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Class of 1982

    • 01/15/2016

      Joined the Washington, D.C., office of Drinker Biddle & Reath as counsel. Previously a Federal Trade Commission attorney, Armstrong is part of the firm’s government and regulatory affairs group.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Practice as counsel. Previously, Armstrong worked at the Federal Trade Commission in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where she led investigations, settled law enforcement actions, and worked on rulemakings and other policy matters.

    • 08/02/2016

      “I just read that Steve Kantor is retiring,” says Halsell. “I remember the huge impression he made on me, a callow 22-year-old first-year law student back in 1979, with his insightful position on the death penalty. He influenced me into becoming a lifelong death penalty opponent. And I’ll never forget Ron Lansing reciting Scottish poetry in torts class—I LOVED it. I also have fond memories of working closely with Len DuBoff—often as his running partner—never realizing that what I really wanted was to be an artist myself (which I’ve finally become). The friends I formed at Lewis & Clark have lasted me 37 years. Thanks for the memories. I’d love to hear from anyone in the L&C community.”

      Paintings by Patricia Halsell ’82Paintings by Patricia Halsell ’82

    • 09/01/2013

      Is the commercial litigation group leader at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

    • 04/08/2016

      Was appointed by Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper to the board of commissioners for Clear Creek County. Monson worked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division for more than 30 years, serving as a managing attorney, assistant chief, and senior trial attorney, and sat on the Clear Creek school board from 2009 to 2012. He will serve out the rest of the year in place of the late Tom Hayden.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kathryn Villa-Smith JD ’82 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Keith Meisenheimer. Villa-Smith previously was a shareholder at the firm of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe in Portland. She has practiced domestic relations law for more than 16 years and has prior experience as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She also serves on the board of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic and the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

  • Richard “Dick” John Whittemore 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.

    Posted 06/10/15

    • 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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