THE HONORABLE JUDGE DAN STIDHAM
Judge Stidham was engaged in the private practice of law prior to becoming a full-time District Court Judge on January 1st, 2008. During his private practice he also served as a Public Defender. He is a past president of the Greene-Clay Counties Bar Association, a member of the Greene County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association. Prior to taking the Bench full time he was admitted to practice in all Courts in the State of Arkansas, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the United States Supreme Court.
Judge Stidham is an active member of the Arkansas District Judge’s Council. In April of 2007, Judge Stidham was chosen by his fellow District Judges from around the State to serve on the Board of Directors of the District Judge’s Council representing the First Congressional District of Arkansas.
As an Attorney, Judge Stidham was twice selected as among the Best Attorneys by the readers of the Paragould Daily Press. He was selected as the Best Attorney in 1998. During his law practice, which spanned a period of twenty years, he accumulated a broad range of litigation experience in Domestic Relations, Personal Injury, Insurance and Criminal law. He was qualified to handle capital criminal cases and tried one of the most well known criminal cases in Arkansas history in 1994.
That case, a triple homicide in West Memphis, Arkansas, was the subject of a 1996 HBO documentary film entitled Paradise Lost. A sequel to this film, Paradise Lost: Revelations was released by HBO in the spring of 2000. This murder case has resulted in Judge Stidham appearing on National television on several occasions including the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and Court TV's Prime Time Justice. In 1996, Judge Stidham's experience in the West Memphis murder case was the subject of a cover story in the Arkansas Times Magazine. Judge Stidham is a frequent speaker on college campuses and at professional meetings around the Country regarding criminal law issues and the West Memphis murder case. He is also currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, Arkansas State University, where he teaches classes on Evidence, Criminal Procedure and other legal issues. He has spoken at various Bar association and Trial Lawyer association sponsored seminars and was an invited speaker at the Inaugural meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling in October of 1999 where he gave a presentation on the "West Memphis Case: A Case Study in Criminal Profiling and the Law." In March of 2004, Judge Stidham was an invited speaker at the “Equal Justice Works Symposium for the Wrongfully Accused.”
Rhonda Bentley is the Manager of the Tillamook and Lincoln County title offices of First American Title Insurance Company of Oregon. Ms. Bentley has been in the title industry since 1979 and has worked for First American Title since March 1994. Ms. Bentley is currently the Vice President and Area Manager for First American Title in Tillamook and Lincoln Counties. During Ms. Bentley's free time, she is the Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Tillamook, the Secretary of the Tillamook County Board of Realtors, and a member of the TLC Supervisory Committee and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling.
KELLEY CHANEY, RP
Kelley Chaney, RP is a Senior Litigation Paralegal with Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue, LLP. Ms. Chaney has 22 years experience in the legal field and currently manages six to eight trials a year. Ms. Chaney has been the Oregon Paralegal Associations Pro Bono Chair since 2007, OPA’s President from October 2011 till October 2013, and is currently a Board Advisor. Ms. Chaney is also on the NFPA Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Chaney has a B.S. in Justice from Portland State University and graduated from the College of Legal Arts in 1992.
Brenna Dickey is a Paralegal in Miller Nash’s business department, assisting the firm’s client and attorneys with corporate and maintenance, due diligence review, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Dickey joined Miller Nash in 1998. Ms. Dickey currently is the Oregon Paralegal Association President for the October 2013 – October 2014 term and has held several positions in the Oregon Paralegal Associations Board of Directors and is the Chair for the Corporate Specialty Group and is an Advisory Board Member for the Portland Community College Paralegal Program. Ms. Dickey has a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Oregon in Political Science and Journalism (news-editorial) and a Paralegal Certificate, summa cum laude, from the University of the California, Los Angeles.
Anne Foster is a partner at Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue, LLP. Ms. Fosters is a successful trial lawyer and some of her recent employment case results include a jury verdict for $1.25 million and a $620,000 whistleblower voluntary judgment. In addition to employment law, Ms. Foster specializes in catastrophic injuries, agricultural law and complex business disputes. Ms. Fosters was selected for inclusion in 2009 Oregon Rising Stars by Oregon Super Lawyers. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Anne was the speechwriter for David Frohnmayer.
Aaron Grewell Currently the UNIX server engineer at REI. Mr. Grewell’s responsibilities include the security of data for all internet operations across REI’s multiple locations. Prior to that Mr. Grewell was the senior systems engineer at Amdocs (formerly QPass) which was also an international entity. Mr. Grewell’s employment at AmDocs included storage of all kinds of records including medical records and HIPAA compliance for some entities, they stored electronic medical records for multiple facilities before the cloud.
AUKJEN INGRAHAM is a Portland Trial Lawyer with over 12 years experience in State and Federal Courts. Ms. Ingraham has handled all sizes and types of cases as both Plaintiff and Defendant, but focuses on complex and catastrophic injury litigation. Ms. Ingraham is currently an Attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland.
MARYANN IVIE, RP
Maryann Ivie, RP, is a Paralegal in the Portland, Oregon law firm of Cosgrave, Vergeer & Kester, L.L.P. Ms. Ivie has more than 25 years of legal experience and became a Registered Paralegal in the year 2000, having passed the National Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE®). Ms. Ivie is experienced in all areas of complex litigation, including document analysis and control, database management, case organization and trial support activities.
JOYCE KENT, RP
Joyce Kent, a PACE Registered Paralegal, serves as a paralegal in the Real Estate and Construction practice group of the Litigation Department. Ms. Kent has experience in assisting with preparation of lien and bond claims and has significant experience in civil litigation, both state and federal trial court, including attendance at arbitrations, trials, and other legal proceedings. Employed by solo practitioners since 1977 in civil litigation, state and federal trial court. Ms. Kent joined Stoel Rives in 1985 as a litigation secretary and became a paralegal in 1999. Ms. Kent is currently National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Oregon Paralegal Association, NALS, Board Member of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Paralegal Profession.
BETH L. KING, RP
Beth L. King, RP, is a senior litigation paralegal at Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world leader in delivering modern energy. Ms. King has extensive experience preparing for and attending trials, arbitrations and hearings. An adjunct instructor in the PCC paralegal program, she is a contributor to a number of professional publications and is a frequent instructor for legal professionals across the country in case management and organization, ethics, client communications, legal writing, and litigation. Ms. King has been active in OPA and NFPA for over 30 years, most recently as chair of OPA’s ad hoc committee on the Limited Licensed Legal Technician. Ms. King has a degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University and is a PACE registered paralegal.
LINDA ODERMOTT, RP
Linda Odermott, RP is currently a Paralegal to the City Attorney for the City Attorney for the City of Tualatin, where she assists the City Attorney in all matters that impact the city. Ms. Odermott is also currently an instructor for the Paralegal Program for Portland Community College. Ms. Odermott was appointed as the Certification Ambassador and Military Outreach Liaison by the Oregon Paralegal Association Association and is the Region I Representative for National Federation Paralegal Association Regulation Review Committee. In addition to all these committees Ms. Odermott is part of a Task Force Member with the Oregon State Bar’s Limited License Legal Technician Task Force for the Board of Governers.
Dardie Robinson’s Paralegal practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of plaintiff and defendants, including those involving motor vehicle and trucking accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, abuse (child, elder and sexual), civil rights, Dram Shop, fire losses and professional liability. Ms. Robinson is a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association in which she currently serves as leader of the Master’s Section. She also is a member of the Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association, is on the Editorial Board of the National Paralegal Reporter, and was one of the writers of the litigation portion of the PCC Core Competency exam beginning in 2011. Ms. Robinson has mentored countless paralegals.
Kasia Rutledge is an attorney in the Major Felony Unit of the Metropolitan Public Defenders office where she has been for over 5 years since graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School. Originally from Kansas, she studied environmental science, women’s and gender studies, and race/ethnic relations in undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has clerked for a Federal Public Defender panel attorney, worked at MPD as a Certified Law Student, and worked in both the Multnomah and Washington County Offices. In addition to her public defense work, she is committed to anti-racism/white privilege work, speaks American Sign Language, and is active in the National Lawyers Guild.
Janis Timlick joined Unisearch, Inc. in December of 2004, brining over 25 years of legal, banking and real estate experience. As an experienced CLE presenter, Janis has been presenting continuing education seminars for over 18 years. Ms. Timlick has taught paralegal classes at Pioneer Pacific College and Portland Community College, and published several articles on UCC and Corporate issues for Paralegal periodicals. Ms. Timlick graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Education and has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Portland Community College.