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Class of 2009

    • 11/04/2015

      Was appointed to a three-year term on the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission, the mission of which is to provide a leadership role in eliminating gender discrimination and bias in the state’s legal system. Amburgey-Richardson, who is celebrating her fourth year with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, works on justice issues and the confidentiality and privacy rights of sexual assault survivors. As program coordinator, she primarily focuses on the issue, of sexual violence in detention settings.

    • 09/01/2014

      Started Bishop Bankruptcy Law in Clackamas, Oregon. Bishop brings over five years of chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy experience to his practice. Having spent the past three years working with a family and bankruptcy practice in Gresham, he is aware of the issues facing east county residents.

    • 02/02/2016

      Relocated from Portland to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in December 2015. Black remains an attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy, now representing the Southwestern Power Administration based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In January 2016, she was also elected to the board of directors for Drum Corps International, a youth arts and education nonprofit based in Indianapolis.

    • 09/01/2014

      Mina Chang JD ’09 welcomed daughter Arya Euna Sen on April 6, 2014. Arya weighed 6 lbs., 8.6 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. She is Chang’s first child.

      Arya Euna SenArya Euna Sen

    • Rally to the Stars!

      Eric DeWeese JD ’18 explores whether the colonization of space can inspire more sustainable ways of life on Earth in this novel about an extended family facing the increasingly catastrophic effects of climate change.

      Posted 05/12/2018
    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star. Edenhofer is an associate at Hart Wagner. 

    • 12/29/2015

      Was appointed to serve on the ambassador board of the Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington Foundation. Elliott is with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was included by the Portland Business Journal in its 2014 “Forty Under 40.” The recognition honors young influential business leaders who have excelled in their fields and are dedicated to their community. Fagan, an associate at Ater Wynne, works on business dispute resolution ranging from intellectual property infringement to employment defense.

    • 02/01/2015

      Became chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Health Law Section. She has been involved with the Health Law Section since 2012. Franks is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

    • 09/01/2014

      Earned designation as a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional. Gebbie is member of the information privacy and security practice group at Opus Events Agency.

    • 07/07/2016

      Joined Gervurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Goss, who has spent five years practicing family law in Portland, will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification legal matters in Oregon.

    • 08/16/2017

      Greg Harvey JD ’09 and Aila Wallace JD ’10 were married July 2017.

    • 02/16/2018

      Michael G. Jacobs JD ’09 became a partner in Hart Wagner’s Portland office. Jacobs maintains a versatile practice focusing on general liability, products liability, and medical malpractice defense.

    • 12/21/2016

      Was appointed to the governing board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). Together with the board’s other four members, she will set policies and oversee general operations which guide Oregonians in understanding the risks of natural hazards and the state’s exceptional geology. An attorney with Jordan Ramis PC, Jeremiah focuses her legal practice on construction and mining law.

    • 05/27/2015

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

    • 03/12/2018

      Ian Kyle JD ’09 was named Northwest regional underwriting counsel for North American Title Insurance Company, with responsibility for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Most recently, Kyle had a thriving solo practice focused on real estate and civil litigation. Previously, he was a transactional real estate counsel and worked for nearly three years as an underwriting counsel at a commercial branch of a national title insurance company. In that capacity, he worked on high-value commercial real estate transactions, primarily in Oregon. Kyle received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

    • 10/27/2016

      Jennifer McGrew JD ’09 and Harley McGrew, welcomed son Iain Blake McGrew on June 3, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

    • 02/17/2015

      Joined Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis as an associate. Ponzini’s practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and support modifications, as well as assisting with civil litigation. Ponzini was also elected vice president of the Deschutes County Bar Association for 2014-2015.

    • 10/13/2016

      Joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Previously, Salim served as senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services and as a staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. For the past five years, Salim has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor by teaching Lewis & Clark’s two-week summer seminar on oil and gas law, and energy law and regulation at the University of Pittsburgh.

    • 08/03/2015

      Was named a 2015 Rising Star in the employment litigation: defense category by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Sherman is an associate at Hart Wagner.

    • 02/24/2015

      Was named a 2014 Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Sherman is an associate at Hart Wagner.

    • 09/01/2014

      Erin Snyder JD ’09 and Constantin Severe welcomed daughter Helena Rose Severe on April 12, 2014. Helena weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

      Helena Rose SevereHelena Rose Severe

    • 02/01/2015

      After four years in private practice, accepted a direct commission (first lieutenant) into the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Sutherland has relocated to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

    • 01/03/2018

      Claire Tonry JD ’09 has been made a partner at Smith & Lowney PLLC. Tonry had been an associate with the Seattle-based firm since 2011. Her practice focuses on environmental and consumer protection litigation and progressive political advocacy. Tonry can be reached at claire@smithandlowney.com.

    • 09/17/2015

      Philip Wuest JD ’09 joined Black Helterline as an associate. Wuest focuses his practice on real estate transaction, land use and environmental permitting, real estate litigation, and construction contracting.

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