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Rolf T. Olson JD’69 of Salem, Ore., was elected Area I director for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing during the group’s annual delegate assembly, held August 1-5 in Washington, D.C. Olson, who will serve a two-year term, is a board member of the Oregon State Board of Nursing. He had been in private practice in Salem for 27 years before retiring from the law in 1997.



Mary K. Hughes JD’74 of Anchorage, Alaska, has been appointed senator Lisa Murkowski’s Alaska state director. Hughes will coordinate the senator’s Alaska offices and outreach to Alaska communities and organizations. Hughes was a partner in the firm of Hughes Thorsness Gantz Powell & Brundin until her appointment in 1995 as municipal attorney for the city of Anchorage. Hughes currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Regents for the University of Alaska and is a

member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alaska Foundation and of Willamette University. Nelson E. Hunt JD’78 of Chehalis, Wash., was elected superior court judge for Lewis County. Hunt served for 17 years in the county prosecutor’s office and spent nine years in private practice. James P. Swanger JD’79 of Vancouver, Wash., was presented with the 2004 Judge William Nevins Award in recognition of his “distinguished service in public legal education.” The Nevins Award was created by the Washington Judges’ Foundation to honor those members of the judiciary who display extraordinary dedication to the judicial branch of government. Swanger was appointed to the district court bench as a commissioner in January 1999. He teaches a Street Law class at Hudson’s Bay High School and started the Fort Vancouver High School Student Traffic Court. He also was recognized for his educational efforts with various civic groups and years of teaching law-related courses at Clark College and WSU-Vancouver.



Jeffrey S. Jones JD’80 of Wilsonville, Ore., has been appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Jones runs a private law practice in Canby, Ore., and is an adjunct professor of evidence at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Patrick D. Gilroy. Michael W. Shackelford BS’78, JD’81 of Portland, Ore., has been re-elected managing partner at Ater Wynne LLP, a position he has held since 2001. His practice focuses on general corporate law and corporate finance transactions, including venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions. Steven R. Stocker JD’81 of Spokane, Wash., was voted president-elect of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers at their annual meeting in July. Stocker is a principal with Stamper, Rubens, Stocker and Smith PS. His practice focuses on medical malpractice,

Nena Cook Serving as President of Oregon State Bar Willamette University College of Law alumna Nena Cook JD’91 serves as president of the Oregon State Bar. OSB presidents are elected by the OSB Board of Governors and serve a oneyear term. As head of the 13,000-member professional organization, Cook has presided over OSB meetings and participated in a number of outreach opportunities for the organization. Cook, who heads Portland’s Sussman Shank LLP’s employment law group, is considered one of Oregon’s most powerful female attorneys. At age 38, she is the youngest OSB president ever elected and one of only three female presidents in the association’s 70-year history. In July 2005, the Portland Business Journal honored Cook with a “Best of the Bar” award, identifying her as a standout in her field of law. Six of the 19 Portland-area attorneys honored were Willamette University College of Law graduates.


Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2005 • Vol. V, No. 2  
Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2005 • Vol. V, No. 2  

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