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Class of 2003

    • 09/01/2014

      Kevin Clonts JD ’03 became a shareholder in Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth. Clonts’ practice focuses on complex litigation matters, including construction defect and insurance coverage disputes. He also represents business entities in litigation involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, and target defendants in complex products liability and construction defect matters.

    • 04/01/2015

      Zachary J. Cohen JD ’03 was elected president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. Cohen, a partner and litigator at Lesavoy Butz & Seitz, focuses primarily on business, real estate, and banking disputes. He also handles tax appeals, zoning matters, emergency injunctions, employment cases, and bankruptcy and estate litigation. Cohen has appeared at all levels of the state’s trial and appellate courts, as well as federal courts, and before various local, state, and federal agencies. He was named in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. In 2011, he was included in the Top 20 Under 40 by Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

    • 07/20/2016

      Maya Crawford JD ’03 was appointed to lead the Campaign for Equal Justice. Crawford has an extensive background in poverty law, having worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for many years. Previously, she served as the associate director of the Campaign for Equal Justice.

    • 06/03/2015

      Christy Doornink JD ’03 was elected president and managing attorney of the Pacific Northwest law firm Reinisch Wilson Weier. Doornink, who is the second woman to be the firm’s president, focuses her practice on Washington workers’ compensation defense. She volunteers her time with the St. Andrew Legal Clinic Race for Justice, Wilsonville Leadership Academy, Girls on the Run, Ronald McDonald House, and Oregon Food Bank, and mentors first-year law students.

    • 04/26/2017

      Sonya Fischer JD ’03 was appointed to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners and is serving a term that runs through December 2018. She is an attorney in Lake Oswego with Fischer Family Law and has served on several boards and committees advocating on behalf of children, women, and families.

    • 02/01/2015

      Sonya Fischer JD ’03 joined Yates, Matthews & Eaton as of counsel. Fischer works in family law, juvenile law, special education, guardianships, simple wills, and government relations.

    • 03/30/2016

      James Bronson JD ’03 was named to the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alicia Fuch. Bronson previously worked as chief deputy defender for Oregon’s Office of Public Defense Services, Appellate Division, before starting a private practice focused on criminal appeals.

    • 09/01/2014

      James Bronson JD ’03 wrote one of the briefs relied on by the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie. In the ruling that police usually must obtain search warrants before searching suspects’ cellphones, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. adopted some of the data and analogies James included in his friend-of-the-court brief. James, a Portland criminal defense attorney, wrote the brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Brennan Center for Justice.

    • 08/15/2015

      Jill Karmy JD ’03 after six years as a partner with Parham, Hall & Karmy, opened her own firm, Karmy Law Office PLLC. She will continue to practice workers’ compensation law. Karmy is also on the board of governors for the Washington State Bar Association and was named a Rising Star in the 2015 issue of Washington Super Lawyers magazine.

    • 09/01/2014

      Suzanne McVicker JD ’03 joined the estate planning department of Karnopp Petersen. While attending Lewis & Clark, McVicker clerked at the in-house council department of a large Portland real estate investment company and advised low-income taxpayers at the law school’s Legal Clinic. Prior to joining Karnopp Petersen, she spent six years with Shaftel Law Offices in Anchorage, Alaska, advising trustees and personal representatives of medium to large estates. In addition to wills, trust, estates, probate, and estate and gift tax preparation, McVicker’s practice encompasses business and charitable tax planning and implementation.

    • 04/26/2017

      Samantha Murray JD ’03 is the executive director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MAS MBC) program at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which is part of the University of California at San Diego. The program is a year-long intensive course for those interested in careers in marine conservation. Murray has directed ocean and water programs at the Ocean Conservancy, the Audubon Society, and the Oregon Environmental Council, and founded an ocean consulting business where she worked with clients on issues related to water quality and ocean acidification.

    • 04/01/2014

      Karen Ostrye JD ’03 was appointed by Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The district encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. Ostrye’s community involvement has included serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge and on various boards, including those of the Hood River County School District, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Mid-Columbia County Bar Association. Her volunteer work earned her recognition as Mentor of the Year in 2012 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

    • 09/06/2016

      Laura Plourde JD ’03 joined Blowditch & Dewey as a senior associate. Plourde, who will work out of the firm’s Boston office, focuses her practice on business and general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity securities, limited liability company operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements, commercial contracts, corporate entity selection and formation, general corporate matters, and intellectual property protection. Previously, she was an associate at the Boston firms of Pabian & Russell LLC and Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Kathleen Profitt JD ’03 celebrated the first anniversary of her law firm, Profitt Law, in Clackamas, Oregon. Profitt continues to focus on providing legal representation to homeowners and condominium associations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In particular, she assists HOA and condominium associations in general counsel, enforcement, litigation, and assessment collections. Profitt also was reelected to the board of directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Community Associations Institute for a term ending in 2016.

    • 05/04/2016

      Kimberlyn (Trotter) Silverman JD ’03 was named the 2015 DUII Prosecutor of the Year by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

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