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OSB Honors Willamette Law Alumnae The Oregon State Bar honored two Willamette law alumnae at its annual awards dinner on Dec. 4, 2008, at The Benson Hotel in Portland. The awards recognize outstanding bar members who have enhanced the lives of Oregonians and the quality of the legal profession. Among the 2008 winners were College of Law graduates Janice R. Wilson BA’76, JD’79 and Ashlee J. (Munson) Sorber JD/MBA’02. Janice R. Wilson, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, received the OSB President’s Affirmative Action Award. Wilson has served on and chaired numerous committees and task forces involving access to justice, juries and jury trials, and other court-related issues. She is chair of the Multnomah County Circuit Court Civil Motion Panel and is a frequent CLE speaker and panelist. She was one of the founders of Multnomah CourtCare, the county courthouse’s free childcare program.
Santos Receives OHBA Professionalism Award The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association honored alumnus Daniel P. Santos JD’86 at its annual award dinner in February. Santos received the 2009 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, which is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism, enhances Oregon’s legal community and makes significant contributions to the Latino community. Through his work and extracurricular activities, Santos has influenced the lives of countless minorities over the years. In addition to providing clerkships and internships in the courts and governor’s office for women and minorities, he is a founding member of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos, a program that connects Hispanic youth in need of financial assistance for college with local businesses. This program alone has changed the lives of numerous Hispanic youths in Oregon. Santos serves as a senior policy adviser to the office of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, where he works on an array of issues, including labor, collective bargaining, housing, work force, education, military services and emergency management. The OHBA award dinner was held on Feb. 20, 2009, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland.
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Ashlee J. (Munson) Sorber received the Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD) Public Service Award. Sorber is associate counsel and director of compliance for Evergreen Healthcare in Vancouver, Wash., where she is responsible for contract compliance, among other legal matters, for Evergreen’s assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes in the West. She has been actively involved in the ONLD Pro Bono Subcommittee, its Pro Bono Fair Subcommittee and the Pro Bono Coordinating Committee.
Menashe Named a Top 100 Lawyer in America Albert A. Menashe JD’76, managing shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe in Portland, was named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in America” by Worth magazine in December 2008. Menashe was one of only two Oregon attorneys to receive the honor and the only family law attorney listed. Menashe served as president of the Oregon State Bar in 2007. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and was featured in Oregon Super Lawyers in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a top-10 attorney and the highest ranking family law attorney in the state. Gevurtz Menashe focuses its practice exclusively on family law. The firm handles divorce, custody and parenting issues, adoptions and name changes, grandparents’ rights, juvenile law, paternity matters, cohabitation, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Each year, Worth magazine polls its readers and professionals to select the country’s top attorneys with the greatest expertise in family law, trusts and estates, and philanthropy. Hundreds of nominees are then vetted by the magazine’s staff to select the 100 best attorneys in America.