Section News

Stipends for Law Students 

In lieu of the Business Law Section’s annual scholarship program, the Business Law Section donated funds to the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Department to help provide two $3,360 stipends for students working in business law in summer of 2022.

The stipend applications recently went live on the D&I website.  The deadline for applications is January 24, 2022.

To the extent anyone has connections that might be interested in participating as an employer for one of the stipend recipients please reach out and inform them of the program.  The stipend recipients (the students) need to coordinate employment with eligible employers after they are awarded the stipend, so the more employers that are generally aware of the program the better.  More information can be found in the program handbook.

If any of your connections have questions about the specifics of the stipend program, please direct them to Suraya Barbee at [email protected].

OSB Business Law Section 2021 Annual Election Notice

In accordance with the Standard Section Bylaws, the Business Law Section Executive Committee proposes the following members be elected to the positions and terms outlined below. Section members now have the opportunity to vote on the proposed slate, here. Voting will close at midnight on Tuesday, December 28.

Terms ending December 31, 2022
Chair: Anne Arathoon
Chair-Elect: William Goodling
Past Chair: Jeffrey Tarr
Treasurer: Jennifer Nichols
Secretary: Michael Walker

Members at Large 
Terms ending December 31, 2023
Matthew Larson
Brian Jolly
Joseph Cerne
Benjamin Pirie
Melissa Jaffe
Kaci Hohmann
Krista Evans

Members previously elected to the executive committee and continuing through December 31, 2022, include: James Hein, Charmin Shiely, and Benjamin Kearney.

Nominations for the The James B. Castles Leadership Award extended to Sept. 15

The James B. Castles Leadership 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. It is the highest recognition that the Business Law Section can bestow on one of its members.

If you would like to nominate an Oregon business lawyer for the James B. Castles Leadership Award,  e-mail the name of the nominee, together with the pertinent details regarding the nominee’s qualifications for the award, to Genevieve AuYeung Kiley at [email protected].

The deadline for nominations is  September 15, 2021. Nominations will be reviewed by past chairs of the Business Law Section, who may then recommend a candidate for the award to the Executive Committee.

More information about the award, qualifications, and past recipients.

2020 Law-school Scholarships Awarded

The Business Law Section awarded three $1,000 scholarships to current law students for their outstanding potential to contribute to the Oregon business-law community.

Diego Gutriérrez – Lewis and Clark Law School

Diego Gutiérrez is a third-year law student at Lewis & Clark. Before law school, Diego worked as an income tax preparer serving mostly immigrant communities in need of tax advocacy. During his 1L and 2L summers, he was a Summer Associate for Lane Powell, where he worked on a variety of corporate and business legal matters ranging from tax to commercial litigation. Diego is eager to use his legal skills after graduation to continue working in business law and bring attainable solutions to a growing diverse business community in Oregon.

Zach Schick – Willamette University

Zack Schick is in his final year of the JD/MBA program at Willamette University. Having worked in California, Oregon, Texas and volunteered abroad in Tanzania and Belize, Zack has pursued opportunities where he can offer real change. Through law school, Zack has stayed with the Oregon Department of Justice, first clerking with the Special Litigation Unit, and currently with the Tax and Finance Section. He hopes to use the skills from the JD/MBA program and clerkships to start a meaningful legal career in Oregon.

Victoria Nguyen – University of Oregon

Victoria is the operations editor for the Oregon Law Review and a lifelong Oregonian. She served as a legal research and writing tutor, and an extern for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Victoria looks forward to joining Hershner Hunter LLP as an associate in the fall.


OSB Business Law Section 2021 Executive Committee Elected
During the annual meeting on November 5, 2020, the following were elected to the Executive Committee

Terms ending December 31, 2021
Chair:  Jeffrey S. Tarr
Chair-Elect:  Kara E. Tatman
Past-Chair:  Genevieve A. Kiley
Secretary:  William J. Goodling
Treasurer:  Anne E. Arathoon

Terms ending December 31, 2022
Charmin B. Shiely
Benjamin M. Kearney
James K. Hein
Michael Walker

Term ending December 31, 2021
Tyler J. Volm

Members previously elected to the executive committee and continuing through December 31, 2021, include:
Matthew D. Larson
Brian Jolly
Jennifer Nicholls
Emily M. Maass
David G. Post