Join OWLS and the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association for a Free CLE
The Mediation Diversification Project
Friday, June 5, 12:00-1:00pm
Join the conversation about why we need litigators from diverse backgrounds around the state to consider starting a mediation practice. Get practical tips about how to successfully break into mediation.
Clarence Belnavis is the managing partner in the Portland office and a partner in Seattle office. He is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis in employment litigation, including disability, racial and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. He also represents employers in wage and hour claims, employment class actions, and traditional labor matters.He has been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2006 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He has also been named one of Portland’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Portland Business Journal, and he has been repeatedly recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers for his work in labor and employment law. He currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbia Northwest. In 2011, Clarence was honored as a “Convocation on Equality Champion” in recognition of the diversity work that he has been engaged in during his career.
Mustafa T. Kasubhai was appointed as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon, effective September 21, 2018. Judge Kasubhai’s appointment made him the first Muslim-American to serve on the Federal Bench, not just in Oregon, but nationally. Before his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Kasubhai was the first person of color to serve on the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene, Oregon. Judge Kasubhai received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley.
Molly Jo Mullen is a full-time neutral with a thriving mediation practice. She is a former litigator and partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP, where she represented small business owners, large corporations and individuals involved in sometimes difficult and often protracted litigation. Molly Jo has hundreds of hours of mediation and arbitration specific training through the Oregon State Bar, the United States District Court of Oregon as well as AAA, and the International Academy of Mediators. Molly Jo has mediated numerous cases involving employment disputes, catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance disputes. She is experienced mediating with both represented as well as unrepresented parties.
Bonnie Richardson is a partner at Richardson Wright and has been practicing law since 1997 as a trial lawyer. She represents clients on a multitude of cases including legal and professional malpractice, trust and estate litigation, complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage disputes. She has helped families pursue claims against nursing homes and assisted living facilities to hold them accountable. Bonnie currently serves as a board member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has been an international representative for AFS Intercultural Programs – a nonprofit organization for cultural exchange. Bonnie is a national speaker on attorney legal malpractice and ethics, and she frequently presents at Continuing Legal Education seminars for attorneys for the Oregon State Bar, Multnomah Bar Association, the National Business Institute and many other organizations. In 2016, The Multnomah Bar Association selected Bonnie as the recipient of its highest honor — the Professionalism Award. Bonnie has been selected for years as one of Oregon’s Super Lawyers®, where she is listed in the top 25 women lawyers in Oregon. In 2011, Bonnie received the Portland Business Journal award recognition for Forty Under 40 and in 2020, received the Portland Business Journal award recognition for Women of Influence. In 2009, Bonnie received the prestigious Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award of Merit, recognizing her for exceptional legal services.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Katharine von Ter Stegge was appointed to the bench by Governor Kate Brown in 2017, after a career trying both criminal and civil cases for Multnomah County and the State of Oregon. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law and completing a federal district court clerkship, she began her career in Oregon as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney. A few years later, she took a job in the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice, and later became a Senior Assistant Multnomah County Attorney. She is a member of Multnomah County’s general bench, where she handles criminal and civil cases and conducts frequent settlement conferences.
This program was approved for 1.0 general credit by the OSB under program number 69509.
Title: Mediation Diversification Project Launch CLE Sponsor: Multnomah County Circuit Court Location: Portland