Samantha Balmes For the past seven years, Samantha has worked with Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals (VVSA) performing various tasks, including serving as in-house counsel. During her time with VVSA, Samantha has drafted bills, non-profit papers, and litigation documents. Additionally, she worked as a senate aide for Vermont State Senator, John F. Campbell, senator pro tem. She also worked at Senator Campbell’s law firm for two years. During her time at Vermont Law School, Samantha worked on two prestigious programs – the Sun Yet-sen Program and the Climate Legacy Initiative – compiling many policy documents for these programs. Prior to law school, she was nominated for the Outstanding Student Writing Award at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Furthermore, she has published a variety of creative writing pieces and worked for E World Publishing. Currently, Samantha is an adjunct professor at Portland Community College and Pioneer Pacific College. She is also developing a new animal law class for Clark College’s paralegal program. Finally, Samantha is an active volunteer in her community. Working with many local organizations, she has completed extensive documents in policy, marketing, and non-profit incorporation.
Elise Brickner-Schulz joined Miller Nash in 1987 as a paralegal and is now the firm’s director of legal support services. Elise not only trains new litigation associates but also is responsible for supervising and coordinating work-loads for paralegals, project assistants, and library staff. She is the firm’s front line for reviewing new software and technology for the litigation practice group. Elise has assisted with more than 50 trials and designed and implemented in-house litigation management systems. Her diverse experience includes securities; corporate and shareholder disputes; banking and financial institutions; litigation, arbitration and mediation; products and liability, and public policy and government.
Mark Comstock has broad experience in business, civil and commercial litigation, and in all areas of school law. He is recognized as a leader in creditor rights and bankruptcy litigation, representing clients in bankruptcy court and in various matters in civil litigation before all state and federal courts throughout Oregon. Mr. Comstock also counsels school districts and education service districts in personnel, civil rights and special education matters, business management practices, and represents them at trial and legislative and administrative hearings.
In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Comstock is very active in the Oregon State Bar. He frequently speaks and writes for the Bar’s continuing legal education programs and publications. In 1998, he was honored twice by the Bar, receiving the Oregon State Bar Debtor -Creditor Section Award of Merit for his significant contributions to the section and its members. He also received one of six President’s Public Service awards for his substantial contributions to the public through efforts involving pro bono services, the legislative/public affairs process, law-related education, coordination of public service law-related events, and service with community organizations.
Lynn Hostetler is a recent graduate of Portland Community College’s ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program. For the past two years, Lynn has been working as a Legal Assistant to the Senior Litigation Partner at Hitt Hiller Monfils Williams, LLP. She hopes to begin the transfer program for PSU in the fall.
Peter R. Jarvis Mr. Jarvis is the Partner-in-Charge of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. He is also the Leader of Hinshaw's Lawyers Professional Responsibility/Risk Management Practice Group. Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2003, Mr. Jarvis was a partner with Stoel Rives, LLP, which he joined in 1976.
Mr. Jarvis is a former board member and past president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He has served on countless Bar Committees in Oregon and Washington. He is also a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Jarvis has received The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement's "2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award," the ALI-ABA Harrison Tweed Special Merit Award (1993), and the Oregon Bar Association's President's Membership Services Award (1991). Mr. Jarvis was selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America®" in the area of ethics and professional responsibility law. He holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability. In 2011 and again in 2012 Mr. Jarvis was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. In addition to in-house and private CLEs for individual law firms and corporate legal departments, Mr. Jarvis has participated in approximately two-dozen public legal ethics/risk management CLEs per year since the late 1980s.
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. She has over 30 years of experience specializing in litigation for large and medium size law firms, corporations and municipalities, with emphasis on environmental clean-ups, construction, energy, toxic mold, insurance defense and class actions.
Ms. King has been an instructor for legal professionals across the country in discovery, trial preparation, case management, dispute resolution, client communications, ethics, and legal writing and has been program coordinator for two paralegal training programs in Oregon. She is a contributor of professional articles to Legal Assistant Today, Sue magazine, KNOW magazine, Reporter magazine and the Paragram. Ms. King holds a degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University, and received her PACE RP designation in 2000. She has spent much of her career advancing the paralegal profession through active involvement in state and national organizations. Ms. King held a number of positions with the Oregon Paralegal Association and served on the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) board as Regional Director, as Vice President Profession Development, and she chaired NFPA’s strategic planning committee. In 2008, Ms. King received the William R. Robie Leadership Award, a national award recognizing contributions to the paralegal profession. Most recently, she assisted with the PCCE Entry Level Certification Exam as an item writer, and wrote the Legal Writing and Critical Analysis section for the PCCE study manual.
Sonny Lambert is a graduate from Pioneer Pacific College where she received her AAS in Paralegal Studies. She is an employee of Allstate Insurance Legal Department where she is responsible for organizing new case files, assisting attorneys, and coordinating with consulting medical experts in preparation for trial. Sonny currently holds the position of Associate Representative for the OPA.
The Honorable Lynn Nakamoto was appointed in January 2011 to the Oregon Court of Appeals by Governor Kulongoski. Before joining the Court of Appeals, she was the managing shareholder of Portland law firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C., where she had a business and employment litigation practice in both trial work and appeals (1989-2010). Judge Nakamoto was a member (1998-2000) and vice chair of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners (2000-2001), and a member (1992-95, 2004-2006) and chair (2006) of the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee. She also was active in other local and statewide bar associations and served on the boards of a number of community organizations. She has written frequently on discovery practice and as of January 2011 serves on the board of the Oregon Law Institute.
Judge Nakamoto was born in Los Angeles and grew up in southern California. She received an A.B. in philosophy with honors from Wellesley College (1982) and attended the University of California at Berkeley (1980-81) and New York University School of Law (J.D. 1985).
Wendy Votroubek, RN, MPH, CLNC is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with her business -Integrity Legal Nurse Consulting PDX. She has worked with numerous attorneys across Oregon and Washington in both civil (plaintiff and defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, toxic tort and family law) as well as criminal law. She loves educating, informing and empowering her attorney clients regarding what the medical records contain so they can avoid being blindsided by opposing counsel as well as providing a better return for their client.
Ms. Votroubek is a clinical instructor for the University of Portland School of Nursing in both the pediatric and adult (medical surgical) setting; she considers this her heart connection to nursing. She has been a nurse for over 25 years in a variety of settings including ambulatory care, home care and the hospital. She has written/ edited three nursing textbooks as well as numerous book chapters and articles; it is not surprising then that she considers writing one of her many passions.