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Class of 1992

    • 09/01/2011

      Sibylle Baer JD ’92 announced the formation of Cartwright Whitman Baer, formerly Cartwright & Associates. The new firm will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; and protective proceedings and appeals.

    • 09/01/2013

      Moved the Cofield Law Office to 8705 S.W. Nimbus Avenue, Suite 380, in Portland. She will continue to focuses her practice on all aspects of land use law, including rural and urban development permits.

    • 02/01/2015

      Opened her own law practice, the Dumas Law Group, with associate attorney Ashley L. Vaughn. They will continue to represent victims of child sexual abuse, both adults and children, in cases against perpetrators and institutions. The new firm will also continue to represent small businesses and individuals with civil lawsuits, employment claims, real estate matters, and other business disputes, and has the flexibility to handle certain personal injury and professional malpractice claims.

    • 09/01/2011

      Gilion C. Dumas JD ’92 was elected to the board of the Cascade Policy Institute. Dumas is a partner with O’Donnell Clark & Crew and has substantial experience in commercial, real estate, and tort litigation.

    • 11/14/2018

      Linden Evans JD ’92, currently president and chief operating office of Black Hills Corp, has been appointed to succeed David Emery as chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2019. Evans was also appointed to the board of directors, effective November 1, 2018.

    • 01/07/2016

      Was named president and chief operating officer of Black Hills Corporation. Evans served as president and chief operating officer of utilities for the company since 2003. In that position, he led the company’s electric and natural gas utilities, power generation, and coal mining businesses. Evans’ new role encompasses all of the company’s business segments, including the early 2016 addition of the oil and gas exploration and production subsidiary and the utility properties of SourceGas.

    • 09/01/2011

      Sim Gill JD ’92 was the keynote speaker for the 2011 Davis County Democratic Party Convention. Gill is the district attorney for Salt Lake County, Utah.

    • 11/01/2014

      Released a book, I Inhaled: Rantings, Ramblings, and Ravings of a Hippie Lawyer, in late October 2014. It covers his own career as well as stories about civil rights litigation through the eyes of a self-proclaimed hippie lawyer.

    • 03/12/2018

      Victor Hoffer JD ’92 received both the 2017 Paramedic of the Year Award and the 2017 Excellence in Training Award from Marion County Fire District 1 (Salem, Oregon). A career paramedic as well as a practicing attorney, Hoffer also received the 2017 Paramedic of the Year Award from Mount Angel Fire District 15, where he volunteers. Hoffer’s father was a Mount Angel firefighter and EMT for 41 years and the fire chief for 15 years, and his mother was the city’s mayor. Hoffer’s legal practice, also located in Mount Angel, focuses on elder law, business law, and serving the disenfranchised and underserved in his community. He also serves on the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee, of which he was appointed chair in 2016 by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85.

    • The 63 Year Old Probie

      Victor Hoffer JD ’92 recently celebrated the publication of his book, The 63-Year-Old Probie. Hoffer is the 2017 Paramedic of the Year for Marion County Fire District #1, the 2017 Paramedic of the Year for Mount Angel Fire District #15. He also continues to practice law in Mount Angel, with a focus on elder law, business law, and serving the disenfranchised and underserved in his community.

      Posted 11/14/2018
    • 09/01/2013

      With Dan Lindahl ’84, formed Lindahl Kaempf in Portland. The firm focuses on defending civil litigation in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

    • 02/10/2016

      Was named port manager of the Port of Siuslaw. Leskin had spent 23 years as an attorney and municipal judge in Oregon before accepting this position.

    • 03/02/2016

      Filed to run for Clatsop County circuit court judge in the May election to replace Judge Philip Nelson, who will retire this year. McIntosh, who works for McIntosh and Long in Gearhart, Oregon, primarily handles domestic relations, juvenile, and criminal cases in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties.

    • 06/07/2017

      Jilma Meneses JD ’92 was named chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, effective July 1, 2017. Meneses had been serving as the chief operating officer and chief general counsel for Concordia University in Portland. Previously, she was dean of Concordia’s law school.

    • 02/01/2015

      Jilma Meneses JD ’92 joined Concordia University Portland as its chief operating officer. Meneses had served as Portland State University’s chief diversity officer since 2010.

    • 09/01/2013

      Is admitted to practice in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire; the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire; and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Needleman is an attorney with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton.

    • 05/16/2018

      Grace L. Pan JD ’92 joined the New York City office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner on the firm’s internationally recognized patent litigation team. Pan is a patent litigator and counselor representing clients from the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and China. She is experienced in enforcing and defending patents, trademarks, and trade dress before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, International Trade Commission, various U.S. district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in manufacturing, medical equipment, biotechnology, organic chemistry, electronic, semiconductor, mechanical, and related technical fields.

    • 04/09/2015

      Joined the San Francisco office of Hanson Bridgett as a partner. Pujari has practiced environmental and criminal law for more than 20 years, handling complex matters in federal and state court. She is also an expert in regulatory and administrative forums, having worked as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and represented companies in administrative enforcement and penalty actions. Prior to joining the private sector, Pujari was a senior assistant district attorney in the Special Prosecutions Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California. In both offices, she investigated and prosecuted environmental crimes and as well as white-collar crimes such as fraud, bribery, false statements, and obstruction of justice.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Northern California Super Lawyer for her work in white-collar criminal defense. Pujari is a partner at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp.

    • 09/01/2013

      Opened her own law practice, Barbara Smythe, L.L.C., in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She focuses on helping Oregonians plan for their futures and protect their loved ones, including spouses or partners, children, aging parents, friends, and valued charities.

    • 09/01/2011

      Heidi Olsen Strauch JD ’92 returned to private practice, advising small business owners and providing estate planning and general civil litigation services, after three years as a contract litigation attorney. She can be reached at

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