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					Published Quarterly by Oregon Women Lawyers                                                            Volume 20, No. 4            Fall 2009


                               OWLS Celebrates 20th Anniversary
                                                                            By Gloria Trainor



                               O
                                       regon Women Lawyers celebrated our           how far women have come since Roe, but she was
                                       20th anniversary on September 25 with        frank about how much ground we’ve yet to cover.
                                       our Fall CLE, recep-                                               In the face of tough eco-
                               tion, and awards presen-                                                   nomic times and an uncer-
Co-Presidents                  tation at the Waterfront                                                   tain future, Dr. Weddington
Gwyneth McAlpine               Marriott in Portland.                                                      encouraged the audience
Heather Van Meter
                                  The festive event, par-                                                 to pursue professional goals
Vice President,                ticularly the CLE, entitled                                                with focused determina-
President-Elect
Concetta Schwesinger           “Breaking Barriers: How                                                    tion while at the same time
Secretary
                               Far We’ve Come, How Far                                                    staying flexible by keeping
Heather L. Weigler             We Have to Go,” could not                                                  in mind a simple question:
Treasurer
                               have been more inspir-                                                     “What can I do this minute
                               ing. Former Justice Betty                                                  that is more important than




                                                                                                        Photo by Kenny Macdonald
Megan Livermore

Historian
                               Roberts, the first woman                                                   anything else?”
Kathleen J. Hansa Rastetter    to serve on the Oregon                                                        D r. We d d i n g t o n a l s o
Board Members                  Supreme Court, opened                                                      stressed the importance of
Hon. Frances Roberts Burge     the afternoon CLE with the                                                 women continuing to claim
Dana Forman                    much-anticipated introduc-                                                 positions of leadership in the
Cynthia Fraser
Shari Gregory                  tion of a friend whom she                                                  law. The future of women’s
Maiya Hall                     met years ago while cam-                                                   rights, including the right to
Heather Hepburn                paigning for Jimmy Carter,                                                 privacy, depends on the will-
Cashauna Hill                                                      Dr. Sarah Weddington at the
Kendra Matthews                Dr. Sarah Weddington. At           OWLS Fall CLE on Sept. 25, 2009         ingness and ability of women
Linda Meng                     merely 26 years of age, Dr.                                                to leave their thumbprints
Hon. Julia Philbrook
Hon. Katherine Tennyson
                               Weddington argued and won the landmark U.S.          on history, she said. Through use of what Dr.
Shannon Terry                  Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, but her long list    Weddington called the “critical eye,” women
Kate Weatherly                 of groundbreaking accomplishments had hardly         can learn by keen observation of those around
Jane Yates
Hon. Youlee You
                               begun with that victory.                             them what to do—and what not to do—to work
                                  While awaiting the Court’s decision in Roe, Dr.   most productively toward success and power. To
Past Presidents
Laura Caldera Taylor           Weddington became the first woman elected to         secure their rightful place at the decision-making
Kellie Johnson                 represent Austin in the Texas House of Repre-        table, women must use this knowledge to open
Norma S. Freitas               sentatives in 1972. After her tenure in the Texas    the doors of opportunity for themselves and for
Kate A. Wilkinson
Jennifer K. De Wald            House, Dr. Weddington was the first woman to         each other through strong resolve and generous
Sarah J. Crooks                serve as general counsel for the United States       mentorship. In this spirit, Dr. Weddington closed
Elizabeth Schwartz
Lori E. Deveny
                               Department of Agriculture. She subsequently          by saying modestly, “The things I’ve done are
Debra Pilcher Velure           served as special White House advisor to President   just the beginning. I am here on the sidelines to
Marilyn E. Litzenberger        Jimmy Carter, advising the president on women’s      cheer you on.” A thunder of applause followed
Teresa M. Kraemer
Patricia L. Heatherman
                               issues and judicial appointees. As Justice Roberts   her powerful and inspiring words.
Julie Levie Caron              noted, it’s no mystery why President Carter is          A panel discussion, which was moderated by
Phylis Chadwell Myles          known for appointing some 40 women to the            OWLS’ first president, Katherine H. O’Neil, fol-
Helle Rode
Diana Craine                   federal judiciary during his term in office.         lowed Dr. Weddington’s keynote speech. Four
Kathryn M. Ricciardelli           Dr. Weddington told riveting anecdotes about      accomplished women lawyers explored the theme
Agnes Sowle                    her famous Supreme Court battle, campaigning         of overcoming barriers for women in the law by
Katherine H. O’Neil
                               for her seat in the Texas legislature, serving in    describing some of their experiences and talking
Executive Director             the White House, and mentoring countless law         with the audience about how to work toward
Linda Tomassi, 503.595.7831
linda@oregonwomenlawyers.org   students and lawyers. Perhaps most important,        equality for women in the future. Janis L. Harwell,
                               however, was her sage advice for the sold-out        senior vice president and general counsel for
AdvanceSheet Editor
Elise Gautier, 503.292.2893    crowd. “Subject to change without notice” were       Intermec, Inc., reminded the audience that even
elise.gautier@comcast.net      the words Dr. Weddington used to describe the        if supervising attorneys and other professional
www.oregonwomenlawyers.org     times in which we’re living. She acknowledged                                           Continued on page 4

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                  Co-Presidents’ Message                                                     The OWLS AdvanceSheet also                                                               Sarah Crooks Takes Helm of NCWBA
                            W                                                                                                                                                         O
                                  e are thrilled with the suc-                               celebrates its 20th anniversary                                                                   n August 1, when the National Conference of
                                                                                             this year. Our first issue was pub-                                                               Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) board met
                                  cess of the Oregon Women
                                                                                             lished in the fall of 1989. This year                                                             in Chicago, Sarah Crooks, former OWLS president
                            Lawyers 20th anniversary events.
                                                                                             the AdvanceSheet won an APEX                                                             (2003–2004), began her yearlong term as the organization’s
                            Sarah Weddington had amazing                                     Award for Publication                                                                    26th president. Sarah, a partner in Perkins Coie’s litigation
                            stories, and our panel speakers                                  Excellence.                                                                              group, is the third former Oregon Women Lawyers presi-
                            were thoughtful and brilliant.                                      OWLS thanks                                                                           dent to become NCWBA president, following Katherine
                            Our reception honoring Katherine                                 everyone who                                                                             O’Neil (1993–1994) and Lori Deveny (2003–2004). Other
                                                                                                                                         At the OWLS networking event in
                            O’Neil with a Volunteer Service                                  contributed to                              Eugene on Sept. 16 (from left): law          OWLS members who have served on the NCWBA board
                            Award and honoring the legal de-                                 our newslet-                                student Erin Gould, Jet Harris, and Cass     include Diana Craine and Suzanne Lacampagne.
                            partment of Knowledge Learning                                   ter in its first                            SkinnerLopata, both of SkinnerLopata            Founded in 1981, the NCWBA is an “association of
                                                                                             20 years.                                   Harris in Eugene, the event sponsor.         associations”—a framework for women’s bar associations                      Sarah Crooks
   Gwyneth McAlpine         Corporation with our Workplace      Heather Van Meter
                                                                                                                                                                                      and their leaders to learn from each other. Members are
                            Leader Award completed an
inspiring afternoon and evening. The following day, the Oregon Women Lawyers                                                             Roberts, Deiz Award                          local, statewide, and national women’s bar associations. The NCWBA, an affiliate of
                                                                                                                                                                                      the American Bar Association (ABA), often collaborates with the ABA’s Commission on
board attended a luncheon, hosted by Perkins Coie, with the National Conference                  It’s Membership                          Nominations Due                             Women in the Profession, and with another ABA affiliate, the National Association of
of Women’s Bar Associations board, with former OWLS President Sarah Crooks
as NCWBA president and former OWLS Executive Director Diane Rynerson as the
                                                                                              Renewal Season at                                Nov. 18
                                                                                                                                                                                      Women Lawyers. Although the NCWBA’s activities have taken place from Honolulu to
                                                                                                                                                                                      London as well as in cyberspace, since 1997, the NCWBA’s mailing address has been in
                                                                                          Oregon Women Lawyers
                                                                                                                                         O
NCWBA’s new executive director. It was a wonderful opportunity to share with our                                                              WLS invites nominations for the 18th    Portland. Diane Rynerson served as the organization’s executive director from 1997
counterparts from across the country.                                                                                                                                                 until 2002, when Pam Nicholson assumed that role. Pam has now returned to law
                                                                                          A    ll OWLS members should have re-                annual Justice Betty Roberts and
   We spent nearly a year planning the 20th anniversary events. It’s rather like throw-                                                  Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards. The awards       practice, and Diane has once again stepped in as executive director.
                                                                                               ceived your membership renewal
ing a big party, when one does not know for months whether people will actually                                                          recognize and celebrate the accomplish-         Each year, those interested in sharing best practices for women’s bar associations are
                                                                                          forms by U.S. mail. You can also down-
                                                                                                                                         ments of individuals in promoting women      encouraged to attend the NCWBA Women’s Bar Summit. Board members and execu-
attend, although you desperately hope they will, given all the hard work that went        load a membership form at www.or-
                                                                                                                                         and minorities in the legal profession and   tive directors of women’s bar associations are especially encouraged to attend. This
into it and the time so many people committed to it. We are especially apprecia-          egonwomenlawyers.org/membership,
                                                                                                                                         community in Oregon. The recipients          year’s summit was held on July 31 in Chicago, and next year’s will be in San Francisco
tive of Hon. Darleen Ortega from the Oregon Court of Appeals; Janis Harwell from          or contact Shawn Alford at shawn@
                                                                                                                                         will be honored at the annual awards         on August 6. The NCWBA also sponsors a “women’s bar leader listserve.” Anyone
Intermec, Inc., in Everett; Holly Fujie from Buchalter Nemer in Los Angeles; and Kris     oregonwomenlawyers.org for another
                                                                                                                                         dinner on Friday, March 12, 2010, at the     interested in activities of women’s bar associations is invited to join. Although much
Olson (former U.S. attorney) of Portland for serving on our discussion panel, and         copy. Please return your renewal no
                                                                                                                                         Governor Hotel in Portland.                  less active than the OWLS listserve, it is a good way to stay connected with women
                                                                                          later than November 13 to be included
Katherine O’Neil for moderating it. We are also enormously thankful to Sarah Wed-                                                           The Justice Betty Roberts Award rec-      lawyers in every region of the country. For more information about the summit, the
                                                                                          in the 2010 print directory and to ensure
dington for her attendance.                                                                                                              ognizes an individual who has made an        listserve, or any NCWBA activities, contact Diane Rynerson at diane@ncwba.org.
                                                                                          uninterrupted listserve access.
   We should note that the board deliberated at great length about paying an hono-           OWLS treasures our members, and we          outstanding contribution to promoting
rarium to engage a keynote speaker of national recognition. When we first began           hope you will renew as early as possible.      women in the legal profession and in
planning this event, we discussed what “big name” people we could get to speak            We depend on your support to continue          the community. The recipient is a person              Court Reporting
as a favor to us. We ultimately agreed that if women were going to be recognized          our work to transform the practice of law      who has influenced women to pursue
as equal to men on the paid speakers’ circuit, it was important for Oregon Women          and ensure justice and equality by advanc-     legal careers, opened doors for women                Trial Presentation
Lawyers to pay a well-known speaker what she is worth. Although women generally           ing women and minorities in the legal          attorneys, or advanced opportunities for
are generous with helping other women, there are times when we help ourselves             profession. On behalf of the board and         women within the profession.                         Legal Videography
                                                                                          staff of Oregon Women Lawyers, thank              The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award rec-
best by recognizing and fairly compensating women for their valuable experience,
                                                                                          you in advance for your renewal!               ognizes an individual who has made an                Interpreter Services
even if we could ask for and receive favors or reduced rates.                                                                            outstanding contribution to promoting
   We note with pride that Ms. Weddington spoke at and attended several other                                                            minorities in the legal profession and in            Videoconferencing
events while in the area, including an event in Bend, and Holly Fujie spoke at an                                                        the community. The recipient is a person
Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association event while here. The ripple effects                  Nancie Potter                        who has influenced minorities to pursue
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                                                                                            OSB’s Litigation Section has selected           Nominations must be received by
   Of course, now that the 20th anniversary events are completed, we are already
                                                                                            OWLS member Nancie Potter to                 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2009.                                              For nearly three decades, law firms
turning our attention to our annual Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner on March 12, 2010,
                                                                                            receive the Owen Panner Profes-              Nominations must include the following:                                           have been relying on Naegeli Reporting
at the Governor Hotel in Portland. The dinner committee is hard at work, and you
all should be working on your nominations for our famous Justice Betty Roberts and
                                                                                            sionalism Award. The award will be           (1) the appropriate nomination form,                                              to provide the tools of control and influence.
                                                                                            presented to Nancie at the section’s         available on the OWLS website, www.
Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards.                                                                 annual Litigation Institute and Re-          oregonwomenlawyers.org, (2) at least                                              Deposition scheduling available 24-hours a day.
                                                                                            treat dinner, to be held at Skamania         three letters of recommendation, and
                                                                                            Lodge on March 5, 2010. Congratu-            (3) detailed information about the nomi-
                                                                                            lations, Nancie!                             nee explaining how that person fulfills
                      Gwyneth McAlpine     Heather Van Meter                                                                             the award’s criteria.                                        Serving all of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and the Nation
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OWLS Celebrates 20th Anniversary                                                                                continued from page 1                                    Knowledge Learning Corporation’s Legal Department
acquaintances want to do the right
thing when women face gender-based                                                                                                                                             Wins OWLS Workplace Leader Award
                                                                                                                                                                         O
adversity in the workplace, cultural differ-
                                                                                                                                                                                 n September 25, in conjunction           The employees who work part-time




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Kenny Macdonald
ences may impede their ability to support
women in reaching their true potential.                                                                                                                                          with our 20th anniversary celebra-    say they feel they are compensated fairly
Ms. Harwell reminded women lawyers                                                                                                                                               tion and annual Fall CLE, OWLS        (which is not always the case with part-
to be creative enough to embolden their                                                                                                                                  presented the fourth annual Workplace         time lawyers), and management staff (the
colleagues to stand behind them in soli-                                                                                                                                 Leader Award to the legal department of       majority of whom are women) view part-
darity and support of their equality and                                                                                                                                 Knowledge Learning Corporation (KLC).         time and flexible arrangements simply
advancement.                                    pany of other women. She encouraged                                                                                      KLC’s legal department stood out among        as a practical way to retain good people
   Holly Fujie, another panelist, is the 84th   young women lawyers to lose the fear                                                                                     a strong group of nominees because of         and make the most out of the staff they
president of the California State Bar and       that success is fleeting and instead work                                                                                its demonstrated commitment to proac-         are lucky enough to have.
                                                                                                                                                                         tively facilitating part-time and flexible       The department takes a similar ap-         KLC attorneys (from left) Jessica Harrah,
only the third woman elected to that posi-      toward making positive, lasting change                                                                                                                                                                               Elizabeth Large, and Sharon Reese
tion. While speaking about the challenges       together.                                                                                                                schedules and supporting staff members’       proach to the educational goals of its
faced by women in private practice, she            Judge Darleen Ortega, the first woman                                                                                 educational and career goals.                 employees. The company offers financial       contribute in a positive way increases
encouraged young attorneys to work              of color to serve on the Oregon Court of                                                                                    The KLC legal department has es-           assistance for education costs, which         when their individual circumstances are
                                                                                                                                                                         tablished a history of approaching its        several employees have used to attain         taken into account.
hard and make themselves indispensable
to their employers, so they can negotiate
                                                Appeals, brought the discussion full circle
                                                with the big-picture perspective. The                                                                                                           “
                                                                                                                                                                         relationships with staff with a working       positions as paralegals. In some instances,      The OWLS Transformation Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     selects the recipient of the Workplace
from positions of power. Ms. Fujie, like        reality is that the state of diversity is not                                                                            assumption that such adjustments are          management has actively encouraged
Dr. Weddington, encouraged women                yet where our groundbreaking mothers                                                                                     possible and even desirable. A significant    employees to pursue further education—        Leader Award each year, subject to ap-
to evaluate their professional goals and        had hoped it might be in 2009, she noted.                                                                                number of the department’s 28 employ-         including encouraging one of its parale-      proval by the OWLS board. The commit-
pursue them fully, while at the same time       Judge Ortega called on the audience to                                                                                   ees—both lawyers and nonlawyers—work          gals to go to law school. That employee       tee members follow a rigorous vetting
remaining flexible, a skill Dr. Weddington      consider the valuable perspectives that               At the Sept. 25                                                    a part-time or flexible schedule, and in      still works part-time with the company        process, and the nominees are subject to
                                                                                                   event (from top):                                                     fact two of its lawyers are sharing a posi-   while she is attending school, and the        several interviews of attorneys and other




                                                                                                                                             Photos by Kenny Macdonald
called “course correction.”                     women and minorities bring to the tables
                                                                                                 Janis L. Harwell (2d                                                    tion. Such arrangements are set up in a       department has accommodated her oc-           staff. OWLS congratulates KLC’s legal de-
   Panelist Kristine Olson, who served as       of influence, perspectives that are too
                                                                                                     from right) and                                                     thoughtful, collaborative manner that         casional need for scheduling adjustments      partment on its receipt of the Workplace
a federal prosecutor from 1974 to 1984          often still missing from the equation.              OWLS members
and later as the first female U.S. attor-       She encouraged women lawyers to be                                                                                       aims to address both the needs of KLC         and has also altered her work assignments     Leader Award. The previous recipients
                                                                                                  and friends; OWLS
ney, agreed with that sentiment and             strong and to put their most confident                                                                                   and the needs of each employee, so that       so that she can gain exposure to various      are Gartland, Nelson, McCleery, Wade &
                                                                                                board member Dana
suggested that women seek strength,             faces forward, mentoring each other and                 Forman (left)                                                    the work gets done efficiently and well       aspects of the department’s legal work.       Walloch (2008); Farleigh Wada Witt, and
knowledge, and inspiration in the com-          striving together to reach true equality           and Co-President                                                      and the employee is able to be happy             KLC is committed to treating its em-       Bodyfelt Mount (2007); and Markowitz,
                                                                                                Gwyn McAlpine; and                                                       and productive.                               ployees as individuals whose ability to       Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf (2006).
                                                                                                 Katherine H. O’Neil
                                                                                                                                                                         Auction Items Needed
                                                                                                for women in the law. As Ms. Harwell                                                                                      “A client asked if
                                                                                                had said earlier in the afternoon, “Dial
                                                                                                yourself into the game and be prepared                                   Y    ou are cordially invited to attend,
                                                                                                                                                                              and make a donation to, the annual
                                                                                                                                                                         Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation Auc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would take a
                                                                                                to stay in for the long haul.”                                                                                            deposition at the
                                                                                                   After the CLE, OWLS members and                                       tion, which will take place on March 12,
                                                                                                friends celebrated OWLS’ 20th anniver-                                   2010, immediately preceding the OWLS             McNeil Island
                                                                                                sary at a reception featuring delicious                                  Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner.                      penitentiary. It
                                                                                                hors d’oeuvres and an anniversary cake.                                     Auction proceeds are used to support
                                                                                                                                                                         woman and minorities in accessing and            would entail an
                                                                                                At the reception, Judge Darleen Ortega,
                                                                                                on behalf of OWLS, presented the fourth                                  participating in the justice system by           eerie 20-minute
                                                                                                                                                                         providing scholarships, grants, and loan
                                                                                                annual Workplace Leader Award to the                                                                                      boat ride through
                                                                                                legal department of Knowledge Learning                                   forgiveness to law students, lawyers, and
                                                                                                                                                                         organizations embracing that mission.            the fog, walking              We offer the same services as the other top
                                                                                                Corporation. [Please see the next page.]                                                                                                                Portland reporting firms. We deliver the same
                                                                                                   OWLS was also pleased to present                                         To make a donation, please contact            the gauntlet past
                                                                                                                                                                         Jill Brittle, at jill@brittle-law.com or                                       high quality product. The difference is our
                                                                                                a new award, the Katherine H. O’Neil                                                                                      a line of inmates,
                                                                                                Volunteer Service Award, to be awarded                                   503.445.1575, or Kat Rosenbaum, at kkr@                                        personal commitment to superior service.
                                                                                                to an OWLS member who epitomizes                                         nwnatural.com or 503.201.7732.                   and spending the
                                                                                                steadfast dedication and long-term                                                                                        day next to a guy             It wasn’t the most comfortable situation for any
                                                                                                volunteer service to associations that                                                                                                                  of us, but our client was impressed, of course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          who had murdered
                                                                                                promote women in the legal profession.
                                                                                                The award was bestowed this year on its                                                                                   his wife with a               If you want service, call Teach. 503.248.1003
                                                                                                namesake, Katherine H. O’Neil. As Trudy                                                                                   baseball bat. To              It’s all about service.
                                                                                                Allen, the presenter, said, Katherine has
                                                                                                generously given her time, energy, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          me the answer
                                                                                                talents to OWLS for the past 20 years.                                                                                    was easy.
                                                                                                Thank you, Katherine.                                                    OWLS Foundation board members (from
                                                                                                Gloria Trainor, an attorney at Johnson,
                                                                                                                                                                         left) Terri Kraemer, Aruna Masih, and Jill       “Of course.”                     1500 SW First Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
                                                                                                                                                                         Brittle at the MBA Golf Tournament at
                                                                                                Clifton, Larson & Schaller in Eugene,                                    Edgefield in Troutdale on August 6. The               —Catherine Teach                 503.248.1003 or 800.230.3302
                                                                                                practices complex civil litigation.                                      Foundation co-sponsored the event.

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Meet Chief Judge Ann Aiken, U.S. District Court                                                                                             MLLS Hosts CLE on Diversity, Justice Sotomayor
                                                          By Denise Case                                                                                                                                 By Sarah Peterson



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       nn Aiken, chief judge of the United      Following law school, Judge Aiken           no “typical”                                            he Mary Leonard Law Society               described the role that identity politics     to influence by a judge’s life experience.
       States District Court for the Dis-    served as a law clerk to Lane County           aspect to Ai-                                           chapter of OWLS (MLLS) hosted a           has come to play in that process.             Because no person is immune to that
       trict of Oregon, graduated from       Circuit Court Judge Edwin Allen. Between       ken’s days as                                           lunchtime CLE panel discussion at            The remainder of the event, attended       influence, one panelist remarked, judg-
the University of Oregon in 1974 with        1980 and 1988, career opportunities al-        a judge. Each                                   the State of Oregon Law Library in Salem          by more than 60 people, was devoted to        ing with integrity means acknowledging
a bachelor’s degree in political science.    lowed her to work on numerous political        day is differ-                                  on August 20 titled “Diversifying the             a lively panel discussion that centered on    biases and being aware of the effect that
Beginning in 1973, she worked several        campaigns; serve as the chief clerk of the     ent, which is                                   Judiciary: Perspectives on Justice Sonia          four questions:                               personal experience has on the decision-
sessions in the Oregon legislature as an     Oregon House of Representatives; and           one of the                                      Sotomayor and Her Appointment to the                 What should we make of the response        making process, for good or for ill.
administrative assistant. There she met      work as an associate with Sahlstrom and        reasons that                                    U.S. Supreme Court.” The panel com-               to then-Judge Sotomayor’s remark about           Is empathy part of judging? “Empathy”
and began a treasured 35-year relation-      Dugdale, PC, and with Thorp, Dennett,          Aiken loves                                     prised Oregon Court of Appeals Judges             the quality of judicial decision-making by    means many different things, and the
ship with then-Senator Betty Roberts—        Purdy, Golden and Jewett, PC.                  her job. Of                                     Rick Haselton and Darleen Ortega, at-             a “wise Latina woman”? The panelists          panelists seemed to agree that empathy
the first woman lawyer she knew and,            In 1988, Aiken was appointed a judge        course, be-                                     torney Beth Allen, and Willamette law             agreed that the response to that remark       is a positive quality for a judge to pos-
ultimately, Aiken’s mentor. Judge Aiken      on the Lane County District Court, where       ing a judge         Chief Judge Ann Aiken       professor Jeffrey Dobbins. Heather Van            illustrates the tension between valuing       sess. For example, an empathetic judge
worked as a staffer on Justice Roberts’s     she remained until 1992. She was then          is more than                                    Meter, co-president of OWLS, moderated            diversity and the neutrality of judging,      appreciates that a judicial decision has
gubernatorial campaign and her cam-          appointed a judge with the Lane County         a job to Aiken; it is a privilege. With that    the panel discussion.                             and that the core of the debate was the       ripple effects. An empathetic judge also
paign for U.S. Senate. Aiken attributes      Circuit Court, the same court where she        in mind, Judge Aiken considers herself             Opening the event was Judge Hasel-             extent to which a judge might be influ-       attempts to stand in another’s shoes and
her decision to attend law school to both    had served as a law clerk 13 years earlier.    fortunate to be able to engage in creative      ton, a law school colleague of Justice            enced by personal life experience in a way    understand that person’s perspective.
Betty Roberts and Aiken’s husband, James     She sat on the Lane County Circuit Court       problem-solving, to help parties find the       Sotomayor. The two met in their first             that we deem to be improper. That Justice        Is Justice Sotomayor’s appointment
Klonoski. Aiken pays tribute to Justice      bench until President Bill Clinton nomi-       most cost-effective means of handling           year, when they were assigned to the              Sotomayor’s particular life experience was    a historic one? Unfortunately, it is, the
Roberts for acting as a shining example      nated her to the United States District        disputes, and to otherwise help make the        same small writing group and learned              treated as suspect, one panelist observed,    panelists agreed. Each panelist expressed
of what women could accomplish.              Court for the District of Oregon. She was      legal system operate efficiently. Judge         that they shared a love of baseball and           demonstrates that the privileged white        hope that one day such an appointment
  In 1976, Judge Aiken received a mas-       confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January        Aiken specifically thanks Justice Betty         Perry Mason. Judge Haselton said that the         male perspective remains the accepted         will be utterly unremarkable because the
ter’s degree from the Eagleton Institute     1998. On February 1, 2009, she became          Roberts for her “treasured mentorship”          nominee testifying during the confirma-           norm of “objectivity” in the law and          Court will already reflect the diversity of
of Politics at Rutgers University and then   the first female chief judge of the District   over the past years and credits Justice         tion hearings was the same thoughtful,            that a different perspective must still be    the U.S. population.
returned to Oregon to attend the Uni-        of Oregon.                                     Roberts for many of the professional            principled, and—yes—empathetic person             defended and legitimized.                        MLLS thanks the panelists and mod-
versity of Oregon School of Law, where          Outside of work, Aiken is active in a       advancements that women have made               he remembered from law school.                       Is judicial decision-making ever free of   erator for their thought-provoking com-
she was a member of the class of 1979,       variety of civic causes, particularly those    in law today. Judge Aiken “hopes to live           Professor Dobbins then gave an over-           the influence of the judge’s background?      ments and insights.
the first class to be at least one-third     relating to the prevention of child abuse      up to her example.”                             view of the confirmation process for              In some areas, the law is malleable and re-   Sarah Peterson clerks for Judge Jack L.
female.                                      and neglect. She has been an active mem-          Aiken was married to University of Or-       U.S. Supreme Court nominees. He also              quires a judgment call that is susceptible    Landau at the Oregon Court of Appeals.
                                             ber of the Oregon task force on Child          egon political science professor emeritus
                                             Fatalities and Critical Injuries and a board   James Klonoski for 30 years before his          OWLS Members
                                             member of the National Children’s Alli-        sudden passing in January of this year.
        SUSAN M. HAMMER
            Mediation Services               ance, and she has served nearly 20 years       Together, the couple raised five sons, the      Pursue Triathlon
                                             on the Relief Nursery board, including         youngest of whom is a high school senior.                    By Andria Joseph
                                             two terms as president. Her service on         There is no doubt that the law runs in her                                                                     This way to the future.
                                             the Relief Nursery board and broader
                                             dedication and commitment to her com-
                                                                                            family, as Judge Aiken’s daughter-in-law,
                                                                                            Katie, is an attorney, and Judge Aiken’s        W     hen I crossed the finish line of
                                                                                                                                                  my first competitive triathlon last
                                                                                                                                            spring, it was a euphoric moment. Not
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Announcing a new law firm 20+ years
                                                                                                                                                                                                           in the making. Foster Pepper LLP has
                                             munity continue today.                         sister serves as a municipal judge in                                                                          changed its name to Roberts Kaplan LLP.
                                                Aiken did not expressly pursue a ju-        Marion County. Moreover, one of her sons        only had I accomplished something that                         Same practice. Same people. Same
                                             dicial career; rather, she found herself       started law school this fall, while another     just a few months earlier I would have                         commitment to helping our clients
                                             recruited to the bench after years of          son intends to apply to law school upon         thought next to impossible, but I had                          achieve their business goals.
                                                                                            completing his military service.                actually enjoyed the experience, survived
                                             participation with community organiza-                                                                                                                        Our women lawyers:
                                                                                               Visitors entering Judge Aiken’s cham-        to tell the tale, and even had enough
                                             tions, boards, and a myriad of children’s                                                                                                                     Jacqueline Bishop  Nancie Potter
                                                                                                                                            steam to haul my bike out to my car when
                                             causes. While she notes that becoming          bers are greeted with a sign that reads,                                                                       Faith Graham       Rebecca Thiebes
                                                                                                                                            it was all over.
                                             a judge depends on the doors that each         “Live a good life and in the end it’s not                                                                      Janet Larsen
                                                                                                                                               Not long ago, when I thought of the
                                             woman opens for herself, she advises all       the years in the life, it’s the life in the
                                                                                                                                            sport of triathlon, my mind went to im-
                                             female attorneys, including those aspiring     years.” Already, through her continued
                                                                                                                                            ages of Kona and Ironman triathletes
                                             to become members of the judiciary, to         dedication to her family, friends, and
                        Tel : 503-222-5949                                                                                                  pushing their bodies to the brink under
                                             become the best attorneys that they can        the betterment of the legal profession,
           susan @susan-hammer.com                                                                                                          brutal conditions. Impressive? Yes. My
                                             be, to know their communities, and to be       Judge Ann Aiken has led a good life.
            w w w.susan-hammer.com                                                                                                          idea of a good time? Definitely not. Later,
                                             active participants therein. In particular,    OWLS congratulates Judge Aiken on
                                                                                                                                            though, I began to hear about triath-
                                             she reminds women of the importance            becoming the first female chief judge for
                 Distinguished Fellow,                                                                                                      lons that seemed achievable by “mere
                                             of “giving back” to their communities. To      the U.S. District Court for the District of
   International Academy of Mediators                                                                                                       mortals.” I also saw ads for women-only
                                             all of us, she offers simple advice about      Oregon and wishes her the best in her
                                                                                                                                            triathlons, for shorter, untimed, “tri-it”
           Recognized in The Best Lawyers    maintaining a work/life balance: “You          future endeavors.
                                                                                                                                            distances, and the idea of doing a tri-
             in America® 2005—2009 for       can have it all in life; you just don’t have   Denise Case, an associate in Ball Janik’s       athlon began to intrigue me. But how
                    Dispute Resolution       to have it all at once.”                       Portland office, focuses on transactional       to get started?
                                                She typically begins her days by getting    real estate and business law.                                                                            601 sw 2nd avenue, suite 1800    portland, oregon 97204    503.221.0607
                  21 years’ experience       her youngest son off to school and read-                                                          [To read the rest of this inspiring article,                        toll-free: 800.243.0472    robertskaplan.com
                                             ing the newspapers. After that, there is                           b                           visit www.oregonwomenlawyers.org.]

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                                                                                             Oregon Women Lawyers Annual Report
From the Executive Director’s Desk
                                                                                                                  October 2008–September 2009
O
        regon Women Lawyers enjoyed a milestone this year, celebrating our 20th                                                                                                                                    Richard Baldwin as the recipient of the         Many thanks to our
        anniversary. In September, at the 20th anniversary reception, we proudly an-                                                                                                                               Judge Mercedes Deiz Award. Both judges
        nounced the inaugural Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, awarded
                                                                                             gatherings,                                                                                         CLEs                                                              2008–2009 sponsors:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   encouraged volunteerism and remarked
                                                                                             where, over
to its namesake, Katherine H. O’Neil.                                                                                                                                                               The OWLS       that what we receive always surpasses
   Our membership increased by 9% this year, to 1,447 members, continuing a steady
                                                                                             brown bag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   what we give.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Roberts-Deiz 2009 Sponsors
                                                                                             lunches, they                                                                                       2008 Fall CLE,
climb. OWLS members and others in the legal field affirmed the stature of our “cul-                                                                                                              “Keeping the                                                      Garvey Schubert Barer
                                                                                             had a chance                                                                                                          Workplace Leader Award                          Gleaves Swearingen Potter & Scott
ture of support,” providing countless volunteer hours toward excellent programs for                                                                                                              Promise,” was
                                                                                             to chat infor-
women and minorities in the legal community. We mentored children, high school                                                                                                                   held in con-         The OWLS Workplace Leader Award              Markowitz, Herbold, Glade
                                                                                             mally with
students, law students, new lawyers, lawyers in search of change, and returning                                                                                                                  junction with     (WLA) recognizes innovative legal em-              & Mehlhaf
                                                                                             judges, stu-
lawyers. OWLS members continued to recognize the gap between the wider com-                                                                                                                      the National      ployers who actively promote ideals             Miller Nash
                                                                                             dents, and
munity and the legal field, and took time to address it.                                                                                                                                         Association       that are essential to the OWLS mission:         Perkins Coie
                                                                                             other law-
   OWLS continues to broaden our scope throughout the state, as our events are                                                                                                                   of Women          maintaining a healthy work/life balance;        Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
                                                                                             yers. The April
sold out and our input is sought on important decisions. We have enjoyed unprec-                                                                                                                 Judges’ annu-     acquiring and maintaining a diverse             Stoel Rives
                                                                                             Courthouse
edented support from law firms and legal businesses for OWLS programs, including                                                                                                                 al conference     workforce; and maximizing opportunities         Tonkon Torp
                                                                                             Connection in
48 sponsors for our 2009 Fall CLE.                                                                                                                                                               in Portland.      for women and minorities to succeed in          Williams Kastner
                                                                                             Portland cel-
   From OWLS’ offices in Portland, Administrative Coordinator Shawn Alford and I                                                                                                                 Breakout ses-     the workplace and advance to positions          Williams Love O’Leary & Powers
                                                                                             ebrated Take
see the extraordinary volunteer-driven network of professional support around the                                                                                                                sions were        of influence and leadership.
                                                                                             Your Children
state. OWLS’ leadership and members advance OWLS’ mission through hard work,                                                                                                                     “Resolving           The 2008 WLA was presented to the
                                                                                             to Work Day;                                                                                                                                                          LEG-Up Hosts
dedication, and wisdom.                                                                                                                                                                          Disputes Out      Eugene firm Gartland, Nelson, McCleery,
                                                                                             Multnomah                                                                                                                                                             (as of September 2009)
   As we work toward stronger collaborations between seasoned lawyers and newer                                                                                                                  of Court—the      Wade & Walloch. The firm stood out as
                                                                                             County Circuit                                                                                                                                                        Barran Liebman
ones, between other minority bar organizations and local bar organizations, I hope                                                                                                               Growing Role      a workplace leader in a small firm, small
                                                                                             Court judges                                                                                                                                                          Davis Wright Tremaine
you will choose to get involved.                                                                                                                                                                 of Mediation”     town setting. The firm accommodates
                                                                                             hosted over                                                                                                                                                           Dunn Carney Allen Higgins
                                         Warmly,                                                                                                                                                 and “Bringing     part-time schedules, allows for flexibility
                                                                                             120 children,                                                                                                                                                            & Tongue
                                                                                                                                                                                                 about Needed      in work hours for family and other pas-
                                                                                             who learned                                                                                                                                                           Miller Nash
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Changes in        sions, and encourages leadership in the
                                                                                             about the                                                                                                                                                             Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Law Firms.”       legal community.
                                         Linda Tomassi                                       courts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 OWLS and the         The 2009 WLA was presented to the            Stoel Rives
                                         OWLS Executive Director                             participated
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Multnomah         legal department of Knowledge Learn-            Tonkon Torp
                                                                                             in mock tri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bar Associa-      ing Corporation (KLC). KLC stood out
                                                                                             als. The an-
Networking Opportunities                     mentoring circles, including the Litigation                                                                                                         tion co-hosted    as a workplace leader because of its            OWLSNet Sponsors
                                             and Judicial Mentoring Circles.                 nual Federal
and Leadership Initiatives                                                                   Courthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                 a roundtable      demonstrated commitment to proac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
                                                                                                                                                                                                 discussion the    tively facilitating part-time and flexible
                                             Political Leadership Lecture Series             Connection                                                                                                                                                            SkinnerLopata Harris
Inter-professional                                                                                                                                                                               next morning      schedules and supporting staff members’
                                                This nonpartisan lecture series was          in June was Clockwise from top left, and from left in each photo: Nicole DeFever and her t o f u r t h e r                                                            Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, CPAs
Networking Events                                                                            especially cel- son Casey; Judge Kristena LaMar and Laura Caldera Taylor; Kate Weatherly, the conver-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   educational and career goals.
                                             inaugurated in February 2009, providing                                                                                                                                                                               Tonkon Torp
   The OWLSNet Committee continues           six lectures during the year designed to        ebratory, as Dr. Sarah Weddington, and Violet Nazari; Trudy Allen, Katherine H. O’Neil, sation about                  Katherine H. O’Neil
to team up with other women profes-          encourage and equip OWLS members to             O W L S c o n - Justice Virginia Linder, and Kathi Rastetter; Judge Cheryl Albrecht and Trung Tu. c h a n g e s i n   Volunteer Service Award
                                                                                                                              Photos by Jodee Jackson and Kenny Macdonald.
sionals to bring together hundreds of        take on leadership roles in the political       gratulated                                                                                          law firms.
women for inter-professional network-                                                        Chief Judge                                                                                                             This award was inaugurated at the
                                             arena.                                                                                                                                                 The sold-                                                    activities, and casual gatherings. Please
ing in Bend, Eugene, and Portland. The                                                       Ann Aiken, the first female chief judge                                                                               20th anniversary reception, following
                                                                                                                                                                     out OWLS 2009 Fall CLE, “Breaking Bar-                                                      see www.oregonwomenlawyers.org/
popular events are held after work, free     Leadership Book Club                            of the U.S. District Court for the District                                                                           the 2009 Fall CLE. It will be given to an     chapters/ for information about Cascade
                                                                                                                                                                     riers: How Far We’ve Come, How Far We         OWLS member who epitomizes steadfast
to attendees, and sponsored by firms and        The OWLS book club held three ses-           of Oregon.                                                              Have to Go,” featured Dr. Sarah Wedding-                                                    Women Lawyers (Bend), Clackamas
organizations.                                                                                                                                                                                                     dedication and long-term volunteer            Women Lawyers, Josephine County
                                             sions this year, starting with a discussion                                                                             ton, law professor and women’s rights
                                                                                             Contract Lawyers                                                                                                      service to promote women in the legal         Women Lawyers, Lane County Women
                                             of Justice Betty Roberts’s autobiography,                                                                               advocate. Forty-eight firms sponsored the
LEG-Ups                                                                                      Listserve and Luncheons                                                                                               profession. The award will be given for       Lawyers, Linn-Benton Women Lawyers,
                                             With Grit and By Grace.                                                                                                 CLE. Katherine O’Neil moderated a panel
   Attorneys of all experience levels at-                                                                                                                                                                          at least eight cumulative years of service    the Mary Leonard Law Society (Salem),
                                                                                               OWLS provides support for contract                                    discussion with Janis Harwell, Holly Fujie,
tended Leadership Empowerment Gath-          Road to the Bench                                                                                                                                                     in an identified position with OWLS or        Queen’s Bench (Portland), the Rebecca
                                                                                             lawyers and sole practitioners through a                                Kristine Olson, and Hon. Darleen Ortega,
erings (LEG-Ups). These interesting events                                                                                                                                                                         an OWLS chapter, the Oregon Women             J. Bloom Chapter (Umatilla and Morrow
                                               “Road to the Bench” presentations             special listserve and monthly brown bag                                 who inspired the over 200 attendees with
featured professional women who shared                                                                                                                                                                             Lawyers Foundation, the National Con-         Counties), Rogue Women Lawyers (Ash-
                                             were held around the state. These dis-          lunch gatherings in Portland. Lawyers who                               a discussion of the past, present, and
experiences and tips about issues ranging                                                                                                                                                                          ference of Women’s Bar Associations, the      land/Medford), and Washington County
                                             cussions are part of an ongoing effort          have chosen a solo career path supported                                future in the practice of law.
from financial planning, stress reduction,                                                                                                                                                                         National Association of Women Lawyers,        Women Lawyers.
                                             by OWLS to encourage members to seri-           one another and acquired practice skills
and mentoring to business promotion.         ously consider judicial careers. Speakers       from similarly situated professionals.                                  Awards                                        or the ABA Commission on Women in the
In the fall, the OWLS Leadership Com-        discussed the importance of increasing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Profession. The first award was presented     The DragonFlies
mittee hosts an annual Dress for Success                                                     OWLS Listserve                                                          Justice Betty Roberts and                     to Katherine H. O’Neil.
                                             the diversity in the judiciary to reflect the                                                                                                                                                                          OWLS’ dragon boat team, the Dragon-
fundraiser and fashion show, featuring       communities served and to provide a full           The OWLS members-only listserve is                                   Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards                                                                  Flies, enjoyed a spirited race season,
local vendors and OWLS models.               range of viewpoints on the bench.               one of OWLS’ most popular member-                                         Over 425 guests attended this year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Oregon Women Lawyers                          competing in Oregon, Washington, and
                                                                                             ship services. Seventy percent of OWLS                                  sold-out dinner honoring U.S. Magistrate      Chapters                                      British Columbia, mostly in the upper
Mentoring Circles in Portland                Courthouse Connection                           members use it as a resource for legal                                  Judge Patricia Sullivan as the recipient        OWLS’ ten chapters throughout the           women’s divisions. For more informa-
  OWLS members in Portland organized,           Attorneys in several counties were           referrals, advice, service recommenda-                                  of the Justice Betty Roberts Award and        state continued to offer a mixture of         tion about the ’Flies, please visit www.
promoted, and participated in several        treated to Courthouse Connection                tions, and job postings.                                                Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge          professional enrichment, networking           owlsdragonflies.org.

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          hese days, stepping off the bench     THE JUDGES’ FORUM                               to do. Justice                                     Judge Leggert remembered the times
                                                                                                                                                                                                 LEG-Up: What to Do During the Downturn
          doesn’t mean a judge abandons                                                         Roberts wrote                                   after the Marion County Courthouse
          it. Oregon has well over 100                                                          her fascinating                                 was set on fire and the criminal caseload                                             By Helen Yu



                                                                                                                                                                                                 I
retired judges who continue to serve in                                                         book, With Grit                                 moved to an annex site. Resources were
                                                                                                                                                                                                     t comes as no surprise that the continuing economic
judicial and other legal roles. Many judges                                                     and By Grace:                                   scarce, and they had to get creative to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     downturn is causing anxiety and frustration through-
do their “Plan B” service right after re-                                                       Breaking Trails in                              keep a criminal trial docket running as
                                                                                                                                                                                                     out the country. At OWLS’ September 10 LEG-Up, our
tirement, which involves performing 175                                                         Politics and Law,                               smoothly as possible. “It was very stress-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 speaker, Jo Smith of Jo Smith Associates, reminded OWLS
days of judicial service in the five years                                                      A Memoir. And                                   ful, but we learned a lot about ourselves
                                                                                                                                                                                                 members to seek opportunities for growth and develop-
following retirement, often traveling to         By The Honorable Cheryl Albrecht               of course, her                                  and ways to cope in a crisis.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ment during these difficult times. She suggested five things
far away districts. Other judges are desig-       Multnomah County Circuit Court                Tuesday golf day                                   Judge Gernant remembered the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                 attorneys should do during the down economy:
nated “Senior Judges,” who are eligible                                                         is sacred! Judge                                a sobbing grandmother, testifying in a             1. Nurture yourself. Taking care of yourself is not selfish,
                                                                                                                      Hon. Cheryl Albrecht
for assignment by the Oregon Supreme               The budgetary concerns mean that the         Johnson also en-                                death penalty case through an interpreter        but necessary. Use some of your extra time to refresh and
Court for any judicial district in the state.   courts definitely rely on Plan B and senior     joys golf and is mining her artistic talents    about the defendant’s escape in the nick         renew your spirit—relax, take a vacation, or take the time
And more and more, judges continue to           judges to enhance the ability to keep           by painting, sculpting, and crafting with       of time as Saigon fell, stood in front of        to learn something you’ve always been interested in.
use the skills they’ve honed over the years     court business flowing, and the retired         found objects. Judge Gernant has trav-          the jury and then fell to her knees and            2. Hug your clients. Take care of your clients by doing                        Jo Smith
in new careers as mediators and arbitra-        judges are more than happy to help. As          eled all over the world, and Judge Leggert      pleaded for her grandson’s life. Perhaps         excellent work. Do whatever is necessary to show your clients
tors. As a result, Oregonians continue to       Judge Gernant said, “Plan B is a good gig.      is teaching cross-country skiing.               related to that testimony, two jurors vot-       that you understand their current situations and needs and that you care.
benefit from the prodigious wisdom and          It keeps you involved, gets you around             To a one, they miss the collegiality of      ed against the death penalty even though           3. Market yourself. Be visible and active in your community. Increase your visibility
service of these esteemed jurists.              the state, and gives you insights into the      their fellow judges and the mental chal-        the defendant was already serving life           by writing for publications, giving talks, attending professional functions, and using
   A number of retired and senior judges        way things are done in other counties.          lenges they faced every day on the bench.       sentences for two other murders.                 social media. Network: connect your friends, colleagues, and clients.
kindly agreed to share their thoughts           It’s also great to realize that the Judicial    Judge Deits noted, “Some of the most fun           For lawyers hoping to become judges,            4. Invest in yourself. Use the downturn to gain additional skills. Familiarize yourself
about their judicial service and the time       Department has excellent, dedicated staff       and rewarding times involved cases where        these stories serve as a reminder that, as       with your clients’ industries. Think about ways to make yourself more valuable.
since then, including Supreme Court             people at work all over the state.”             we had serious disagreements. Without           Judge Leggert said, “Being on the bench            5. Invest in your firm. Examine your firm’s needs and work with colleagues to im-
Justice Betty Roberts, Court of Appeals            Increasingly, retired judges go well         exception, my colleagues’ disagreement          is not something that should be taken            prove its infrastructure. Find ways that you can contribute to your firm’s success.
Chief Judge Mary Deits, Marion County           beyond their governmental service and           with my view always helped me to refine         lightly and it takes a toll.” A consistent         Jo’s most poignant message was that when times are hard, we should “look into
Circuit Court Judge Terry Leggert, and          conduct extensive business in the pri-          and improve my opinion.”                        theme of advice for those looking toward         the eyes of a child” and gain some needed perspective. The economic downturn will
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judges           vate sector. Mediation and arbitration             That the judiciary is often at the center    judgeships: get yourself out there, tell         eventually pass. In the meantime, maximize the opportunities and, most important,
Nely Johnson and David Gernant. Thanks          were just beginning their growth spurt          of society’s most significant developments      people you’d like to join the bench, do          engage in Jo’s “bonus suggestion #6”: invest in your community.
to all!                                         at the time Justice Roberts retired from        comes to light when the judges recall           community service in the legal community           Thank you, Jo, for your suggestions. Many thanks also to Dunn Carney Allen Hig-
   It’s no surprise that all the judges noted   the bench. She trained with Judicial Me-        memorable events and notable cases.             and the broader community, consider tim-         gins & Tongue for graciously hosting us in Portland.
the increased number of women judges            diation and Arbitration Services (JAMS)            Justice Roberts recalls in her memoir        ing and where you are in your career, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Helen Yu is corporate counsel at Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing America in Eugene.
and the increased number of women               in California and worked with Judge             the case of Hewitt v. SAIF, 294 Or 33           work to make up any perceived deficits
and minorities in the bar as a notable          Kristena LaMar as she was developing            (1982). At the time, workers’ compensa-         in your legal background.
difference from the time they first took        Multnomah County’s civil settlement             tion law provided that benefits for de-            A consummate political powerhouse,
the bench. Judge Leggert also remarked          program. Justice Roberts joined USA&M           ceased workers could go to an unmarried         Justice Roberts reminds us that whether


                                                                                                                                                                                                        We’re Here To Help.
on the increased number of judges inter-        as a panel member and continued to do           woman, and to their children, as long as        by election or appointment, becoming
ested in handling family and juvenile law       mediation work until just this year.            the couple had lived together for more          a judge is a highly political process. “A
cases. “The result has been major changes          “Although I had not expected to work         than a year, but the law excluded unmar-        person seeking an appointment must
in the way we handle domestic relations         after leaving the court system, with            ried men with children from such ben-           become known to the appointing author-
cases statewide. In addition, we’ve made        almost 20 years in alternative dispute          efits. Justice Roberts’s opinion extended       ity, usually by having good support and
a lot of strides in improvement of training     resolution I consider myself lucky to have      benefits to the claimant, who had lived         recommendations. And one must know
for the juvenile judges,” she said.             continued to work and to effectively have       with but not married a woman who died           how, or be willing to learn how, to run
   Whether recently retired or well into        another career in the legal profession,”        in an industrial accident. It was the first     a campaign and be elected if seeking a
their judicial retirement, these judges         Justice Roberts said.                           case to recognize gender equality as a          state judge position.” Though some chal-
are no strangers to the type of budget             As an appellate judge, Judge Deits           state constitutional concept.                   lenges to the judicial system are familiar,
pressures currently facing the courts, but      didn’t have much contact with lawyers or           Perhaps the most harrowing story             such as budget reductions, making the
they note the seriousness of the current        litigants, but now is very much enjoying        concerned Judge Johnson’s work on the           judiciary more diverse, and increasing
situation. Judge Deits said, “A change          building personal relationships with the        Lovejoy Surgicenter v. Advocates for Life       programs to enhance access to justice,
that I have seen in the judiciary since
the time I retired is that the resources
                                                parties and learning new skills. She said,
                                                “As a mediator, unlike a judge, you have
                                                                                                case, which involved injunctions prohib-
                                                                                                iting abortion protestors from blocking
                                                                                                                                                others are new: a wholesale change in
                                                                                                                                                processing cases with Oregon eCourt,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      We represent injured & disabled Oregonians.
available to the court system have been         the responsibility and opportunity to           access to the clinic. “I had no idea when       dealing with crumbling infrastructure of
seriously reduced. I think that is most
unfortunate. Many programs that had
                                                guide the parties to a fair outcome that
                                                will avoid the stress and cost of litigation.
                                                                                                I got this case, handed off from another
                                                                                                judge at the last minute, it would be as
                                                                                                                                                facilities all over the state, and coping with
                                                                                                                                                cases growing more and more complex.                                         |                             |
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Social Security Workers Compensation Personal Injury
been implemented by the judiciary as            That is a rewarding but challenging task.”      explosive as it was,” she said. “The sheriff       Perhaps the biggest challenge is less
a whole, or by individual judges, that          Judges Johnson and Leggert also plan on         had to screen letters and threatening           tangible—an erosion of recognition of                                     Swanson Thomas & Coon
were really making a difference in solv-        doing more mediation and arbitration            calls. I was not prepared for that kind of      the judicial system’s significance in our
ing problems on a long-term basis, have         work as they move closer to completing          publicity.” In fact, on a trip to the beach,    daily lives. “I hope the judicial depart-                                        503-282-5222
been reduced or eliminated.” The irony          their Plan B service.                           her daughters were in one car and she in        ment can be treated as an equal branch                                           820 SW Second Avenue, Suite 200
is that the economic downturn increases            The judges’ active, busy lives don’t stop    another. Her daughter lost control of her       along with the other two branches, and                                           Portland, Oregon 97204
disputes and decreases the ability of           with work. They relish the new freedom          car, and had an accident. The mechanic          that judges can gain in stature,” Judge                                          www.stc-law.com
litigants to hire attorneys. “We have to        in their schedules and are finding time to      said that a bar underneath the car had          Johnson said. “The strength of the ju-
do more with less, which is extremely
difficult,” Judge Leggert stated.
                                                engage in new activities they had either
                                                put aside long ago or have always wanted
                                                                                                been cut clean through, a cut very unlikely
                                                                                                to have resulted from wear and tear.
                                                                                                                                                diciary is very important in our political
                                                                                                                                                system.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cynthia Newton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      | Kimberly Tucker | Chris Frost
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OWLS Members Take Their Leadership Skills Abroad                                                                                            by “living in a post-conflict society and
                                                                                                                                            in a country still trying to grab hold of
                                                                                                                                                                                               ous opportunities to teach law in China,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Vietnam, and Taiwan. As a result, he has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sional, bring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               new opportu-
                                                          By Teresa Statler                                                                 reconciliation. It [was] definitely a new          taught in Asia five or six times over the       nities, such as



A
                                                                                                                                            experience for me, and it [was] tragic and         last two years.                                 the chance to
      t least three OWLS members have         learned, someone under 18 would never         of illegal prop-                                maddening at the same time.” She thinks               In 2006 Phil was a visiting lecturer at      teach in other
      enjoyed recent law-related expe-        be tried in adult court, except under the     erty seizure                                    that in her future work, she will “never           the Vietnamese Institute of Science and         places.
      riences abroad. Kate Wilkinson,         most extreme circumstances.                   and is starting                                 be quite satisfied unless I can be making          Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, in its             Phil’s work
Hadley Rose, and Phil Griffin all say they       In Kate’s discussions with women at-       to represent                                    a tangible impact for the poor.”                   international MBA program, teaching             in China has
have been changed by their travels.           torneys and women’s bar groups, the talk      child victims                                      Hadley recommends that you possess              a course titled “Management of Legal            also helped his
                                              often turned to work/life balance. Kate       of sexual vi-                                   “humility and strong listening skills”             Risk.” For the past three years, he has         law practice
Kate Wilkinson in India                       reports that in India, this balance is not    olence. The                                     if you wish to work in other cultures,                                                             back home
                                                                                                                                                                                               been a visiting lecturer and guest profes-
                                              much of an issue for women lawyers be-        lawyers rely                                    especially poor ones, since often such             sor in the international MBA programs           in Oregon. In                   Phil Griffin
   In late January 2009, Kate Wilkinson,
                                              cause those who have children usually live    heavily on the                                  countries “do not like strong western              at two universities in Shanghai, China.         the last year,
who practices civil litigation and family
                                              in multigenerational households where         expertise of                                    powers trying to tell them what to do.”            In March 2009, for example, he returned         nearly half his billable client hours were
law at Gartland, Nelson, McCleery, Wade
                                              there is a mother or aunt to care for         social workers                                  She also encourages others not to be               from three weeks in Shanghai, having            from cases or clients he picked up in Asia.
& Walloch in Eugene, went to India, where
                                              the children.                                 to help create                 Hadley Rose      afraid of similar unpaid or volunteer              taught a course on product liability. Phil      He is currently representing a Chinese
she spent 30 days on a Rotary Group
                                              In addition, it                               rapport with                                    positions. She believes that if you are pas-       has also taught seminars on alternative         client before the Singapore International
Study Exchange Program for profession-
                                              is inexpensive                                the clients, and also to assist the clients     sionate about this sort of work, “others           dispute resolution, intellectual property,      Arbitration Centre in a commercial dis-
als under age 40. Rotary is a worldwide
                                              to hire live-in                               in getting their basic needs met and            may catch on to your vision and support            and business negotiation. He was espe-          pute with an American manufacturer.
organization of business and professional
                                              nannies. The                                  finding educational and job opportuni-          you financially. Even a short-term volun-                                                          He would like his practice eventually to
leaders who provide humanitarian ser-                                                                                                                                                          cially excited to receive an invitation from
                                              Indian women                                  ties, so they are less vulnerable to abuse      teer position will provide you with very                                                           consist entirely of international work,
vice, encourage high ethical standards                                                                                                                                                         the University of Beijing, China’s leading
                                              lawyers, Kate                                 in the future.                                  tangible job experience and will give you                                                          with a focus on Asian issues.
in all vocations, and help build goodwill                                                                                                                                                      university, to teach at its business school
                                              says, found it                                   Although Hadley could not practice law       contacts in the field.”                                                                               Phil finds it a pleasure to work in a
and peace around the world.                                                                                                                                                                    in August.
                                              hard to imag-                                 in Rwanda or appear before the Rwandan             The legal expertise she gained in                                                               different culture. He suggests that those
   Kate was one of four young profession-                                                                                                                                                         Phil’s students are mostly young Chi-
                                              ine the often-                                courts, she performed a variety of other        Rwanda led Hadley in August 2009 to                                                                who seek similar experiences abroad “be
als from southern Oregon and northern                                                                                                                                                          nese with undergraduate degrees who
                                              precarious                                    law-related tasks, such as legal research,      her new position as a volunteer lawyer                                                             open to potential experiences even if they
California who visited cities and towns                                                                                                                                                        have returned to school, after several
                                              work/home                  Kate Wilkinson     developing case strategy, assisting with        in Cambodia for the Public International                                                           don’t initially meet your exact interests.
in the state of Andhra Pradesh, on the                                                                                                                                                         years in the workplace, to obtain an
                                              balancing act                                 will preparation, and developing com-           Law and Policy Group (PILPG). PILPG                                                                Network as much as possible with people
Bay of Bengal. As part of this cultural                                                                                                                                                        MBA. His courses are taught in English
                                              their American counterparts deal with         munity education and training. She was          works with a local group, the Documen-                                                             who are already working abroad. Be
and educational exchange, Kate visited                                                                                                                                                         and focus on U.S. law.
                                              on a daily basis.                             also involved in IJM programming tasks,         tation Center of Cambodia, in helping                                                              persistent in your search.”
numerous courts, bar associations, and                                                                                                                                                            In China, Phil says, almost everything
                                                 The trip broadened her world-view,         such as proposals to expand the IJM             victims and relatives of victims of the
attorneys’ offices and met with various                                                                                                                                                        is driven by one’s relationships. Rela-         Teresa Statler, a sole practitioner in Port-
                                              Kate explains, and “gave me a new ap-         Rwanda project both geographically and          former Khmer Rouge regime. In her
groups of lawyers, including women’s bar                                                                                                                                                       tionships, both personal and profes-            land, practices immigration law.
                                              preciation for emerging super-powers          in the type of cases taken. She enjoyed         work for PILPG, whose volunteers include
groups. After the Rotary trip ended, she
                                              like India. On a personal level, it was an    interacting with Rwandan attorneys on           lawyers from around the world, Hadley
spent an additional two weeks on her
                                              opportunity to recharge and reflect.” She     a regular basis.                                helps the lead lawyers in filing motions
own, traveling in western India.
   Kate stayed with host families, includ-
                                              encourages others who may be interested          Hadley says that legal research in Rwan-     and bringing forth evidence in a sort of                                       SUSAN Z. WHITNEY
                                              in a Rotary exchange to contact their local
ing an older woman lawyer, in whose law
                                              Rotary district or club.
                                                                                            da was challenging, partly because some         class action for damages filed against
                                                                                                                                            the regime’s masterminds by over 100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Arbitrator
office Kate also spent time. She found                                                      of the older laws, including the penal and
that in India, the court system is more                                                     civil codes, are available only in French       civil parties (plaintiffs). It is the first case
                                              Hadley Rose                                                                                   of its kind in Cambodia. A second such
segregated than it is in the United States,                                                 and Kinyarwanda, not in Rwanda’s other
                                              in Rwanda and Cambodia                        official language, English. Many laws are       trial will likely occur in 2010, with over
even though both are based on the British
common-law system. For example, in In-           Hadley Rose, a 2008 graduate of Wil-       available online, but searching is not as       1,000 parties. Hadley hopes that her PILPG
dia few courts are of general jurisdiction;   lamette University College of Law, worked     sophisticated as with Westlaw or Lexis.         experience may lead to a paid position
instead there are family courts, consumer     as a volunteer legal fellow in the Kigali,    More of the older laws are being posted         in the second case.
courts, criminal courts, etc. Kate found it   Rwanda, office of the International Jus-      and translated as time goes on.                    Hadley will be in Cambodia until at
shocking that in some civil matters, a case   tice Mission (IJM) from September 2008           Hadley reports that Rwanda is a civil        least December 2009. Whether or not she
may go on for literally 50 years. That is     through July 2009.                            law jurisdiction, so prior case law is irrel-   returns there, she plans a trip to Oregon
due, she believes, to a shortage of lawyers      IJM is a human rights agency whose         evant to the legal research process. High       over the upcoming holidays.
and judges, an over-liberal granting of       goal is securing justice for victims of       Court decisions, however, are beginning
continuances, and evidentiary issues, such    slavery, sexual exploitation, and other       to be published, and it is possible that
                                                                                                                                            Phil Griffin in Asia
as the manufacturing of evidence. Some        forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers,     Rwanda will shift to common law in the             OWLS member Phil Griffin has a solo                               Contracts • Construction • Real Estate
Indian attorneys she met agreed that it       investigators, and aftercare professionals    future, following the country’s transition      practice in Portland emphasizing business                     Appraisers • Architects/Engineers • General Business
was a frustrating process. Many, however,     work with local officials to ensure im-       to English as the main second language          law and contracts. His legal adventures
did not think much of the U.S. system of      mediate victim rescue and aftercare, to       and its desire to merge into the East           in Asia began in 1995 when he received                        Attorney for 31 Years • 15 Years’ Arbitrator Experience
appointing or electing judges. In India,      prosecute perpetrators, and to promote        African Community.                              a fellowship from the U.S. government
attorneys become judges on the basis of       functioning public justice systems.              Hadley says her Rwanda experience            and went to Singapore to research the                                        Reasonable Hourly and Daily Rates
merit and must pass a test.                      The Rwanda IJM office includes one         has changed her deeply: “To begin with,         connections between environmental
   Kate also had the opportunity to           in-house lawyer and three Rwandan             I work for free and am supported on a           legislation and the developing market                                                   503-223-4951
visit a juvenile detention facility, which    lawyers who consult for IJM on a case-        subsistence income by friends, family,          for environmental technology. He was                                                  fax 503-954-1542
was called (and operated as) a home.          by-case basis. In addition, two foreign-      and attorneys I know back in the U.S.           hosted by the National University School
Its residents were teenage boys, and it       trained lawyers serve in managerial roles,    But I am humbled daily by how much I            of Law and taught a course there on                            szwlaw@comcast.net                 www.susanzwhitney.com
focused on rehabilitation and education,      and another serves in a support role, as      have still, compared to others living in        complex environmental litigation. More
rather than on punishment. In India, Kate     Hadley did. The office represents victims     Rwanda.” She also finds herself changed         recently, a client introduced Phil to vari-

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Around Oregon                                                                                                                                Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget
                                                                                                                                             By Marianne J. Legato, MD (Rodale, 2005)
Cascade Women Lawyers. Cascade
Women Lawyers continued to host regu-                                                                                                        Book Review by Teresa Statler



                                                                                                                                             I
lar networking lunches throughout the
summer. The next lunch is on Nov. 11. For                                                                                                        n this poorly titled but interesting       “don’t gild the lily, illustrate your points   that helps relay signals from one area of
more information, please see the OWLS                                                                                                            book, Marianne Legato, MD, attempts        with anecdotes, or even use unnecessary        the brain to another) than women.
events page online or contact Lori Harris                                                                                                        to answer that age-old question:           adjectives.” She urges women to “make             On the subject of aging, Dr. Legato
Hancock at 541.749.4060 or lhancock@                                                                                                         why is it so hard for men and women to         your points as accurately and briefly as       explains that the brain in both men and
schwabe.com.                                                                                                                                 understand each other, and what can we         you can and then stop.” With these and         women gets smaller with age but that loss
                                                                                                                                             do about it? Dr. Legato, an internist and      other tips, she implies that men have          of tissue, and the resulting loss in brain
Clackamas Women Lawyers. On July 25,            Some members of the Mid-Willamette             From left, top: Clackamas Women               cardiovascular researcher, is a professor of   shorter attention spans than women. I          function, is not uniform in the sexes. She
Clackamas Women Lawyers held a sum-             Valley Lawyers Against Hunger Soiree           Lawyers President Carol Anne McFarland,       clinical medicine at Columbia University.      doubt that many women would find this          hypothesizes that women lose less brain
mer picnic at Sunset Park. On Aug. 25,          Planning Committee, from left: Shannon         Jennifer Dalglish, and Sonya Fischer;
                                                Terry, Amber Hollister (co-chair), Hon. Jill   bottom: Rebecca J. Bloom Chapter              Her book Why Men Never Remember                to be startling news. What is news is why      tissue because of more blood flow to the
the chapter hosted an evening social                                                                                                         and Women Never Forget, however, is a          this is so, physiologically speaking.          brain over the life span, which offsets the
                                                Tanner, Jeff Dobbins, and Rachel Kittle        members Sally Anderson Hansell,
at Buckley LeChevallier, sponsored by           (co-chair)                                     Simonne Weyand, and her son Nathan            “popular medicine” or “self help” book. It        With regard to stress, Dr. Legato states    cognitive effects of aging. She also tells
Jaye Taylor. The chapter hosts monthly                                                                                                       provides interesting information on how,       that women often handle it better than         us that “although women retain more
luncheon CLEs. The Sept. 17 CLE, titled         firms, and businesses to stage the First                                                     physiologically, women’s and men’s brain       men. Women’s brains, she says, have more       brain function later in life, once it goes,
“Making the Record,” covered how to             Annual Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers                                                         chemistries differ, which results in their     gray matter in the prefrontal area, which      it really goes. Women have a higher
create your record, including getting           Against Hunger Soiree at Salem’s River-                                                      different approaches to relationships and      gives them a “cushion” of extra cells. In      risk for Alzheimer’s than men, age for
interpretations into the record. The            front Carousel. The event offered hors                                                       solving the problems of everyday life.         addition, estrogen neutralizes the dam-        age, and may be more susceptible to
Oct. 29 CLE will focus on interpretative        d’oeuvres and wine and included a silent                                                        Despite its title, the book only slightly   aging effect of a variety of stressors on      dementia.”
services. For more information, see the         auction. Chief Justice Paul De Muniz de-                                                     touches on the issue of memory. Instead,       neurons. Estrogen’s effect is “probably           If you are interested in women’s health
OWLS events page online or contact              livered welcoming remarks. All proceeds                                                      the book focuses on providing strategies       why women retain greater intellectual          issues or in brain science, presented in
Carol Anne McFarland at caroleMcF@              benefited the Oregon Food Bank and                                                           and tips for bridging the biological gap—      ability and function as they age.”             a casual, readable style, this book is for
co.clackamas.or.us.                             Marion-Polk County Food Share.                                                               to enable men and women to better                 Dr. Legato discusses the chemical rea-      you. It will not, however, tell you why
                                                   MLLS holds monthly brown bag lunches                                                      understand the opposite sex. Dr. Legato        sons women are more likely to suffer           your husband forgot—again—to pick
Coast Women Lawyers. For information
                                                on the Willamette University campus. On                                                      intersperses breezy, informal discussions      depression than men. Many of these are         up the dry-cleaning on his way home
on Coast Women Lawyers, please con-
                                                Oct. 13, MLLS hosted a new admittee            tract attorney, judge pro tem, and circuit    about relationship issues with pages of        already well known, including fluctua-         from work.
tact Linda Tomassi at the OWLS office,
                                                lunch, with Hon. Betty Roberts serving         court judge.                                  neurobiological detail about the chemical      tions in hormone levels, especially estro-
at linda@oregonwomenlawyers.org or
                                                as guest speaker. On Oct. 15, MLLS co-            For more information, see the OWLS         and hormonal differences in men’s and          gen. Another is the fact that men make         Teresa Statler, a sole practitioner in Port-
503.595.7831.
                                                sponsored a Courthouse Connection              events page online or contact Kristin         women’s brains. The resulting juxtapo-         52% more serotonin (a neurotransmitter         land, practices immigration law.
Josephine County Women Lawyers.                 with the Marion County Bar Association,        Sterling at khsterling@stoel.com.             sition in tone can be jarring at times.
JCWL continues to meet once a month             which highlighted changes in court fees.                                                     The author’s goal seems to be to impart
                                                                                               Rebecca J. Bloom Chapter (Umatilla and
for lunch and conversation at the Bistro        The Nov. 17 lunch will feature a panel                                                       some complicated and intriguing medical
                                                                                               Morrow Counties). On August 15, U.S.
in Grants Pass. For dates and times, please     of local women sole practitioners and                                                        hypotheses and findings in an easy-to-
                                                                                               Magistrate Judge Pat Sullivan, OWLS
see the OWLS events page online. For            firm partners. For more information,                                                         read format.
                                                                                               Co-President Heather Van Meter, and
more information, contact Victory Walker        contact MLLS at maryleonardlawsociety@                                                          Several chapters deal with sex and
                                                                                               OWLS Executive Director Linda Tomassi
at victory@grants.sopd.net.                     hotmail.com.                                                                                 romance issues, but the more interest-
                                                                                               joined women lawyers for a wonderful
Lane County Women Lawyers. The OWLS-            Queen’s Bench. Queen’s Bench meets             potluck at the home of Sally Anderson         ing chapters discuss women and aging,
Net Committee hosted the third annual           monthly for lunch on the second Tuesday        Hansell. Judge Sullivan provided “Road        women and depression, and “Why Men
networking event in Eugene on Sept. 16          of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.         the Bench” information and discussed her      and Women Respond Differently to
at Ambrosia Restaurant. LCWL will co-           at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland.        path to the bench. The Rebecca J. Bloom       Stress—And Why It Matters.”
host with the University of Oregon a CLE        July’s topic, living abundantly in lean        Chapter meets monthly for lunch at El            The author explains that there are
on ethics, access to justice, and child abuse   times, was presented by Portland attorney      Charrito in Pendleton. For details, see       “gender-specific ways of thinking,
issues on Nov. 13. See the OWLS events          Sarah Krick. Jo Smith spoke at the August      the OWLS events page online or contact        remembering, and experiencing emo-
page online or contact Kate Weatherly           lunch about using emotional intelligence       Sally Anderson Hansell at 541.567.7800        tion.” She summarizes recent studies on
at krweatherly@gmail.com.                       in leadership positions. Queen’s Bench         or sally@andersonhansell.com.                 women’s brains, reporting, for example,
                                                also held a summer picnic at Peninsula                                                       that women seem to use more parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In litigation, being a heavyweight isn’t
Linn-Benton Women Lawyers. LBWL                                                                Rogue Women Lawyers. RWL meets for            the brain than men do when given a
                                                Park on August 9.
meets every other month for dinner                                                             lunch or dinner each month. For more          wide variety of verbal and spatial tasks
                                                   At the September lunch, Erin Ruff
and networking at Sybaris Restaurant
in Albany. The next meeting is Nov. 25.
                                                spoke about her new organization, the
                                                Parenthood Academy, in Portland. At
                                                                                               information, please see the OWLS events
                                                                                               page online or contact Jamie Hazlett at
                                                                                                                                             to perform. Perhaps, she suggests, that’s
                                                                                                                                             why women are better at multitasking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     nearly enough. Sure, it can help a little. But as the clients at
For information, see the OWLS events                                                           jamiehazlettesq@gmail.com.
                                                October’s lunch, Queen’s Bench wel-                                                          Dr. Legato also explains that estrogen has              our law firm can tell you, in our arena nothing beats a good argument.
page online or contact Fay Stetz-Waters                                                                                                      a “profound effect on the way women
                                                comed Professor Ellen Minshew, who             Washington County Women Lawyers.
at faystetzwaters@gmail.com.                                                                                                                 learn, think and remember.”
                                                shared information about the Individual        WCWL meets on the third Tuesday of
Mary Leonard Law Society. On Aug. 20,           and Family Matters Counseling Clinic at        each month for a brown bag lunch at the          After discussing the biological reasons
MLLS hosted a CLE titled “Diversifying the      George Fox University and how the clinic       Washington County Courthouse. WCWL            that communications between men
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MARKOWITZ HERBOLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GLADE & MEHLHAF PC
Judiciary: Perspectives on Justice Sonia        can serve as a resource for clients. The       also hosted a BBQ at Rood Bridge Park         and women sometimes break down,
Sotomayor and Her Appointment to the            Nov. 10 lunch will introduce attendees         on Sept. 17. For more information, see        Dr. Legato offers suggestions on how
U.S. Supreme Court.” [Please see page 7         to Multnomah County Circuit Court              the OWLS events page online or contact        women can better communicate with                                                              L   I       T   I   G   A T      O        R   S
for details.] On Sept. 10, MLLS teamed          Judge Alicia Fuchs, who will discuss her       Mary Bruington at mbruington@mpdlaw.          men, whether they are husbands or co-
up with several local organizations, law        experiences as a sole practitioner, con-       com or 503.726.7900.                          workers. These include keeping it simple:              P O R T L A N D   I    503.295.3085             I       W W W   .   M H G M   .   C O M


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                                              DragonFlies Race Well and Have Fun
                                                                                 By Cashauna Hill


                                              W     ith co-captains Gwyn McAlpine and
                                                    Robin Bellanca Seifried at the helm,
                                              the OWLS DragonFlies completed another
                                                                                            B.C, on August 15 and 16. The Victoria
                                                                                            races, a team favorite, attract top talent
                                                                                            year after year, and in 2008 began of-
                                              spirited race season that included the        fering a women-only race division. The
Judge Merri S. Wyatt and Pamela Jacklin       team’s first-ever trip to the False Creek     DragonFlies finished fifth overall in the
                                              Women’s Regatta in Vancouver, B.C.            competitive-level division.
OWLS Offers LEG-Ups                              The ’Flies began the 2009 season in
                                              Vancouver on May 23. Twenty-two pad-
                                                                                               The ’Flies rounded out their season by
                                                                                            racing in Portland on September 12 and
 By Tamsen Leachman and Maiya Hall            dlers traveled with coach Laura Ricker to     13. They managed to overcome some

A    t the June 11 OWLS LEG-Up, hosted        the race venue, where the ’Flies finished     very choppy water and a last-minute boat
     by Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland,    sixth out of 40 women’s teams from all        switch to land in the top-level women’s
Diane Dreizen, founder of Fulfilling          over the West Coast and Canada.               division after the first day of racing. A
Careers, provided an engaging presenta-          The ’Flies then geared up for the          third-place finish in Sunday morning’s
tion titled “How to Create a Rewarding        Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Associa-       semifinal put the ’Flies in the consola-
Career and Fulfilling Life.” Diane works      tion Rose Festival races, held June 6 and     tion final on Sunday afternoon. After a
with professional women who are ready         7 in Portland. The ’Flies finished second     difficult start, the ’Flies managed to pull
to create the life and career they want.      in their first heat, and then took first      out a second-place finish.
   She took the group through an exercise     place in Saturday’s second race. These           The DragonFlies’ roster is made up of
that illustrated the power of focusing        results placed the ’Flies in the top-ranked   about 30 lawyers and legal professionals.
on moving toward an ideal rather than         division for Sunday’s quarterfinal heat.      The team practices twice a week during
moving away from something that is a          Up against tough competition, the ’Flies      the off-season and three times a week
barrier. Many participants noted how          finished fourth in the quarterfinal and       during the race season. New members
much easier the process of change felt        were eliminated from competition.             are always welcome. Please contact Gwyn
when looking at it this way and identify-        Next the ’Flies competed in the Kent       McAlpine at gmcalpine@perkinscoie.com
ing several small steps that could easily     Cornucopia Days 9th annual “Lion’s Cup”       or Robin Bellanca Seifried at rbellanca@
be taken toward achieving a desired level     event, held July 11 in Kent, Washington.      cablehuston.com for more information.
of satisfaction.                              Their strong effort was rewarded with a       Cashauna Hill, an OWLS board member,
   The July 9 LEG-Up, also in Portland,       bronze medal–winning finish.                  is the fair housing staff attorney at the
featured a discussion on mentoring led           The DragonFlies raced in Victoria,         Oregon Law Center in Portland.
by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge
Merri Souther Wyatt and Pamela Jacklin,                          Thank you, DragonFlies sponsors:
a partner at Stoel Rives, our LEG-Up host
for the second time this year. They talked      Platinum Sponsors                Gold Medal Sponsor          Silver Medal Sponsors
about their mentors and emphasized that           Cable Huston Benedict            Farleigh Wada Witt           Clif Bar
the mentor/mentee relationship needs to                Haagensen & Lloyd                                        Gentle Dental
be a good match for both participants.            Landye Bennett Blumstein        Pearl Sponsors                Weber Gunn
The two dozen women present then dis-             Perkins Coie                      Barran Liebman
cussed their experiences with mentoring           Yates, Matthews, & Eaton          Bodyfelt Mount
relationships and programs, noting what                                             Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson
works and what doesn’t.                         Bronze Medal Sponsor                Garvey Schubert Barer
   For information on future LEG-Ups, visit       Next Adventure                    Paradigm Legal Nurse Consulting
www.oregonwomenlawyers.org.

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