The Oregon Area Jewish Committee is pleased to announce our 2014 Judge Learned Hand Award Luncheon on October 29, 2014 at the Benson Hotel Mayfair Ballroom. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Lisa Kaner of Markowitz Herbold Glade & Melhaf, PC. The Community Leadership Award will be presented to Amy Edwards of Stoel Rives, LLP.
The OAJC Judge Learned Hand Award honors the memory of Judge Billings Learned Hand, who was recognized as jurist, philosopher and poet of liberty. Judge Hand, appointed by President Taft as US District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, was famous for the extensive range of decisions which he rendered in more than 2,000 cases, especially those centering on questions of constitutional rights and anti-trust legislation. The Judge Learned Hand Award honors leaders in the legal field for professional excellence and contributions to the community. Award recipients are people who embody much of what Judge Hand represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.
Past recipients include: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Jonathan A. Ater, Brain Booth, Chief Justice Paul J. DeMuniz, Barnes E. Ellis, David Frohnmayer, Edwin A. Harnden, Barrie J. Herbold, Henry H. Hewitt, Don Marmaduke, Jake Tanzer, Thomas Tongue. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP - Trung Tu. EMERGING LEADERSHIP - Elisa Dozono, Darius Hartwell, Roman Hernandez, Lisa Kaner, Julia E. Markley. SPECIAL - Amy Baggio, Patrick J. Ehlers, Paul T. Fortino, Ruben Iniguez, Thomas R. Johnson, Samuel C. Kauffman, Jan K. Kitchel, Bryan Lessley, Stephen R. Sady, Christopher J. Schatz, Steven T. Wax, Robert C. Weaver, Cody M. Weston.
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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.”
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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).
Through Jewish values, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee advances social justice, human rights, religious liberty, support for Israel, mutual understanding, and democratic principles.
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