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  • Jerry Sparks JD ’74 died January 16, 2020, at age 81.

    An avid outdoorsman, Sparks was a forestry engineer with Hampton Tree Farms for more than 30 years. He loved doing anything outdoors, including just soaking up the sun in a chair.

    Sparks earned his JD while working at Hampton and kept in touch with his friends from Lewis & Clark, as well as those from Clatskanie, Oregon State University, Hampton Tree Farms, McMinnville, and Crooked River, throughout his life.

    Sparks was devoted to his extensive family and will be missed by them. He was “Uncle Jerry” not only to his nieces and nephews, but to many others as well.

    Sparks is survived by his wife, Billie; his children, Ken, Nancy, Chad, and Jane; and his grandchildren.

  • Mary Sofia (formerly Sell) JD ’10 reports, “It is my pleasure to announce that after a decade of advocating for justice (in and out of the courtroom!), I have opened my own criminal defense law firm. Sofia Law LLC is now open and accepting clients facing violations, misdemeanors, and serious felonies in state court.”

  • Daniel Walker JD ’18 has joined the employment law team at Barran Liebman. Walker represents employers on a wide variety of employment issues, from day-to-day advice through the appeal process. Prior to joining Barran Liebman, he worked as an appellate attorney for the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) and served as a special assistant attorney general to the Oregon Department of Justice.

  • Jennie Bricker JD ’97 announced the reopening of her law practice as Land Shore Water Legal Services, LLC, (landshorewater.com) on January 1, 2020. Bricker also continues as an of counsel attorney at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, P.C. She has practiced natural resources, real estate, and environmental law since 1998.

  • Chris Eck JD ’89 has joined Kerauno as chief legal officer. Eck most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Finish Line, where he led the legal and HR departments and oversaw integration.

  • Michael Galvan JD ’17 received the National Lawyers Guild’s 2019 Weinglass Fellowship. With support from the NLG’s International Committee, Galvan is relocating to New Mexico to work with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, providing post-prison release support for trans women seeking asylum and their sponsors. Galvan currently serves as cochair of the Queer Caucus of the NLG. After passing the California Bar exam in 2017, he moved to Tijuana to work and volunteer with Al Otro Lado, connecting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers to legal services and humanitarian aid.

  • Angela Franco Lucero JD ’03 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, filling the vacancy created by Judge Kenneth R. Walker’s retirement. Lucero grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and earned her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. She has represented individuals, insurance companies, and public bodies in a wide range of civil litigation matters. In addition to her legal practice, Lucero is heavily involved in her community and professional organizations, serving as president of the Oregon Women Lawyers and on the boards of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners. She has also volunteered to help with Refugee Adjustment Day, DACA Renewal Day, and other access-to-justice efforts in her community. Lucero is a recipient of the Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s highest honor.

  • Kenneth Katzaroff JD ’14 has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., as an associate in the real estate and construction and natural resources industry groups. Katzaroff represents clients in a broad variety of real ‎estate development projects, including regulatory approval, ‎subsequent appellate proceedings, land use entitlement, ‎state water rights, and surface mining permitting.‎ He is ‎experienced in managing complex real estate development ‎projects with a multitude of legal and practical issues at play.

  • Mark R. Barzda LLM ’05 has been named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Barzda became an of counsel with the firm in May of 2016 and has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for his work in family law. He is certified as a practitioner in collaborative law, a discipline that focuses on alternatives to litigated family law matters. Barzda will continue his practice handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modifications—with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolutions—for clients with legal matters in Oregon.

  • Cathy Kirkland BA ’75, MAT ’83, JD ’87 writes that she’s “enjoying travel adventures in retirement following a career as an attorney.” She adds, “My greatest blessing is my four kids and five grandchildren.”

  • Mark J. Hartwig JD ’95 has written a provocative critique of the U.S. through the lens of traditional classical liberalism, arguing that American democracy is imperiled as a result of institutionalized ignorance on the part of her constituents, and suggesting that an honest national debate is the first step toward resolving political, economic, and sociocultural problems.

    Yucca Ash Press, 2020. 320 pages.

  • Edward Murray Collins JD ’84 died unexpectedly following a cardiac event on December 12, 2019. He was 64 years old.

    The first child of Samuel and Dorothy Collins, Ed was born in Rockland, Maine, on June 12, 1955. After he earned a BA in environmental studies from George Washington University, he worked for Maine Congressional Representative David F. Emery in Rockland and Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant focusing on environmental and marine matters.

    Ed became a member of the Maine Bar in 1984 and began practicing in Rockland in 1985, when he joined his father at the firm currently known as Hanscom and Collins, PA. He was active with the nonprofits North Haven Foundation, North Haven Development Corporation, Megunticook Watershed Association, and St. George Community Sailing, and was on the boards of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Camden Public Library, the Georges River Land Trust, and the Mid-Coast Mental Health Association. Ed was also president of the Rockland Cemetery Association and a board member of the MCH Neighbor Foundation and the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts. He was president of the Knox County Bar Association and a member of the Maine Bar Association.

    Ed loved being outside and especially enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, snow skiing, and gardening. He shared this love of the outdoors with his children, family, and friends. He also loved a good debate. A great cook, Ed worked hard to create the perfect loaf of French bread.

    Ed is survived by his partner, Susan Trenholm; his children, Jane R. Collins, S. Wilson Collins, Abigail E. Goodridge, and Emma M. Collins; his sisters, Elizabeth Collins Macomber and Diane Collins Field; his aunt Barbara Lebel; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

  • Justin J. Cabrera JD ’06 has been elected a shareholder of Lane Powell. Cabrera represents clients in commercial real estate transactions, including purchase and sale transactions, commercial leases and subleases, construction and engineering, and portfolio analysis for a national retailer with over 1,600 locations. He also works closely with company leadership to implement process and strategy for their existing fleet and new developments. As former counsel for companies including KinderCare, StudentsFirst, Portland Energy Conservation, and Nike, Cabrera has vast experience handling corporate transactions, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contract review. He serves as vice chair for the MITCH Charter School board of directors.

  • Jean Marguerite Davis-Johnson JD ’78 passed away peacefully at home December 8, 2019, from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 69 years old.

    Jean was born July 16, 1950, in Spokane to Walter Z. Davis Sr. and Betty Jean Berg. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, earning a BA from Whitman College and an MA from the University of Washington before attending law school.

    Jean married Stephen Johnson, her high school sweetheart, on September 2, 1972. She left law practice to be a full-time mother to their three sons. Jean also donated her time to support local education, art, and music organizations in various capacities. She was a master gardener, birdwatcher, art and antique enthusiast, nature lover, reader, and lifelong student of American and Pacific Northwest history. She was also a member of Spokane’s St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

    Jean was predeceased by her father and mother. She is survived by her husband; her three sons, Gregory, Timothy, and Eric; her four grandchildren, Noah (9), Silas (6), Merritt (3), and Makenna (1); and her three older brothers, Walter Jr., Eric, and Paul.

  • Lillian Meyers JD ’64 died May 24, 2019, just shy of her 97th birthday.

    Lillian was born May 27, 1922, in Melba, Idaho, to Iva and James Cason. She was the fourth of eight children, sibling to Ella, Lee, Betty, Marie, Jamie, Richard, and Jean. The family moved to Burns, Oregon, when Lillian was an infant. While in high school she worked for the Burns Times Herald, the Weather Bureau, the hospital, and the courthouse. It was while working in the last of these that Lillian became inspired by the law and decided to become an attorney, despite all obstacles. This independent outlook and strength of character served her well throughout her life.

    In 1942 Lillian married Edward Meyers. They bought 45 acres on the Clackamas River, where they raised their five children. Lillian and Edward divorced in 1970.

    Friends introduced Lillian to Paul Olenik, who became her second husband in 1978. The couple spent many wonderful years traveling and enjoying life until Paul’s untimely death in 1997. After his passing, Lillian continued to travel and spend time with family and friends.

    Lillian was a proud Oregonian and never lost her connection to and love of Burns and the high desert. She returned as often as possible with her children to visit family and travel the back roads of the Steens Mountains and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

    It was only in her last seven years that dementia diminished the quality of her very full life. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, and her oldest daughter, Lynne. She is survived by her children Edward, Leslie, John, and Mona; her stepchildren Bethany, Jeff, John, David, Theresa, and Cindy; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

  • Charles Joseph Wiseman III BS ’70, JD ’73 died April 21, 2019, at the age of 76.

    Charles was born in Tillamook, Oregon, on October 30, 1942, to Charles and Lucille Wiseman. He grew up largely in nearby Garibaldi.

    From a young age, Charles was devoted to sports of all kinds. He was an all-star Little League baseball player who continued to play through high school and his time as an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark. As teens, he and his brother would hitchhike from Garibaldi to Portland to watch their beloved Portland Beavers baseball team play; later, he became an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners. A star high school football player, Charles loved fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, golf, skiing, and camping. As an adult, he followed the Seattle Seahawks and all Northwest high school and university sports. He was also a general aviation pilot.

    Charles joined the Portland Police Department in 1965 and worked in the Crime Lab until 1967. He then became a patrol officer for the department, where he served until 1970–the same year he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In 1971 Charles became an investigator for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, working in that capacity as he pursued his JD. He then served as a trial attorney for that office from 1973 until 1976, when he joined the Lane County District Attorney’s Office as a trial attorney.

    In 1977, Charles went into practice for himself as a criminal defense attorney. He would run his own law firm for 42 years. Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, he was well respected in the profession and known for his quick wit, honesty, and compassionate spirit.

    Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert. He is survived by his brother Thomas and his two nephews, Eric Wiseman and Kyle Wiseman.

  • Robert J. Miller JD ’91 was named the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguish Research Scholar at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 2013. Miller taught at Lewis & Clark Law School from 1999 to 2013. His fourth book, Creating Private Sector Economies in Native America: Sustainable Development through Entrepreneurship, came out November 2019 from Cambridge University Press. Miller’s most recent article, “Sovereign Resilience: Reviving Private-Sector Economic Institutions in Indian Country,” was published in the April 2019 Brigham Young University Law Review.

  • Keenan Ordon-Bakalian JD ’19 has joined Jordan Ramis PC as an associate attorney in the firm’s land use and development practice group. Previously, Ordon-Bakalian worked for the firm as a law clerk. Licensed to practice in the state of Oregon, he focuses his practice on land use and environmental law and has experience handling a variety of regulatory and legal compliance matters at the intersection of these fields of law. While a law student, Ordon-Bakalian clerked for the Snohomish County (Washington) Prosecutor’s Office in the Land Use and Environmental Unit and for Western Resources Legal Center, where he assisted in drafting pleadings in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit relating to federal forest practices and ranching.

  • Heather R. Self JD ’01, October 22, 2019, age 43.

  • Erin Saylor JD ’08 has joined Columbia Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit working to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. As staff attorney, Saylor focuses on protecting the river from fracked gas, oil-by-rail, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. Previously, she worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where she focused on Clean Water Act permitting, chemical imports, and lead paint cases.

  • Dylan K. Lange JD ’12 became the director of special projects and legislative initiatives for the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State.

  • Molly Marcum JD ’83 was named by Best Lawyers as 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Health Care Law in Oregon. Marcum practices health care law and medical malpractice defense, with a primary focus on representing health care practitioners before licensing boards. She consults regularly on matters relating to HIPAA and other compliance issues and is experienced in assisting hospitals, clinics, and providers in response to complaints and government investigations relating to alleged violations. Marcum currently serves on the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section Executive Committee, the Lewis & Clark Law School Alumni Board, and the advisory board for the Campaign for Equal Justice. She served on the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Marcum has been recognized by SuperLawyers and was given the AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She practices at Keating Jones Hughes, PC, a leading professional liability defense firm in Oregon and Washington. As a partner at KJH, her practice includes litigation, arbitration and mediation, and administrative proceedings before licensing boards at all stages.

  • Sarah A. Garrett JD ’15 has joined the firm of Gress, Clark, Young & Schoepper as an associate attorney in their Beaverton, Oregon, office. Her practice specializes in the defense of Worker’s Compensation claims in the state of Oregon.

  • Dennis H. Treacy JD ’83, a member of Reed Smith LLP’s Virginia government relations team and the 2010 Lewis & Clark Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate, has been elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Treacy has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He served as the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and as assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Virginia Attorney General’s office. At Smithfield Foods, he served as president of the Smithfield Foundation, where he is currently on the board, and as executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for the company. In these roles, he directed many areas, including government affairs, corporate communications, environmental programs, sustainability initiatives, charitable giving, and the legal department. Treacy serves or has served on dozens of state and national boards and commissions. He is a past board chair of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chairs VIRGINIAforever, an environmental organization with members from businesses and natural resource and environmental groups. He also is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. “I am honored to be elected as a Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers,” said Treacy. “It is a privilege to join this distinguished group of environmental attorneys.”

  • Ashley L. Vaughn JD ’11 is now a partner at Dumas & Vaughn, Attorneys at Law, formerly Dumas Law Group, LLC. Vaughn practices with Gilion C. Dumas JD ’92, advocating for survivors of sexual abuse and harassment in civil cases across the country.

  • Jeremiah Rigsby JD ’14 was selected as chief of staff for CareOregon. Previously, Rigsby was CareOregon’s director of public policy and regulatory affairs, working extensively with health care policymakers in Salem and Washington, D.C. He has also served as the senior legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (2009–2011) and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (2006–2009).

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