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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.


2014 Sponsors


Markowitz Herbold PC


Income Property Management Co.

Stoel Rives LLP


Miller Nash LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Washington Federal


Greene & Markley PC

Hotel deLuxe

The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Small Firm

John Arnsberg

Bittner & Hahs PC

Pacific Continental Bank

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP

Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter PC

Sussman Shank LLP  

Lisa Kaner Enviro 4-14 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

  • Winner, Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award, 2007
  • Special Recognition, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, 2008
  • Winner, President’s Public Service Award, Oregon State Bar, 2006
  • President, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court,2006-8; member 1991-present
  • Board Member, U.S. District Court Historical Society,2000-4
  • Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2006, 2008-present
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Coach, Lincoln High School Constitution Team
  • Coach, Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team,2001-6
  • Speaker and regular contributor to continuing legal education events


  • Villanova University School of Law — J.D., magna cum laude, 1986
  • University of Pennsylvania — B.A., cum laude, 1983

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon (1988)
  • Pennsylvania (1986 - inactive)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  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).

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Listed among Rising StarsSM (Business Litigation), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008-2011
  • Recipient, 2010 Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Service Award
  • Member, Estate Planning & Admin. Section and Litigation and Product Liability Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • "Protecting Communications: How to avoid privilege pitfalls" (coauthor), Portland Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2011
  • Author, Oregon Civil Litigation Manual, Verdicts and Findings (2009 Supp.)
  • "Contract Law in Oregon" (co-author), Parol Evidence Rule and Integration (2008 Supp.)
  • Author, "Why Washington Courts Should Impose a Duty on Gun Manufacturers to Market Firearms Responsibly," 75 Wash. L. Rev. 941, 2000
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Board Member, Oregon Law Center
  • Founding Board Member, Emerge Oregon


  • "Protecting Communications: How to avoid privilege pitfalls" (coauthor), Portland Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2011
  • Author, Oregon Civil Litigation Manual, Verdicts and Findings (2009 Supp.)
  • "Contract Law in Oregon" (co-author), Parol Evidence Rule and Integration (2008 Supp.)
  • Author, "Why Washington Courts Should Impose a Duty on Gun Manufacturers to Market Firearms Responsibly," 75 Wash. L. Rev. 941, 2000
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Board Member, Oregon Law Center
  • Founding Board Member, Emerge Oregon

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Board Member, Oregon Law Center
  • Founding Board Member, Emerge Oregon



Rescheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Has Anti-Semitism Seeped Into the Mainstream of America Today?"


Bob Horenstein, Director of Community Relations and Allocations, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and a regular contributor to the Israeli biweekly magazine The Jerusalem Report

 Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Perkins Coie LLP
1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR  97209

- Bring your own brown bag lunch -

  To reserve your place please email to:




Dear Friends,

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:  

  • Amicus Brief filed in support of Oregon’s Freedom To Marry process, co-signed by Oregon Board of Rabbis and CRC of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
  • Revised and updated our mission and policy statements (a collaborative 6-month process)
  • Set priorities for greater impact on Anti-Semitism, Hunger in Oregon, Freedom to Marry
  • Achieved record attendance at our Intergroup Seder held at the MJCC in April
  • Presented Crossing over: A Musical Haggadah in April at Lincoln Hall, PSU
  • Over 50 community representatives read for our Yom HaShoah Program: A Public Reading of 5,000 names from the Holocaust, in April. Partnered with OJMCHE
  • Created an Advisory Council comprised of past leaders of OAJC/AJC
  • Expanded communication throughout the community via our E-blasts, Executive Director’s Notes, FaceBook postings and community partner links via our website
  • Presented Lunch & Learn programs including, “Racism in Oregon, what it looks like today”
  • OAJC’s community and interfaith work, including Black/ Jewish Dialogues taking place October through December, co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
  • Celebrated three accomplished Oregon women at the annual Judge Learned Hand Awards Luncheon attended by over 220 representatives from the legal community

 On behalf of the OAJC Board of Directors Thank You to our many donors and partners; we are extremely grateful!
Best Wishes,

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


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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