Continuing Legal Education

Mission: One of the most important things we can do as a section is help each other be better lawyers and stay on top of changing laws in our area. Our CLE subcommittee has organized some great events over the last year and is looking at ways to incorporate technology to reach members outside of the major metro areas. This subcommittee also organizes our annual fall CLE.
Chair: Melissa Jaffe: [email protected] / 503 780-6565
Members: Kimberly Boswell, Melanie Choch, Tim Crippen, Jennifer Nicholls


Mission: The mission of this subcommittee is business law improvement in Oregon.
Chair: Leigh Gill: [email protected] / 503 802-5542
Members: Blake Bowman, Matt Larson, Michael Walker


Mission: The Outreach Subcommittee plans and carries out education programs and social events aiming to expand the reach of the Business Law Section to Oregon’s professional communities in the Portland metropolitan area and statewide. The Outreach Subcommittee also organizes the Section’s annual planning retreat for executive committee members.
Chair: Krista Evans: [email protected] / 503 908-3003
Members: Joe Cerne, Berit Everhart, Leigh Gill, Will Goodling, Melissa Jaffe, Matt Larson, Jennifer Nicholls, Ben Pirie

Newsletter and Communications

Mission: The Newsletter and Communications Subcommittee solicits and reviews articles from attorneys and publishes Oregon Business Lawyer, the quarterly Business Law Section newsletter.
Co-Chair: Tim Crippen: [email protected] / 503 224-5560
Co-Chair: Berit Everhart: [email protected] / 541 658-6154
Members: Adam Adkin, Blake Bowman, Jay Brody, Melissa Jaffe, Justin Monahan, Michael Walker, Meghan Williams

New Business Lawyers

Mission: The New Business Lawyers Subcommittee engages new(er) lawyers who practice transactional business law and provides an opportunity to network, mentor law students and new members of the Business Law Section, and participate in community engagement events.
Chair: Joseph L Cerne: [email protected] / 503 778-2192
Members: Kimberly Boswell, Melanie Choch, Krista Evans, Berit Everhart, Will Goodling, Melissa Jaffe, Ben Pirie

Nominating and Member Recruitment

Mission: This subcommittee encourages active membership in the Business Law Section.
Chair: Michael Walker: [email protected] / 503 226-2966
Members: Will Goodling and
A third member (who must be a non-EC member) will be selected before the subcommittee begins its work in considering nominations for 2025 EC members.

Castles Leadership Award

Mission: The award was established in 1998 to recognize an Oregon lawyer for excellence in the practice of business law, professionalism among fellow business lawyers and outstanding community leadership. This subcommittee receives and reviews nominations for the award and recommends a recipient to the Executive Committee.
Chair: Will Goodling: [email protected] / 503 294-9501
Member: Michael Walker