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    • 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

    • 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.

    • 11/19/2019

      Avalyn Taylor JD ’09 has joined Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth with considerable experience in environmental policy and law, having worked in government, nonprofits, and private practice. Most recently, she clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman. Previously, Taylor was an associate at a Portland litigation boutique, where her practice involved a variety of complex litigation and regulatory matters, including environmental law, white-collar criminal defense, and civil rights. Taylor acquired significant experience in environmental policy and federal government relations while serving as policy counsel in the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities during the years immediately following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and then handling public policy and government relations in the Gulf Coast region for the Nature Conservancy. She also has conducted federal government relations work for the Nature Conservancy in Oregon, and has worked as a field representative for a U.S. congressional representative on natural resources and environmental issues. While a student, Taylor was associate editor of the journal Animal Law. She also served as the law student representative on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees and as an extern for U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman.

    • 11/08/2019

      Erin Saylor JD ’08 has joined Columbia Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit working to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. As staff attorney, Saylor focuses on protecting the river from fracked gas, oil-by-rail, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. Previously, she worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where she focused on Clean Water Act permitting, chemical imports, and lead paint cases.

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