Class Notes: 1980s

Includes news received from January 9 through July 1, 2014.

Includes news received from January 9 through July 1, 2014.

Deborah Sather ’80 retired from her position at Sather, Byerly & Holloway. She was chair of the worker’s compensation section, received the Douglas W. Daughtry Award of Merit, and volunteered for countless CLE programs. She plans to study yoga and learn how to fly-fish in central Oregon.

Melnick MelnickThe Honorable Rich Melnick ’81 was sworn in to the Washington State Court of Appeals Division 2 on March 26, 2014. Melnick had been a superior court judge in Vancouver, Washington, since February 2010. He began his career at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. While a prosecutor, he headed the county’s first appellate bureau. In 2004, he became a district court judge and continued in that role until he joined the superior court bench. He also served on the municipal court bench in Camas and Washougal and has taught at Clark College.

McKelvey McKelveyConnie Elkins McKelvey ’83 joined Lindsay Hart as a partner. McKelvey’s practice focuses on professional liability, health law, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, representation before professional licensing boards, and HIPAA policy and security. Her work has earned her recognition in Oregon Super Lawyers and U.S. News Best Lawyers. She can be reached at

Miller MillerMax M. Miller Jr. ’83 was appointed to serve on the Oregon State Bar’s Sustainable Future Section Executive Committee. The section supports sustainability within the Oregon legal profession by running educational programs, examining the integration of law and sustainability, and encouraging discussion about the needs and interests of future generations.

Emerick EmerickSteven P. Emerick ’84 joined the national law firm of Quarles & Brady. Emerick’s practice focuses on corporate finance; securities; and business transactions for companies in a broad range of industries, including semiconductor technology, biotechnology, medical devices, information technology, airlines, manufacturing, and financial services.

Root RootKathryn Smith Root ’84 was named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. She became of counsel with the firm in 2012. Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) also announced that Root will receive the 2014 Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, in honor of steadfast dedication and long-term volunteer service promoting women in the legal profession. Root focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation. She is a leading authority on interstate and international custody in the United States, having handled more than 100 contested interstate custody cases. Root also litigated the first petition filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under the Hague Convention in 1997.

Juday JudayLarry Juday ’87 was recognized as the 2013 Foster Volunteer of the Year by the Humane Society of Southwest Washington. Juday and his wife, Susan, provided intensive in-home care and treatment for more than 30 severely ill cats and kittens last year. Before retiring in 2005, he practiced law in Vancouver, Washington, where he chaired the Southwest Washington Lawyer Referral Service; served as a bar association trustee; was a member of the Superior Court Bench-Bar, Law Library, and Public Relations Committees; and provided pro bono services through the Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program. Juday also chaired the 16-member Washington State Bar Association Character and Fitness Board.