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In December 2016, John Laney will be honored with a Top Contributors Award by Northwest Asian Weekly and the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation . This award marks the noteworthy achievements of local Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders. John and all award recipients will be honored at the 24th Annual Top Contributors to the Asian Community Award Dinner on December 2, 2016, in Seattle, WA. More information about Northwest Asian Weekly can be found here.

In December 2016, Stoel Rives received a perfect 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign 2017 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 517 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. With a 100% rating Stoel Rives has the distinction of being among the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." More information can be found here and 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, 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 six consecutive years and is one of only 31 law firms nationwide to meet the certification requirements this year. More information 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 will be 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 June 2014, Juliet Cho was named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys 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. Juliet and all honorees will be profiled in LOCInc’s Hot List 2014 Issue. More information about LOCInc 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 November 2013 Pam Jacklin received a favorable ruling in a case regarding federal benefits for same-sex couples. The Executive Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council ruled that the denial of health care benefits to the same-sex partner of a former U.S. District of Oregon court employee, whom Pam represented, constituted unlawful sex discrimination and required compensation. Pam was pleased by the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council's refusal to adopt the notion that her client was discriminated against but without a remedy. "For us, it was important to vindicate the principle that when a federal employee is the victim of discrimination under the courts' EDR Plan, back pay is, as the plan says, an available remedy," Pam said. "As we argued on appeal, to ignore the maxim that equity will not tolerate a wrong without a remedy in [my client's] case would make a mockery of the Oregon federal district court's proclamation to employees that it will 'tolerate no discrimination.'" More information can be found here and here.

In July 2013, Carolyn Walker was recognized as a leading litigator in Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation list. She is one of only three Oregon litigators to be included. The Top 250 Women in Litigation list honors the accomplishments of America's leading trial lawyers and features female litigators from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to her litigation practice, Carolyn has extensive experience counseling clients on a wide variety of employment matters. 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 May 2013, Kristen CastaƱos was named one of Sacramento's Women Who Mean Business. Honorees were selected by the Sacramento Business Journal based on their leadership, innovations and community involvement. Kristen's drive to succeed, passion for her work and ability to inspire others have made her a recognized leader in the field of Natural Resources, Land Use and Environmental Law. She is also active in the community as a founding member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Sacramento, a group created to support women lawyers who juggle the challenge of a demanding profession and parenthood, and as a member of the steering committee for the Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento. Kristen was recognized with this honor during a luncheon on June 20, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. More information about the luncheon and other honorees 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.

In November 2011, the Women Lawyers of Sacramento (WLS) appointed Melissa Jones to its Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Career Advancement and Retention Committee. The WLS is the leading women's bar association in the Sacramento Valley and is dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession. More information about WLS 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.

In June 2011, the American Bar Association Health Law Section appointed Howard Bye-Torre as Vice Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Diversity and as Vice Chair of The Health Lawyer, the Section's law journal. The ABA Health Law Section is dedicated to increasing interest in the field of health law. Its 8,885 members represent all areas of the health law industry and are committed to educating the legal profession in this rapidly changing area of practice. Howard will serve in these capacities for the 2011 – 2012 Bar year. More information can be found here.




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