From the Multnomah Lawyer: 2020-21 New MBA Board Directors and Officers

New directors for the three-year terms which begin June 1 are:

Timothy Resch is the managing partner of Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP. His litigation practice focuses on employment and healthcare. Tim spent four and a half years working for the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was also a special prosecutor with the Multnomah County District Attorney, representing the State of Oregon in misdemeanor criminal trials. Before that, he worked as a clerk to the Yamhill County
District Attorney and as special judicial clerk to Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge William J. Keys. Tim graduated from the Northwestern School of Law. He volunteers as a regional judge for the Classroom Law Project and served on the MBF Board from 2016-18.

John Robb is an associate at Kevin Sali LLC representing people facing criminal charges. He graduated from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. John began his legal career at Multnomah Defenders Incorporated. In 2016, John left MDI to begin his private practice with Kevin Sali LLC. He currently serves as chair of the MBA Court Liaison Committee.

Gloria Trainor is the owner of Trainor Law PC, where she handles plaintiff-side personal injury and employment discrimination cases and family law matters focusing on the LGBTQ community. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2008. Gloria currently serves as chair of the MBA Judicial Screening Committee and just completed nine years of service on the Oregon Women Lawyers Board of Directors.

Theresa “Terry” Wright is the Director of Externships and a fulltime Adjunct Professor at Willamette University, where she also obtained her JD. Between 1990 and 2014, she was a member of the clinical faculty at the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic, after teaching in the Willamette Clinic for four years. She became the director of externships in August 2015. She served on the OSB BOG from 2006-09, has served on several MBA committees over the years and currently serves on the MBA CLE Committee.

Brad Krupicka is an associate at Littler Mendelson. He advises and represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters. Brad is the 2020-21 YLS President and will serve as an MBA Director during his term. He received his law degree from Lewis & Clark in 2010. His MBA service includes past chair of the YLS Pro Bono and MBA Events committees and YLS board liaison to the MBA Professionalism and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committees.

Officers for the 2020-21 year:
Valerie Colas will serve as President. She is Access to Justice Counsel at the Oregon Judicial Department in the office of General Counsel for the State Court Administrator. Valerie said: “I am honored to continue my service for the MBA in this new leadership role. I believe that the MBA, now more than ever in these difficult and unprecedented times, continues to play an instrumental role in providing resources, support, and guidance to our members and legal community. As we respond to this crisis, the MBA remains committed to providing our members opportunities to make meaningful connections as well as providing resources and support to help them serve their clients and our community.
We also remain dedicated to ensuring access to justice and creating a more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming bar and legal profession where everyone feels that they belong and can thrive.”

Caroline Harris Crowne will serve as Treasurer. She is a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP. Regarding her service on the MBA Board, Caroline said: “I have been fortunate to practice as a lawyer here since the beginning of my career. The MBA serves a vital role in strengthening our community, providing resources and professional connections to help us thrive in our careers, and supporting our efforts to better serve the legal needs of our clients and all those who live and work among us. During these recent times of social distancing, I have had a renewed sense of appreciation for organizations like the MBA that keep us connected, as well as a renewed concern for those who remain isolated. I hope we can use the year ahead to extend the MBA’s support and services to those who need it most.”

Jovita Wang will serve as Secretary. She is a partner at Richardson Wright LLP. Regarding her service on the MBA Board, Jovita said: “I am grateful for the MBA community and am excited to continue working with our dedicated staff, board of directors, and committees. I am committed to seeing the MBA thrive in 2020 and beyond and to helping our community overcome both new and old challenges.”

Also continuing on the board are: Sarah Radcliffe, Disability Rights Oregon, who will remain on the board as Past President; Jacqueline Alarcón, Yates Family Law PC; Nellie Barnard, Holland & Knight LLP; David Bean, Wyse Kadish LLP; Paul Bovarnick, Rose Senders & Bovarnick LLC; Ben Cox, Attorney at Law; and Seth Row, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP.

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