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  • Robert “Matt” Madison Conoley JD ’97
    RC
    • 01/15/2018

      Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center last summer, after graduating with an MA in strategic security studies from the National Defense University. An interagency organization that uses data analytics, private sector talent, and social media technologies, the center is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries. Conoley serves as deputy chief of partnerships and public affairs advisor.

    • 08/21/2016

      Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 began study in the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. One of a handful of State Department officers accepted to CISA each year, Conoley is pursuing an MA in strategic security studies. CISA is the Department of Defense flagship for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level.

  • Cliff Bentz
    CB
    • 01/10/2018

      Cliff Bentz JD ’77 was named the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year for his work in the Oregon Legislature as the House District 60 representative. In particular, he was lauded for his efforts on a transportation bill that is funding a reload facility in Malheur County. Bentz, who has a long resume of community and statewide service, focused on water and tax law while at Lewis & Clark.

    • 01/07/2018

      Peter Irvine JD ’02 was awarded the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award on September 28, 2017. The award recognizes Irvine’s ongoing effort to provide access to legal services for artists, elders, tenants, and other underserved individuals. After a career as a professional musician, most notably in the band Cordelia’s Dad, Irvine became an attorney specifically to assist those creative professionals who have difficulty understanding, dealing with, or negotiating their legal needs. He has been providing pro bono or reduced-fee services to individuals and communities in need through the free Hampshire Elder Law Program (H.E.L.P.) and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts. Irvine also volunteers as a housing court lawyer, represents transgender individuals in discrimination cases, and works for reduced fees for nonprofit organizations such as local arts and theatre groups, including the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Community.

    • 09/01/2014

      Peter Irvine JD ’02 has a small-town general practice in Northampton, Massachusetts—but with a twist. In addition to handling real estate, criminal defense, small business advising, and other typical matters, Irvine also practices entertainment law, acts as a music manager, and tours with his own band. Playing percussion and singing with Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown has taken him to Singapore and various parts of the United States, including Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre. The group is recording an album for release in 2015.

  • Claire Elizabeth Tonry
    CT
    • 01/03/2018

      Claire Tonry JD ’09 has been made a partner at Smith & Lowney PLLC. Tonry had been an associate with the Seattle-based firm since 2011. Her practice focuses on environmental and consumer protection litigation and progressive political advocacy. Tonry can be reached at claire@smithandlowney.com.

  • PB
    • 02/16/2018

      Dr. Paul Blaylock JD ’84 recently received two of the highest honors offered by the University of Tennessee. In October 2017, Blaylock was recognized–along with athlete Peyton Manning and astronaut Scott Kelly, among others–as one of the University of Tennessee’s 100 Outstanding Alumni. It was announced at the ceremony that Blaylock would also be honored in Memphis in September 2018 as a University of Tennessee Medical Health Sciences Center Outstanding Alumnus. Blaylock has practiced medicine and law in Portland for over 44 years. He is remembered as the triage doctor at the scene of the December 28, 1978, United Airline crash on East Burnside, and is credited with saving many lives that night. After 38 years as an emergency room doctor at local trauma centers, he currently practices at his own clinic in Beaverton and serves as a medical legal consultant in cases involving motor vehicle accident and workers compensation injuries.

  • Katherine M. Acosta
    KA
    • 04/17/2017

      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.

  • Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08
    AK
    • 12/28/2017

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 was named a partner at Barran Liebman LLP. Kuchulis has a decade of experience representing employers and businesses in advice and litigation, and has been named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for the past five consecutive years.

    • 04/11/2017

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 has been named the 2017–18 cochair of the American Heart Association’s Men Go Red Portland chapter, which supports the Go Red for Women campaign and seeks to raise funds and awareness to combat women’s heart disease issues. He is an attorney with Barran Liebman LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star. Kuchulis is an associate at Barran Liebman.

  • Jarrell Hunt
    JH
    • 10/30/2017

      Jarell Hunt JD ’17 has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its business department. A Portland native, Hunt worked with the firm during the summer while a student. Prior to earning his law degree, he also worked for several years at M Holdings Securities, where he gained insight into the financial services sector and experience with broker dealers, registered investment advisors, and funds.

  • KM
    • 12/30/2017

      Kevin S. Minoli JD ’00 served as the acting general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the presidential transition on January 20, 2017, until January 8, 2018, when a permanent general counsel was appointed. Minoli has since returned to his permanent position as the EPA’s principal deputy general counsel, which is the highest-ranking career attorney position at the agency.

  • Jordan Schoonover JD ’14
    JS
    • 08/02/2016

      Married Jay Phillipe on June 26, 2016, in Bend, Oregon. Judge Michael Mosman officiated and attendees included Professor Jim Oleske and 2014 alumni Jake Brooks, Alyssa Mastic, Ben Saver, Bridgett Shephard, and Rhylee Smith. “We all were in the Yellow Pod during our 1L year, and Jim was our torts professor,” says Schoonover.

      <p class="p1">From left: Rhylee Smith ’14, Jake Brooks ’14, Alyssa Mastic, ’14, Jordan Schoonover ’14, Bridgett Shephard ’14, Ben Saver ’14, and Professor Jim Oleske </p>

      From left: Rhylee Smith ’14, Jake Brooks ’14, Alyssa Mastic, ’14, Jordan Schoonover ’14, Bridgett Shephard ’14, Ben Saver ’14, and Professor Jim Oleske 

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