On February 7, 2017, Oregon Women Lawyers wrote to Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, urging that the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General be rejected because of his record on civil rights. To read the letters, click the link below:
February 1, 2017
For more information, contact: Laura Craska Cooper, OWLS President, 541.693.0061 or Linda Tomassi, OWLS Executive Director, 503.841.5758
Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) supports and commends the numerous Oregon lawyers who rushed to protect the civil rights of those detained at airports as a result of the president’s executive order on Friday. OWLS supports Sanctuary Cities and the protection of civil rights for documented and undocumented migrants. In the finest tradition of the legal profession, Oregon lawyers brought—and continue to bring—their considerable legal, cultural, and language skills to aid marginalized people, regardless of immigration status.
With over 1500 members, Oregon Women Lawyers is committed to the advancement of women and all minorities in the practice of law, including racial and ethnic minorities and members of the LGBTQ community. To achieve this goal we provide and support programming that includes attention to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability.
Congratulations to the newly-elected board of Clackamas Women Lawyers:
Bonnie Carter, President
Grace Pauley, Vice President
Annalise Oetken, Secretary
Wendy Leik, Treasurer
Shannon Wilson, Member at Large
Jacqueline Alarcon, Immediate Past President
PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) is pleased to announce its new officers and board members for 2017-2018. Angela Franco Lucero was elected as president, having served previously as president elect, treasurer, and secretary. Ms. Lucero is a partner at Kranovich and Lucero LLC in Lake Oswego, practicing insurance defense and personal injury law. Amber Hollister was elected as treasurer, having served previously as historian. Ms. Hollister is the General Counsel for the Oregon State Bar in Tigard. Hon. Allison Boomer was re-elected as OWLS’ secretary. Ms. Boomer is a Tax Magistrate at the Oregon Tax Court in Salem. Joining the executive committee is Megan Burgess. Ms. Burgess in an attorney with Peterkin & Associates in Bend, practicing real estate and construction law. All OWLS officers are also members of the board.
In addition, OWLS is pleased to announce its newly elected and reelected board members: Maya Crawford (Portland), Sara Kobak (Portland), Katharine Lozano (Salem/Portland), Aruna Masih (Portland), Banafsheh Violet Nazari (Portland), Yumi O’Neil (Wilsonville/Portland), and Adele Ridenour (Portland).
Board members continuing their service are: Jacqueline Alarcón (Portland), Hon. Valeri Love (Eugene), Jennifer Nicholls (Medford), Susan Pitchford (Portland), Kristin Sterling (Portland), Amanda Thorpe (Grants Pass), Val Tomasi (Portland), Gloria Trainor (Portland), and Jim Yocom (Beaverton).
With over 1400 members, Oregon Women Lawyers is committed to the advancement of women and all minorities in the practice of law, including racial and ethnic minorities and members of the LGBTQ community. To achieve this goal we provide and support programming that includes attention to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability. We strive to make meaningful connections with other minority bar associations in Oregon and to partner with them to provide support for all underrepresented groups in our profession.
Citing the Senate’s constitutional duties, the board of directors of Oregon Women Lawyers has written to the Senate Judiciary Committee asking that the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court not be subject to delay until after the inauguration of a new president. To read the full text of the letter, click on the link below.
Oregon Supreme Court Justice Virginia Linder and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Rick Haselton announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Justice Linder is the only woman to attain a position on the Oregon Supreme Court by election. Justice Haselton’s 21-year service on the Court of Appeals makes him the longest-serving judge in the history of that court.
For more details, download the press release below.