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Class of 1998

    • 09/01/2013

      Was elected partner of Labaton Sucharow in
 New York, New York. Auld, an accomplished litigator with 15 years of experience prosecuting large-scale securities and investment lawsuits, 
is a leader in the firm’s securities and client and case evaluation groups.
 He also directs the firm’s recently expanded international litigation practice group.

    • 09/01/2011

      James Blair JD ’98 is opening a pub, Creek Monkey, in Martinez, California. His goal is to eventually open a full production brewery adopting the name Excelsior for his microbeer. He is using as a model Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, who are famous for turning disused historic buildings slated for the wrecking ball into hipster paradises. The name of Blair’s establishment stems from a local urban legend of simian sightings where the famous beavers now call home.

    • 03/09/2018

      Eric Dobroth JD ’98, a 12-year veteran of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, will be its new second-in-command, helping manage the direction of the office and signing off on all its major cases. Dobroth, who joined the DA’s Office in 2005, will be its new assistant district attorney. District Attorney Dan Dow released a statement saying that Dobroth will help lead the office as it “deals with the challenges of increasing crime and a more complex criminal justice system.” In addition, Dobroth currently acts as chair of the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Enforcement Group and is a liaison to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

    • 02/10/2016

      Was named the court commissioner for Yakima Municipal Court, where she will handle misdemeanor cases for 20 hours a week. Hanlon will also continue to work for the Yakima County prosecutor’s office, where she most recently managed felony appeals.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was assigned to the Appellate Division of the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

    • 09/01/2011

      Amrit Kulkarni JD ’98 was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. He was also recently named to the inaugural list of California’s Top 25 Land Use Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Kulkarni is the head of the land use litigation practice for Meyers Nave in Oakland, California. His practice focuses on all aspects of land use and environmental law. Kulkarni has represented public entities and private clients in numerous matters and cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Tidelands Trust, the Subdivision Map Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, the Clean Water Act, and civil rights claims in the land use context. Several of these cases have resulted in published appellate decisions.

    • 10/02/2017

      Edwin Morrow JD ’98 was elected a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Morrow is a national wealth specialist at Key Private Bank, providing customized tax, trust, and estate planning solutions to high-net-worth clients. He has an extensive background in taxation, probate, and estate law, and business planning. A nonpublic arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Morrow is also a frequent speaker at CLE/CPE courses on asset protection, taxes, and financial and estate planning.

    • 08/01/2018

      Justin B. Munn JD ’98 has joined the Tulsa, Oklahoma, law firm of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP. Munn represents clients throughout Oklahoma in family law, civil litigation, guardianships, adoptions, estate planning, trust, and probate matters. He has significant experience litigating all aspects of marriage dissolutions, including child custody, visitation, child support, property and debt division, and alimony. He also represents clients in litigation involving paternity proceedings, guardianship matters, and the defense and prosecution of protective and restraining orders. Outside of the courtroom, Munn serves as a certified mediator in a wide variety of family law and domestic matters.

    • 09/01/2013

      Received the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Environmental Connection 2013 Presenter of the Year Award for his course Stormwater Enforcement and Risk Mitigation Trends. The winner is determined through the review of presenter evaluations. Neumann is shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Denver, Colorado, and counsels clients in the retail, natural gas, petroleum, construction, home building, solid and hazardous waste, and mining industries on a wide variety of litigation, environmental, natural resources, American Indian law, administrative, land use, and insurance coverage matters.

    • 04/26/2017

      Thomas B. Powers JD ’98 has been appointed circuit judge for Oregon’s Tenth Judicial District, which encompasses Union and Wallowa Counties. His term began April 1, 2017. Powers most recently managed a solo practice in Enterprise, Oregon, where he handled indigent criminal defense cases and civil matters, and represented small businesses. Previously, Powers practiced for more than a decade at Williams Love O’Leary & Powers, PC, where he represented plaintiffs in medical device negligence cases. Powers also served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section of the Oregon Department of Justice.

    • 09/01/2013

      Is a managing partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland. Resch’s practice emphasizes employment and business litigation.

    • 04/08/2016

      Was appointed Alaska’s public defender for the next four years. Steiner has practiced law at the state’s public defender agency for seven years.

    • 09/01/2011

      Michele Stone JD ’98 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Stone, an associate with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, is a trial lawyer focusing on commercial litigation.

    • 09/01/2011

      Matthew Whitman JD ’98 announced the formation of the law firm 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.

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