Thank you to all our sponsors and honorees for making the 2014 Judge Learned Hand Awards Luncheon a success! Pictured (L-R): OAJC Executive Director, Joanne Van Ness Menashe; OAJC Board President, Jeff Reingold; Community Leadership Award recipient, Amy Edwards; Oregon State Attorney General & Keynote Speaker, Ellen F. Rosenblum; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Lisa Kaner; OAJC Board Secretary and Luncheon Committee Chair, Misha Isaak.
Oregon State Attorney General, Ellen F. Rosenblum delivered the keynote address. Please follow the link below for a transcript of her remarks.
Markowitz Herbold PC
Income Property Management Co.
Stoel Rives LLP
Miller Nash LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Greene & Markley PC
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Bittner & Hahs PC
Pacific Continental Bank
Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP
Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter PC
Sussman Shank LLP
Lisa Kaner has extensive trial experience in the most legally demanding and factually intensive cases. She has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a wide range of complex commercial cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Her practice areas include securities litigation, complex contract disputes, business fraud, insurance coverage and employment. Over the past decade, Lisa has obtained multi-million dollar judgments and settlements and defeated like-size claims.
In a statewide survey of lawyers conducted by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, Lisa is identified as a Super Lawyer, a designation limited to the top five percent of attorneys in Oregon. In 2012, she was ranked by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Oregon, and a Future Star by the national publication Benchmark Litigation. She also is recognized for commercial and real estate litigation in the legal profession's longstanding peer-review publication, The Best Lawyers in America. In 2007, Lisa was selected as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award winners, an honor that recognizes outstanding women in business.In 2014, Lisa and fellow Markowitz Herbold Shareholder Renée Rothauge founded the Rothauge & Kaner Women's Trial Academy. Sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers, the Academy is the first of its kind in Oregon to focus on building trial skills of women litigators.
As part of her baccalaureate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for a year. While at Villanova University School of Law, she was an associate editor of the Law Review. After graduation, she served for two years as a law clerk in Oregon to U.S. District Court Chief Judge Owen M. Panner. Lisa has spent most of her career with the firm, first joining in 1988. She spent a year in Philadelphia as an associate at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, and rejoined the firm in 1991.
Lisa served as chair and legal counsel for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial Coalition, a multi-ethnic inter-faith group of organizations. She guided the coalition through a heated six-year legal battle to the Memorial’s unveiling in 2004. In 2008, Lisa received the Judge Learned Hand Special Recognition Award for her efforts.
For more than a decade, Lisa served as a board member and an officer for the Oregon Chapter of The American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights organization in the country. In 2002, Lisa co-chaired a coalition to bring to Portland the international exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today, which was visited by more than 60,000 people.
Lisa assisted in creating and raising funds for a permanent endowment held by the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for the perpetual care of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland’s Washington Park, and for Holocaust education, which encourages educators to teach, and young people to learn, about the Holocaust and fight injustice in their own lives.
She assisted the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center in its recent merger with the Oregon Jewish Museum, which resulted in the new Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE). Through the Friends of the Memorial, a subcommittee of OJMCHE, Lisa has also been involved in bringing a new exhibit to the OJMCHE, entitled: A Triumph of Life: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.
Also, earlier this year, Lisa helped Friends of the Memorial bring renowned Jewish-Christian and Holocaust scholar Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and noted Jewish feminist Blu Greenberg to Portland for a 4-day community experience called “Reshaping the World after the Holocaust: a Weekend of Learning.”
Experience and Affiliations
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Amy Edwards is a partner in the Litigation group at Stoel Rives LLP. Ms. Edwards has nearly 15 years’ experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes, trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation, and real property disputes in both federal and state court. Ms. Edwards has particular experience in litigation and legal issues involving fiduciaries, trusts, estates, and nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Edwards is deeply committed to providing legal services to low income and disenfranchised people. She currently serves on the Boards of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center, and is a prior member of the Oregon State Bar’s Legal Service’s Program Committee. Among other pro bono work, Ms. Edwards served on the legal team that successfully overturned the death sentence of an Oregon inmate in 2012, and has helped several individuals gain legal status in the United States through both asylum and Violence Against Women Act proceedings.
Ms. Edwards is a founding Board member of Emerge Oregon, which seeks to increase the representation of women in public office by providing a comprehensive training program for Democratic women. Since its founding in early 2009, Emerge Oregon has trained over 100 women to run for public office and includes among its elected alumnae six members of the Oregon House.
Ms. Edwards also chairs the Stoel Rives Parenting Circle, which provides mentoring opportunities for lawyers who are or will be parents of young children. By providing guidance and support on such matters as professional development, career strategy, and managing work flow, the group strives to keep working parents and, in particular women, engaged in the practice of law.
Ms. Edwards was formerly a law clerk for The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge, Washington Supreme Court (2001-2002); a participant in the Federal Appellate Advocacy Program, University of Washington School of Law (2001); a summer associate at Stoel Rives (2000); a legal intern in the Office of Washington Governor Gary Locke (1999); and a fund-raiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (1995-1998).
As 2014 draws to a close let's take a moment to reflect on our top accomplishments and thank you for the support that made it all possible.
OAJC’s 2014 activities included:
On behalf of the OAJC Board of Directors Thank You to our many donors and partners; we are extremely grateful!
Joann Van Ness Mensashe, Executive Director
OAJC is funded in part by grants from these generous foundations: NW Natural, Leonard & Lois Schnitzer Supporting Fund of OJCF, Howard & Wendy Liebreich Family Trust, Rene Bloch Foundation, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of OJCF, Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation of OJCF, Merrill Schneider Foundation
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