. Ayres appears in federal and state court proceedings in Oregon and Washington.

    • 02/04/2019

      Gary L. Blacklidge JD ’90 has joined the real estate practice group at Jordan Ramis PC. Blacklidge focuses on real estate law, assisting clients in transactional work as well as foreclosures of all types of liens and judgment executions on real estate. He is also experienced in debtor/creditor matters emphasizing creditor representation in bankruptcy cases. Prior to practicing law, Blacklidge worked as a title officer in an Oregon office of a national title insurance company. Over the years he has represented title companies and their insureds in resolving title claims. He is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association and American Bar Association and has been named in Best Lawyers in America for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

    • 01/29/2019

      Jessica A. Flint JD ’11 has been named of counsel by Gevurtz Menashe. Flint started as an associate with the firm in July of 2012 and will continue her practice handling international and domestic family law matters in Oregon.

    • 02/05/2019

      Christie Totten JD ’08 has been promoted to partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Totten is a litigator who defends employers against claims of all types and maintains an active advice and counseling practice. She works with employers of all sizes and in all industries, with a focus on health care, technology, and agriculture/wine.

    • 02/13/2019

      Annie Nelson JD ’11 has been named a partner by Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon. Nelson has been with the firm since 2012 and practices primarily in the area of trust and estates. She regularly advises clients on estate planning, probate, and trust administration, and also counsels clients with respect to establishing guardianships and conservatorships. Nelson is a member of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Business Law Sections, Deschutes County Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and Cascade Women Lawyers.

    • 07/10/2015

      Richard “Dick” John Whittemore JD ’92 passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2015, having suffered cardiac arrest following a weekend of racing his BMW 325 in Auburn, Washington. He was 59 years old.

      Dick was born January 19, 1956, in Portland to Dr. James P. and Mary Margaret Whittemore. He attended St. Thomas More Grade School and Jesuit High School, from which he graduated in 1974. He earned a BA cum laude in philosophy from Colorado College in 1978. While a law student, Dick worked nights at Abernethy’s Restaurant so he could serve a clerkship for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Charles Crookham. He remained close to Crookham and delivered a eulogy at the judge’s funeral service in 2004.

      Dick joined the firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in 1984 and was a senior shareholder. An expert in product liability defense, clergy malpractice, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation, he was a member of the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho bar associations and practiced law for more than 30 years. “Dick was the consummate professional and partner and a tremendous legal advocate equally respected by his clients, adversaries, and judges hearing his cases,” said Loren Podwill, president of Bullivant Houser Bailey. “He was a devoted teacher, spending endless hours working with newer lawyers, teaching them the tools of the trade and professionalism, and volunteering his time to judge local and national legal competitions. Dick carried himself through the world with confidence, grace, and dignity.” He had a reputation for speaking softly, listening intently, and thinking logically.

      Dick had a deep respect for the law, but his personal passion was motor racing. He traveled the Pacific Northwest participating in Sports Car Club of America races and collected numerous checkered flags throughout his racing career.

      In 1997, Dick was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and underwent six months of aggressive treatment. During this time, his dedication to his clients and his firm never wavered, and he continued to work at a high level. In 2008, Dick was diagnosed with a more aggressive form of NHL, but he succeeded in surviving both the formidable treatment and the disease with quiet strength.

      Dick was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, which he served as national board representative president-elect. He was a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and served as a regional judge for the 2015 National Trial Competition of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He was also a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the University Club of Portland, which he served as president in 2006.

      Dick is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Carolyn; sisters Kathy Johnson and Susan Honeyman; brother James Whittemore; nieces Libby Rasmussen and Katherine Byrne; and nephews Blake Whittemore, Michael Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Andrew Honeyman, and Kevin Honeyman.

    • 02/24/2015

      Was named an Oregon Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. He is the president elect of the Oregon chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Whittemore is a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

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