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In November 2018, Willa B. Perlmutter received the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association 2018 “Associate Member of the Year” award, which recognizes “dedication to the association, commitment to the membership, and outstanding support of the industry.” Mike Mills accepted the award on Perlmutter’s behalf at an awards banquet on November 13, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. More information can be found here.

In November 2018, Ramona L. Monroe received the Alaska Miners Association’s 2018 “Advocate of the Year” award, which recognizes an individual who contributes her time, talent and subject-matter expertise to further the organization’s goals. Monroe was recognized at an awards banquet on November 8, 2018, in Anchorage. More information can be found here.

In October 2018, Wendy J. Olson received Concordia University School of Law’s 2018 “Leaders in Action” award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improving Idaho and the lives of its residents. Olson was recognized at an awards reception on October 24, 2018, in Boise. More information can be found here.

In September 2018, Stoel Rives received a Diversity Law Institute (DLI) Law Firm Diversity Award. The awards are given annually to a select number of law firms and companies that have advanced, promoted or supported diversity and inclusion in the profession of law and share in the DLI’s commitment to promoting a more diverse, equal and inclusive legal profession. Firm partner and Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) Fellow Tami Boeck accepted the award at CLSA’s 2018 International Conference & Induction of Fellows. More information can be found here.

In June 2018, Stoel Rives once again received Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification is the only initiative directed toward certifying, publicly recognizing and broadly publicizing eligible law firms where women are integrated into the highest leadership positions in the firm. Stoel Rives has received this recognition for eight consecutive years and is one of only 42 law firms nationwide to meet the certification requirements this year. More information can be found here and here.

Kelly Knivila is a participant in the spring 2018 Diversity in Law Hackathon series, the first of two “Shark Tank”-style pitch competitions, created by the Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law, intended to generate innovative ideas that will lead to an increased pipeline and greater retention and advancement of diverse lawyers in law. Participants are organized into teams of eight law firm and legal department leaders, along with an expert advisor and law student, who meet in-person at the kick-off and then work together virtually for several months until a final in-person pitch event. More information can be found here.

In November 2017, Stoel Rives received a perfect 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Stoel Rives joins the ranks of a record 609 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks, up from 517 last year. With a 100% rating Stoel Rives has the distinction of being among the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” More information can be found here and here.

In November 2017, Wendy J. Olson was named an Idaho Business Review “Leader in Law.” Olson and the other 2017 award recipients, selected by a committee of former honorees and a representative of the University of Idaho College of Law, were chosen for their professional achievements, leadership in their profession and in the community, and volunteer work. They were recognized at an awards reception on November 16, 2017, in Boise. More information can be found here.

In September 2017, John Laney was selected by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for its Best Lawyers Under 40 Award. The honor recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40, have achieved distinction in their fields, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to Asian Pacific civic or community affairs. More information can be found here and here.

In September 2017, Wendy J. Olson was selected by the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as a recipient of its 2017 Exemplary Lawyer award honoring attorneys who have improved the quality of practice in Idaho’s federal courts. Olson received the award at a luncheon during the U.S. Courts Bench-Bar Conference in Boise on November. More information can be found here.

In July 2017, Wendy was also selected by the Idaho State Bar’s (ISB) Diversity Section as the recipient of its 2017 “Justice for All” award.The award highlights the progress and impact an individual has made in bringing opportunities of the law to bear to promote diversity and protect against discrimination. Wendy was honored at an awards breakfast at ISB’s Annual Meeting in July in Moscow, ID. More information can be found here and here.

In March 2017, Nicole Hancock was selected by Idaho Women Lawyers, Inc., (IWL) as the 2017 recipient of its Kate Feltham Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and minorities within the legal profession and legal justice system in Idaho. Nicole was honored at IWL’s biennial gala, Celebrating Women in the Law: Raising the Bar, on March 8, 2017, in Boise. More information can be found here and here.

In 2017, S. Lane Tucker was elected president of the Federal Bar Association, Alaska Chapter. The chapter, formed in 2001 and currently with 75 members, was created to continue the mission of the Federal Bar Association, which is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of federal legal practitioners, the federal judiciary, and the public they serve. More information can be found here and here.

In September 2016, Krista K. McIntyre was named an Idaho Business Review “Leader in Law.” McIntyre and the other 2016 award recipients, selected by a committee of former honorees, were chosen for their professional achievements, leadership and volunteer work. They were recognized at a dinner and awards event on November 17, 2016, in Boise. More information can be found here.

In June 2016, the American Bar Association (ABA) appointed Howard Bye-Torre as a commissioner to the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). Created in 2007, the SOGI Commission seeks to secure equal treatment for all people in the American Bar Association, the legal profession and the justice system without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. Howard began serving in the Commissioner capacity in August 2016, and he currently serves as ABA Health Law Section’s Liaison to the SOGI Commission. More information about the SOGI Commission and its activities can be found here.

In June 2016, Alex Oh was selected by the Washington Diversity Council as a recipient of its Washington LGBT Leadership Award. The award recognizes leaders in corporate America and within the LGBT community for their recognizable advocacy efforts, service as role models within the LGBT community and promotion of inclusiveness within the workplace. The award recipients were honored at the Washington LGBT Roundtable and Awards Breakfast in Seattle on June 9, 2016. More information can be found here.

In June 2016, Alex was also selected as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2016 by the National LGBT Bar Association. The LGBT Bar established this award to recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality. The award recipients were honored at a special awards luncheon on Friday, August 5, 2016, in conjunction with the 2016 Lavender Law Conference. More information can be found here.

In April 2016, Stoel Rives was selected by Law360 for recognition as one of the 100 best U.S. law firms for women. The ranking, which is in its second year, is calculated based on law firm survey responses regarding female representation at the partner and non-partner levels as well as the total number of female attorneys. Stoel Rives ranked 24th among major U.S. law firms, 12th among its peer Am Law 200 firms and 66th overall, as defined by the 2015 American Lawyer Magazine Am Law rankings. More information can be found here and here.

In September 2015, Stoel Rives announced its partnership with OnRamp Fellowship, the first “Returnship” program ever launched in the legal profession. The OnRamp Fellowship was established to provide experienced women lawyers re-entering the profession with an opportunity to update their skills and contacts through paid, one-year Fellowships with major law firms. With the new partnership, Stoel Rives has expanded the Fellowship program to three new markets for the first time — Portland, Salt Lake City, and Seattle — with additional Fellowship opportunities expected in other markets in which the Firm has a presence, including Anchorage and Sacramento. More information can be found here and here.

In March 2015, Michelle Rudd was named one of the 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine. Savoy’s listing is comprised of the nation’s elite Black lawyers who are widely recognized for their professionalism, protection of rights and community service. Honorees include partners within leading national law firms and corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations. Savoy’s Most Influential Black Lawyers list is the latest addition to the magazine’s recognition of influential Black professionals, which includes a Most Influential Black Executives and a Most Influential Black Women listing. More information can be found here.

In October 2014, Amy Edwards received the 2014 Judge Learned Hand Community Achievement Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee (OAJC), which honors leaders in the legal field for professional excellence and contributions to the legal community. The OAJC is dedicated to the advancement of social justice, human rights, religious liberty, support for Israel, mutual understanding and democratic principles. Among other contributions, Amy was recognized for her work on the legal team that successfully overturned the death sentence of an Oregon inmate in 2012 and for helping several individuals gain legal status in the United States through both asylum and Violence Against Women Act proceedings. More information can be found here.

In September 2014, Stoel Rives received the Law Firm of the Year Award from the Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA). This Award was presented at UMBA’s Scholarship and Awards Banquet, which commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The UMBA is an organization of Utah lawyers committed to promoting diversity and addressing issues that impact racial and ethnic minorities, especially within the legal community. More information about UMBA can be found here.

Joan Snyder was selected by Lawyer Monthly magazine as a recipient of the 2014 Women in Law Award, which recognizes and highlights the achievements of women in the legal profession across the globe who have influenced the wider legal profession in their jurisdiction. Joan was one of fewer than 50 woman lawyers in the United States chosen for the award. More information can be found here.

In April 2014, Vanessa Soriano Power was selected by the Law Women’s Caucus of the University of Washington School of Law to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Women in the Law Award. This award honors female University of Washington law graduates who show leadership and excellence in their areas of practice and provide invaluable mentorship for current students. The Law Women’s Caucus is dedicated to raising awareness about women in law -- both as professionals in the field and as subjects of the law. They provide support to law students through mentorship programs, informational workshops, networking and service. More information can be found here.

In June 2013, John Laney was named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys under 40 who are excelling in the legal profession. Lawyers of Color Inc. (LOCInc) is the parent company of On Being A Black Lawyer, On Being A Hispanic Lawyer and On Being A Lawyer of Color. Established in 2008 to report news of importance to black legal professionals, LOCInc is now a media and research company focusing on all lawyers of color. John and all honorees will be profiled in LOCInc’s July 2013 Hot List Special Issue. More information about LOCInc can be found here.

In September 2012, five Stoel Rives offices received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, a prestigious award recognizing employers that successfully use workplace flexibility to meet organizational and employee goals. As recipients of the 2012 Sloan Award, the Anchorage, Boise, Portland, Sacramento and Salt Lake City offices of Stoel Rives were in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of the programs, policies and culture that create an effective and flexible workplace. The Firm’s Minneapolis and Seattle offices were Honorable Mention recipients of this award. More information can be found here.

In April 2012, the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas honored Stoel Rives partner Tony Miles, along with local restaurateur Donna Moodie and noted author and University of Washington professor Charles Johnson, with the inaugural Connoisseur of the Arts Award for their contributions to the Seattle arts community. The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas enriches the Puget Sound region by creating a progressive institution dedicated to the cultural and intellectual enlightenment of every citizen. Its mission is to present and produce Black cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. More information about the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas can be found here.

On March 14, 2012, Maimonides Jewish Day School honored Gersham Goldstein for his longstanding service and support of the school. Maimonides Jewish Day School’s mission is to provide and promote the highest quality Judaic and secular education to a diverse community of Jewish children. When asked why he supports the school, Gersham explained, “I believe that we have essentially two really important commitments as Jews – one to educate the youth and the other to take care of the elderly. So I am supportive of Jewish education…especially [at] Maimonides because of their kindness and tenderness towards children.” More information about Maimonides can be found here.

In January 2012, Michelle Rudd represented Stoel Rives at the Oregon State Bar Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) Annual Employer Forum. OLIO encourages minority students to attend Oregon law schools and provides academic and social support to those students. Michelle spoke to law students about working at Stoel Rives and about the firm’s internal and external diversity initiatives, including affinity groups, mentoring and educational programs, and community outreach. Michelle is currently a member of the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee. More information about the Affirmative Action Committee and Plan can be found here.

In January 2012, Stoel Rives was honored with the Equity Foundation’s Equity Award for medium-sized businesses. The Equity Foundation’s mission is to eradicate prejudice against sexual and gender minority communities as well as other diverse communities around Oregon and Southwest Washington. This award honored Oregon and Southwest Washington businesses that embrace the diversity of the community by having exceptional hiring and employment policies and practices. An emphasis was placed on policies and practices that promote social justice and provide equal opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. More information about the Equity Award can be found here and more information about the Equity Foundation can be found here.

Central City Concern (CCC) honored Ed Reeves for his tireless work since the mid-1980s in providing extensive pro bono legal counsel to the nonprofit agency. Ed was recognized at CCC’s annual Working Our Way Home luncheon, held November 1, 2011. Central City Concern is a nonprofit organization that works to end homelessness through a variety of programs including housing, health and substance abuse assistance, and volunteer and employment opportunities. In being honored, Ed noted, “Central City Concern provides for those who have too little; it does so in a way that has become a national model and is a testament that Portland continues to be an enlightened city. I am grateful for Portland and the opportunity to work with Central City Concern.” More information about CCC can be found here.


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